30"Scale B.Guitar - request advice

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  1. scottie65

    scottie65

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    I am considering a 30" scale bass guitar due to my medium to small hands and my reach. I will be using it to learn to play at home and hopefully small events in the future . I am considering the violin style bass Jay Turser, Hofner Ingition or Contemporary, and the the Rogue VB100. From what research I have done it looks like the Jay Turser might be best quality for the price but I am seeking advice from any member that would like to help me decide. Any advice on these would be great. Initially I was just looking at solid bodies which at present trying to keep the purchase to a minimum I am leaning toward the Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II which looks pretty nice and I think the sound is pretty good. Any advice on this one would be helpful also. If one of the violin models would work out that would be great. I would like to use it for blues, funk, jazz and popular music. I play with fingers and not a pick. I am not just a Beatle type music only person but still like some of their music. I am trying to get a light weight guitar that is why I thought about the violin style hollow body but also want to stick with a 30" scale. Good balance would be good but sometimes you can not get all you want in the mix for an inexpensive guitar($200-$400). Presently I own a 34" scale Schecter Raiden Custom 4 which I like but am trying to get a more comfortable playing bass with the 30" short scale.
    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Tbone76

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    The Epiphone EB-0 and Allen Woody Signature model are both in your price range. I'm not sure if the Epiphone EB-3 is short scale, but it's worth a look. There is also a Squier Jaguar model that is a short scale.
     
  3. Orangeclawhammr

    Orangeclawhammr Supporting Member

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    I'll be the first of many to suggest the Squier VM Jaguar SS. It can be had for about $180. I have one and have had an Epiphone Viola (violin shaped) bass. The balance n the Squier is not perfect, but it is worlds better than those violin basses. There are also Squier Mustang basses that fit your budget.
     
  4. JennySuzuki

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    Epiphone's EB3 is standard scale; the EB0 is short-scale. When I was in your position, I narrowed it down to the EB0, the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro, and the Gretsch Junior Jet II. After my luthier friend made me a deal I couldn't refuse, I ended up with the Gretsch. I'm quite pleased with it.
     
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    Squier Jaguar SS. I bought one for my teenager. Pretty nice bass, standard-sized (so upgradeable) pickups, bridge, electronics.

    I don't see anything out there that's a better buy.
     
  7. SnappyFerret

    SnappyFerret What it is, what it is Supporting Member

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    I am very happy with the Hofner Ignition B-Bass. I, too, play with my fingers rather than a pick. The light weight (about 5 lbs) of the body is great for a long practice or gig. I have no problem with "neck dive" since I play with the neck at a 45 degree angle and have a strap with some texture/roughness to the back. I did not like the round-wound strings it came with, though. The E and A were fine, but the D and G sounded tinny. When I put on LaBella Deep Talkin" Bass strings (flat wound stainless, .039 to .096), though, the bass came alive with a deep, warm, belchy tone on all four strings. Be aware, however, that the sustain on a hollow-body bass is a little less than on a solid body bass. The tone (with LaBella strings) is magnificent, though.
     
  8. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

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    +1 on value at $179. I got one from Amazon once that came surprising well set up.

    The Squier VM Mustang is $100 more. I personally like it over the Jag for tone, comfort (a little less neck-heavy) and looks (I like the sunburst).

    I haven't tried the Gretsch, but a lot of folks really like them.

    Spend some time playing a violin bass before you buy one. A lot of Hofner players prefer the Club model for comfort.
     
  9. scottie65

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    Thanks for all the input guys. It is very helpful and greatly appreciated.
     

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