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SS Playing Speed?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Felix Riley, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Felix Riley

    Felix Riley

    Aug 2, 2013
    So, I play a short scale bass (Gibson SG), and I am thinking of buying an MM Bongo, but I was wondering: are full scale basses easier to play fast on, because of the more string tension? I play technical prog, so playability is important to me. Also, are Bongos easy to play? Just a side question. Help :help:
  2. Bingo

    Bingo Banned

    Mar 3, 2014
    South by Southwest
    John Myung. He gets pretty technical on a Bongo.

    Dave LaRue. Bad man on a Bongo.

    Yovannis Roque - a bad man I just found on Ernie Ball web site

    That's just a few examples of bad, bad men who play them. I'm sure others will chime in with plenty more artists. The point is, playability doesn't seem to be an issue for these basses. Go for it.
  3. Felix Riley

    Felix Riley

    Aug 2, 2013
    Yeah I was thinking Myung too. Love DT!
  4. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Do you mean (specifically) strings not hitting the frets from plucking really fast with your plucking hand?

    I play faster with a short scale bass because the frets are smaller, and shorties are all-around more comfortable than full scales. Also the lesser string tension of short scales force me to play with a lighter touch.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You can get used to anything. Stanley Clarke plays short scales and nobody accuses him of being hampered by it.
  6. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I can't really comment much on the Short Scale part of this.
    But I can comment on the Bongo part.
    If you can, they are definitely worth every single penny - in any of the pickup combinations. My favorite is HS followed very closely by HH. For fretless I like having the piezo to dial in. Still gotta get my hands on a single H as well.

    But anyway - I can't sing the praises enough about Bongos, and they are discussed here quite a bit. They are super comfortable, and I can play extremely technical riffs on my 5 and 6 string ones with supreme ease.
  7. if the tension on a short scale is too low put higher gauge strings on it. Thats the best thing about SS basses.
  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    There isn't more tension on long scale. It all depends on what kind of strings you're using.
  9. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Go to a concert of Bethoveen's 9th symphony and you will see that speed has nothing to do with scale and everything to do with technique.