A new music store opened up about 2 miles from my home, called Firehouse music. It is a chain store, having about 3 other stores. One of them specializes in guitars, one in drums, and this is the bass store, or it is becoming that. I first went in about a month ago, and lo and behold there was a Dingwall Afterburner 5 hanging on the wall. I tried it out, and liked it a lot. A week later, there were two more hi end basses in- a used lacewood Ken Smith 5, and a used Warrior 5 with a Music Man style pickup (and the rounded body style, not the angular one). A few days ago I got the bright idea to do a B string shootout between these 3 basses, and my Conklin GT-7. So the test basses were- My Conklin GT-7 - $1000 Dingwall Afterburner 5 - $1700 Smith neckthrough 5 - $1650 Warrior 5 - $1700 My Conklin's scale length is 34, the Dingwall's B is 37, and I am pretty sure the other two were 35s. Amp with all basses- Ampeg B-5r with BSE 4x10(ported) and 1x15 cabinets. Clean channel only, run flat. First bass- Dingwall 5. Let me say that the B string on this bass is great. The string itself is very tight, and when you start playing on it quickly, it keeps definition and doesn't get sloppy. I went through all 4 pickup combinations, and some sounded better than others on the B, but the general consensus was that 'this B string is great.' Second bass- Smith 5. I think the tone of the whole bass isn't great. Maybe it's the lacewood, because I've played 2 other Smiths that were pretty good. That said, the B string was pretty good. It wasn't as deep or clear as the Dingwall, but more like a big pillow of bottom. When I started to play some faster parts on the B, it started to loose defintion, but it was still pretty good. Third bass- Warrior 5. I don't know about this instrument. It's the only Warrior I've ever played, so I can't compare it to others, but it isn't versatile at all, and doesn't even sound that great at what it does, in my opinion. It only had one pickup- a music man style pickup, with a series/paralel (I think) switch. I don't know which setting was which, but one of them sounded much more full on the B. The B wasn't bad, but not what I'd expect from a $1700 used bass. It was similar to the Smith, but sloppier. Last bass- my Conklin GT-7. I'd say that the B on this bass almost tied the Dingwall. It was deeper and more clear than the Smith or Warrior, but it also had the versatility enough to dial in some warm B tones. The verdict- scale length makes no difference in B string tones. The shortest and the longest had the best B's by my ear, and the two "must have for a good B" scale lengths weren't nearly as articulate as the 34 or the 37. So, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best B of the day... Dingwall Afterburner 5....10.0 Conklin GT-7...............9.8 Ken Smith lacewood 5.......8.6 Warrior MM 5...............7.2 Side notes- the Smith was the only neck through, the others were bolt on. All the strings had been replaced about a month ago, all with Dean Markley (I helped restring them, it's my bass teacher's store), except for the Dingwall, which came new to the store a month ago with whatever strings Sheldon uses.