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Long Scale, Medium Scale?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by peterock1025, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. peterock1025


    Jul 13, 2004
    I am new to bass, switched from playing guitar.... I have a stock Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray 4-String. On the website it says that it has a 34" scale. Do I use short, medium, or long scale strings with this instrument. (probably a dumb question) Thanx
  2. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    You can go with medium or long, but short might not work for you.

    Probably medium...
  3. jkritchey


    Jul 23, 2002
    Northern Va.
    Check with the manufacturer. Sometimes "Long" means "not short". 34" is "Not Short"
  4. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I owned one of the original MM basses back in the '70s and it strung from the back of the bass, don't know if the newer ones still do but sometimes this caused a problem. The extra string length needed to get from the back to the bridge sometimes caused the taper of the windings to start short of the nut. GHS and many others have extra long scale strings if needed. Scale length is length from nut to 12th fret times 2.
    Long scale=34"
    Medium scale=32"
    Short scale=30"