So I know that string tension, down-tuning capability, extended range basses, are all reasons Ive learned that 34 inch scale (or greater) is helpful. But Ive already heard a few people say Leo Fender arbitrarily chose that length when he popularized electric bass back in the day. And then when I thought about it, Ive played SGs, Beetle basses, and several other basses between 30 and 33 inches in length, and didnt find an issue with tone or down tuning really. As long as I had the right strings, things seemed ok on those basses. And in reality, some of the most famous and good sounding basslines in history have come out of scales under 34 inches. So I do really wonder how Leo settled on that figure, because its not as if smaller scale are totally incapable. Granted I only really ever played at most a half step down, this may be why I was not much affected. All that said, I do currently have a new SX short scale that Im getting new strings for because I wanna play a couple songs DADG (Rage Against the Machine covers)...and the stock E string is flop city when tuned to D. But my SX string experience is different from the string experience Ive had on other short scale basses. Whenever Ive been in stores or played on my friends shorter scale basses, things seems fine.