Short scale bass ideas?

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Short scale bass ideas?

Post by absolutlytonedeaf » 13 May 2018, 12:57

So after much deliberation Ive come to the conclusion that maybe a short scale bass would suit me
comfort wise.
Calling on all fellow Ozbassers for there opinion on what type of bass would be good, really need something
that has a good output from the pickups.
Doing mainly rock in the current band .
The JMJ Fender that has been talked about on here looks quite appealing but it sounds like a bit of a dud,
don't think we heard the outcome of it in the end did we?

anyway fire away, all comments appreciated
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by narcdor » 13 May 2018, 13:41

Mustang is pretty much a P but shorter, I love them. Sound is a bit tubbier but output is standard P on the few I’ve owned. Feel is a little smaller across the board more like a Jazz, but has the P thickness. Low end is a tad woolier/looser than a P if that’s important to you.

The JMJ that made it to Aus seem like an oddity, if you want a standard P type (no J) hunt for a MIJ/CIJ they are excellent value.

I have only tried a few other shorties, a Jag P/J which I didn’t like the sound, a Framus Star bass which is super tub and awesome but not so flexible, and a Dano longhorn which felt and played like a toy because it basically is but sounded fine.
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by BazzBass » 13 May 2018, 13:45

If you want a cheap shorty to test the waters, I highly recommend the SX Shorty P bass. I bought one new a few years ago to ease the pain in my tennis elbow. It was $220 brand new. Sounded just like a P,much better than I expected from a cheap shorty. In fact I used it exclusively for 6 months, over my MIA P and MIM Jazz. I donated it to my guitarist's wunderkids and they love it.
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by BassLine » 13 May 2018, 15:50

Lightweight shorties are an acquired taste. Totally fine once you get used to them. eg. Danelectro & Hofner.

Does weight matter?

What's your budget?
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by irvinz » 13 May 2018, 17:40

the gibson EB definitely can rock it out, benefits alot from the bridge pickup to help brighten things out to make it very usable.
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by absolutlytonedeaf » 13 May 2018, 17:52

BassLine wrote:
13 May 2018, 15:50
Lightweight shorties are an acquired taste. Totally fine once you get used to them. eg. Danelectro & Hofner.

Does weight matter?

What's your budget?
weight doesn't matter so much, under 4 kg really

open budget but like everybody need to get it at market value or less :yep

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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by packrat » 13 May 2018, 18:12

The new mustangs are nice enough.

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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by NotTheFish » 13 May 2018, 19:08

Have you considered a medium scale ? I find 30" just too small. 32" is really comfortable and not as hard to go back and forth on long scale basses.

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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by absolutlytonedeaf » 13 May 2018, 19:58

NotTheFish wrote:
13 May 2018, 19:08
Have you considered a medium scale ? I find 30" just too small. 32" is really comfortable and not as hard to go back and forth on long scale basses.
haven't considered 32 inch scale, may be worth considering , my fear is I will get a 30 in scale find that it feels like a toy

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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by narcdor » 13 May 2018, 20:28

The mustang still feels like a P just different scale, very familiar to play. I haven’t tried a 32” and it does take a minute to switch between 30 and 34.
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by bigswifty » 13 May 2018, 21:01

For me at least transitioning to and from a short scale depends a lot on how it's laid out, and particularly how close to the endpin the bridge is located.

I have two shorties (both 30"). One has a trapeze and the bridge is located a longgg way from the endpin. The reach to the first fret is only slightly shorter than many 34" scales and I can transition to that shorty pretty well straight away with just a few minutes to get the fret spacing into my head.

My other shorty, the bridge is located right up close to the endpin and the reach to the first fret is very short. If I'm taking that one to a gig I need a good hour or two before I'm confident.

So IMO it just depends (I hate saying that, but sometimes it's true).
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by NotTheFish » 13 May 2018, 21:20

I must admit that the 32" scale bass that I loved was an Alembic Series 1. I have no idea what is out there in this scale in the more reasonable price ranges. It was my only bass for 13 years. I would go into a bass shop and play a 34" and go meh for years. Now all I have is 34's. I owned Owen's fretless Mouse (30" scale) for a time and it felt like a toy to me. A very nice toy though. Just some background..

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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by slowlearner » 13 May 2018, 22:35

Just bought a squire bronco for my son. It's a very easy bass to play, sounds good and is nice and light. For 300 bucks it's good value too. I know people were rubbishing the JMJ, but I was pleasantly surprised at how the Bronco is. You'll get to used to the size.
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by BassLine » 13 May 2018, 22:52

It's all relative.
- Going from 41" Double Bass to 34" feels like playing a toy.
- going from 18" Kala bass to 30" bass feels huge.

You can't go by other people's opinions.... you've gotta try it for yourself.

PS. That JMJ you referred to earlier may end up being a batch issue. I'm holding my judgement on those for now until that issue is resolved. Even $100,000+ cars can have issues when new.
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Re: Short scale bass ideas?

Post by Aussie Mark » 14 May 2018, 09:44

narcdor wrote:
13 May 2018, 20:28
The mustang still feels like a P just different scale, very familiar to play.
^^^This. I agree 100%.

Get on eBay and buy a MIJ Mustang

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