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Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Shortbassplayer, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Shortbassplayer


    Mar 24, 2019
    Basses chose us, we don't chose them.
    I'm 147cm (4ft 10") and manage on a 3/4. Looking for a smaller size, should I go right down to 1/2 or 5/8 ?

    Lightweight model suggestions welcome also
  2. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    5/8 - there's a lot of threads on the subject now
  3. Makes me wonder why no one makes a bass with 3/4 scale and a shorter body, like 1/2. For shorter people (like myself) the scale length isn't a problem. The body height can be a problem.
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  5. mjt0229

    mjt0229 Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
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  6. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I am currently getting a Roth Hybrid 5/8 set up. Nice bass and is just slightly smaller than a 3/4 in all measurements. String length is around 39" which is nice for smaller players.
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  7. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    I'm not drastically short (5' 10"), but it seems like a great idea. You still get your 3/4 scale.
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  8. Mike Carr

    Mike Carr

    Feb 5, 2002
    Hong Kong
    I'm 5' 8". My Czech Ease is a pretty good fit. My normal 3/4 bass is smallish too and is comfortably proportioned.
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  9. Here in Prague, I've seen Esperanza Spalding, Dave Holland and quite a few other bassists using Czech ease. I guess it's mainly because of overseas travelling. I don't remember seeing EUB used by a famous acoustic jazz bassist, though this should be even more practical for travelling. From that I deduce that Czech eases are still acoustic basses with all there is to it, and that they play great. Don't know about other brands though.
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  10. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    The bass is designed to be used by someone not as tall as it. now, at 4' 10", you may very well want to look for a 5/8. but -

    you'd be surprised how little size has to do with comfort. I own what is considered a "very large" 7/8 by some people, and it's far more playable than other basses i used to own/have played described as 3/4.

    i feel like the slope of the shoulders or the angle of the slant on a flat back have more to do with comfort than any other factor - weather thats a fractional size designation, string length, or whatever.

    i feel comfortable recommending to even someone at 4'10", forget what you think you want, and play as many basses as you can find. I think more often than not people are surprised at what the end up loving.

    every time i go bass shopping i want a violin cornered round back. every time i've come home with a flat back gamba. the ears want what the ears want, i suppose.
  11. Yosbank


    Feb 6, 2019
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  12. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    Do what feels the best to you, and hits your sound requirements as closely as you can. Don't let popular opinion sway you. Let your heart be your guide.
  13. logdrum

    logdrum Formerly known as noelpaz Supporting Member

    slightly out of topic but in the Facebook page, "play your bass in fifths, man!", many small basses tend do well tuned in 5ths. There is a 1/4 bass tuned in fifths and using those special Genssler strings. I am setting mine up, actually already did but gave those strings to my buddy from Scandinavia when he was here last month. He also plays the cello. I just got another set from the classifieds.

    My 1/2 38.25 is louder than my 3/4. Both are carved but the 1/2 is old.

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