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Thin necked basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NFGgtsthgrl, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. NFGgtsthgrl


    Nov 18, 2013
    I'm looking for some recommendations for some thinner necked basses to check out, since I have small hands and short fingers. My price range is 300-400$. Before anyone suggests a short scale, I already have one. I've been playing for four months and feel that I should start looking at some full scales now since I'd like to get one in a few more months. I don't want to get too used to playing on a short scale to the point where playing a full scale is just frustrating.
    I have my eye on a Ibanez SR300/300M but want to try as many brands and models as I can, which is another reason I want to steer away from short scales; more options.
    Thanks guys
  2. I've got 3 vintage modified squiers (a jaguar, a PJ and a mustang) and they have thin necks- the short scale Mustang is probably the chunkiest. They're in your price range and are very well made.

    There could be variety over the range, but I'd suggest trying them out.
  3. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    My early 90's Ibanez SR400 has the thinnest neck I've ever played. You can get one for about $150.
  4. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    Thunderbirds have thin necks if you get a set neck version. The bolt on necks are huge. You should be able to pick up a used Epiphone Thunderbird within your price range. It's going to be different from what you have now, most likely, so trying one first is even more important with one of them than it is with other instruments.
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Thin nut, thin front to back, or both?
  6. Fender Geddy Lee Jazz
  7. preside


    Aug 7, 2010
    Scottsdale Az
    NFG , when you go to the larger bass take a couple of lessons to make sure you are "playing" correctly. All that stuff like angle of neck, strap height and other ergonomic considerations will be important to make sure you don't mess up your hands.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Not that specific model, but late 80s and early 90s Ibanez basses were the first thought in my mind. Those suckers were TINY.
  9. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    I agree, the Ibanez SR series is a great line of affordable, effective basses that happen to have thin necks.

    MusicMan basses do, too. They are a little more expensive on average, but if you love the Stingray tone there's nothing else quite like it.

    The neck is my least favorite part of a MusicMan bass; they all feel like baseball bats to me. But to each his own.
  10. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Ibanez SR series are the thinnest I know of.
    ESP LTD are supposedly almost as thin but I don't have personal experience with those.
  11. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010

    This is an important question. Narrow nut, I'd agree with the Ibanez SR recommendations; thin front to back, I'd say check out Fernandes.
  12. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Ibanez SR basses have very thin necks, for sure. But the thinnest neck I've ever felt on a bass was the Peavey Palaedium.

  13. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Agree, and if thin front to back is the criterion, I don't recommend MusicMan any more.
  14. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Some suggestions from the past:
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  15. Craig82


    Mar 9, 2009
    Vox Astro. By far the thinnest neck I've ever played!
  16. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    :bag: A banjo with DR Lowriders? :bag:
  17. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    +1 - my wife has small hands, has been playing since she was 14, and started out on exactly this model.
  18. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    Another vote for Ibanez for thin necks. I have an SR300FM. Switched to this from a 70's Gibson when I I fell in love with the Ibanez neck. I can get a lot of different tones out it too. You can find these used for $200 and under. A good bass for this kind of money. A great bass for beginner to intermediate.
    I have years of experience, play 24 to 30 gigs a year and I still use it. Prolly not the last bass I'll own, but as frugal as I am, its working quite well.
  19. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    I have a SR300 and a SR405QM. Really nice, thin necks.
  20. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    Gibson SG necks are also very thin. Not sure about Epiphone versions.