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How to Measure Scale Length

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kalo, May 23, 2005.


  1. kalo

    kalo

    Jul 29, 2003
    I think this question may have already been on this site, but I can't seem to find it....

    But how does measure the scale length of a bass?

    Does one measure it from the the nut and then to the end of the scale where the neck joins the body....

    Thanks Kalo!
     
  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    The "end of the fretboard" is not the same as the "end of the scale". The scale length is the vibrating length of the string, and the standard way to measure it is to measure from the nut to the 12th fret and multiply by 2 (to get around slight differences in length that result from intonation adjustments at the bridge saddle).

    This has been discussed a few times, most recently here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=179743&highlight=measure+scale+length

    Mike
     
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  3. kalo

    kalo

    Jul 29, 2003
    Thanks Mike!
     
  4. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    No problem!