Ever seen a Mini-P like this? Anyone know what it is?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassamatic, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    My drummer friend has this in his garage - it is a beautifully made P type bass with a 26" scale. There is no identification on it except "Made in Japan" on the neck plate.

    It plays and sounds great!

    Any one know where this might have come from?

    I show it next to my 32" Aria for comparison.

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  2. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    C'mon, experts!
  3. Check out smallguitars.com maybe? Theirs bears a close resemblance.
  4. iJazz


    Jan 9, 2012
    Sussex, WI
    Sure is a cute little bugger. Given the chance and the loose cash, I'd buy it for that fact alone.

    iJazz - It would be cuter if it were a jazz.
  5. Yeah, calling this one "iP" is just wrong...
  6. Timmah

    Timmah Supporting Member

    May 19, 2011
    if you go into the sub-short scale bass thread, im pretty sure somebody posted pics of a bass just like that. They had the brand and other info too, IIRC.
  7. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    does it even play in tune? the scale length seems so short!

    it looks like a guitar body with a bass neck& electronics and a bass bridge installed.
  8. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    Thanks guys! Smallguitars.com has nearly the identical item for kids, except that this one has a full-sized Fender style head on it. Probably made a while ago.

    It is interesting that if it is for kids that they didn't make the neck narrower as well as shorter.

    They don't call it the iP tho - they missed that one . . . .:smug:
  9. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    If it plays well, tell us - what kind of strings are on it.
  10. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    I'll see it again at the end of the week and take a better look at it.

    Since it has been hanging around for quite a while, according to the owner, I don't expect that they have any real knowledge of it's history.
  11. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    There are various customs out there, but the two known production 25-26 inch basses are:

    - The Samick MCR1
    - The eBay Mini Bass.
  12. Darnell Jones

    Darnell Jones Inactive

    Aug 29, 2011
    Stewart Mcdonald used to sell mini kits about that size, I don't remember them having a full size headstock though.
  13. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Can that thing actually intonate? I would be interested in it for the Mustang tone it could have. A 'wubby' Precision tone with a slacker response.
  14. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    I am also very interested in it, and will try to get some time to really play it this week. I want to see if I can talk him out of it!

    It SHOULD be able to intonate, but I wonder if there are actually strings made for the super short scales, or if the 30" strings just get cut down.
  15. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    I have a small Cort that looks just like that. Even came with red strings.