Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hollis deck, Aug 13, 2021.

  1. hollis deck

    hollis deck

    Aug 3, 2021
    What would be considered the best short scale bass guitar of all time? Across the board of any type of music and taste. Studio session work to live performances... Which is short scale bass guitar is the best? The best of the best?

    P.S. Custom Luthier makes not applicable for this inquiry.
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  2. ahbradot


    Dec 14, 2019
    Your title SCREAMS.
    Ernie Ball Music Man makes a great small scale StingRay bass that I think works well and you should consider on your shortlist. Pun intended.
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  3. Nearly every short scale bass ever built is the best short scale bass guitar of all time for some players...
    "Across the board of any type of music and taste..."
    This will - thank god - not happen. It IS taste.
    This is like asking, what is the best food across the board of any type of food or taste. No matter if you want it sweet or salty, if you are a vegetarian or like meat, if you are after raw food, cooked food or barbecue.
    Your question doesn't make sense.
    There are instruments that are simply not well build or constructed, but besides those, instruments are just different.
    Not to even mention, that you need different strings for different sounds. No roundwound will ever really sound like a flatwound string and the other way round.
  4. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    Whats the best car, painting, song, beer...What kind of a question is this?
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  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Only one I can think of that I'd spend good money on.
    You are talking about which one sounds best, right?
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  6. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
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  7. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I dunno man... I love Alembics, but what about the perfect short scale bass for accompanying a digeridoo in worship speed metal? :cautious:
  8. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    My favorite dish is rice porridge sprinkled with a thin layer of cinnamon sugar and a lump of butter in the middle, and it ought to be your favorite dish too!

    Michelin gourmet chefs might differ, but they are clearly wrong!
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  9. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    The american performer mustang.
    Most short scales are thumpers only lacking in highs.
    The performer rings out.
    It's also the only pj bass I know that does the p bass sound with the p pickup but sounds like a jazz with both pickups on.

    You can hate on its untraditional look,you can find a bass that does the fat and thumpy short scale sound better,but as an all around versatile shortie imo you cant beat the performer mustang.
  10. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    Hofner :)
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  11. Smith357


    Jul 7, 2018
    Define "Best".
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  12. Clank Plank

    Clank Plank Inactive

    Dec 26, 2020
    Hofner 500/1 violin bass.
  13. Briton


    Apr 4, 2009
    I like my Hofner 500/1
  14. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I like carrots.
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  15. WestyBassBob


    Mar 2, 2020
    I think what the OP is asking is what is the iconic short scale that would be the equivalent of what the p bass is in the long scale.
    Not the best but the standard has to be the Fender Mustang. The original. Not the PJ version.
  16. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    This may be a shock to you, but subjective preferences are subjective.
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  17. nozkcb

    nozkcb Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    I'll skip past what appears to be the obligatory snarky admonishment that seems to be required by many who can't resist a lecture or tirade when an opinion based question is asked, and simply state that of the few short scale bass I've had, the Sandberg Lionel is by far my favorite.

    If you're looking for a P-style Bass, I highly recommend it.
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  18. Based on those parameters, I'll go with the Mustang, with maybe the Hofner violin bass as the most iconic, at least among bass players?

    Maybe to soon to tell about a lot of the newer shorties that have appeared fairly recently, but I guess people are going to list them because they own/like them.

    It's never possible to find a definitive "best", everybody's preferences and needs are different. Still there's plenty of short scale options available today, so plenty of choices.
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  19. WestyBassBob


    Mar 2, 2020
    The Hofner Violin bass would be my second choice.
    Personally I play the SBMM short scale Ray. But there’s nothing iconic about it. It’s just a slightly smaller Ray. Whereas the Mustang and Hofner both have a distinct look and of course one is associated with the greatest rock band ever.
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  20. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'm a big fan of Hofner Ignition Club Bass but any well balanced bass with a similar neck will rank high for me.

    Second for me is my Fender Mustang PJ LE. I really really really like the sound of the P pickup alone on this one.

    My former favorite is my early '60s Danelectro Silvertone Model 1444 "dolphin nose" but it's not very practical for me to play it as much now.
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