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Hi Sheldon. I've looked around and haven't seen this topic come up. I have an Afterburner 5 string, and plan on getting a 6. Now, the scale length is 37 to 34 on both the 5 and 6, from what I've read. So, that's 37-34 (B to G) on 5's, and 37-34 (B to C) on 6's.... so wouldn't that make the fret tilt (low and hi on the neck) slightly less on 6 strings? I mean, in theory if you made a 20 string instrument with 37-34 scale and a 12" wide fretboard, the fanning would be barely noticeable, right? I'm only bringing this up because, I just recently switched to 5 strings after playing 6 string basses ONLY for the last 15 years. So if the fanning (which isn't a real problem on my 5) is less on a 6, then I have yet another reason to be saving for my next Dingwall.... a 6 string!! Also, I paid via Paypal recently for my new knobs for my born in '04 AB1, but I haven't heard back from Dingwall Sales. If there is a problem, let me know.
Thanks, J. Jordan
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I am definitely not Sheldon, but I think I can answer part of the question.

The fanning on the 6str is 33 1/2" - 37" (exactly like a 5 with a 33 1/2" C string added; fanning remains constant in all Dingwall necks IIRC). I had trouble finding a comfortable 6str up until my first 6str Dingwall (I had tried from off the shelf basses to custom ordered ones)

Even though I have been a 5str player ever since the beginning, I have no trouble playing the 6string Dingwalls. Hope it helps a bit
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[quote="JEDI BASS TRICKS":3pavwlze]I mean, in theory if you made a 20 string instrument with 37-34 scale and a 12" wide fretboard, the fanning would be barely noticeable, right? [/quote:3pavwlze]

[quote="fullrangebass":3pavwlze] The fanning on the 6str is 33 1/2" - 37" (exactly like a 5 with a 33 1/2" C string added; fanning remains constant in all Dingwall necks IIRC).[/quote:3pavwlze]

Fullie is right. If you made the fretboard wide enough and kept adding strings, the frets, which are straight lines (in the scale plane, at least), would eventually all intersect on the treble side. So, in theory, if you could handle such a fretboard, you could have grand piano-scaled bass strings on one side of the neck and mandolin-scaled strings on the other side, similar to a harp or piano.


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wow :shock: what's te make? i like it^^
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[quote="Erwin":10m9cfar]wow :shock: what's te make? i like it^^[/quote:10m9cfar]

It's a JP bass.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... d=15436204

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Just for fun, I got my AB and a couple of yardsticks and found that the first and 24th frets intersect on the treble side at about 24.25 inches, measured off the bass side of the neck. As you pick frets closer to each other the distance increases, but if you pick two adjacent at the nut end, the distance is less. The geometry is really complex :?. If you built such an instrument, I guess you would basically have a bass hammered dulcimer, or a giant fretted zither :?:


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[quote="guitarded":2ysl00u7]Just for fun, I got my AB and a couple of yardsticks and found that the first and 24th frets intersect on the treble side at about 24.25 inches, measured off the bass side of the neck. As you pick frets closer to each other the distance increases, but if you pick two adjacent at the nut end, the distance is less. The geometry is really complex :?. If you built such an instrument, I guess you would basically have a bass hammered dulcimer, or a giant fretted zither :?:


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A 7str or a low F# (or both) would do perfect for me!!! no need for more strings than 7 for me (or for a wide f/b
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Thanks guys, I didn't know the scale was 33.5-37 on the 6's. I'm very tall with long fingers, so a 6 string has always felt good to me. And, I haven't had any real issues adjusting to the 37 inch B string fret-spread (I've had more issues with chords above the 12th fret). So, a 6 string DW is definitely in my future.
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If I'm not mistaken, the scale length of the 6-str is C=[b:3nh34jgx]33.25[/b:3nh34jgx], G=34.0, D=34.75, A=35.5, E=36.25, B=37.0.
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":3907t5kf]If I'm not mistaken, the scale length of the 6-str is C=[b:3907t5kf]33.25[/b:3907t5kf], G=34.0, D=34.75, A=35.5, E=36.25, B=37.0.[/quote:3907t5kf]

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Our preferred scale change is .75" per string. If you know the scale of one string you can figure out them all.
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Hey Sheldon, I just got my knobs... Thanks!
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