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Scale?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ikickuintheballs, Sep 25, 2000.


  1. how do I determine the scale of my bass?.. I mean like if it's 34" or 35".. etc. just wondering

    -Willz
     
  2. jcadmus

    jcadmus

    Apr 2, 2000
    That Ed Fuqua. Give him and inch and he wants a foot. Give him a foot and he wants to be a ruler. :)
     
  3. MJB

    MJB

    Mar 17, 2000
    Speaking of feet you DID notice the poster's handle didn't you?
     
  4. biscuit

    biscuit

    Mar 6, 2000
    Virginia, USA
    Since most basses have adjustable bridges, the distance from the nut to the bridge saddle will vary from string to string (usually the "speaking length" of the B or E string will be longer than the G or C string). I would recommend measuring from the nut to the twelfth fret. This will give you a consistent measurement that is one half of your scale length. If you measure 17" from the nut to the 12th fret, it is a 34" scale. If you measure 17.5", it is a 35" scale.
     
  5. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Another thing you can take note of, at least on a 4-string bass, is that although the bridge is generally adjustable, thereby indicating different scale lengths for each string, the length on the "G" string is usually closest to the scale length of the instrument as you're referring to...