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How does one calculate the Mensure of their instrument

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner [DB]' started by Ric Vice, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    See above, I need to measure the Mensure on my bass so,the luthier can use it to
    Determine the fingerboard length on my new bass. How does one calculate this?

    Ric Vice
  2. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    measure bridge to nut
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  3. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    NW Mass/SW VT
    ...Make sure the bridge is in the correct location and shape, though. A bridge that is bending or mis-located will throw off the measurement (not a lot, but some.)
  4. RCWilliams

    RCWilliams Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2007
    Merriam Kansas (Kansas City)
    owner RC Williams Co. LLC
    I have a vague recollection that the mensure is 6/11ths of the distance from the nut to the saddle, however with scale lengths being played with to make things more ergonomic etc. all bets are off particularly with basses. as a result, pick the scale length you want and put your f's where the notches line up for you.
  5. o_O

    What Matthew said. No slide rule required.

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