The very nature of a budget 5 requires at
LEAST a 34 scale to accommodate the B string.
You have companies like Landing and Birdsong that do short and mid scale 5ers but they are anything BUT budget because apparently it takes talent to create a 5 string that sounds good under 34 scale.
Kala U bass? It's micro scale...
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Thanks for the information. It seems like there are only short scale solutions (Ibanez Mikro, Fender Mustang), standard scale and long scale (Ibanez and Warwicks with 36" scale). It seems like an untapped market.
Thanks for the recommend, that looks like a good choice as well. I know that Ibanez just released a 5 string version of their Mikro bass, but it would be nice to find one that wasn't in the 28-30" scale length, it's almost too close at times.