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Shortscale build advice

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cubanbass, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. cubanbass

    cubanbass Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2006
    Hoboken, NJ
    So got short scale on the brain and was thinking of putting together a Warmoth short scale http://www.warmoth.com/Bass/ShortScale/

    I'm digging their single cut short scale body offering, and would do 32" (afraid a 30" might be too much). Pickup configuration is what I am unsure of... I love a P bass sound, and dig neck pickups on Gibson short scales, and the tone of a Mustang bass which I have owned both in the past (both are 30"). Sonically I would be using this in a Latin/Boogaloo band but I would want it to be as versatile as I can for a passive short scale.

    Would want a really hot pickup which I think adds to the tonal character of classic short scales. What do you prefer? Show you own if you will.
  2. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    I'd prefer the P Bass (Standard Split Set) at the neck. My MIJ Squire PBass (32" scale) is on loan to my luthier, but some photos and discussion are here:


    The tone on these is a little like the Mustang and a little like the standard PBass. You might be tempted to do a P/J configuration for more tonal variety, but they never seem to quite get the PBass/Mustang tone IME.
  3. cubanbass

    cubanbass Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2006
    Hoboken, NJ
    Thank you for the link, will check it out. P/Js are always alluring but as for the P/J's I have owned I have not been satisfied with the J bridge position...