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are there any 33" scale basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jojo99, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. jojo99


    Oct 18, 2005
    Can anyone tell me of any 33" scale production/discontinued basses that are available? How about 33 1/4 (besides rickenbacker)...thanks in advance!
  2. schmittuml


    Oct 25, 2004
    Lowell, MA

    Does it hafta be 33"? they make short scale basses...... the gibson eb-0 and eb-3 are 30.5 scaled......
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I can think of several boutique basses with a 33" scale but none in commercial brands.
  4. If memory serves, I think Travis Bean's were 33 or 33 1/4" as well. But you'll pay real money for a nice example.
  5. hasadari

    hasadari Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    I believe that Rics are 33.33".
  6. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    I think a bunch of Rbasses are 33"
  7. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV

    Mine is, and I know there are some more out there. 33" rocks!
  8. whoa! that thing looks sweet! whats with what seems like a second fingerboard between ur pickups??!? :hyper:
  9. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    I can't think of any that were widely produced, the Ric would be the closest. You'r emost likely looking at having a custom made, or lucking onto a used one one, like those named above. I think the Mouradian CS 74 is the same scale as the Ric. Never measured mine, but it is real nice to play.
  10. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    It's called a ramp. There's been some threads about them recently. They idea behind it is to leave less space beneath the strings for your fingers to pass, hence minimizing extra finger movement, and in turn increasing finger-plucking speed. Or something around those lines.

    As for 33" scale basses, I think Matt Garrison's 6-string pro model Fodera has that scale.
  11. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Pretty much it, thanks Phil. It's radiused to match the curve of your strings over the fretboard, so it sits right under your strings. It's hard to describe the effect, but it makes jazzy fingerstyle playing much more comfortable.
  12. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Matt's bass is a 5 string with a high C. I know that Fodera has made a Garrison 6 with a 33" scale but it's not Matt's bass.
  13. a lot of yamahas were 33.5", i believe....
  14. Fruity


    Sep 18, 2005
    UK, Scotland
    My fender jazz bass is a 32"..
  15. jojo99


    Oct 18, 2005
    I didn't know fender made a 32" scale jazz bass...is it a Standard, Squier, or ?? ....is it discontinued?
  16. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Unless there's another one I don't know about it would be a MIJ Jazz Bass Special with a P/J setup and active electronics, separate bass/treble.
    I've got two of them. :)

    Yeah, they're discontinued, and really hard to find! :(

    We changed the pickups to Barts and put in a 3way EMG pre.

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  17. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    I know a couple of luthiers will do 33.4, like Nordstrand I believe as an option. I dont know of any production basses that are 33" besides the few mentioned above.