Short Length Scale Basses and Tuning

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kalo, May 4, 2005.

  1. kalo


    Jul 29, 2003
    Hi All,

    I am in the process of buying a HIGH END custom short length bass guitar....

    My question is: If I needed to tune it down 1/2 step would that present a problem on how the strings feel, i.e. floppy feeling?

    Thanks, Kalo!
  2. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    How short?

    My 6-strings are 32" scale and I have regularly tuned down a 1/2 step without any troubles. If you try it and the strings are too floppy, then try a thicker gauge string. I'm using a .105 E on my 6'ers.
  3. kalo


    Jul 29, 2003
    Hi Xyllion,

    The one I MIGHT be purchasing is 30 1/2 inch neck....

  4. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    You could try different gauges to find out what feels good to you.
  5. kalo


    Jul 29, 2003
    Awesome Cliff.....I guess experimenting with string guages might be the key...Thanks!