Favorite scale length(4-string)? ==poll==

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. 30

    19 vote(s)
  2. 31

    4 vote(s)
  3. 32

    16 vote(s)
  4. 33

    7 vote(s)
  5. 33.5

    3 vote(s)
  6. 34

    156 vote(s)
  7. 34.5

    11 vote(s)
  8. 35

    28 vote(s)
  9. 36

    5 vote(s)
  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    I would like to hear about evryones personal favorite scale length.
    Let's start with the 4-string.

    I can't list them all so choose the closest and let us know what you really prefer.
  2. amandolin

    amandolin Guest

    Mar 16, 2008
    Lancaster, PA
    Man, I hope I'm not the only goober who votes 30".
  3. l0calh05t

    l0calh05t Guest

    Oct 14, 2001
    Cottbus, Germany

    Oh, sorry, we're in the BG forum :p In that case 34" (which is what I voted) anything longer is unnecessary and anything shorter feels like a guitar :smug:
  4. Just 34 for me, I'd kinda like to try something bigger one day, but I'm clumsy enough with the size of a normal bass for knocking into stuff... and people...
  5. Blake Bass

    Blake Bass

    Jan 10, 2006
    Houston, Texas
    I prefer 34" but I would like to try a 32" someday.
  6. I like 35" since the extra tension seems to allow the lower strings to allow for lower action and a thicker dropped D. I know it's probably in my head, but I feel that 35" scale offers a little more forgiveness in the intonation, but that's just me. Then again, I own a 35" scale CB 4 string and LOVE it.
  7. honestjohnny


    Nov 24, 2006
    Would a 30.5" scale fall under 30" or 31"? 'Cause that's my preferrence.
  8. my 4 and 5er are both 34
  9. dystopiate


    Feb 21, 2008
    New York City
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar
    I voted 34", but should start by saying that I'm very inexperienced with anything less than a 34" scale.

    I've discovered that, for my hands (which are probably pretty average sized), anything over 34" just isn't comfortable. I even spent 6 yrs with a 35" b/c it was an amazing player. It never got comfortable for me. Going back to a 34", I don't feel like I've really sacrificed anything in terms of tone, but I know many people swear by the B string on over 34 inchers.

    I've messed around with a few short scale basses in stores and always felt like they lacked something in tone and found them too cluttered above the 15th fret or so.
  10. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    +1. I tune ADGCF on my 5 too, and it works out. I did move the bridge on that one, but only to get some space between the saddles and the back of the bridge. Stringing was a pain before that....
  11. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    After lots of years playing 34's, I finally looked up several really superb shorties. The sound is different from a longer scale, but not inferior. A good short scale bass is a lot more difficult (and often expensive) to build than a good long scale, so there's a trade off to be accepted if you prefer the feel of a short scale. :bassist:
  12. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    33" for me! :D
  13. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I voted for 31" even though my favorite short scale length is 30.5". But there was no choice for that so I picked the closest one. I guess I rounded up a bit.
  14. What no carrots today?:eek:

    heheh.. I voted 34", I found it's the most comfortable for me.
  15. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    I like 34" on a 4-stringer, 35" on a 5-stringer. 34 for comfort, 35 to have something big in my hands.
  16. What about the fannned fret and carrots categories?
  17. bigcardinal

    bigcardinal Guest

    Dec 14, 2005
    Niagara, Ontario
    Thanks to arthritis, its short scale (30") for me from now on. I do miss the sound of my 34" P-bass though. Maybe I haven't tried the right short scale bass yet, but I can't seem to find one that sits as well in the mix and has the clarity that a 34" does.
  18. On the subject of action&scale, as a fan of relatively high action, does anyone know if scale length makes a big difference to what you can do with your action?
  19. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    34" for me, but I don't particularly mind 30" or 32". I like having a variety to throw me out of my comfort zone.
  20. 34" for my smaller sized hands ... tried a 35" a couple times, and it was quite a noticable stretch, but if that's all they made - I'd do it anyway