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Looking for a funky old short scale...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thisSNsucks, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm looking to pick up some kind of funky old short scale bass so I can string it with piccolo strings and have some fun.

    With a budget of about $700, what are my options? I was thinking danelectro (I dig those old shorthorns) but I'm interested in hearing some others.

    Thanks!
  2. JACink

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    I am wanting a Tele style short scale for my next piccolo.

    Have you checked out the thread about dream short scale basses?
  3. 3234718

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    Musicmaster?

    I don't know what makes an ideal piccolo bass other than shortscale in general, but they certainly are old and funky.

    There's a bunch on used.guitarcenter.com for between $500-$800.
  4. mazareth

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    The Univox Hi-Flyer might be a good option. I see them going for $350-450 depending on their condition. They come with either two single coil or two humbuckers depending on the year they were made. The neck is a 3 piece laminate, so very stable.
  5. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

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    I don't know either lol I had considered a Musicmaster or Mustang, but I was thinking of going for something a little more out there.

    Those are pretty cool, any idea on the scale length?
  6. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    The hi flyers are shortscale.
  7. agent77

    agent77 Tin Foil Hat Wearer Supporting Member

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    Rickenbacker 3000 if you can find one.

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  8. Basshappi

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    Why shortscale?
  9. vdub75

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    Why not? For Piccolo, this makes sense
  10. ScottTunes

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    Hofner makes a short scale solid body (much like a Mustang/Musicmaster) that would work.

    I don't recommend any hollow-body basses for piccolo tuning however.
  11. Thedeadking

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    Are the shorthorns short scale? I thought they where all long scale. The Longhorn is short scale and i've owned 5 and everyone had a solid neck and played and sounded great.
  12. jasper383

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    Must it be old?

    Why not a Mustang or something like an Ibanez Artcore bass?
  13. msb

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    Go for the Dano .
  14. Geni758

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    I'm a little biased but I think the funkiest old short scale is the Danelectro Longhorn. If you decide to go Dano, get one of the Korean re-issues from the '90s. They sound good, are within your budget and avoid all of the inherent problems of the original design.
  15. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

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    The DC Shorthorn is long scale, but the older ones are short scale.
  16. Thedeadking

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    Thanks for clearing that up. Are you thinking of going the Dano route? I still highly suggest a long horn. They are cheap to buy, have a very unique sound, play great if you know how to set them up,very comfortable sitting down and IMO built pretty tough regardless of the cheap materials that go into making them. Plus I also think they look cool. I had 5 of them and played Both Korean versions and the newer dead on 58s and IMO they are all just as good as the others in terms of tone and build quality. A lot of people think the newer ones or some how not as good but I have yet to see or play one that wasn't as well made as any of the other versions. I think the finish looks cheaper though and that's where some might get that idea from. Plus you get the truss rod at the head stock and don't need to remove the neck to adjust it.
  17. mjmeche

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    Brice HXB-405 Short Scale 5 String
  18. Roscoe East

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    I've long contended that an ideal piccolo bass isn't short scale; based on my experiences, the best sounding piccolo basses were all long scale (34").
  19. lz4005

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    The problem with going piccolo on the Korean reissues is setting the intonation with the one piece wooden bridge saddle. It works ok for standard tuning, but might not for an octave up.

    OP: There were a lot of 'failed' short scale basses from the 80's that have a really weak low-end when tuned standard, but sound great up an octave. Have a look at the Hofner Shorty. The originals were 28" scale, the current reissues are 30". Kramer made some short scale basses with headless aluminum necks that you can get for well below your budget too. There was the Duke model, which was a Steinburger ripoff, and another one that was sort of Explorer shaped.
  20. Bunk McNulty

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    You can probably get a Gretsch Junior Jet for cheap. It's got the funky vibe.

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