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32" scale 6 string bass?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Feb 8, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    This isn't going to work is it? :eyebrow: Has it been done? :eek:
     
  2. 5thString

    5thString

    May 5, 2004
    The shortest I know is 33". Now why not? Providing the fact that you use an "adapted" string gauge and that your neck is stiff enough, that should work...

    Plus, you can use a tenor set up (E A D G C F B(?) or so) instead of the more "traditional" B E A D G C tuning.
     
  3. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    I'd like one later when (if!) I finally get a six. As 5thstring said, you can tune it either way. I recall there was a post some time back on the Alembic Club where the poster said he had a 30.75 strung BEADGC and liked it.
     
  4. Wademeister63

    Wademeister63

    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx
    Seems like it should work just fine. Like 5thString, just a matter of finding the right strings. You may have to buy some special strings anyway depending on your bridge and headstock setup.
     
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Thanks all I didn't thinkit could be done. I didn't know you could get specialty strings like that. Well if he wants it that way i'll give it a try. Where would i get the strings? assuming "beadgc" tuning?Thanks again......t
     
  6. I don't see a reason why not! don't they build millions of 6 string basses with 25" or so scales?!?!?

    oh, sorry, wrong forum! :bag:
     
  7. Wademeister63

    Wademeister63

    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx
    I wouldn't say wrong, I almost wrote something similar. Check out Juststrings.com
    I don't know what kind of help they can offer since I haven't asked them anything, but they sure have a nice selection!

    If you can set the tailpiece about 2 inches behind the bridge you should be ok for standard strings too.