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Santa's looking for small bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sammy, Dec 7, 2001.


  1. Sammy

    Sammy

    Aug 31, 2000
    SoCal
    Ho Ho Ho,

    I have surfed the Internet for days and have called around the country looking for a small bass for my son. I saw one in a music store last year, but production seems to have been discontinued. Does anyone have info or seen one of these basses?

    The bass is about 30 inched long total, from heal to headstock, and retails for about $130.
     
  2. JeremyC

    JeremyC

    Oct 5, 2001
    Berkeley, CA
    musiciansfriend.com was carrying these for a while, you might want to check with them.
     
  3. CaptainWally

    CaptainWally Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2000
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    Was it a dan electro perhaps?
     
  4. JeremyC

    JeremyC

    Oct 5, 2001
    Berkeley, CA
    it wasn't a danelectro, although they do make a very nice small bass. It looked like a mini Fender and cost $99, I think.
     
  5. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    This isn't the one you have in mind, but there's a Hamer Slammer short scale bass on ebay right now with a current bid that's about a buck and a half that looks nice--flamed top and all. I think the auction runs for another day or so. The only Danelectro I can think of that's a short (30") scale is the Longhorn, but the list on that is $399 (check danelectro.com). Good luck. Hope somebody knows exactly the one you're after and can help you track it down.
     
  6. JeremyC

    JeremyC

    Oct 5, 2001
    Berkeley, CA
    hey, we're neighbors, send me an email and I'll give you my phone number.

    jeremy@jps.net
     
  7. ndjx

    ndjx

    Oct 26, 2001
    MN
    Um I think you're talking about the Squier bronco... Musiciansfriend.com still has them.
     
  8. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Yeah, the Squier Bronco bass is 30" scale. Are there any decent short scale basses out there? The Squier bronco is REALLY HORRIBLE. It has one single coil pickup, it probably hums like crazy. :eek:
     
  9. You might look for a Fernandes Nomad. I haven't played one, so I can't tell you anything about them but that they are tiny and they have a built in amp and speaker. I think the bassist for Ozzy uses one. Another to look for is a DeArmond Ashbory. They have an 18" scale.
     
  10. JeremyC

    JeremyC

    Oct 5, 2001
    Berkeley, CA
    Squier Bronco is not a great instrument, but it may work for a young student with small hands to learn on. I have a 14 year girl student who learned on that and is now moving up to a Mexican Precision.
    She hasn't had any humming problems in particular.

    The Danelectro is a cooler instrument. The main problem with it is balancing it while you are sitting down.

    Yamaha used to make a pretty nice short scale bass, the best sounding one I have ever heard, but I don't know if they are still making it.

    I wouldn't worry about getting a super quality instrument for a child's first playing experience, it just has to be playable and there are few basses out there which are not playable as opposed to guitars or clarinets.

    My music lessons on several instruments started with inexpensive used instruments until I proved that I was serious enough to warrant spending the money on something better.

    Jeremy Cohen
     
  11. That's hogwash! I bought my daughter a Squier Bronco (because her P bass was too awkward for her) - it sound's fine. I play it once in a while. If you want to hear what it sounds like, check out my "Proud Daddy" thread in Miscellaneous for a short mp3 featuring the Bronco on 'lead' bass.
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Isn't it amazing how people have opinions on things that they have never played before?:rolleyes:
     
  13. I wouldn't go with the Ashbory, not realy a "bass" bass. I tried a Bronco and it wasn't to bad, a guitar playing freind of mine picked one up used for cheap cash. I used it to play 2 songs at a party, not to bad it just didn't hide my gut well enough.

    The Fernades Nomad goes for about $350 so i don't think that was the one either.

    Geez why can't your elves just build one Santa?
    I new if there was a Santa Claus he would be a bass player. :D
     
  14. The 2 things I did to my daughter's Bronco are:

    1) Change to lighter gauge strings.

    2) Lower the action.

    The reason I did that is because it's difficult for a child to fret and hold the strings down if they're 'hard' and high. It plays like a charm.
     
  15. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    my sisters friend has a squier bronco,and it hums like crazy.i play open E and i hear BADUMMMMMMMMMMM!
     
  16. Sammy

    Sammy

    Aug 31, 2000
    SoCal
    Thanks for the advise. I was at work when I created the post, I forgot to mention my son is 5!

    The Fernades Nomad is about the size I was looking for, but after what I spent on instruments in the past few years, my wife would KILL me if I spent 300+ on my son.

    I stoppped at a shop that carries Harmony guitars, but no basses. Any idea's?

    Sam

    P.S. - I sold my Lakland D55-94 two weeks ago and bought a Elrick 5 (Quilt top, Wenge neck/fret-board, ash body); it should get here by Tuesday!
     
  17. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    You should consider looking for an Japanese Fender Mini Precision Bass. They are rare, but once in a while one will pop up on eBay.
    These basses have the same electronics, pickups, and hardware as full size Japanese Fender Precision Basses, which are quite good. The body, neck, and scale length are all down-sized.

    Here is one I found a couple months ago:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1463835480
     
  18. Cool...kinda...uhh..dinky sized. But I can see the appeal.. would be a great child's bass.
     
  19. bassboat

    bassboat

    Sep 27, 2001
    My kids like a Jerry Jones bass I have. Styled after the Dano; but a lot better made.
    I recommend the Danelectro-the weight is easy for them to handle. Granted the balance is not great; but it's not cumbersome for them.

    I had picked up a Japanese mini-p-bass some time ago. The scale length was impossible to tune up normally. I had to tune it up to "A". Plus, the balance was real bad because the tuners were normal size; but the body was down-sized. Cute, IMHO not really playable.
     
  20. bassboat

    bassboat

    Sep 27, 2001
    My kids like a Jerry Jones bass I have. Styled after the Dano; but a lot better made.
    I recommend the Danelectro-the weight is easy for them to handle. Granted the balance is not great; but it's not cumbersome for them.