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Re: 3/4 vrs. 4/4 bass

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Posted by Barefoot Larry (The Texas Jug Band) on October 24, 2002 at 02:22:33:

In Reply to: Re: 3/4 vrs. 4/4 bass posted by Jazz on March 05, 2002 at 08:23:48:

: : What is the actual size of a 4/4 full size bass? Does any body really know... Also does anyone know where I can buy one? Please let me know.. Thanks; Dave Maul

A 4/4 bass is (typically) 6'2" tall and 28.5 inches wide. They are 2" taller and 2" wider than a 3/4 bass. There really are no standards, though, and the best determination is length of scale, which is 41 3/4" or 42" on a 3/4 and I would assume about 2 inches longer on a 4/4.

Cheap Chinese basses can readily be had in all sizes on Ebay, including 4/4 size.

As Bob Gollihur says, about 4/4 basses, though, "This isn't the Olympics... you don't get extra points for Degree Of Difficulty".

Your notes will occur farther apart with the longer scale, which will make it harder for you to play someone else's bass, which is likely to be a 3/4. That will also make the 4/4 harder to play, especially if you use something like Simandl fingering.

When you get beyond the Cheap Chinese basses (stay away from Cremona & Palatino)(Merano & De Villi are likely better), it becomes harder to find 4/4 basses, though 7/8 aren't all that uncommon among higher-end basses.

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