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Re: M1 Kay 3/4 or 4/4?

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Posted by Don on June 24, 2001 at 07:29:19:

In Reply to: Re: M1 Kay 3/4 or 4/4? posted by Andy Seed on June 18, 2001 at 17:25:36:

: : I'm planning on buying an upright to use in our newly formed bluegrass band. I currently play a Martin B1, which is great for an acoustic bass guitar, but we all know nothing will sound as full, rich and mellow as a double bass. The thing is that I don't know anything about them or how to play. I checked out a 1942 Kay in Mt.View, AR on Memorial Day and it was the best sounding bass I had heard since I've started looking. My question is: Are M1 Kay basses 3/4 or 4/4 size and would it matter? I'm thinking of buy a '42 M1.

: A Kay bass would normally be 3/4 size - this is determined more by measuring the actual scale length ( string length from nut to bridge crown ) than by overall size of the bass which can vary greatly.
: An average 3/4 bass scale length is 41 1/2" - anything longer than that makes the bass practically unplayable unless you have really big hands. The "standard" bass size used nowadays is 3/4 - very few 4/4 basses are used even in orchestras because not only do they need an uncomfortably large handspan between the notes ( which can actually cause physical damage to your hands ) but they are awkward and cumbersome to transport.
: Unless you are physically very big with hands like shovels DON'T go for a 4/4 size bass you won't be doing yourself any favours and will regret it in the long run.
: Good luck with your search for a bass,
: Andy.

This is backwards. The aggregate bass dimensions are what determines whether it is 3/4, 7/8, etc. String length does not.

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