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Your favorite scale length! **Poll**

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, May 8, 2005.


Favorite scale length.

Poll closed Jun 7, 2005.
  1. 30

    7 vote(s)
    3.0%
  2. 32

    12 vote(s)
    5.1%
  3. 33

    6 vote(s)
    2.6%
  4. 34

    129 vote(s)
    55.1%
  5. 34.5

    42 vote(s)
    17.9%
  6. 35

    24 vote(s)
    10.3%
  7. 35.25

    5 vote(s)
    2.1%
  8. 36

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 37

    4 vote(s)
    1.7%
  10. 38

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  11. 39

    3 vote(s)
    1.3%
  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Vote now and win a free "Air bass 2000"
     
  2. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Explain your choice, is mainly for comfort or tone or....???
     
  3. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    My Dingwall Z1 starts at 37". Thats actually my favorite :crying:
     
  4. Gomex

    Gomex

    Jan 7, 2005
    Australia
    The best basses I've heared and played have all be 34"
    Now where's my air bass!
     
  5. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    do you play 34" 5 strings??? :bassist:
     
  6. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES

    Woops!
    I knew I would miss one.
    If a moderator could ad that one in there it would be great.
     
  7. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004
    Denmark
    For 5+ strings I prefer 36". The feel of the B-string is much better than on a standerd 34" but IMO the E-string also benefits from the extra scale length.
     
  8. Andy Cleaver

    Andy Cleaver A show of hands....

    Dec 16, 2004
    England, Midlands
    34" for me :bassist:
     
  9. You left out 34.5", the scale length of F Basses, for example.

    I voted for 34" - it's just more comfortable.
     
  10. 35" Nice feeling, Nice tone.
     
  11. Wademeister63

    Wademeister63

    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx
    34" for me. It's comfy
     
  12. My lakland's low B sound perfect with the 35 inches. =)
     
  13. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    34" for me. I'm not the tallest guy here, so it's a comfort thing. Plus, if your bass is set up properly, there is not real discernable difference in the feeling and tone of the B string.
     
  14. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    30.75", 32" second, then 34".
     
  15. Washishimi

    Washishimi Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    New York
    Give me a 35" 4 string bass anyday! Great sustain and punch and just comfortable for me!
     
  16. I put 34" , but 34 or 35, i dont notice much difference :p
     
  17. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    I have small hands and feel 33" is a good compromise between comfort and string tension (four string).
    I like when builders offer it as an option!

    My next project will be a 33" for myself.

    Jon
     
  18. I have a four string 34 fretted that is much easier than my 5 fretless 35. ITs a little bit of a struggle in the 1st position range on the 35...i think my next might be a 33 or 32
     
  19. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    33 inch on a 4, mine is very comfortable and does not lose much if any at all of the tension that 34 inch scale would have but 35 inch on a 5 .... I think the B needs the extra scale length.
    - Tom
     
  20. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    4 - 5 - 6 string.... I prefer 34" scale (though 32" is fun sometimes).

    I've never had an issue with flabby, unfocused "B" strings or twangy, thin sounding "G" or "C" strings... and my "muscle memory" knows that scale best.