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I Play SS Because...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Casting Thunder, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I've noticed that just about every short scale thread seems to some variation of that line in it, normally followed by 'I'm a girl' or 'I'm injured' or the like. Why do so many people justify playing SS?

    I've never heard of anyone getting harassed for what length they play, I'm just genuinely curious.
  2. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    Haha! Inspired by my thread I assume? :)
  3. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    Slightly... :bag:
  4. Geni758


    Nov 15, 2013
    South Jersey
    Well, I'm a girl and I'm injured but the reason I play short scale is...because I can.
  5. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    It's a guy thing.
    :D :D
  6. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    Sometimes I play a short scale because that's what an EB-2 is. I like the way it sounds.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I Play SS Because...


    Solid State?

    Short Scale?

    Super Sport?
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    You forgot Stainless Steel
  9. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I have one too. I have it set up with flats and I play it when I'm in a retro mood.
  10. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI

    Haha. I came here to post that I play SS because vintage Acoustic Control Corp. amps are awesome.
  11. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    I play Short Scale because: have you ever tried to play 4 sets with an Alembic Long Scale weighing in at XX lb?

    Seriously. My main bass for probably 20 years was an Alembic Long Scale Series I I bought new in 1975.

    Sounded like a Bosendorfer. Felt like it too.

    When I had the scratch for it, I sold and bought a short scale version of the same thing. Tone is slightly more "chokey," but weight and ergonomics make all the difference.

    BTW, how is this Miscellaneous discussion? Seems it would fit in Basses. Maybe I'm missing something.
  12. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I wanted to know why people keep wanting to justify what length they play.
  13. austentaciousC


    Mar 17, 2010
    Stainless steel gets too grippy
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    That's my next Craigslist ad.


    Injured girl who plays short scale bass

    No poseurs
  15. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    My name is Greg and I play a short scale. There. I said it. Suddenly my soul feels cleansed.
  16. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I don't play a Short Scale through a Solid State amp, but I do play StainleSS Steel Strings through a Solid State amp. It'S So Simple and I Savor the toneS that Seethe through Such a Setup. So much that I bought a hard Shell caSe to protect my inveStment.
  17. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    because a gibson grabber is unwieldy?
  18. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    I played a short scale bass when I owned one because I liked its tone. Full stop.
  19. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    The main reason I've played short scales for decades (my first was a Silvertone "dolphin nose" in the late 60s, many others since) because I find they're generally much more even sounding in regard to dead and hot spots. Easier playability and lighter weight are nice bonuses.
  20. Willingness to be made into a sex object an asset

    Fender users need not apply