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Upscale short scale bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Don Sanders, Nov 13, 2018.


  1. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Looking for suggestions for a upscale short scale bass that’s a step up from a Fender or an Epiphone. Want to buy a really good quality short scale bass because arthritis is keeping me from reaching frets on my long scale. Any suggestions would be appreciated
     
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  2. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Which styles of music do you play?
     
  3. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Contemporary Christian
     
  4. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Move this to the "Bass" section.
    Also do a search for the multiple existing threads on short scales.
     
  5. BeauZooka

    BeauZooka

    Oct 2, 2007
    Seattle USA
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  6. joebeadg

    joebeadg

    Sep 1, 2010
    eustis fl
    don't know if considered upscale but I like the carvin kreasal vader bass which is available in short scale
     
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  7. wellso74

    wellso74 Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2010
    Richmond, Virginia
    nordstrand
     
  8. eJake

    eJake

    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    +1
     
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  9. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    You might have better luck asking the question in the right forum. This one is for amps and cabs.
     
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  10. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Try Muckelroy basses. Home
     
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  11. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    If I had the cash, I’d drop it on a Sacramento before any other bass right now.
     
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  12. Rumbledore

    Rumbledore Banned

    Jun 2, 2018
    peninsula
    gibson
     
  13. Manticore

    Manticore

    Feb 27, 2016
    SoCal
    Alembic
     
    MVE, Gizmot, neddyrow and 3 others like this.
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    A couple of years ago I bought a Gretsch ThunderJet. 30" scale, from their professional line, lovely chambered mahogany body with flawless black top. Duel Gretsch ThunderTron pickups and their roller bridge. It's a total sweetheart of a bass, with a big sound and pleasant weight. These photos are not mine, but same bass. I have not mounted the pickguard on mine because I don't need it, and I like the look without.

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    gretsch-g6128b-thunder-jet-bass-black-pre-owned-341824.
     
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  15. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    Forgotten by some. But...
     
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  16. n1as

    n1as

    Mar 29, 2013
    So many short scale basses mess up the ergonomics. They move the bridge to the player's left, causing the neck to shift left and the reach to the lowest frets to be the same as on a long scale instrument.

    How about a Warmoth build. Same quality as their other stuff, same ergonomics as any other Fender-style bass, just shorter scale. I have a Warmoth 32" P bass and it is the best P bass I've ever had. Better than my Fender USA and better than my G&L LB-100.
     
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  17. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    California
    Never heard of this bass before so I spent some time reading about it. Wow, I'll bet it's a sweetheart of a bass, that thing looks fantastic and your description of it makes me long for an experience with one.
     
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  18. matante

    matante

    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Warwick will make any of their basses for you as a short-scale if you order through the custom shop. There's also Made in Germany Hofner. Fender Japan also made some short and medium scale versions of P and J basses. It all depends on your budget and your sound and style preferences just like with a long scale bass.
     
  19. Depending on budget there's Rob Allen:
    m30f-maple-full.



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