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Wouldn't anyone play a metric bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gln1955, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Skeezix


    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I stand corrected. Actually, right now I am sitting down...
    So, I sit corrected. Or something like that.:thumbsup::hyper:
  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    In the home stereo world we called it Scientific Audio Explosion.
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  3. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    When I was building guitars, I always laid out my fret slots in metric. The math was about a million times easier.

    Fender scale is 648 mm instead of 25.5 inches. Other than that, it’s all rule of 18ths.
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  4. Durham52


    Sep 4, 2016
    Ever seen Rugby or Aussie rules football? No padding and helmets, Yank wusses!;)
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  5. saabfender

    saabfender Banned SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    Stand there while a 220lb man in plastic armor hits you running at top speed then talk about wussies.
  6. EmuBass


    Jan 24, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    scale_length. Haha, you thought this was complicated? Here are my 2 Cents. Talking of scale length (whether in Inches or centimeter) cannot be done this easy. Are we talking of scale length or string length? The latter cannot be done because of the setting of the bridge where you find different string length depending on the thickness of your strings (not to speak about "fanned frets" here). It seems to be easier if we focus on the "scale length" between the nut and the 12th fret and double this distance (just for calculation-reasons). The historical reason for Leo choosing 34'' (or whatever you would call it) has a thread of its own: Looking for historical information on how 34 inches became the standard for Bass scale.
    scale lenght.
  7. donotfret


    Jun 11, 2018
    As someone who lives in a country where you can buy 2.272 litre bottles of milk (that's 4 pints), I know from everyday experience that imposing the metric system doesn't work.

    Oh, I almost forgot. Would anybody here be able to tell me if my EUBs have 106cm or 41 3/4" scale length? I'm certainly not able to measure the difference with the equipment I have. I might manage with a good laser interferometer and careful planning, but all the effort might be in vain, because whenever I change strings it's unavoidable to slightly move the bridge.
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  8. EmuBass


    Jan 24, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    I accept pints only for beer!
  9. G-Z

    G-Z My other account is a Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2018
    A bit like rugby, only they do it without the plastic armour.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
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  10. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    Gosh 10 whole pages ago... but actually here's an answer to the OPs' actual question... they did. Aria SB Series basses back in the early 80s listed their scale lengths in mm rather than inches. I remember all the promo material I had when I got my SB700 waaaaaaay back in 1982 had the scale length listed as 860mm...



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  11. Manuel Bass

    Manuel Bass Commercial User

    Jun 23, 2017
    No disclosures
    Here in South America we use both metric an inches and get the best of the two worlds
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  12. ccfalkner


    Sep 19, 2016
    Dallas, TX
    My bass makes this problem much easier. See that switch on top? That is the English/metric converter. One flick and I don't even have to think about it.

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  13. Furutan


    Sep 5, 2018
    It didn't work because Americans were stuck in too deep a rut. Few knew how many ounces were in a gallon or square feet in a hectare but they were - to be frank - too lazy to learn anything better. With rare exceptions the rest of the world (96% of the world's population) operates on metric. It's the same reason why the US gallon is smaller than the gallon everywhere else.

    It would have been a heck of a lot better if the push for the metric system had petered out after just a few years. By now nearly two generations would have been raised on it and today they would look back at the old imperial measurements as being as ridiculous as they are. (BTW, perhaps it hasn't occurred to people that we accept two-liter bottles without blinking an eye.)

    But we don't like to change.
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  15. Ahh, we tried that metric krap 30 years ago, we're all too stupid.:laugh:
  16. I have always thought that, we exist, that's all but it is nice to have a thing we all agree on for coordination.
  17. I hate metric string spacing.
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  19. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    Anyone heard the story of the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter? NASA did all their stuff in metric units and asked their software contractor, Lockheed, to do the same... they didn’t, they used imperial. So the craft ended up ploughing into the atmosphere of Mars instead of going into orbit. From Wikipedia...

    “The Mars Climate Orbiter (formerly the Mars Surveyor '98 Orbiter) was a 338-kilogram (745 lb) robotic space probe launched by NASA on December 11, 1998 to study the Martian climate, Martian atmosphere, and surface changes and to act as the communications relay in the Mars Surveyor '98 program for Mars Polar Lander. However, on September 23, 1999, communication with the spacecraft was lost as the spacecraft went into orbital insertion, due to ground-based computer software which produced output in non-SI units of pound-force seconds (lbf·s) instead of the SI units of newton-seconds (N·s) specified in the contract between NASA and Lockheed. The spacecraft encountered Mars on a trajectory that brought it too close to the planet, and it was either destroyed in the atmosphere or re-entered heliocentric space after leaving Mars' atmosphere.[1][2]

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  20. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I could measure the scale length in cubits and it would still sound the same.

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