Yipes! 38" scale Overwater....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassmonkeee, Sep 7, 2001.

  1. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I was just checking out the Overwater site, and ran across this pic of Roger Gardner playing his 38" scale Overwater 7 string. Is anyone besides Overwater and Carl Thompson using this scale length?

    To quote Tiny Elvis: "Look at that neck--that neck is huge!"

  2. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    My good freind is a luthier and just got finished building a 36" 6 string with wide spacing, I was there when he finished the other night and it is a beast of a bass. I have pretty big hands and it was a full on handfull but sounded huge so I cant even imagine a 38".
  3. I thought that with a longer scale length that you could shove more frets in there. If so, then why is he limited to only 24? I could very well imagine 36-40 being crammed in there.

    Rock on
  4. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Longer scale doesn't mean more frets, it means bigger spacing between frets.
  5. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    Right you are bassmonkey.
  6. Well, he could have more frets and still have adequate spacing between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge (for thumbstyle), but what's the point? I've always thought 6-/7-/8-string basses were intended so that the player could have more range in a given position--below the 12th fret, preferably.
  7. Don't give Turner any more ideas........"Yeah, 40, that's the ticket, 40 inches."
  8. Jesus. First we were talking about strings making up for penile deficiencies, but now that we're onto inches the analogy is frighteningly close:eek:

    And you don't have to have bigger frets, you can have more, smaller frets. 26-fret Thumb, anyone?
  9. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Who makes 38" scale strings? or 37" in the case of Novak bridges? Kinda wonder about that...
  10. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    isn't double bass 42"? What is standard? 32"? 33"?
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Standard for electric is 34", although things from 27" to 38" have been used.

    Most short scales are 30", and a lot of 5's and 6's are 35".
  12. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I've always wanted a 42" scale 7, 8, or 9-String bass, just so i could scare people with it... :D
  13. alx564


    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    WOW!!!! Thats a monster bass. I would never, ever be able to play that ogre of a bass.

    I think JT is gonna have to get an 8-string with like a 40" scale to beat out Gardner....hehe :D
  14. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Double bass is 42".
    For electric bass, refer to Embellisher's post.

    38" is pretty nuts. And 7-string as well. The B string must sound awesome. Good luck trying to find a 7-string long scale string set for that beast.
  15. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda Guest

    Jun 3, 2000
    thats monsterous!!!!! How do u slap on that thing!! :eek:
  16. My my.. what a big bass !
    You think he's compensating for something ? :D :D
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member


    No, wait!

    :D :D :D
  18. Dave Metts

    Dave Metts Guest

    Nov 21, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Jaco only nee.......

    ah, screw it
  19. ...that is completely ridiculous.

  20. :D :D