Our take on the P-bass but short scale


Our take on the J-bass but short scale



Original design short scale

1930 II

Original design short scale

David Hood "Swamper Bass"

Inspired by David Hood’s “Swamper Bass”


A bass needs to be a minimum scale length for the strings to have proper tension to communicate bass notes. The longer the scale the clearer the notes. Think of a piano. 34 inches is a good length for a very clear tone. But music is not all about being clear. A shorter scale length gives the strings a chance to resonate wider for a bigger tone. It doesn’t seem to make sense – a shorter scale = bigger tone, but that is the case. Again if you are looking for a clearer crisper tone then I recommend a full or 34” scale. The 30” vs 34” is not about the fact that one is better, quite simply they are different.

D. Lakin Basses offers great designs in both scale lengths. These images illustrate the difference. I believe most short scale basses up till now have had bodies that are too small. We have fixed this design shortcoming with our new line.