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Short scale bass trouble

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by boudicca, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. boudicca


    Jun 14, 2012
    Hi there, I've just bought a Fender Jaguar short-scale bass, and I've been having some problems with it. Size-wise it's great, but in terms of weight it is completely unbalanced. The body is made of a much lighter wood than the neck, and it is a real pain trying to hold it up all the time. I have a sore shoulder within 10 minutes of playing. I'm a new bassist so I thought it might just be a matter of getting used to, but my bass teacher also said he'd never encountered a bass quite like it before.

    So really, I'm just wondering what my options are. I don't know if this lack of balance is a feature of all short scale Jag basses, or maybe just this one. Is there any modification that would make it more comfortable to play? Or any alternative brand of short-scale bass that anyone could recommend?

    Any advice would be gratefully appreciated :)
  2. NightTripper


    Oct 20, 2011
    A good, thick strap might help. But if not, there are plenty of good alternative short-scale basses. Hofner basses and Fender/Squier Mustangs come to mind. Lots of other companies make them too.
  3. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Try changing the length of the strap and angling the neck differently... if that doesn't help the next trick is a nice thick 'grippy' strap - foam or leather. Nice and wide (3" or more).

    If the 'neck-dive' doesn't resolve with a good strap and you can't adapt to it it may not be the bass for you unfortunately :(.

    Hope it goes well. Look for 'neck dive' in the search function...

    http://www.google.com/cse?siteurl=w...a=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=neck dive&gsc.page=1

  4. Many of the shorties on the market have a disproportionately shorter top horn and will be unbalanced by design.
  5. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    For sure!
  6. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Grippy suede strap.

    Hipshot or Gotoh Resolite lightweight tuners.

    Weight the body of the bass with washers.

    Or, something like this:
  7. Get a Hofner Icon violin bass or Club bass. Problem solved! :)
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    On mine I relocated the strap buttons, drilled lightening holes under the pickguard, and installed a set of Gotoh Res-O-Lite 350 tuners I had laying around.
  9. I feel your pain about the neck dive on your Jag. However, I don't understand where those violin basses are any type of solution. I have an Epiphone Viola bass. It's neck dive is way worse than the Jag. I bought a 4" Levys Leather strap. It is not grippy, but it feels great. Perhaps a grippy strap would be a little better.
  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    IME, the Hofner violin basses use small open tuners that are very light so they don't dive as much as my Epiphone Viola and the Hofner Club is even better in the neck dive department.
  11. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
  12. koa1-1.

    Not a bit of neck dive here!
  13. rollin$tone

    rollin$tone Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    +1 on the Hofner. These 4 lb. Beauties won't make your shoulder ache!

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