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String length properties

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lamborghini98, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    What is the difference between two basses where one has 24 frets and the other has somethign like 21? Other than the physical length of the fretboard, it seems like scale length would be the issue at hand. Maybe its an illusion that when I play a Fender Jazz or something that the frets are further apart? I feel really dumb for asking this question, but otherwise it will haunt me.
  2. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Usually, they still have the same scale length (34" is most common). Scale length can vary as much as number of frets, but one doesnt necessarily affect the other (one could have a bigger body, shorter neck for example).

    For example, I believe Sadowsky's are 34" and come in a 24 fret model, while a Rickenbacher is 34" and only has 20 frets I think.
  3. As far as I know, the only difference is the length of the finger board. Some basses may give the illusion oh having bigger frets bassed on the size of the fret wire and the dimentions of the instrument as a whole.

    Here's an example of Fender Necks: