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Super Short Scale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CThompson, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. I know gregg bennett makes this:


    Which though it doesn't say it there is, I believe, 26" scale.

    I've heard that the Turser JTB-40 is also 26", but then I find others that claim it's 30".

    And I think you can get the Rob Allen Mouse in 25-26".

    I'm intrigued by it, enough so that I'm in the process of refinishing an old Teisco guitar body and neck and plugging and redrilling the headstock for 4 tuners.

    Yes, I know, 26" scale is insanely short. No, I'm not looking to one as my main bass. I'm just intrigued by the idea and have the parts to make it happen.

    I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with these and have any opinions to share. I'm most concerned with what gauges you ahve to use to tune the damn thing.

  2. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    That looks like it could be too much fun.

    A good friend of mine has a 4-year-old son who (due to inlfuences of myself and another friend of ours who plays bass) now plays bass. They got him a l'il Squier. Not sure on the scale, but it's about half the size of a normal bass. It still sounds pretty awesome.

    And yes.. it's WAAAAAYY too much fun to play.
  3. Chipsonfire


    Jul 20, 2007
    Socorro, NM
    Well, given the first vid you have posted is from our very own Havic5, maybe he will chime in and give us a review.
  4. Excellent, that's the vid that convinced me there might be something to it.

    I'll have to see what the Lil' Squier's have for scale. My son has a mini Squier guitar that's just ultra tiny.
  5. Just found a place on my way home that sells the Samick/Bennett guitars, no idea if they have the little guy, but it's worth a stop.
  6. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    My second-favorite bass is a 26'' scale. This is probably the particular bass, but it seems to like pick playing a lot more than fingerstyle. Fun bass, it's got a single Ric-esque pup and sounds like god.
    I got some medium gauge flats and they worked fine.
  7. Didn't get to stop on the way home. Will have to tomorrow. I've got serious gas for one of these.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I also have a Bennett dealer a few miles from my day gig. I'll have to stop in and see what, if anything, they have.
  9. I bought my 7 year old Son and Ibanez Mikro and you could Gig with this Bass if you wanted to - plays and sounds great.

    It cost $169 - less than the Greg Bennet that I also checked out. The Ibanez is about the size of a Guitar - sounds punchy and plays great - it is a touch big for him - but he will grow into it - once he is big enough he will get one of mine.
  10. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    I bought one of these for my kids; we call it the candy cane bass. It's a suprisingly fun, playable, quality instrument. I could gig with it.

    I think it's 24" scale but I'll measure and confirm that tonight. It feels like the string gauge is 50-100 but I'm not totally sure. I usually tune it EADG but I've tuned up to ADGC as well.

    Here's a sweet action pic (from a couple years ago)...


  11. There's a guy in the short-scale six-string bass thread who regularly posts about his vintage Burns micro-scale six-string... It's guitar scale but a bass, designed to be used like a Fender Bass VI. He had to have strings custom made for it...
  12. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Use the Fender Ashbory as your inspiration. It's 18" scale. None smaller.

    But, you would need piezo pickups and silicone strings. :)
  13. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    That may be the coolest bass playing action shot I've ever seen, thanks!
  14. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    wow... a baby playing a crybaby... that is all sorts of awesome...
  15. I completely forgot about the Mikro. Have to look those up...
  16. stevetat


    Nov 11, 2005
    New England
    Tele-star made some 24" scale basses back in the early 70's.

    Here's one of them (next to my '64 P for reference).


    It plays/sounds surprisingly well but I don't think I'd ever gig with it.
  17. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    i used to have one.. those things are so cool. they sound like a legitimate instrument, really big bottom. unfourtunately, i bought mine as something to leave in my car incase i end up somewhere where a jam could happen.. but the rubber strings, do not like heat, and its too much of a hassle to detune them when its packed away. they take a good week for the strings to loosen up and stay in tune.
  18. Tahoe_Ed


    Apr 9, 2009
    Lake Tahoe
    I am a fan of short scale basses and I am definitely interested in this bass for travel. My question is what about strings on such an extreme SS bass? I use Pyramid Golds on my Gibson SG. Does anyone have an opinion as to whether they would fit on this bass. On a 30" scale the E is already a half turn on the peg.
  19. I worked as a children's protective services worker for nearly 15 years, so I didn't get to say this very often, so here goes:


    I feel much better, thank you.

    Who makes the bass, BTY? My son is bigger than I am, but one never knows.
  20. mrtn400


    Dec 6, 2008
    Here's mine:

    I've had it since when it used to be the correct size for me.

    To put it into perspective, the "EADGBE-tuned 6-string piccolo bass" (;)) is a 25.5" scale, so the Sammick has to be even smaller than that.