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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by psychobilly451, Aug 19, 2007.
do short scale and long scale basses use the same tuners? (musicmaster,mustang,jazz,precision)
you might find tuner info here
great site, but they don't have the info.
Apart from the fact that there are two different styles of tuner on the Jazz and Precision after 1975 (by Fender and the Schaller, as below), the Schaller tuners used on the Musicmaster and Mustang basses have shorter posts and possibly smaller base-plates.
I don't have any photographs of the short scale basses to hand, but I suspect that they used the same type of tuners as Schaller made for the MM StingRay (as in the last picture).
Hope this helps, a bit.
Precision Bass (used exclusivley up to 1975 and then sporadically afterwards up to about 1978).
Jazz Bass (used exclusively from 1976 onwards with the smaller headstock logo). Also used on the Precision Bass, post 1976.
Smaller Schaller "BM" series tuners, as used on all StingRays and possibly the same as late '70s Musicmaster/Mustang tuners.
I didn't notice the difference until now. I think you are right about the Schaller BM type tuners.
here is a picture of late 70's-early 80's short scale tuners(musicmaster)
Yep, they're BM's alright! In fact, the shaft looks to be even shorter on the Fender branded ones than on the Schallers.
The larger ones, used on the full scale basses, are marketed as BMFLs by Schaller. They look like this ...