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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Oct 25, 2005.
anyone know where to get one or if they are even made?
Schwa? I don't think I've ever seen one smaller than 30".
here's a pic of one of Jean Baudin's basses that looks like it's under 30" scale....
I believe the Ashbory qualifies.
I've seen a whole range of basses for students of varying scale lengths, at least a couple of which are under 30" here in Japan.
Elrick makes piccolo basses with a 28" scale, but I don't know about holding a standard tuning with a scale like that....you could probably jump rope with the strings.
I finally found a 26" scale bass, it says the headstock is tilted back more than normal to help with string tension. It's a Corsair Mini Bass made by Samick.
Here are some pics and links...
here are some reviews...
My cousin has an old Teisco bass that my Uncle used back in the 70's in my dad's band. It seems like it's under 30" scale, I'd swear it's only an inch or so longer than a guitar. I could be wrong though.
A friend of mine played one of those once (a guitar player) and his remarks were "a neck like butter." Didn't try it myself though, before it was sold. IIRC, it was tuned ADGC, I think.
If memory servers my correctly I believe that Fender (or Squire) makes a mini P-Bass.
I believe that's the one in Mr. Baudin's pic. I always thought that one looked kind of cool. Made by Fender, and called a P-Bass Jr., I believe, and my gut tells me it's probably made overseas (like the "new" Starcaster, which is a load of crap). (Seriously, a 2005 Fender catalog is an excellent reference tool).
Weren't the old Fender Bass VI's from the '60's a really short scale? I just saw Doug McComb of Tortoise playing one, and it kind of rekindled my interest in playing one someday. I know they are incredibly rare.
I don't think it was short-scale, it just had a really short neck. McKenzie River Music has one locally, and it seems to be a weird bass. According to other TBers, it was a fiver EADGC, with no frets in the upper register (hence, a short neck) because with a C string, Fender decided you didn'y need an upper register. Not too well thought out, in most people's opinion.
It's 98% done- just needs the finish to be done & install the electronics. 25-26" scale, depending on where you put the bridge(it's fretless; I'll add position markers when I decide the final scale), started it for my(not-quite)4-yr-old son, who's 6 now & still waiting patiently...
:scowl: Lame-o dad!
I tuned it EADGC(pre-electronics, etc)& it actually played very nicely, so IME, a sub-30" bass(down to low E)scale is doable.
The Bass VI is 30" and originally tuned EADGBE. They are rare and expensive and there was a CIJ reissue a while ago.
Similar instruments available are the Musicman Silhouette (and the OLP MM5 version which I have), the Schecter Hellcat and the BC Rich Bich. Fender also have a jaguar in 28.5" iirc.
SX makes a P and a J 30.5" 4 string and Hamer and Cort have instruments in similar scale lengths. Fender Japan has a 30" Mustang available new.
Don't forget the Precision Bass Junior:
Link to the bass at Fender.com
Yea I saw the Pbass Jr. but didn't think it being just a little over an inch shorter scale than regular short scale was worth mentioning.
Anyone know if Jean's bass is one of these? It sure looks aweful small, but there are a lot of huge basses all around it though.
Bassteban...that looks pretty cool
Yeah, my son's favorite color is purple, so when I asked him what kind of wood I should make it out of, well...
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