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Anybody play both a 34" and 35" fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AudioDwebe, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. If so, how did you make it happen?

  2. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I play 34" and 33" scale basses
  3. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
  4. jebmd

    jebmd Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Edgewater, Maryland
  5. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    and 35

    I can't really feel a difference...but I'm 6'4" tall
  6. Doodaddy


    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    I would assume your question is anchored in how does one adjust from each scale from an intonation perspective.

    While I don't play fretless, much less two different scales of fretless, the short answer is practice. I would hate to have to do that.
  7. 35" scale 4, 5, and 6 strings, 32" scale 7 string, 30" scale 4 string. No problemo.
  8. I was thinking it might be too difficult from an intonation perspective, but since others are doing it, I'm sure I can, also.

    With mucho practice.

    Thanks, guys!
  9. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    Double bass players do this sort of thing. There is no real standard for the string length for double bass and it ranges from about 39" to about 43", although ~41" is most common. But an advanced double bass players can adjust to them pretty readily, at least in terms of being able to play with pretty good intonation. Nothing beats playing an instrument that you've had thousands of hours on...
  10. Keep in mind that there are a lot of folks on TB who can't play 35" scale at all, so you're already ahead of that.