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The Official Short Scale Bass Club -- Part 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Hoigle


    Aug 9, 2016
    Portland, OR
    That Cazpar looks amazing! How is it ordering with them? I'm guessing they speak English? I sent them an email and never heard back, maybe I'll try a phone call to Poland...
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  2. Custom sets of strings are the way to go - I recently bought from Newtone in the UK, for the US I believe Stringjoy are good. I'd be looking at contacting whoever you buy from to see what their 'stiffest' strings are - I prefer hex core.

    I've got a set with a .112 bottom string, and it works okay for C#. It's perfect when tuned to Eb, imo, but a bit floppy. For something like CGCF, I'd be looking at a .118, .120 maybe to start with, and adjust from there. Probably a .130 minimum for a low B. I use .50, .70, .90 for the three top strings tuned half a step down, I'd recommend at least that if you're dropping a full step.

    You'll likely need to recut your nut to allow for thicker strings, definitely re-intonate, and set the bridge height & neck relief. If I'm making a drastic change like that, I like to let my tech do it, he's fantastic and really gives me a strong starting point. It's a worthy investment, for me anyway.

    It could be a long & pricey process to get the right strings for you - some people prefer more tension, others less. I play aggressively with a pick, playing with fingers could need a completely different string. All my experience on this is with rounds, so adjust as needed for flats.

    Good luck!
  3. TK4261

    TK4261 Supporting Member

    Thank you, Hopefully it looks amazing with that top on it...fingers crossed. I created an account on their website then emailed them @ info@public-peace.de Adrian responded back to me pretty quick in English.. He was very helpful. I would try again. :thumbsup:
  4. skeeler

    skeeler I am a stick.

    May 30, 2015
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    The Cazpar is, IMO, the best-looking short-scale bass out there. Importantly it also puts both strop buttons and the bridge in the right places for best balance and reach. I've been close to ordering one a few times. What's stopped me is that the Cazpar would be more expensive than any of my other basses, and I just couldn't justify the cost, given my skill level. I'm interested to see how yours turns out. Please post when you get your "couch" photo.
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  5. G-Dog

    G-Dog What a fun place! Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2016
    For anyone thinking about a short scale hollowbody, there's this very interesting review round-up. I can personally vouch for the Fender Starcaster, shown in my avatar, as it's become my number one go-to, even strung BEAD! :thumbsup:
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  6. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Latest shot of my main Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass after a successful GSRM20B Weathered Black finish body transplant :

    You can read about the procedure here :
    "Official" Mikro Bass Club Part 3
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  7. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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  8. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
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  9. RodRy


    Jul 1, 2018
    Kalamazoo, MI
  10. RodRy


    Jul 1, 2018
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Now you can play Seven Nation Army!
  11. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  12. Thud Staff

    Thud Staff Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2017
    Houston TX
    Hummina, hummina, hummina.....gorgeous!
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  13. kjp360


    Feb 11, 2014
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  14. velobob

    velobob Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2013
  15. BigAndyA


    Aug 7, 2018
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  16. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    A lot of us started out playing short-scale (beginner) basses in the '60s, graduating to 34" full-scale ("real") basses and are now re-discovering short-scale (just as real!) basses! :) I still primarily play 34" scale (and a couple 32" scale!) but own a few short-scale basses and enjoy playing them! It's all good! :bassist:
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  17. TK4261

    TK4261 Supporting Member

    I added a clear pickguard to my Ernie Ball 30" Stingray recently and I am digging it :hyper:

  18. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA
    With a finish like that, I don't blame ya!
  19. John Stephen

    John Stephen

    Aug 16, 2018
    SF Bay Area
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  20. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    East Bay, N. Ca.
    This is my 2nd foray into short scales. At first it seemed cramped but I'm really finding a comfort zone the Hofner Club bass just didn't have. It almost had me rethinking my latest Warmoth build, but I stayed with a 32" scale neck for the P-Bass. I still need to go through a full setup but this is a keeper I think.

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