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36 inches of love

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Funk, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Funk


    Dec 23, 2008
    How many of you play 36 inch scale lengths? What is your experience with the that scale length and how would you compare it to other lengths? Please post your experiences (whether it be why you do or don't play 36), I would enjoy to hear what you have to say.

    My first time playing a 36 inch made me realize that I will never play anything other than that scale length ever again. The bass was just so reactive to me. It felt perfect in my hands and I could really feel every note I played. Makes me wonder, why doesn't every one play 36 inch?
  2. Draculea


    Oct 2, 2011
    Mexico City
    Not everyone plays one of those because they're not common at all, and many people don't have big hands, plus not all basses require such a long scale.
  3. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Long scale ain't no big deal.

    Oh and by the way, funniest thread title of 2014 thus far, this!

  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I have a 35.5" scale ABG.
    No problem playing it. Make little difference.
    Would love to try a 36" Fodera AJ Presentation.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    36,35,34, who cares? The mirth is in the girth.
  6. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    I play a 41.5 scale Kay M1 :)
  7. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    hey me too, and my own custom 36" 4 string and a plain on Fender P bass............I can switch between them from song to song and it doesn't bother me........ I like the 36" alot though but that's cause I made it!!
  8. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    The Kay sounds interesting, but when I just now told my girl I was bringing home a 41 incher, she looked fairly stricken.

    I think I'm gonna have to get her really drunk first….
  9. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    This thread makes me feel inadequate.
  10. Shedua511


    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
    I play a custom made Biarnel Akmé 6 string bass.
    I had it made in 36" scale because of AJ, very happy with that choice! Th low end is extremely well defined, almost piano-like, while the high C is perfectly integrated with the other strings. It doesn't sound like a guitar string at all.
    I thought it would be kind of hard to play, but really it isn't: I go from 34" to 35" to 36" to 41" and never even think about it.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    An Operation can fix that and make yours longer..... just move the bridge back further from the neck.:bag:

    Anyhoo.... 36" is too long for me. Really hurts my left hand.

    Oh boy, I should really just walk away from this thread before it's too late.:help:
  12. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    you can all take 36" you just might need to ease into it :)
  13. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I similarly can't understand why everyone doesn't play 32"
  14. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Believe me, more people care than you think ;)

    @ OP

    Never tried one, there are not so much luthiers that offer them actually.. And having one custom build is not really my thing :p

    I do know Carl Thompson build basses with 38 inch scale length. I wonder how that feels :)

  15. Joe Milo

    Joe Milo

    Nov 1, 2009
    Geneva Ohio
    What is a good product to remove coffee off of my computer screen? Really.......I damn near choked reading these responses I was laughing so hard....
  16. VegetarianBass


    Aug 23, 2011
    My BTB776 is long and wide
  17. 36 inches?

    Prepare your Anus!!!
  18. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
  19. Grooveminister


    Jul 12, 2005
    I play a Schack Guitars Unique 5 with 36" scale. Love the clearity, especially of the low B-string...
  20. pnchad

    pnchad Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    but actually this is one of my pet wonders

    I play DB as well and I think we (doublers) appreciate the value of longer scale EBs

    VERY few commenting have ever played a >35" bass and fewer still have given a longer scale a reasonable chance

    physics comes into play - there's a reason ALL bass instruments are larger than their tenor counterparts AND why 12' grand pianos cost $250k

    there's a distinct move towards shorter scales especially 33" and less but it's based on convenience more than anything sonic

    I have a Fodera Imp 5 fretless 36" and it is without a doubt the baddest fretless I have ever heard - incredible fullness, clarity, articulation and fundamental

    folks should give it a serious try - it is NOT an uncomfortable change with a good instrument - the only difference is in the half and first postitions