Companies that build 36" basses?

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  1. KingRazor

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    Before you reply: I did in fact do a search first!

    I've so far heard Carl Thompson, Fodera and Overwater mentioned. Though I believe those are full custom.

    Are there any other manufacturers you know of that build 36" (or longer) scale basses?

    I also know Dingwall of course with their 37" to 34" fanned fret neck. And Knuckle's Quake 39.5".

    Any others?
  2. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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  6. KingRazor

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    Are you sure? The models on their website all appear to be 34 or 35".
  7. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it. Supporting Member

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    Hell, my DB is 41". Why not just get a EUB, perhaps modified to add frets?
  8. KingRazor

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    Because they don't really play or sound like an electric bass guitar.
  9. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it. Supporting Member

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    Fair enough. I find that EUB's don't sound like a DB, so they are kind of in their own sonic funzone.

    I do have to ask though: How tall are you to want a bass that big? At 5'5", I know a 34" feels a bit big to me, where as the DB doesn't oddly enough.
  10. spade2you

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    I think a lot of custom builders will build something 36" scale. This option may or may not cost extra.
  11. KingRazor

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    36" scale length doesn't necessarily mean the bass is going to be hugely long. In fact, playing with bridge positioning it's entirely possible to make a 36" scale length bass that's the same overall physical length as some 34" scale basses.

    I am 6' tall, though.

    I didn't ask the question in the OP though because I was interested in buying one per say, I was mostly just curious. I've heard 36" basses mentioned before but had not really ever seen any.
  12. 20db pad

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    The Steve Swallow model is 36" scale, as he plays.

    http://www.citron-guitars.com/instruments/basses/ae5-swallow-bass/

    Alembic offers a 36" scale, and Yamaha made a custom 36" for Nathan East several years ago but he might not play it now.
  13. Hapa

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    Unless the builder has a jig for 36" then it will be a task to cut the fret slots. Going by math alone is a very complicated process to execute properly. CNC could solve this easily but that also out tools most of the custom builders. I have never seen a 36" fret slotting jig.

    OP why do you want that scale length?...what do you wish to achieve?
  14. KingRazor

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    I've just seen that scale length mentioned several times on TB, and had never encountered a bass with that scale length, so I was curious as to who makes them. I'm curious as to how they play and sound.
  15. 20db pad

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    Search on Youtube for bassist Anthony Jackson. If he's seen playing a 6 string Fodera, he always plays a 36" scale. He established his career on a Fender style instruments, so all his stuff isn't on a 36" scale bass.
  16. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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  18. Bassman197835

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    Fodera has many 'standard' Basses. The Monarch Standard is unbeatable!!
  19. KingRazor

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    I'm sure it is, although I don't think I could ever afford one.
  20. Roscoe East

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    +1
    I own (3) basses with 35" scale lengths and all of them are shorter overall than a standard 34" scale Fender Jazz Bass.
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    Celinder? I think they're only available used though...

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