Just thinking, I like lots of tension on my strings, and have been tempted to go to 35" scale, but I really like playing 34" scale. It occurred to me that maybe the answer is a string-through bass, with the string mounting quite a bit behind the bridge, so that I could have 34" scale, but use strings made for longer scale. I'd angle the pass-through. So, the question is, does overall string length matter in tension, or is it just the subsection between witness points? Am I stupid? Or did I just state something that everyone already knows? Or somewhere in between?