3/4 scale players?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WCHIII, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Just wondering how many gigged regularly
    with a 3/4 scale bass. I play my Fender Jazz
    most if the time because I feel I'm supposed
    to play a 'real' bass. I have small hands and I
    and just love the way my little Ibanez micro
    bass feels. And it sounds pretty darn good!
  2. Uncle K

    Uncle K Formally Monster Truck Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I've only had one gig since I switched over to shorties, but received nothing but compliments.

    I think the only people who will notice are other bassists.
  3. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    3/4 scale bass? Considering that 34" is the standard, 3/4 of that would be 25 1/2 inches. Is that what you're playing?

  4. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    I own a couple Mikros but mostly play my 30" scale basses. I also have a couple sub-short-scales around 25.5" scale and a fretless Ashbory 18". So you have my permission to play whatever the heck you want :D .
  5. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I started on a full scale, played short scales for most of my time, and I'm currently playing a Mikro. Will never go back to the 34 or 35 inch scale trees.
  6. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Play and gig with only 30" scales now, love'em.

    If it sounds good, and plays well, play it. Nobody in the audience gives a crap. Except maybe some snobby, gearhead bass player.
  7. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    ^ ... and you can always buy a Birdsong if you're worried about "that" crowd ;) .
  8. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    I've played short scales since 68', and except for a bunch of P's and a few J's, that's all I've had. All I have now are shorties, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    The only people who'd notice is other bass players, and if it sounds good and feels good, what does it matter?
  9. Do any of you wonder how much better Paul McCartney and Bill Wyman would have sounded if they played REAL basses??

    Didn't think so.
  10. mtsens1

    mtsens1 Merle Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2011
    Kennesaw, Georgia
    I gig regular mostly with a Gibson T-Bird short scale. Also giged with my Fender Mustang and Gretsch short scales. They all sound great, and never a word on scale length. Besides, who cares?
  11. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    How do you like the feel of your SS Tbird? I find it to be one of the most comfortable basses I've ever owned. Actually the only thing I don't like about it is the quality of the finish, just not what I would expect for an instrument in this price range. But, that will be corrected when I get the one my luthier is working on now back.
  12. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    I like 30 inch basses, I dont mind full scale either. I own 2 shorties and 3 full scale basses. I also own a short scale guitar , duo sonic and a long scale Gibson Les Paul.
  13. GregDunn


    Jan 8, 2009
    I gig almost 100% with my Mikro. Love it and feel no need to play a full scale bass except as a stretching exercise. I don't care what the elitists think. :)
  14. backtobass


    Jul 20, 2010
    Rockville, MD
    I have two Fender P Bass Junior's that I play out with exclusively. Love them to death. They are sub 30", I think they are similar to the Mikro. Would love to add a SS Gibson T-Bird to the stable though. Someday . . . .
  15. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I gig shortscale basses (30" and under) exclusively.

    I have longscales but I don't gig them anymore.
  16. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I wish Fender put those P Juniors back into production.
  17. I like my Epi EB-0. Haven't gigged it much because it doesn't fit our playing style, but when I do, it's quite a nice beast.
  18. mtsens1

    mtsens1 Merle Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2011
    Kennesaw, Georgia
    I love the feel, the 'V' shape of the top of the body is a perfect resting place for my wrist. My thumb goes on the bridge pup (finger player), all knobs all the way on (do my EQ at the amp), plug straight in, ready to go. I'd love it if they made one in something like phelam blue, I'd buy it. It is awkward going from the T-Bird to the fender or gretsch. So T-Bird almost alway's my prime bass. Some day will a second and have it refinished to another color just for kicks, and a backup.
  19. After checking out Birdsong's website, I'm calling them for sure for more info and possibly getting a bass started. I'm reading it will take 6 months to build. I dread that. I had a 5 string banjo built once that took 4 months to complete and that took 5 years off my life.... but it was worth it...
  20. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    I've used the PBassJr string set with the .110 "E" on a Mikro but they don't sell them any more :( .