Re: Short scale basses

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Posted by J R on December 18, 2001 at 17:10:30:

In Reply to: Re: Short scale basses posted by Stan on February 25, 2001 at 22:17:37:

"Short scale has nothing to do wth how big your hands are. It has to do with how long your arms are. What is important for us small handed players is the width at the nut."

Well, for the most part I agree (nut width is an issue with small hands). However, if your hands are small ENOUGH (I'm 3'1"), the scale matters. With a 33" to 35" or more scale), the spacing between frets near the nut is an issue. Frankly, I don't like really skinny necks. Don't want a wide Precision (prefer jazz width), but my Beatle Bass is pushing it a little. Just thought I'd throw in an unusual view.

However, I think what you said about the fellow's friend going to the store to try different widths is right on. He may not need a short scale bass. Neverthess, Stanley Clarke likes 'em. :o)

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