I own 2 shortscales, a Fender Mustang and an Epiphone Viola. The other basses I own are longs and normally play those, although I've been liking the shorties lately since they're very easy to play with my aging hands. The shorts are recent purchases, within the past year. The thing is, when compared to my other basses, the shorties, especially on the first and second fret of the E and A string seem to lack the clarity of a traditional bass, such as my Fender J's and P's. The Epiphone slightly more so than the Mustang. Is this the "norm" with shorties? Just wondering. Playing from the third fret and above there seems to be negligible difference.