long scale 4 strings

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chimp_spanner, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. Hi all. I was wondering, seeing as quite a few guitar manufacturers are following the trend of producing 6 string guitars that sound like 7's to avoid players having to re-learn technique, is there a bass equivalent?? Are there any long scale 4 string basses out there that are designed specifically for B E A D tuning for people that perhaps prefer the feel of a 4 string but the rumble of a 5? Not so much that i dont like 5's. Its just im shopping around for a new bass and its nice to have some options!

    l8rz all :D
  2. Quizzo


    Aug 10, 2002
    Upstate SC
    i belive that Schecter makes a bass like that called the Scorpion. i seemed to remember playing one. it had a long scale neck, around 35" and was tuned B-E-A-D i hope thats helps.
  3. Ahhh actually thats exactly the sort of thing i was after. Looks pretty damn sweet 2. Dya know where I could find a list of authorized Schecter Diamond Series dealers in the UK???

    Thanks for the help!
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Overwater in Carlisle specialise in making long scale basses - 36" or 37" - try their website!

    But they are mostly custom makers.
  5. Hmmm well ill definitely check em out! but i am on a pretty tight budget :( for sum reason i associate 'custom' with 'pricey' ;) i think the most i can stretch 2 is like, £400. so its more a thing of get an ok 5 string for that much, or a really good 4 string for the same money. but yeah ill check out that website neway.
  6. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    On trivial side, Schecter also makes Scorpion Guitar, designed to be tuned BEADGB I think. Interesting answer to nu-metal kiddies, this is.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Look on their website


    - it only quotes one UK dealer :

    Sound Contol
    091 2324175 RETAIL LOCATION
    United Kindgdom
    phone: 0383 732273
    fax: 0383 725733 FAX
  8. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I don't know if 35" is always necessary, there are 34" scale basses which have a good sounding low B. So perhaps just converting a regular 4 string bass to BEAD can work if you're on a tight budget. Wouldn't cost more than a set of strings and a new nut to try.
  9. Actually Tsal i quite liked the look of the scorpion guitar...but i already have a baritone :D rest assured i would never desecrate such an instrument by playing nu metal on it ;) i dunno, theres sumthin a bit more ballsy bout a guitar in B. but tis off the point. thanks for the link Lindfield. def guna check this out.
  10. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Aren't The MTD kingstons 35" scale?
  11. eeeek. schecters are £799 :( methinks ill keep lookin
  12. Only the fivers. All American MTD:s are 35', though.