Awrite, I know that there have been MANY threads on long- vs. short-scale basses out there... I have heard that the pickups & the body wood do more to determine the sound than the scale of the bass...is that true? Why I want to know is that I'm looking for a more compact bass with a smaller neck, as I've got some tiny hands. I've got a BC Rick Platinum Warlock (Left-hand), but it's set really high and no one can lower the action without the string going wonky. Plus, it's really heavy. But I love the sound, and I don't wanna give it up! I just want a good quality bass for gigging, that will be easier to carry than Thor... Thanks in advance!