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Old 06-16-2007, 02:42 PM   #1
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Short scale 5 string bass..does it exist?

are there any companies that make a short scale 5 string bass, if so who?
i can't find one anywhere. if anyone has any kind of info, it would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:27 PM   #2
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The B string would be so floppy...
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:32 PM   #3
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if you take into account that a full scale 5 string should be 35inch scale, cheap ones are usually 34inch scale so they could be classed as a short scale 5 strings, but thats probably not the answer you are after
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:34 PM   #4
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Yeah, I think MX4Life is right. The B-string would be unbelievably floppy. Unless there's some weird mathematical explanation for why I'm wrong or something.
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:35 PM   #5
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Yeah, I think MX4Life is right. The B-string would be unbelievably floppy. Unless there's some weird mathematical explanation for why I'm wrong or something.


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Old 06-16-2007, 04:13 PM   #6
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You'd need a really thick gauge B-string for it to sound "tight". Among other things.
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:04 PM   #7
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if you take into account that a full scale 5 string should be 35inch scale, cheap ones are usually 34inch scale so they could be classed as a short scale 5 strings, but thats probably not the answer you are after


So you consider Warwicks and MM stringray 5 stringers to be cheap then?

To the OP,out of interest, why are you looking for a short-scale 5-string?
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:07 PM   #8
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if you take into account that a full scale 5 string should be 35inch scale, cheap ones are usually 34inch scale so they could be classed as a short scale 5 strings, but thats probably not the answer you are after


Fender doesn't make a 35" scale bass, and they kinda invented the concept. Other than a few exceptions, I can't think of any major brands that carry more than 1 or 2 35's. And since we're talking 'full scale', shouldn't the proper full scale be the Novax Fanned Fret System?
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:14 PM   #9
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Fender doesn't make a 35" scale bass, and they kinda invented the concept. Other than a few exceptions, I can't think of any major brands that carry more than 1 or 2 35's. And since we're talking 'full scale', shouldn't the proper full scale be the Novax Fanned Fret System?





Real men use 36 inches!!
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:45 PM   #10
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Hmm, out of curiosity, would 30 inches be considered short scale?
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:51 PM   #11
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Yes. Standard scale is 34. Or it has been on everything I've played.
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:58 PM   #12
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:47 PM   #13
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Real men use 36 inches!!


I've seen fretless Novax fingerboards. I'm not even going to go on about them.

Luckily, it was lined. Imagine if it was unlined!?!
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:42 PM   #14
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I've seen fretless Novax fingerboards. I'm not even going to go on about them.

Luckily, it was lined. Imagine if it was unlined!?!




Christ almighty, that's not right! Unlined? the mind boggles....
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Old 06-17-2007, 02:36 AM   #15
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thats one ugly bass...
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:36 AM   #16
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My friend has this Tobias (not U.S. made...) 5 string that is pretty damn short. Next to my Fender MM Sig you would think it was a guitar...
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I've never played one, and the only one I've heard was on a low quality video on Youtube, but it seems like they have a fix for the "unbelievably floppy" B string. I've thought about ordering one my self.
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Over 4 years too late with that post, mate.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:01 PM   #20
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Ever considered taking a full-scale 5-string Bass , putting a capo on desired position ? and then playing with string-tension ? or ask a guitar-tech to make a solution based on the same idea ?
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