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The Official Short Scale Bass Club -- Part 4

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

  1. RodRy


    Jul 1, 2018
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Dang! You just don't like keeping basses, do you?
    Your loss is another's gain.

    In all seriousness, if it were in my price range (under $1000) I would snap this up.
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  2. RodRy


    Jul 1, 2018
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I have a Mouse. It was one of my two "dream basses." It is an absolute joy to play, and it's so beautiful, I like just looking at it. Big dog thump, super easy to handle.
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  3. Lol, Don't get me wrong, I love my SS Stingray but I am finding out that active Basses are the way for me since I play in a cover band and having active treble/bass and mid knobs is pretty beneficial to me on the fly. I have one SS Public Peace on order but would like to order another in a different pickup config..

    Would like to order this Cazpar next...Swamp Ash with transparent black finish, Roasted maple neck w/ White Ebony fretboard and Delano extenter P and humbucker :D

  4. Bass Man Stan

    Bass Man Stan

    Mar 29, 2019
    Sire U5 just showed up. Very nice. Came strung with Ernie Ball nickel plated rounds and sounds a little zinggy. I think DR Sunbeams strung through the body will tame that. I play with a pick mostly and flats sound dead to me. 20210224_162151.jpg 20210224_162119.jpg 20210224_162235.jpg
  5. revroy

    revroy Supporting Member

    Looking forward to hearing a more complete review
  6. kevk

    kevk Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Napa Valley
    Bass looks really awesome! Might try one of these at some point...curious about the weight?
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  7. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I play with a pick but my main shorty is a 65 Epiphone Newport w the lone neck 'mudbucker' which is a real beast and right now it has GHS Pressurewounds which are smooth like a flat but a bit more zing...i play flats and rounds on other basses fwiw.

    Curious how the tone is with the rounds (other than the zing)?
  8. Bass Man Stan

    Bass Man Stan

    Mar 29, 2019
    Yes I've been curious about the pressure wounds I would like to try them out. My go to short scale bass is the jaguar for comfort and feel of neck. And for sound the Reverend dub King. The neck on Sire is really nice but the pick ups were low and when i raised the P the foam was too flat to push it up. Intonation was set perfect, had to lower the strings. Fit and finish are top notch, the color is a light sea foam green. The binding matches the maple neck and the bass looks high end.
  9. Bass Man Stan

    Bass Man Stan

    Mar 29, 2019
    I don't have a scale but it feels like it weighs the same as the Jaguar. So yes, pretty light.
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  10. pfern

    pfern PFern Supporting Member

    Agreed on the Dub King's sound. I'm more of a mid and long scale guy though. My Fatfish gets more play time than my Dub King (now for sale).
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  11. LetItGrowTone


    Apr 2, 2019
    Some scale lengths (rounded):
    32.1" - 34" scale with capo at first fret
    30.3" - 34" capo second fret
    31.4" - Ric, capo first fret
    29.6" - Ric, capo second fret
    30.5" - SG
    29.8" - Epi EB-0 (wonder how this happened)
    30.25" - Hofner Ignition Club Pro

    Except for the first one, they're all SG +/- 1".

    A capo (tuning to E with the capo installed) gets you improved dead/weak spot performance, and a free "zero fret".
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  12. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    It however also leaves you with a wider fretboard and overall a couple of fewer frets than most real short scale basses would provide, plus an unusable additional overhang head side.
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  13. LetItGrowTone


    Apr 2, 2019
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  14. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA
    It has value in providing the temporary experience if someone wanted to know what it felt like before taking the plunge, but yeah, not really a permanent solution.
  15. LetItGrowTone


    Apr 2, 2019
    I have taken the plunge, but I have this Ric with somewhat bad dead spots / weak areas, and I wouldn't be the first to play one with a capo.

    I "fixed" my 34" basses by swapping on wider/thicker necks, but can't do that with the Ric.
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  16. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    One of the advantages of a bolt on neck, you can always swap it around as you like, or easily replace it if it should get damaged beyond repair.

    One of the main reasons why I really prefer my guitar and basses to have a bolt on neck construction over a set or neck through.

    Took advantage of that quite recently when I swapped the no short amazing neck of my old 2010 production Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass, that had a pretty abused and battered body that was was covered in a thick glossy black poly finish, out for the 2017 production Wathered Black finish body from a GSRM20B Mikro Bass, that had an unplayable horrible nec.

    Both Mahogany bodies, but with the new body being a great deal lighter than the old one, and I had to fill out the old neck screw holes and drill new ones, since Ibanez apparently changed the pattern of and placement of the neck screws in the meantime, but the new neck pocket fitting really tightly, unlike the old one, which together with being rid of the insanely thick poly finish of the old body in exchange for the super thin wood pores through finish of the new one gave a bit more resonant tone and a bit better sustain.
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  17. Logic_11


    Nov 22, 2015
    Atlantic Ocean
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    Nash jesso

    Feb 27, 2021
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  20. I like the Seymour Duncan pickup but where are the volume and tone controls? Is it meant for the amp to control the bass...?
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