First of all, I'd like to say that I searched for any other threads about this but didn't see any that addressed this particular issue. (The numbers 34 and 35 as well as the letter B for the B-string were automatically omitted by the Search function) Ok, so I'm thinking about buying a 5-string bass guitar and would like to know which scale would be better and why. On the Ibanez website, it says: "35" neck scale provides superior articulation. Perfect for 5-strings and detuned 4-strings." Source: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/products/eb/series_index/area_e/btb.html And on the ESP owner's manual pg. 16, it says about 34" scale bass guitars: "These bridges are designed to allow maximum tone transfer from the strings through the body. They also have a “string thru body” option that is available on certain models (not available with 35” scale length basses). If you have this option on your bass, you will be able to feed the string through the holes in the back of the body through the bridge and over the string saddles. You may also want to string the bass like normal, hooking the ball-end of the string at the back of the bridge section. Stringing through the body increases string tension, which may be desirable if using lower tunings (or simply to add string tension and beef up the tone of your bass)." If anyone can tell me the difference in sound quality, string tension etc. between 34" and 35" scale basses, I would be very grateful, thanks!