Bass too small?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by anotherbassist, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Hi,
    I've recently been in the market for a double bass to learn on and have come across one that fits my budget but it is only a 1/4 size. I am almost 6' 5", do you think that a 1/4 size bass would be too small for me?
    Jason V
  2. LeslieD


    Jul 25, 2006
    Yes, it's too small. I wouldn't start with anything less than a 3/4s size for your height (and for the size of your hands), and even then make sure it has a nice long endpin! The 1/2 and 1/4 basses are starter basses for children, and maybe for very tiny people I guess.
  3. kmanley_29649


    Jan 25, 2008
    Taylors SC
    I would imagine that would be rather awkward.
  4. Andrew Grandahl

    Andrew Grandahl

    Sep 11, 2007
    Oh my God yes. You need a 3/4.
  5. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Even with a 3/4 you might need to extend the endpin .... voice of experience from another 6'5" guy .... ;)
  6. Jay Corwin

    Jay Corwin Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    I'm 6'5" - 6'6ish". I play a 3/4, and I have plenty of end pin. The bass will take out anything hanging from the ceiling, and is not recommended for use in basements at that point!
  7. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    I am 6'2" and I played a small 3/4 size for years. It was very easy to play I thought, then finally I got a 7/8's and although the bass felt much bigger and the string length was two inches longer, everything just sort of fell into place and it was actually also very easy to play and almost instant fun! I have one of those Romanian basses, it's a "Panormo" model, with broad shoulders, 42" string length, some people sell it as a large 3/4, others as a 7/8 , anyway, I can't stop playing it.
  8. mjt0229

    mjt0229 Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    Whenever I carry my bass down the street, people always ask if my cello is big enough for me.
  9. I'm 6'3" and I've messed around on a couple of basses that size (one was just about bass guitar scale length) and I thought they were fun and not awkward to play. But then again, I hadn't become used to 3/4 scale. If money was no object, I'd probably get one in 1/4 or 1/8 scale just for the fun of it.

    I'd say that if you were planning on becoming eventually accustomed to 3/4 scale and sticking with it, then the 1/4 would not be such a good idea.
  10. Martin Sheridan

    Martin Sheridan

    Jan 4, 2001
    Fort Madison, Iowa
    Bass Maker
    At 6'5" you can play the biggest bass around e.g. assuming that your arms are also long.
    Also, you're just not going to get good sound from a small bass. You want at least a 3/4, but you could play a 7/8 (most professionals do) and even a 4/4 or 5/4.
  11. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    wow! I have not seen a 4/4 since the early 90's!!!
    anyone around playing a 4/4?
  12. There are no small basses; only small bass players
  13. Take the end pin off and put on strap locks and a pickup.
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Wrong on both counts ....:eyebrow:

    So they do make small basses for children to learn on and I have met many bass players who could in no possible way, be described as "small"!! :p
  15. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I'm 5 inches shorter than you and play a large 3/4 size bass.

    You'll be fine on right about anything like Martin said.

    It'll be worth it to save the money and get something that you won't want to replace within a year.
  16. Montsegour


    Apr 1, 2008
    Well you would most certanly stick out.
  17. MIKMAN


    Mar 4, 2008
    Larisa, Greece
    The majority of the bass players use 3/4 basses. I have seen some 4/4 with a string length of 108 cm and some (Central European school) with a string length of 110 cm. My modest skills manage to play a 108 cm bass but last week i tried a fully carved Hungarian 4/4 with 110 cm and it was rather cumbersome for me. I am 1.76 m tall with long fingers and i believe that i can do it after everyday practicing, but a 4/4 bass IMHO it would be useful only in some unamplified gigs. Buy a 3/4, practice a lot and everything will fit in place.