Hi, I'm to teach a 10yo girl, starting September. She seems to me rather smallish, her mother is a little under the average height. She was studying a classical guitar for some two years and then, when offered to study a bass, her eyes started to shine. I'm thinking of what bass she should buy. She was trying my Fender jazz, right hand no problem, left hand can reach the first fret, but not easily. I'd be happy if somebody smarter than me could answer a few questions: 1. short scale or standard scale? I generally prefer standard 34" scale for anybody, thinking 'learn standard first, then you can choose freely'. I had a short scale once, for a short time, and frankly didn't really feel a big difference in playing comfort. But I'm quite tall. I would very much like to hear some arguments for both sides. 2. if short scale, what bass? Fender lover myself, I'm thinking about Fender Mustang. They make MIM P-J bass, nice, quite affordable, but they have 'common' pickups, not the original mustang micro-soap. So it's not exactly 'it' and it's quite expensive for being just a starter bass for just a few years. Have somebody tried this? 3. there also are cheap short scales, Luna Tattoo or Ibanez TMB30. Does someone have any experience with these? 4. Beatles Hofner is also short scale. I never tried it; I'm thinking the body could be too thick for a little student, making the right hand technique harder to learn healthy. Any opinions? 5. if long scale, do you have any opinions about the pedagogy style 'learn higher on the neck, later you can go down to the bottom'? Myself, meeting this on double bass, I feel pretty much okay with it. Thanks a lot!