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Old 12-26-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Long vs Short Scale Bass?

Why do basses come in super short scale and normal scale? Are the short basses like toys compared to the long ones? Kiddie basses?
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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No, they sound and feel different.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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Shorties have a different feel, and a different tone. They also (typically) have a thinner gauge of string. Thinner necks, which feel faster to me.

I recently had to switch to short scales, and I can tell you there is a world of difference.

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Old 12-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Different tones come out of shorter scale basses. They're generally easier to play for people with smaller hands, as well.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:27 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by FrozenNile
Different tones come out of shorter scale basses. They're generally easier to play for people with smaller hands, as well.

yes, but not a requirement if you have smaller hands.

I own a dano short scale and I bought it for the tone.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #6
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Anarkee is right, proper technique was developed to allow 99.99% people of different hand sizes to play the bass efficiently and not injure their hands.

A different scale is just a different beast. With both pros and cons. Different sound and feeling.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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coming from someone that plays five and six strings, I can be very biased and say that I prefer long scale to help with the lower tunings and on a slightly less important note, you get more bass for your money. And do not be put off big instruments if you have small hands, just look at Sarah Longfield.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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WELCOME to the wonderful world of bass I started on a long scale bass went to short and back to long and have both right now.
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