I've posted about this in the Essex megathread, but it wasn't answered and quickly got buried, so I'm gonna try it out here in BG by itself. I'm interested in trying a short scale bass, for two reasons - 1) some interesting models are being built, like Alembics and the Birdsongs and 2) I have average-sized hands, and sometimes get frustrated with all the shifting I have to do on some passages. But I don't want to drop the $$$ for an Alembic or a Birdsong until I can see how well a short scale instrument would work for me. So- I'm thinking of getting one of the SX short scale J-style basses, then upgrading the electronics. I've got a set of Bartolini 9J pickups, and could either just do a CTS upgrade on the pots, or might do an Audere JZ3 system. I'd like to get some reaction from any players out there who own an SX short scale. How do you like the bass? Have you done a pickup or electronic upgrade? Also, will the Barts fit this bass, and is the control plate the same size as a standard Jazz plate?