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What does scale length mean?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by leffe luffer, Dec 28, 2003.


  1. What does it mean? Is it the number of frets or what?
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    (string) length from saddle to bridge.
    34" (86.4 cm) is the scale length for most basses and is called long-scale.
     
  3. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Saddle to nut, maybe? ;)
     
  4. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Hehe exactly what i thought when i read it.

    (saddle = bridge)
     
  5. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Although if you want to get technical, because the bridge saddles move back and forth, the scale length is twice the distance of the nut to the 12th fret. Someone on TB corrected me about that once, though I forget who.
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yup, the German word for saddle is used for the part of the bridge the strings rest on, so I sometimes get confused :p

    Nut to saddle it is, of course.
     
  7. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Totally off-topic, what exactly does uber translate to?
     
  8. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im also curious. I use it a lot meaning "kickass" or "better" or "best".
     
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Über usually means "on top" or "above", "about" etc. "more than" is one of the more loose meanings.
    The latin word for über is super...
     
  10. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Time to change my user title. :D
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    probably me :) i've been known to do that, from time to time.
     
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    something about the way you typed that reminded me of star wars ;)
     
  13. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin

    Who's more the fool- the fool, or the fool who listens to what he says about scale length?