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Question about a..changing...?...scale length

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NateS, Oct 3, 2009.


  1. NateS

    NateS

    Sep 22, 2009
    Richmond, VA, USA
    what is it called / what's the point of having the fret length be anything other than symmetrical? Such as in this picture:

    fullrange_z3_full_shot_312.

    does it make it easier, change the tone, better for smaller hands? I'm just confused a little...
     
  2. it provides a more even tension. it makes sliding barre chords a bit annoying, IMO, so I don't really like it. anyways, neither Warwick nor Fender do it. so I'd be sacrificing my preferred tone to give myself something I don't want.
     
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    It injects a bass full of awesomeness.
     
  4. NateS

    NateS

    Sep 22, 2009
    Richmond, VA, USA
    it definately looks cool..the bass is so modern//sleek looking to begin with.


    it helps have the correct tension? so...having a longer scale length allows less tension? I know very little about this stuff
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Generally, a longer scale (more tension) will make the lower strings speak more clearly and sound better, but can make higher strings sound thin in comparison. Used a fanned fret system, your lower strings get the benefits of the higher tension that a longer scale provides while your higher strings get a lower tension than suits their sound better.
     
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    ...and what bryan means is 'it injects a bass full of awesomeness.'
     
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I prefer this one:

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