I've become lazy AF

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThuzzleFump, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    I went on a buying spree and have picked up a bunch of quirky shortscales with slim necks...Klira, Micro-Frets, Baldwin Burns, and, skinniest of all, a Framus 5/140 with a body like a softshell turtle and a neck like a broomstick.

    Now all of my Fenders and Fender-likes feel like giant unwieldy beasts. I still love 'em, but goodness I am lazy about wielding those big necks and 34-34.5 scales.

    Hope it's just a passing infatuation. Who else has had bouts of the shortscale/skinny neck bug?
  2. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Tried a Kala U-bass a few times. Shortest thing I ever played. Felt like a toy, never went back.
  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i've been tempted for some time to try a shorter scale instrument, but i remain ambivalent. i'll be interested in following your journey on this one. good luck!
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  4. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    I'm also tempted to pick up 1 or 3 just for the heck of it/add to my collection but not sure how to even play some of those...

    Edit: Do you play those U-Bass style instruments like regular bass? What kind of music do you find these played on? It's kind of like Mandolin to me, I like how they sound and have interest in learning but I'm not big into Bluegrass or Country so I don't see myself playing once the "new" wears off. Sorry if thread hi-jack.
  5. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    I have and play both long and short scales, and it goes in cycles. Right now my P bass with Steve Harris flats feels like home. Next week it may be my Hofner or Guild, or a long scale with Jazz neck. They are my friends. I love them all for different reasons. I've never quite brought myself to something like a Ashbory or U-Bass. Maybe, they sound like fun.
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  6. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I've realized its not just scale length, body size and mass have a lot to do with how a bass feels. My hybrid Steinberger is standard 34" scale, but the small body I made for it, and absence of a headstock makes it " feel" like a short scale. I do find myself gravitating towards smaller basses as I get older, the physically smallest and lightest example being a Hofner or other violin bass clone. I have the beginnings of arthritis in my hands, the stretches on long scale are getting more difficult. I can see a day coming where all the long scale basses get sold or passed on to my son in favor of just a couple short scales.
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  7. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Yeah, the Klira is very similar to a Hofner 500 and it has given me a real appreciation for the violin-style bass. So light, so easy to play, and I am a fan of the tone. I understand why Sir Paul has stuck with it for over 50 years.
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  8. lostreality


    Sep 2, 2016
    I'd be all over a cheap SS with a nice fat Precision style neck and P/J pickups
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  9. fermata


    Nov 10, 2015
  10. Klira violin basses are a great treat. I prefer them over the Hofner German made instruments. Hard to find, though.
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  11. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Yes, I stumbled across mine. It had had a tough life. When I got it the neck was heavily bowed and it was strung with four guitar strings. The neck was held on by one giant woodscrew. I only had seen pics so I took a chance--it looked to have just been poorly maintained, and, sure enough, the truss rod appeared to have never been adjusted. I reset the neck and glued it, and it is fully functional. It's missing a few screws that I've yet to source, but overall it's a solid and wonderfully playable instrument. I have never played a Hofner; the Klira would be tough to beat, I'd say.

    I'll do an NBD post on it when I have time next weekend.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2017
  12. I love my...
    '67 Fender Coronado II 30"
    Rob Allen Mouse Fretless 30"
    Duesenberg Starplayer 30"
    Just bought a Kala Ubass.

    They are the first basses I pick up.
    Once you go shortscale........
  13. I was in a local music big box store earlier today. The had a store wide sale going on so i stopped in. Wandering around i picked up a KALA, having never held one and somewhat doubtful of it. It sounded incredible and it took everything in my power to leave without it. Mostly because i bought a MIA Fender PJ in early January, Im trying to be good, but its hard...so very hard
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