I was in a local shop with probably one of the most well known / respected bass guys in my area. I was asking him about shortscale and this is what he said: -maple/maple neck is better for shortscale because the string tension on shortscale tends to be low.. maybe even slightly floppy. Lower string tension gives a darker (I dont know if that's the correct term) sound to the bass. To counter that maple is better on shortscale b/c it is brighter. -string thru body is advisable with shortscale because it causes the strings to have more tension. I dont have any issue about the maple neck as I like maple anyway. However after searching TB I found many opinions that say that a string thru body design isnt noticeable in terms of tone. That said, I am sure these TBers were referring to the more common 34" scale. I just bought an SX p-bass shortscale and I am contemplating whether or not to mod it so it is string thru (this of course means drilling holes) or just leaving it as standard. I want the bass to sound as close to a regular scale p-bass as possible. Thanks in advance for your input!