Scale length

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Poodles, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Poodles

    Poodles Guest

    Jul 2, 2013
    Hello. I am quit new to bass playing, this is probably a very silly question, but how I do i determine the scale length of my guitar? Use the strings are available in different length, and I don't want to get the wrong ones! (I presume it does matter). Thank you.
  2. Measure from the nut to the saddle- in other words, the portion of string that vibrates when plucked, w/o fretting. Most basses are 34" but there are many variations. 30, 32, 35, 36...
  3. Poodles

    Poodles Guest

    Jul 2, 2013
    Fab thank you
  4. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Since bridge saddles are often not a consistent distance from the nut, you can also measure from the nut to the 12th fret, and double the length.
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains:
    Scale length does NOT determine the "scale strings" you need.

    Strings should really be sold by overall winding length rather than "scale length".

    This article will explain how to find the correct length strings for your instrument:

    Finding the correct string length for your bass.
  6. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    What Jason said. And also 33 1/4 is used by Rickenbacker.
  7. Ian_Flash

    Ian_Flash Guest

    Jan 17, 2013
    Yes... Jason is wise! You need to consider the WIND length needed to clear the nut and the tuning posts (nothing to do with silked or non-silked strings), or you run the risk of weakening the core and breaking the string. I just went through this with a set of "standard long-scale" strings for a 34" scale bass which ended up with the low E winding 1-1/2 times around the post - this is a BAD thing. On Jason's recommendation, GHS's "standard" scale length solved the problem.
  8. Poodles

    Poodles Guest

    Jul 2, 2013
    Thank you all, I will have a look at this article.