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Looking to buy a shortscale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ron Welby, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Ron Welby

    Ron Welby

    Mar 27, 2019
    Newport, RI
    I'm looking to buy a short scale bass probably a Fender but also considering other brands. I originally had a vintage hofner and kinda liked the sound with nylon strings. Any input, suggestions and reasons you would recommend a particular guitar would be appreciated. Will be playing it through a '66 ampeg B15N. Thanks in advance for your help.
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  2. walking Bass

    walking Bass Supporting Member

    May 24, 2005
    Northern California
    Fender American Performer Mustang with TI flats, Lakland HB 30, Reverend Dub King, Gibson SG... I own the Mustang and the SG, played and liked the Lakland and heard the Reverend recently and it sounded excellent.

    A lot of others around now too. Ibanez has a number of bargains people seem to like. I tried Epi's and cheaper Fenders and didn't like them.
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  3. Ron Welby

    Ron Welby

    Mar 27, 2019
    Newport, RI
    Lots to think about and I appreciate the input!
  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    A good one or a great one?
    Gotta love this one, too.
    Single, double or triple pickup models available...not to mention the piezo option.
    jeff7bass, ErikP.Bass and Tommy V like this.
  5. What's your budget? I like Hofners, Club and violin with flats. Ignition series is great for the $.
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  6. ItsmeSantiago

    ItsmeSantiago Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2015
    If you're looking for a great budget short scale, the Ibanez TMB30 is solid. I actually prefer the two I've played in stores over the $1000 JMJ that I owned.
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  7. Duster


    Jun 4, 2017
    I was going to mention the Squier VM SS Jaguar Bass that was on sale at MF earlier today. BUT, the site appears down and is not allowing me to put one in my cart. :(
  8. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    Guild "Newark Street" Starfire I & Guild "Newark Street" Starfire II (both MIK)

    Fender Mustang re-issue (MIJ) & Reverend Dub King
  9. ErikP.Bass

    ErikP.Bass Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    Great suggestions so far! I really dig my JMJ RW Mustang.
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Might want to look around in here... The Official Short Scale Bass Club -- Part 4
  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    With the exception of my Gibson SG Standard my SS's are hollow or semi-hollow or chambered except for my Stagg ABG and my Ibanez Mikro. Quite a few here at TB like the Gretsch Junior Jet which is solid body passive available with one or two pups.
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    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  12. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    My favourite shortscale is a Dano Longhorn . Hollowbody , weighs next to nothing , really fun to play and sounds great . Next would be an Epi Flying V . Then an Epi Allen Woody followed by an old vintage Hofner . I used to have a Rivoli too , but sold that one .
  13. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
  14. Just saw a friend of mine is selling this.
    No idea what it is, he has it tuned ADGC.
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  15. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I love the old school but with a bite tone out of my Supro Huntington. Supro.
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  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    That looks like a micro type (sub 30" scale)?
  17. My main player is an Epiphone Allen Woody with flats. Quality thump for sub-$500. (FWIW I run it through a GK MB200 + Ampeg 210AV and get a lotta love)

    But Dub King, I want you....
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  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    The Ibanez ASB180 is SS. Only available used now, but they are pretty sweet looking.
    Definitely has a Gibson ES-335 vibe going on.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
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  19. The JMJ Mustang is nice but pricey. Jag VM ss, Ibanez tmb30, and Epi EB-0 are all under $200.
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  20. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    You can't go wrong with a Fender Mustang PJ with flats. Mine has a perfectly flat neck, easily adjust able for super low action (if that's what you like). The fit and finish are good, and the sound is excellent. It has that super deep short-scale sound, but with the PJ config and tone control it can actually produce a wide variety of tones. Don't get scared off by people claiming the pickup selector switch is a problem. Just spray it with some contact cleaner and any noise or static will go away. Overall a great bass for the money, about $575.
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