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Short Scale Basses

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Onestringbass, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    My first short scale built.

  2. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Groovy. What are the specs?
  3. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    Thank you!

    The spec is:

    30" scale.
    Stabilized maple/blood wood/Stabilised maple 3 pcs neck.
    Ebony fingerboard.
    Ash back.
    Burl top.
    Gotoh tuners.
    Unknown pick ups.
    Individual bridge.

    This is my first build so there are many mistakes and recovered points.
    I will be remaking similar bass again.
  4. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    My second short scale bass built.

    This is a kind of experiment with 28" super short scale.

  5. Are you building these basses for children,playability,tone,or :bag:are you a midget:bag: ?
    I have built a few short scaled basses also ,my reason was for tuning in 5[SUP]ths[/SUP]
    damn kids and their short scaled basses
  6. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    I am a guitarist so short scale is more comfortable and easier to play than 34". There are not many 30" in the market. These are reason why I am making 30".

    Just experiment to see what playable shortest scale would be. 28" is between guitar and 30". That's why.

    Obviously 4th string is not usable. Can be used as piccolo bass.

    Are you making 5th interval tuning Bass? I can not handle it. Are you a Cello player?
  7. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Judging by your username, I'd say you put too many strings on those.

    But they look quite nice.

    I'm building a 32" scale bass soon...but I guess that's really just medium scale.
  8. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    Thank you.

    I built 31" and am planning 34" 6 string.
  9. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    This is 31" scale.



    The body is not down sized since the rear pickup mount hardware require a standard size pickguard.
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  10. Yes,yes I am
  11. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    Another 30" I made.



    Amber stain was little too much.
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  12. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Man...thats hawt!
  13. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Oh my God, I want this so bad! What a beautiful, beautiful instrument!
  14. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    My new 30" build.

  15. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    Gluing a mahogany piece on the wing.

  16. A short scale Stingray is genius!

    I'm in the planning phases for for my first build (decent woodworking experience, but no instruments), and I really want to build a short scale. I'm having trouble understanding how to plan out the neck and fretboard. Did you have a "go-by" for the short scale neck, or did you figure it out another way?
  17. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
  18. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    Thank you!
  19. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    Thank you!
  20. Onestringbass


    Oct 28, 2013
    I am not using any special way. First, I decide the scale then automatically the nut, the 12F and the Bridge position will be set. Then just design the body and the head. That's it.

    To me most difficult point is the neck angle to be matched with the bridge saddle.

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