List of short scale basses (= or >30" <32")

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  1. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    I am a great lover of short scale basses, around the 30" scale length.

    The intention of this thread is to try and compile a list of basses that are 30" or longer in scale length, but less than 32".

    If you know of a bass that fits this measurement, please state the make and model, together with scale length. If you know of a builder that will make custom short scales, please add also.

    All addditions to the list will be greatly appreciated and I will keep an up to date list of instruments, similar to he "List of widths at nut" thread.

    Thank you all in advance.

    I will keep adding as I get chance, but to get the list started...

    AC Guitars - Custom
    Dean Evo XM - 30"
    Epiphone EB-0 - 30"
    Epiphone Viola Bass - 30.5"
    Fender Mustang - 30"
    Gretsch G2224 Junior Jet II - 30"
    Harley Benton PB-Shorty BK Standard Series - 30"
    Höfner Ignition - 30"
    Ibanez TMB30 Talman Short Scale 30"
    Maruszczyk Elwood - 30"
    Mesinger Cazpar - 30"
    Squier Bronco Bass - 30"
    Squier Jaguar Special SS - 30"
     
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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    SweetWater had 10:

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    this is by strict interpretation of your math, greater than 30", but smaller than 32"
    SW has over 30 at 30" scale
     
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  3. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    Thanks @Killed_by_Death , sorry, I will update the title to include 30" (although the OP did specify 30" or longer)
     
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  4. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    I mean absolutely no disrespect, and even welcome the initiative to broaden the general public's awareness about these often overlooked and misconceived marvels of the bass family, but why exclude great sub short scale basses, such as (well I guess the term "such as" is a bit misplaced, as there are practically no competitors on the market at this particular scale length) the quite popular Ibanez Mikro bass (GSRM20), by absolutely having to disqualify all basses under 30" of scale length from a mention in this thread?

    I mean sure people who would be interested in short scale basses very well might be interested in a bass of even shorter scale length than 30", and with the 28,6" scale length of the Mikro bass it just falls short of 1,4" to be able to meet the minimum criteria set by OP.

    However I allow my self to break OP's rules, in the spirit of serving the greatest interest of the public and keeping them properly informed, posting a picture of the natural walnut finish and weathered black variations of these magnificent sub short scale basses (both with mahogany bodies):
    GSRM20B.png

    Further more I can inform that they are available in a 5 string version as well, equipped with 2 J style pickups in contrast to the P/J configuration of the 4 stringers showed on above picture.
     
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  5. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
  6. RobertFL

    RobertFL

    Mar 9, 2017
    Fender Starcaster 30" scale starcaster_zps4t3m0iz4.jpg
     
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  7. Birdsong fits right in the middle of your criteria...
     
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  8. felis

    felis

    Jul 31, 2013
    Midwest, USA
    Saved this list from someone who compiled it here, so the credit goes to whoever that was:

    Fender Mustang 30"
    Fender Bass IV 30"
    Musicmaster 30"
    Fender Urge 1 32"
    Fender Bullet 30,32" (also 34")
    Fender P-Bass Jr. 28.5"
    Bronco 30"
    SX (Essex, Rondo) shortscale P and J 30" <stupidly cheap from Rondomusic.com and good to modify
    Alembic (custom)
    Birdsong 30.5"
    Landing 30,32"
    Gibson EB2 30.5"
    Ric 4001 and 4003 33.25"
    Gibson EB1 EB0 and EB3 30"
    Danelectro
    Hofner Violin 30"
    Rob Allen Mouse 30"
    Ovation Typhoon 30.5"
    Epiphone Allen Woody 30"
    Epiphone ET-280
    Ventura 32"
    Carvin SB series
    Phantom bass (new reissue) 30"
    Vox 30"
    Gretsch G2202 Electromatic Junior Jet 30"
    Cort Action Bass Junior <I've owned the 34" Action bass, and they're incredible value for money, good all rounder
    Samick Corsair 26"
    Ovation Applause AE-40 30"
    Teisco 30,31,32"
    Hamer Slammer 30"
    Hallmark Swept-Wing 30"
    Guild Starfire
    Guild JSB-2 31"
    James Bass (custom)
    R Bass (custom)
    Michael Dolan (custom)
    FBB (custom)
    LeCompte (custom)
    Framus 30"
    Egmond 30"
    Gibson Les Paul 30.5"
    Wishbass (custom)
    Ampeg SSB 30"
    XStrange/Bruce Johnson SSB 30.5"
    Ampeg AMB-1 (Dan Armstrong) 30.5"
    Jay Turser 30"
    Ibanez GAXB 150
    Gretch hollowbody
    Gibson EB-6
    Gretsch Synchromatic BassVI
    Epiphone Rivoli
    Epiphone EB-O 30"
    Epiphone Viola
    Jerry Jones Longhorn 30"
    Jerry Jones Longhorn BassVI
    Jerry Jones Shorthorn 30"
    Harmony 30"
    Hagstrom (various models) 31,31.5,32"
    Hamer 8-string
    Hamer 12-string
    Rickenbacker 3000 30"
    Hofner Club
    Hofner President
    Rogue VB-100 31"
    Fender Hello Kitty/Badtz-Maru 30"
    Daisy Rock 30"
    Fender Squier P-basses (a few) 32"
    Kubicki Ex-Factor 32"
    Kramer (aluminum neck) 31.5"
    Westone 32"
    Aria (some older models) 32"
    Univox 30,32"
    Vantage 30,32"
    Epiphone EA-260
    Lyle
    Hohner
    Dean Evo 30" <Heard nothing but rave reviews about this sub £200 bass
    Luna
    Tanglewood TEB-12 30" <I have one of these, see profile pic, and it's a good blues/jazz bass
    Brice HVB-600 30.3"
    Douglas WVEB Violin Bass (Rondo)
     
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  9. wncBass

    wncBass

    Jan 2, 2015
    North Carolina
    Reverend Dub King

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  10. bigswifty1

    bigswifty1

    Dec 8, 2011
    Duesenberg Starplayer 30.3"
    CF8EBC47-AC85-4114-B8BE-D971AFEC7F44_zpsjebhjkqo.jpg
     
  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I think that little car on King of Queens was a Duesenberg:

     
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  12. Wolfhound32

    Wolfhound32

    Sep 10, 2013
    WA State
  13. pbass74

    pbass74

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    Aria 1720 (Mosrite copy) from early 1970s. 30 1/2". The bridge cover is just placed there without screws for show.
    P8180037.JPG
     
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  14. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    As well as the "bare bones" Shortbass that Scott Beckwith of Birdsong makes "on the side".
     
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  15. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    So less than 32 but not including 32?
     
  16. Killer Kiesels indeed! AND 4, 5 and 6...they are by all accounts, amazing. Now...back to shopping for my full scale...
     
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  17. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    Alembic Spoiler is 32". Great bass.
     
  18. jjmuckluckjr

    jjmuckluckjr

    Mar 24, 2015
    Here's the Univox. 1972-73? That puppy would howl with feedback. Wish I still had it.
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  19. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I took the liberty of sorting that list you posted in alphabetic order to make it easier for people who are adding to it to use.

    Alembic (custom)
    Ampeg AMB-1 (Dan Armstrong) 30.5"
    Ampeg SSB 30"
    Aria (some older models) 32"
    Birdsong 30.5"
    Brice HVB-600 30.3"
    Bronco 30"
    Carvin SB series
    Cort Action Bass Junior <I've owned the 34" Action bass, and they're incredible value for money, good all rounder
    Daisy Rock 30"
    Danelectro
    Dean Evo 30" <Heard nothing but rave reviews about this sub £200 bass
    Douglas WVEB Violin Bass (Rondo)
    Egmond 30"
    Epiphone Allen Woody 30"
    Epiphone EA-260
    Epiphone EB-O 30"
    Epiphone ET-280
    Epiphone Rivoli
    Epiphone Viola
    FBB (custom)
    Fender Bass IV 30"
    Fender Bullet 30,32" (also 34")
    Fender Hello Kitty/Badtz-Maru 30"
    Fender Mustang 30"
    Fender P-Bass Jr. 28.5"
    Fender Squier P-basses (a few) 32"
    Fender Urge 1 32"
    Framus 30"
    Gibson EB-6
    Gibson EB1 EB0 and EB3 30"
    Gibson EB2 30.5"
    Gibson Les Paul 30.5"
    Gretch hollowbody
    Gretsch G2202 Electromatic Junior Jet 30"
    Gretsch Synchromatic BassVI
    Guild JSB-2 31"
    Guild Starfire
    Hagstrom (various models) 31,31.5,32"
    Hallmark Swept-Wing 30"
    Hamer 12-string
    Hamer 8-string
    Hamer Slammer 30"
    Harmony 30"
    Hofner Club
    Hofner President
    Hofner Violin 30"
    Hohner
    Ibanez GAXB 150
    James Bass (custom)
    Jay Turser 30"
    Jerry Jones Longhorn 30"
    Jerry Jones Longhorn BassVI
    Jerry Jones Shorthorn 30"
    Kramer (aluminum neck) 31.5"
    Kubicki Ex-Factor 32"
    Landing 30,32"
    LeCompte (custom)
    Luna
    Lyle
    Michael Dolan (custom)
    Musicmaster 30"
    Ovation Applause AE-40 30"
    Ovation Typhoon 30.5"
    Phantom bass (new reissue) 30"
    R Bass (custom)
    Ric 4001 and 4003 33.25"
    Rickenbacker 3000 30"
    Rob Allen Mouse 30"
    Rogue VB-100 31"
    Samick Corsair 26"
    SX (Essex, Rondo) shortscale P and J 30" <stupidly cheap from Rondomusic.com and good to modify
    Tanglewood TEB-12 30" <I have one of these, see profile pic, and it's a good blues/jazz bass
    Teisco 30,31,32"
    Univox 30,32"
    Vantage 30,32"
    Ventura 32"
    Vox 30"
    Westone 32"
    Wishbass (custom)
    XStrange/Bruce Johnson SSB 30.5"
     
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  20. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    SHORT%20SCALE%20T-BIRD%20BASS_zpsyxa9szu0.jpg
     
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