1/2 size vs. 3/4 size

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by jaybo, Mar 1, 2002.

  1. jaybo

    jaybo Guest

    Sep 5, 2001
    Richmond, KY
    I've read several posts about how a 1/2 size bass can become "confining" over time to a player. I was just wondering why some of you think this is true? In my experience it has been the opposite that has happened, I have very small hands and on a 1/2 size bass I can pivot easier lower on the fingerboard than I can on a 3/4 and shifting is definately easier. Perhaps I'm just weird?
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    1/2 size basses are limiting in volume for sure, which can be an issue if you play acoustically a lot -- really a problem in an orchestra. Also, there are a lot fewer 1/2 size basses made, so the chances of getting a good one are less. Getting around a 1/2 size bass will certainly seem easier as the string length isn't a whole lot longer than a Slab and the body is less likely to be in your way.
  3. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Lisle Atkinson and his wife Karen Atkinson each play 5/8 basses.