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BassFish Guitars?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blanco, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    I'm ready to order myself a BassFish guitar or buy a used MiniStar?

    Just wanting all your thoughts on them?
    I measured my P-Bass neck & its 24 inches nut to bottom long with 20 frets.

    the ad for the FishBass says its a short scale?
    at 30 inch neck with 20 frets?
    I'm assuming I dont know how to measure my neck properly..
    I tried to contact GoldFish guitars that make the BassFish & they have no phone number, so i had to leave an e-mail & wonder when if ever they will get back to me?
    Dont know how much i trust a company you can not talk to directly?

    Can someone explain this to me?
    Does this match my Fender P-Bass neck?
    I want a cheapy practice bass I can travel with that uses regular strings like my P-Bass does rather than those silicone one on the ashbory guitars.

    I've read a lot of people dont like the MiniStar necks too much, what are your thoughts on the BassFish?
  2. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    Scale length refers to speaking length of the string not just length of neck.

    Your Fender P-bass is a 34" scale instrument and the bass fish is a 30" scale instrument
  3. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    ok, I'll check my P-Bass again but heres what Gold fish says..

    Quote: The Bassfish is a lightweight bass guitar (30" scale) measuring 40" in total length.

    I just measured my P-Bass & its more like 33" playing area, its 34 to the bridge.

  4. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA


  5. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Scale length is length from nut to 12th X 2.

    Overall length is from where the wood begins to where it ends.: the length of the entire instrument.
  6. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    I added picture to my previous post please go look at them.
    & Yes I'm an avid fisherman I love fishing & have many fish tanks about my house, so I like the idea of a bassfash guitar.

    so how far off will this scale be compared to my other guitars?
    I'm sure its close enough for a practice rig?
    I just dont want something that will throw me off when I wanna play my regular guitars...?
  7. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
    Beat me to it. Scale length is double the distance from nut to 12th fret.
  8. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
    ^Beat me to it. Scale length is double the distance from nut to 12th fret. Nothing to do with length of fretboard.
  9. One like this?

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  10. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    Too big to use as a practice bass while I'm at work. :rollno:
    So is this Fish much shorter than my P-Bass in playing range?

    4 inches shorter?
    Would the MiniStar be the same length as my P-Bass being the fish is 4 inches shorter?


    I suppose this answers my question.
  11. SeaBassTheFish


    May 19, 2011
    Now this is my kind of thread!
  12. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    LOL! Love your screen name. :D

    I like the BassFish being it can simply sit on my leg without a strap.
  13. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    I already posted that same link an hour ago before you. :rolleyes:

    But my question is what would you guys prefer to use a full scale that matches your other guitars or a short scale for a practice bass?

    Nobody has answered this question?
    do both the MS & FB use standard strings?
  14. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    Ok I just made the choice & ordered a Blem $99.00 starburst FishBass, I hope I love it.
    I know for the money its not gonna be awesome but..... Home its a great size for playing in the cab of my truck.
  15. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    Hmmm.. Don't know about your Fish Bass, but mine was built NEO guitars, has a 34" scale, graphite neck, gotoh hardware and active EMG pickups.

    Oh, and a hollow translucent acrylic body, illuminated with real neon...


  16. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    Nice looking rig, but bigger than I want..... for what I'm planning.
  17. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    I know, I just posted it for the word play - Bass Fish, Fish Bass.. That, and I just like showing it off. :D

    On a more serious note, I just sold one of my Steinberger Spirit basses to a guy who wanted a bass to play in the cab of his truck on weeknights while he waits for his kids to get out of school. The Steinberger is perfect for this - it's affordable, full-scale, plays & sounds decent & will fit in the overhead compartments of airplanes. Worth looking into...
  18. Blanco


    Jun 1, 2012
    Too late, I already paid the Fish...
  19. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    So, how'd you like it? I just got one in today in Cherry Sunburst. The nut slots needed some serious filing but that's true of most low priced basses I've seen. Truss rod was actually loose too. I lowered the saddles 2 turns, intonation wasn't bad as-is. Plays pretty good now. Build quality seems pretty good. I actually played it at a casual jazz/blues gig tonight straight out of the box no prob and worked on it when I got home.

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