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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Medium Scale basses, anyone?

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Mar 16th, 2016 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was playing long scale basses, I had problems with cramping in my left forearm and hand, and occasional numbness in the hand, while playing. I have had no such problems since switching to the 32" scale and don't think there was a significant impact on sound. YMMV, but it works well for me.

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"bald to the bone"
Mar 16th, 2016 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Haven't tried a medium. All mine are 30" scale because I have arthritis in both thumbs.



Mar 16th, 2016 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Had a couple of 32" Aria Pro II Cardinal Series Basses over the years. Loved my CB450 model but stupidly sold it. I use a 30" Musicmaster Bass now and am happy with it.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Mar 17th, 2016 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've used 5 strings, all 34 or 35" scale since 88. Due to advancing arthritis, I'm considering shorter scales. I played a few short scale 4 strings prior to '88 and have one 32" ABG that has a good B string, so I know it's possible.



Mar 29th, 2016 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been looking for a MIJ JB62-M for awhile and seen a few on ebay from Japan but they want around $1000 shipped so I ended up ordering a short scale body and 32" neck from Warmoth, it hasnt shipped yet but I'm looking forward to it. I'm surprised the medium scale basses are not more popular.

What strings are ya'll using for medium scale? Any issues using long scale strings?

(This message was last edited by dabluesman at 08:38 AM, Mar 29th, 2016)

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Mar 29th, 2016 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

My first medium scale was a Warmoth build that turned out great. I have used long scale strings without issue.



Jul 12th, 2016 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

At a friend's suggestion I acquired a used Yamaha B-200. It is a 32 inch scale; but it's a fairly thick, round neck profile, although no bigger than my P copy. Less taper in the neck thickness I'd say, so it's thick down low as well as up high. But the shorter stretch often feels better for me.

It is versatile in tone; you can split the pickups and use any blend of bridge and neck, single or double coil. Passive, so no batteries to worry about. Highly recommend as an all bass purpose guitar.

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The Plankster of Love
Jul 12th, 2016 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am loving my 1962 Danelectro Shorthorn, which is a 30" scale.

Also heard really good reports on these, made in Korea I believe, but apparently very well assembled and setup in the US. They make a killer version of the National steel-body acoustic guitars, and I hear good things about the elctrics too so I have one of these coming to me via a dealer friend....

Reverend Dub King short scale


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jul 12th, 2016 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the Alpine color.


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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Jul 12th, 2016 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

IIRC the original Stu Hamm Urge basses were 32" scale.


Northern VA

"Mongo only pawn in game of life"
Jul 13th, 2016 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up a used Ibanez AFB200 hollow body short scale a month ago and love it. If I'm remembering correctly it's 31".
I'm -not- a bass player, but I wanted to fool around with one...and I've really taken a liking to this bass. It was incredibly inexpensive, sub $400 with case. Other than the lousy, but still usable tuners that you'd expect on a low end guitar the build is excellent. I put some flat wounds (long scale) on it, cut some foam for it, and haven't picked up a guitar since I got the bass.
The neck feels like my old LP and the body like a jazz box guitar.

not mine, but it's twin

(This message was last edited by daveg at 01:23 PM, Jul 13th, 2016)

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Jul 16th, 2016 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

"IIRC the original Stu Hamm Urge basses were 32" scale."

You are correct. I've played, but do not own, one of the USA models. I have a MIM Urge Standard. No P pickup or active/passive switching. It's light, easy and fun to play. I didn't care for the stock electronics, so it now has a set of passive Super 55s; but I kept the originals in case I want it stock again some day.

(This message was last edited by Rick Knight at 12:34 PM, Jul 16th, 2016)

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Jul 16th, 2016 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

daveg, that's a cool bass. It has an early 60s vibe.

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