Excuse My Stupidity.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassPlayerRH, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. I've heard you talk about "scale" of the neck/fretboard. Is this the length of the whole guitar? Thanks
  2. it's the distance between the bridge and the nut.
  3. No need to exuse yourself. (cough, cough) Idiot (cough). I'm just kidding because I don't know either. Until now. Thanks Limezone.:)
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    to be precise, the scale length is 2x the distance from the nut to the 12th fret. i'm not trying to be a prick here, but this takes into consideration the different bridge saddle positions from string to string which would make precise scale length determinations potentially confusing or difficult.

    besides, i don't have to -try- to be a prick :D.
  5. Excuse me, (cough)prick(cough).

    But, if your like me, and you gots no frets, measuring a spot on the neck that moves subtly based on tempature and humidity makes it even more potentially confusing or difficult.

    So there, (cough)prick(cough). :D
  6. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    You know, I always wondered about that.

    Not about you being a prick, though, the scale length dealie. I just guessed that they started with the saddles in the middle and went from there.
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i was about to say, i must be slipping and getting soft in my old age if you're wondering about _that_. :D
  8. Well, you know, JT, there's always Viagra, if that's the case.

  9. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Anyone ever try Horny Goat Weed libido supplement? I gave it to my dad for his 50th b-day party as a joke; he's got plenty of mack left in him anyways. ;)
  10. alx564


    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    Oh well thats great to know :D

    I went to Hong Kong recentely and they had these stores with remedies for anything. A popular item was grinded tiger balls.
  11. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Somewhere out there is one seriously pissed off tiger.

    Limezone asks a pretty good question. How do you measure scale length on a fretless?


  12. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    actually, the trade in tiger genitalia for supposed "remedy" value :rolleyes: is the biggest factor contributing the the imminent extinction of the species in the wild. :mad: already, in the last century, 5 or 9 tiger species were rendered extinct, with only a few hundred siberian, sumatran and java tigers left in the wild.

    either by the location of the 12 fret dot, which most fretlesses have (at least some kind of marker) or else by the position of the 12 fret harmonic. all kidding aside, this will be more consistent than by bridge saddle position, although the saddle position measurement will probably suffice for most basses, since the measurement usually falls along predictable lines - 34", 35" etc. whatever the full measurement is closest to will probably be the right answer, but the definitive answer will come from the nut-12th fret x2 method.
  13. Maybe you didn't see the bass in my avatar.

    BTW what's a bridge saddle?;)

    In all honesty, JT and I are saying the same thing. It just depends on how you skin the cat. I don't believe scale length is measured THAT precisely. A centimeter in either direction will not give you a dramatic difference.

    Which makes me think of those...Was it Dingwall... made a 5 and 6 strings with longer scale lengths for the lower fequency strings...? and the frets where fanned? does anybocdy else remember those? Sorry, now I'm just rambling.