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Is this a short scale bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by E-At, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. E-At


    Mar 1, 2010
    A friend of mine is interested on buying a bass, and he asked me whether this one was a short scale bass or not.
    I can't tell from the photograph, I hope you do.. Thanks!

  2. jeff62

    jeff62 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    San Diego, CA
    It sure doesn't appear to be. Best way to tell is to simply ask the owner to measure from the nut to bridge saddle (the round cylinder that the string goes over). Anything close to 34" is normal scale, 32" medium scale and 30" is short scale.
  3. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    It's a short scale body with a full scale neck.
  4. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA

    Have the seller measure from the nut to the 12th fret, and then from the 12th fret to the saddles. If those numbers aren't the same, it's mismatched.
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  6. sure looks like a full scale neck on a short scale body. There will be at most 4 notes in tune on this bass: open E, open A, open D and open G
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    I measured the pic. It is way off. Big enough difference that I can safely say that it's a 34" neck on a 30" body. Like aetheldrea ^ said the open notes will be the only ones in tune.

    It is a big enough difference that even though it is only a picture, it still says a thousand words.
  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    but at least it has the roller string tree to help with smooth tuning... :bag:
  9. E-At


    Mar 1, 2010

    Why would someone do sth like this? I want to believe the seller doesn't know anything about basses and he's just trying to get some cash out of this one. 'Cause if he plays then he must know the thing's useless, right?
  10. E-At


    Mar 1, 2010
    Here's another photo of it...
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    There's people, newbies, posting right her in TB that don't understand scale lengths and ask if they can jam an LS neck on a short body, so maybe this guy doesn't know it's not legit.
  12. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Had the parts. Tossed them together.

    There may very well be enough room on that body to move the bridge a couple inches back and put it into spec.

    Dunno what the seller is charging, but I'd be a reluctant buyer at $40 if I wanted to take on the project. And that's being generous.

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