Hollow body short scale bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by didid007, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. didid007


    Jun 21, 2014
    I have been trying to find a good hollow body bass for awhile and it seems like there isn't that many out there. Iv e been looking for a hollow body with a short scale neck, humbuckers, and preferably a hardtail bridge of some sort. However a regular scale bass with a hardtail bridge would also be acceptable. I also was looking and found the Dan Armstrong bass which I thought was also pretty cool, but it seems almost like a one of a kind bass that doesn't really have anything like it. Maybe someone knows of a bass that may fit this?
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Most hollow body's are short scale.
    Gretsch, Guild, most Gibson and Epiphones and Fender
  3. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
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  4. If it's a hollow body bass, how would you attach a hardtail bridge? The Gretsch Electromatic in my avatar is a great playing and sounding bass.
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  5. A Beatle Bass. More specifically, the Epiphone Viola. Most specifically, the one I have for sale in the TB classifieds.
  6. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    Hofner Club Bass:

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  7. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    SO want to try one o'them.

    Epiphone Allen Woody (also semi hollow) is my current love.
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  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Hollowbodies, by their very nature, don't work well with hardtail bridges; there isn't anything under the top to screw the bridge into. Semi - hollowbody basses, though, sometimes do have them, because there's a wooden block (the tone block) running up the middle. If it's wide enough in the right place, the tone block can provide an anchor for the bridge. Basically, any "hollow bodied" bass with a hardtail bridge is almost certainly semi hollow. And, there's nothing wrong with a semi; they sound just as good as a full hollow. Better, in a sense; the tone block dampens out the feedback that can plague full hollows - especially the guitars. And, the great majority of either are short scale basses, as well. Actually, a long scale, full hollowbody bass, is about the only thing missing from my herd. Unfortunately, the tiny handful of companies that make them, didn't/don't make leftys; does make for a long, interesting search, though...:)
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015
  9. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    I'd recommend dropping the hardtail requirement and looking at what's out there. In addition to the brands mentioned above, Ibanez has a range of well regarded and affordable hollow and semi-hollow short scale basses with humbuckers.
    Basses - Artcore Basses Series - Standard | Ibanez guitars
    I've got one of the early full-scale models and I can attest that they are well built and very attractive instruments.
  10. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
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  11. didid007


    Jun 21, 2014
    Well a semi hollow body would be nice too and then a hardtail would work. Really what im looking for is a bass with the ES style body, but i hate the tune o matic bridges that come with them.
  12. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    Looked at the Fender Starcaster? Has a tone block and 'buckers.
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  13. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Any Hofner.
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  14. didid007


    Jun 21, 2014
    How about hagstrom basses? Anyone have an opinion on them?
  15. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Amherst, MA
    Come to think of it, what companies are making full scale hollowbodies? The only one I can think of is Lakland but I'm not sure if that's even a hollowbody.
  16. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Can you say, Gretsch White Falcon Bass? I think there also is/was a Gibson Something-or-Other; but except for a another vintage Gretsch (a 6072. IIRC), yes, they're scarce. I have a '94 Gretsch Broadkaster that actually is a factory lefty, but it's the only lefty Gretsch bass I (or anyone I've ever talked to) have ever seen. So, evidently Gretsch did make a few; maybe there's a lefty White Falcon out there somewhere.. And, unless I read the description wrong, I think that the first run of Eastwood Bass 4's were long scale, too. Don't think they made many, though. From what I gather, 34" hollowbodies are rather awkward instruments, anyway; but I want one...:)
  17. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Welcome to Lakland
  18. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    The Laklands can be set up to be strung either way, but the controls would then end up on the top and in the way. YMMV.
  19. Stempelloos


    Nov 3, 2008
    Italia Rimini Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar | 5th Century Music

    The Italia Rimini has been made as a lefty and has a 34" scale.
    Italia Torino Bass Guitar | Musician's Friend
    Their Torino also has a lefthand version.
    Hard to get though.

    EX-BASS - D'Angelico Guitars | Evolution of a Legacy

    The D’Angelico EX-Bass is medium scale and seems to be available as a lefty.
  20. I second the Dub-King and Lakland and the Ibanez Artcore and the Fender Starcaster (it's a 32" scale). I've been looking at the the Artcore in a 5 string version for a while now.
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