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Short scale to full size conversion?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dudeonthebass, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. dudeonthebass


    Jul 2, 2008
    Would it be possible to say get a put a p or jazz bass neck on a Fender (Squier) Musicmaster bass

    Would it fit, or would there be problems?

    Dave :)
  2. Fit is not the primary issue - scale length is. The bridge placement has to be correct for the scale length of the neck. The bridge placement is not correct, so intonation will be a mile off and every fret on the neck will play the wrong note. Best to keep it as intended, and if you want a full scale bass, get one.
  3. dudeonthebass


    Jul 2, 2008
    Well that being the case, is there a tonal difference between a short scale and a long scale ?
  4. You can expect a full range of answers ranging from "No difference, they sound heavenly and can play any music ever written" to "Short scale sucks, if you play one you will fall into a large crack in the earth and be damned forever." ;)

    My position: any difference is so slight that it doesn't matter. I own a number of short scale basses and play them interchangeably with long scale basses.

    My suggestion; go play some, and make your own decision. That's what it always boils down to.
  5. GassieBall


    Oct 15, 2006

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