Hi. Pardon my ignorance, having "played" bass for 10 years, I still know very little about my instrument. I've always enjoyed playing it, but it's only this last year that I've learned to LOVE playing bass, and want to learn more about my guitar. I play a Jackson Professional (that's all I know... oh, and it's white...) and I can't find any more information about it on the web. I found one which was close, but not my model. I'm at work atm, so can't post a picture of it. Anyway, back to my question... I've found that every set of strings I've put on it since I replaced the first set have been way too long (to the point where the e-string is actually wound on the tuning peg! (not good, I know, but I not had any problems with it so far). I suspect that my bass is a 'short scale', but how do I know? where do I measure the scale from? is it from the bridge to nut, or the length of the fretboard? It doesn't 'feel' any shorter than any other bass (i.e. I don't feel that I'm stretching any more to reach the bottom frets when I play a different bass to when I play mine). When buying strings what should I be looking for? I don't really understand guages, other than the lower the guage, the easier it is to bend notes... Any help is greatfully appreciated.