All of my basses are either 34" or 33 1/4" scale. The Gibson Ripper is still in pieces, so I don't count that one. It's 34 1/2". I have Fender guitars with 25 1/2" scales, Gibsons with 24 3/4", and a '59 Musicmaster that's 22 1/2". They all have their place. I think short scale basses suffer from the illusion of inferiority due to some manufacturers deeming them unworthy of the quality components found in their long scale models. Dubbed as student models, they were considered almost as toys. Compare a 1971 Fender Bronco to a 1971 Fender Jazz Bass. That said, I'd love an original Guild Starfire II. As others have noted, with the same string gauges, shorties have a completely different sound compared to long scales. The availability of quality SS basses have made it an avenue I haven't travelled yet. I did try the new P/J Mustang at GC recently and wasn't impressed, but it could have been the amp, strings, what I had for breakfast... Many players have produced fantastic music on basses with scales a couple of inches shorter than standard. I wonder whether short scale strings suffered from the same perceived inferiority by manufacturers resulting in relatively poor quality products. Another possible reason to shun shorties. Manifest destiny?