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How to Measure Scale Length

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

  1. 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

    BassHappy and LoFiHippie like this.
  3. kalo


    Jul 29, 2003
    Thanks Mike!
  4. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    No problem!
  5. bassistrdn


    Nov 14, 2016
    Does anybody knows what kind of bass Strings should come tunned on the Washburn Basses... i have 2 basses by Washburn Guitars and i need to replace the Strings.. the first one: Washburn XB-925 (24Fts) 5 Strings.. the Second one: Washburn XB-200 (24 frts) 4 Strings Color red on my profile picture :bassist::bassist::bassist:.. i dont know even what strings are better... Ernie Ball or D'addario. i play Christian Rock, and Contemporary Worship music.. Blessings:hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper:
  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The second Post in the thread explains how to measure scale length. Your bass looks like it's probably long scale. Ernie and D'Addario are two big brands that make strings. Which one is better is subjective.
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  7. bassistrdn


    Nov 14, 2016
    Thanks so Much dear friend Gorn..:hyper::hyper: i will check up the second post u mention.. regards from GUATEMALA..!!!
  8. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    GHS Boomers are very popular and affordable.

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