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Longest Scale Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nanook, Aug 24, 2000.

  1. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    Anyone know what is the longest scale bass currently being built?

    I'm looking for a good 40" scale bass.
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  2. Nanook -

    The longest scale production electric bass that I'm aware of is the Dingwall Voodoo bass. It has a 37" B string, but here's the weird part....the G is around 32"!! It uses the Novak Fanned Fret System, and each string has it's own scale length. Sounds weird, but it actually works quite well, and isn't that difficult to get used to. Not to mention, it had the most incredible sounding B string I've ever heard. Nice bass too, played and sounded great, the trick is finding one to check out and see if it's for you. Good luck in your quest....

    What is your name?

    Nanook, of the north.

    What is your quest?

    To find the Grail (or 40" scale length bass, whichever comes first).

    What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

    African or European?

    I don't know.....AAAAUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHH......

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  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    The longest scale bass guitar I know of is Overwater's C-bass. It has a 36-inch scale and is tuned C-F-Bb-Eb.

    Will C.:cool:
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i know fodera makes a 36" scale bass. i'm sure there are more.
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Overwater only build custom basses and I'm sure they have said that they will build any scale length - you might have to pay a bit for it though!

    Whoops - I initially put in a link to their site, but it seems they are putting a new one together so the actuall custom basses site is unavailable currently - hopefully it will be back up soon, but they do have a link there to the "emporium" or shop which has lots of nice pictures of basses!


    [Edited by Bruce Lindfield on 08-24-2000 at 11:41 AM]
  6. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Banned

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
    I think th ergonomics of a 40" scale would be a little bit of a stretch (pun intended) for an electric bass.

    I'm curious, why do you want one with such a long scale?

    I think some EUB's have 40" or more scale.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yes - most EUBs are 41" scale - like the Steinberger electric uprights. I've tried a few of these and they sound really good - not too difficult to play either and I will probably get one of these as my next bass-related acquisition!
  8. rojo412

    rojo412 Walnut is fun! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Carl Thompson makes anything you want. On their unofficial website, they have a picture of a bass that they made that was 38" scale. But where the f*** are you gonna find strings for it? HMMMMMMM?
  9. anyone see the pic in the august bassplayer with the warwick? Its a 6 string that is tuned in thirds so i can produce 72 notes across 4 strings. Its has like 39 frets, im not sure how long the scale is, but im sure it is real long
  10. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    I envision it to have 3 strings, B, E, A.

    I only play on the neck so ergonomics should be no problem.

    What about a Chapman Stick? Can you play them horizontal and what is the scale length?

    Never heard of EUB, do they have a web site?

    Unladen swallows fly at something less that 80 kts. as I have ground several of them up in my prop.
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    EUB stands for "Electric Upright Bass" and is a generic term, used to indicate a double or upright bass that can only really be played through and amp and is usually lighter and more compact than the original.

    The one I mentioned is a Steinberger and they do have a website :



    I hope to get one of these eventually - 41" scale. I have played a few in the Bass Centre in London.
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The bass you're referring to is a standard scale Thumb 6 string that has been modified for a 1/3 tone scale, which allows 72 TONES(or 1/3 tones I guess) to be played across 4 strings. This is to allow microtonal music, and has nothing to do with modifying the scale length of the neck.

    What is done to accomplish this is replacing the fingerboard with one that has been setup with more frets in the same amount of space as the original 24, giving you access to microtones, the specific interval being 1/3 of a tone.
  13. Does anyone know of a company that makes a 36" bass that wont cost me an arm and a leg?
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  14. funkifiedsoul

    funkifiedsoul Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    haha;)...good one!
  15. Chansey


    Nov 25, 2007
    Well... I saw a bass from this company at Luthiers Access Group, and absolutely had to check it out when I saw the description of the bass.


    Check it out! A 39.55'' electric bass. I guess that's about as close as you are gonna get to a 40'' scale in a conventional electric bass design. Though of course, maybe there are companies out there which will surprise me...
  16. Woot! a 10 year zombie thread!!!!
  17. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
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  18. Getaway Driver

    Getaway Driver

    May 31, 2009
    Omaha, NE
    I beleive the original "bass fiddle" built by Paul Tutmarc was 42" or so (overall length, though. not sure about the scale length). It was basically an upright you would play like a guitar.
  19. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx

    What's your favorite color?

    Blue I mean yyyyyeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaalllllllllllloooooooowwwwwwww
  20. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ

    Holy crap! What was it about the previous posts in this 10 year old thread that was so pertinent to your question that it was best to revive a thread that was so thoroughly decomposed rather than simply asking that question all on its own?

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