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34" Scale 5 string advice

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jhu32, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. So I am going to purchase a new bass in around a month and came upon Betts Basses. They're handmade in Pennsylvania and they aren't too expensive. Now I am covering and playing more Metal stuff, would a 34" 5 string have a tight enough B string so it wouldn't sound like crud in the mix? Any advice is greatly appreciated
  2. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Never heard of them. Plenty of 34" scale 5-strings have great B-strings. It depends on the actual bass and execution rather than the scale length.
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  3. Check them out, never tried one but seems very nice. He built Craig Douglas (from Douglas Basses) his #1 bass, pretty sweet.
  4. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Certainly intriguing for the price, that is for sure. Playing with string gauge, and a good setup, tension should be fine. 34" scale Warwick's have good B strings. Passive jazz pickups might not cut it well for metal though, IMO. (If that is the model you are looking at)
  5. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Actually, forget I said that. Good enough for Geddy, good enough for me! If I had the money and the need, not sure I could pass on that, just out of curiosity. I'm tempted to buy that 4-string jazz!
  6. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    I agree with nostatic. Plenty of 34 ' scale basses have good B strings.
    I have 4 of them. Pedulla, Stambaugh & Tobias.
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  7. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    If you like D'Addario strings, you can use their tension charts to get your B string at or near the E, or wherever you like.
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  8. It'd be a good buy... he's a super guy too, not sure if that matters to some, but it does to me.
  9. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    +1 - hear hear :thumbsup: especially depends on player execution.
  10. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    That 34" basses automatically have bad B strings is exaggerated. Using good strings and a little heavier gauge keeps you from having floppy strings. Most manufacturers have the 95% solution from stock. Don't let the scale length talk you out of a bass until you play it and have the strings you like.
  11. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, my advice: big strings. Just posted some clips of my 34" Sire V7 with the DR DDT .145 B and .125 E in the Sire Club thread. :) Sire Bass Club! Might be the best 34" B I've heard, beats some 35"ers even, imo.

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