I have a good friend that will be buying her first bass guitar, and she wants a short scale. I have, and enjoy, an SX PJ. I know they have their short scales, are they comparable, in quality/praise, to their standard sizes? She's a good musician and she wants something that will last her a while. I know SX's are decent, but she also doesn't have the skills/motivation to mod it in anyway. Would something else be a better long-term deal? Possibly a Fender Mustang? Are there any specific companies to look into that have notable short scales? I was thinking Japanese brands because i want to say i heard that they have a wider selection of short scales than American brands... Also, in regards to pickup configuration, will a short scale have a significantly altered tone compared to it's standard scale bretheren? IE: will a short scale Jazz sound like a standard scale Jazz? Thanks TB!