I Play SS Because...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Casting Thunder, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. Casting Thunder

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    I've noticed that just about every short scale thread seems to some variation of that line in it, normally followed by 'I'm a girl' or 'I'm injured' or the like. Why do so many people justify playing SS?

    I've never heard of anyone getting harassed for what length they play, I'm just genuinely curious.
  2. Evil Undead

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    Haha! Inspired by my thread I assume? :)
  3. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

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    Slightly... :bag:
  4. Geni758

    Geni758 Supporting Member

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    Well, I'm a girl and I'm injured but the reason I play short scale is...because I can.
  5. Basshappi

    Basshappi

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    It's a guy thing.
    :D :D
  6. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    Sometimes I play a short scale because that's what an EB-2 is. I like the way it sounds.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I Play SS Because...

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    Solid State?

    Short Scale?

    Super Sport?
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    You forgot Stainless Steel
  9. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

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    I have one too. I have it set up with flats and I play it when I'm in a retro mood.
  10. jj4001

    jj4001 Supporting Member

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    Haha. I came here to post that I play SS because vintage Acoustic Control Corp. amps are awesome.
  11. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

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    I play Short Scale because: have you ever tried to play 4 sets with an Alembic Long Scale weighing in at XX lb?

    Seriously. My main bass for probably 20 years was an Alembic Long Scale Series I I bought new in 1975.

    Sounded like a Bosendorfer. Felt like it too.

    When I had the scratch for it, I sold and bought a short scale version of the same thing. Tone is slightly more "chokey," but weight and ergonomics make all the difference.

    BTW, how is this Miscellaneous discussion? Seems it would fit in Basses. Maybe I'm missing something.
  12. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

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    I wanted to know why people keep wanting to justify what length they play.
  13. austentaciousC

    austentaciousC

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    Stainless steel gets too grippy
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Not a Clique Member Supporting Member

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    That's my next Craigslist ad.

    Wanted:

    Injured girl who plays short scale bass

    No poseurs
  15. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum) Gold Supporting Member

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    My name is Greg and I play a short scale. There. I said it. Suddenly my soul feels cleansed.
  16. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    I don't play a Short Scale through a Solid State amp, but I do play StainleSS Steel Strings through a Solid State amp. It'S So Simple and I Savor the toneS that Seethe through Such a Setup. So much that I bought a hard Shell caSe to protect my inveStment.
  17. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    because a gibson grabber is unwieldy?
  18. DanGouge

    DanGouge

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    I played a short scale bass when I owned one because I liked its tone. Full stop.
  19. mongo2

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    The main reason I've played short scales for decades (my first was a Silvertone "dolphin nose" in the late 60s, many others since) because I find they're generally much more even sounding in regard to dead and hot spots. Easier playability and lighter weight are nice bonuses.
  20. Wolffgang

    Wolffgang

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    Willingness to be made into a sex object an asset

    Fender users need not apply

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