I plan on ordering a Nordstrand NJ4 fretless. But I dont know what scale length I want. I wont go over 34 because anything longer than that would make the spacing too wide. My Fender Jazz is a 34, and I find myself using double bass fingering (1-2-4) in the lowest positions sometimes. I dont know if this would be such a good idea on a fretless bass - I dont want to be reaching for notes. I also dont want a scale length shorter than 33 - the spacing would be too narrow (or would it?). So my question is: What impact, if any, does a shorter scale length have on the sound of the bass? Also, what will it do to string tension? I like to play with medium to high tension and action. What I mean is, will changing the scale length by .5 inch make a noticeable difference in the sound or tension? So 33, 33.5, or 34? Opinions? I would especially like to hear peoples experiences with fretless basses, dealing with this issue. By the way, I did a search on this topic, but I mostly found discussions on long scale (35 for example) vs. short scale basses (30 for example). My question has more to do with subtle differences in scale lengths and what that will do to the bass.