Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Is 30" the shortest scale length for a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DemoEtc, Sep 13, 2004.


  1. DemoEtc

    DemoEtc

    Aug 18, 2004
    Has anyone seen anything shorter, like 25"?
     
  2. sambass

    sambass

    Apr 15, 2003
    MA
    i think i may have seen a 28 inch before but i wouldnt say im positibve
     
  3. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Once you get in that range you are practically talkin guitar.
     
  4. josh_m

    josh_m

    May 5, 2004
    Davie, Fl
    Yes, there are 25" scale length and i think also 28", search for "super short scale." There will be a few threads.
     
  5. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    28 inches is technically "baritone" range.....you might look at the Ernie Ball "sillouette" or a danelectro baritone! :oops:
     
  6. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    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? :D ] the low tension of the shorter scale.
     
  7. I have a 26" Samick, I tune it ADGC (tenor), but it will do standard tuning pretty well too.
     
  8. DemoEtc

    DemoEtc

    Aug 18, 2004
    Thank you all for your replies. I'm going to check out what was mentioned.

    Best regards.
     
  9. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    I saw a sub-26" bass on ebay while surfing last night. It's still there. Just do a search for "short scale bass".
     
  10. Ralphdaddy

    Ralphdaddy Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    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.
     
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I have a 60s Supro/Airline "pocket bass" that has a 25" scale.

    Carvin also made basses with a 25" scale in the 1960s.
     
  12. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    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.

    r
     
  13. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
  14. andrewd

    andrewd

    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    some of the Ashborys have 18" scale lengths
     
  15. BenderR

    BenderR

    Jun 1, 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    The new Jaguar Baritone is 28" or so.
     
  16. 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. :hyper:
     
  17. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    beat me to it....
     
  18. quallabone

    quallabone

    Aug 2, 2003
    Fury SS2 was 25.064"
    There were only 5 of them built between 64-66. The one I played blew me away.
     
  19. All well and good unless you used the dot markers!
     
  20. BenderR

    BenderR

    Jun 1, 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    I thought that they were just for decoration. :)