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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DemoEtc, Sep 13, 2004.
Has anyone seen anything shorter, like 25"?
i think i may have seen a 28 inch before but i wouldnt say im positibve
Once you get in that range you are practically talkin guitar.
Yes, there are 25" scale length and i think also 28", search for "super short scale." There will be a few threads.
28 inches is technically "baritone" range.....you might look at the Ernie Ball "sillouette" or a danelectro baritone!
Fernandes makes one that I think is 25.5" and has a built in amp and speaker (!?!) called the Nomad. Samick also makes one that is around that scale (thinking about it for my kids) and there is some talk around that Rhondo had a mini-P bass in that range but I can't find any recent info so it may be discontinued and StewMac may have previously sold a 25" scale kit but I think that's long gone too. Someone also mentioned tuning them GADC so it was basically like cutting the neck down to the 5th fret, which might aleiviate [sic? ] the low tension of the shorter scale.
I have a 26" Samick, I tune it ADGC (tenor), but it will do standard tuning pretty well too.
Thank you all for your replies. I'm going to check out what was mentioned.
I saw a sub-26" bass on ebay while surfing last night. It's still there. Just do a search for "short scale bass".
Fender's new P-Bass Jr., I think that's the name, is something along the lines of 28.69" if memory serves me right. I've seen but never played it, it looked good though but we all knows mean squat. Give it a shot, can't be too bad.
I have a 60s Supro/Airline "pocket bass" that has a 25" scale.
Carvin also made basses with a 25" scale in the 1960s.
Didn't Jackson have a short scale bass that had a sort of Les Paul Jr., double cut away shape? It had one Seymour MM humbucker in the bridge position and I think it got a positive review too. Reckon its been discontinued though.
Here is the one on ebay I mentioned earlier. It's a 25.25" scale Quest by Vantage.
some of the Ashborys have 18" scale lengths
The new Jaguar Baritone is 28" or so.
Get strings for a fiver, string your regalar 34 inch scale four string BEAD and put a capo on the fifth fret.
Et voila, you've got a 25.5 inch scale bass.
Even better, forget about the capo, and have the extra low notes.
beat me to it....
Fury SS2 was 25.064"
There were only 5 of them built between 64-66. The one I played blew me away.
All well and good unless you used the dot markers!
I thought that they were just for decoration.