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Short scale bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madgapper, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. madgapper


    Mar 8, 2009
    Any tips on a good bass with a 30" scale ?
  2. brachal


    Jan 7, 2006
    New Orleans, La
    Much will depend on your budget. Not knowing your budget, or the type of music you play, I'd say Gibson SG reissue.
  3. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I have a Musicmaster, a Longhorn, and an Ovation Typhoon... All shorties, all good basses, (though admittedly, the Typhoon is a bit more 'specialized', being a fretless hollowbody)


    And yeah, check out the 'Stang re-issues
  4. rfclef


    Jan 19, 2007
    Woodburn, Oregon

    Depends on your budget. But these are some of the finest basses of any scale. Scott and Jamie are the most awesome people to deal with. I love my Birdsong.
  5. Swin


    May 25, 2008
    Ibanez Freakazoid
  6. Brewerpaul


    Mar 1, 2009
    I just bought my first bass. I wanted something to noodle around on without spending a lot of money, so I bought an SX Jazzbass clone for all of $110.
    I'm no expert on basses, but I am a wooden instrument maker, and I can tell you that this thing is very nicely made. To my ears it plays just fine. I love it.
  7. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    SX (Rondo) has a great short scale for about $120
  8. If you can afford it... Epiphone Rivoli. I got mine for 200 stirling pounds! Reet good they are!
  9. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Fender Mustang in Fiesta Red

  10. honestjohnny


    Nov 24, 2006
    Many people like the Ibanez Mikro. It's 29" scale.
  11. madgapper


    Mar 8, 2009
    Many thanks to all
  12. Waterstone Indra
    Hofner Icon
    Eastwood Club
  13. Low Main

    Low Main Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    I would second the Birdsong and the Musicmaster. Way different instruments, but both are short scale.
  14. meta


    Mar 11, 2009
    JamesBasesses has some top end shortscales too... http://www.jamesbasses.com/

    I'd say for cheap go for a hammer slammer.
    Then for relatively inexpensive is the Gibson SG re-issue.
    Then for about double that is the Fender Mustang.
    Then if that isn't enough you can double that again for a nice birdsong or jamesbass or ....

    But there are tons out there, and that was just my priority list, I'd make sure to try them out, and see what feels and sounds good to you, as different people have different expectations and priorities that aren't easily quantifiable in a short posting.

    I've got a mustang myself, and I can't say enough about it - from the second I picked it up it was just comfortable - easy to play, still has a good punch, action is sweet, no noise or buzzing.... It doesn't have the punch of a big huge necked heavier P bass but overall I've found that the sound is more determined by the amp you play through... so if you've got a good amp it almost doesn't matter what you plug into it, as long as you like playing it.
  15. +1,000 :D

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