Size of Scales!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hookha, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Hookha


    Nov 6, 2005
    what the different between short-scale,medium-scale,Long-scale ???

  2. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004

    long scale=34" and greater
    short scale= less than 32"
    medium scale= between 32 and 34"

    Scale length describes the "speaking length" of the string (nut to bridge) and is calculated as follows:

    distance from nut to the 12th fret X 2

    Hope this helps!


  3. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    a longer scale means a more defined low end...i guess
  4. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    It also means a thinner sounding high end. Hence why the norm is the 34" scale. Its about average in terms of those properties compared to others in the extremes at either end. Or some folks like myself prefer a multi-scaled instrument to get the benifit of both sides.
  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Actually the longer scale length helps with string tension. It can make the difference between a "Floppy B" and a "Tight B". With that said, it does not always hold true. I play a 5'er with a very tight B and it is a 34" scale. The scale standards are: Long = 34" or greater.
    Short 32" or shorter. I am not sure, but I think that a 33" scale is rare if it exists. But there are all sorts of crazy scale lengths.
  6. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Have seen everything from 28.75" up to 39" on an electric bass guitar (not EUB). And have seen some 33's, but 33.5 is more common I believe.
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Opinions on tonalities aside, let's clear up some facts.
    Not quite. Are you quoting the D'Addario site? If so, they are referring to the nomenclature for their strings, rather than the accepted nomenclature for bass guitars. And they are talking about the distance from the nut to the ball end on a particular instrument, not the scale length.

    As far as has been my experience, these numbers are widely accepted:
    long scale = Fender scale = standard length = 34"
    medium scale = 32"
    short scale = 30" or so

    Rickenbackers, at 33.25" are also considered to be long scale.

    Scales over 34" are often referred to as extra long scale. For example, a 39" Knuckle would generally be called extra long scale, as opposed to long scale, as your post would indicate.
  8. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    umm... ok

    I think we agree.