Corey Brown's 34" Orchid bass is sister companion to 32" Dirty Blonde Orchid bass. As you know, I built both basses in order to allow Corey to choose the scale length he preferred. We were exploring new territory, and I wanted him to be able to play them both before deciding.
It was also an opportunity to evaluate tonal differences via controlled experiment. Both basses are as identical as I can make them, with the only differences being scale length and finish. It is astonishing how similar they sound.
34" long scale offers slightly deeper fundamental lows, as well as slightly brighter twang in upper mids. 32" medium scale offers slightly rounder, smoother tones in upper registers. "Slightly" is the best word choice.
Both basses have piano-like chordal clarity, warmth, and chiming harmonics. Note volume is even and very consistent throughout the fretboard. Low notes are punchy, deep, and distinct...even detuned a whole step (D). Sustain is equal, between the instruments, and between open string vs. fretted note.
Choosing one bass over the other is a matter of personal preference, rather than performance. Most importantly, base your decision on how the instrument fits your body — 32" will typically be comfortable for smaller players. However, it is interesting to note Monster prefers the 32" scale, and he is 6'3" and 220 lbs. Corey prefers the 34" and he is 5'9" and 175 lbs.
Specifications for Corey's 34" Orchid (photos):
• Swamp ash body with curly maple top and walnut accents
• Quarter sawn curly maple neck and headstock with Spanish luthier's joint
• Patented Trapezoid Neck Profile™ (TNP™)
• TOONE & TOWNSEND Neck Core™
• Neck-into-body construction
• Ebony fretboard with stainless steel frets and walnut position markers
• Bone nut
• Hipshot UltraLite tuners
• TOONE & TOWNSEND bass bridges (stainless & anodized)
• EMG-JAX active pickups
• Altieri custom gig bag