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beginner question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pn02, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. pn02


    Feb 9, 2013
    what is the difference between a long scale and short term scale bass?
  2. This has to do with the length of the string between the nut (where the string rests after the tuners) and the bridge (were the string attaches to the body).

    The most common scale length is 34 inches. But some can be 35 inchs.

    Short would be 30 inchs or less.

    Medium is 30 - 33 inches.
  3. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

  4. A sub-point is the number of frets on an instrument within the specific scale length. These can differ.

    For example, one bass with a 34" scale length might have 20 frets on the fingerboard, while another bass with the same scale length might have 24 frets (2 full octaves) on that instrument's fingerboard.
  5. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Everything written above... and... the distance between the frets of a short scale instrument will be less than the distance between the frets of a standard or long scale instrument. Some folks with smallish hands feel this is an advantage.
  6. Scale length refers to the distance between the nut and the bridge saddles. Distance between fret X and fret Y also changes as a side effect of shorter or longer scale length.

    If scale length only pertained to number of frets or distance between them, there would be a lot of confused fretless players out there.;)

    Welcome to TB!
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Just to clarify also - it's "scale" on both of them - no "term" involved. Just long scale and short scale.

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