what is best or your favorite short scale basses:

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  1. JImmy Campbell

    JImmy Campbell

    Jul 23, 2017
    what is best or your favorite short scale basses:
  2. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Birdsong. Doesn't get any better.
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  3. bhendrix


    May 2, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on one of these...

    Not sure if it's the best, but that's so subjective anyway!
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    My Fender Mustang Bass LE PJ is one of the best sounding and easiest playing basses I've ever owned.

    My Squier CV Mustang Bass is a close second.

    My Hofner Ignition Club Bass sees the most use with our jazzy duo. It fits well there.

    My early '60s Silvertone Model 1444 by Danelectro is a favorite but mostly retired.

    Maybe more importantly, my favorite strings are D'Addario nylon tapewounds which are on all of the above.
  5. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    +1 - waiting on my 5th Birdsong (2006, 2007, 2005/2014*, 2015, and "soon")

    *not an order, but "Richard the Test Bass", Birdsong's old shop R&D instrument. Built in 2005, pieced back together and in my hands 2014. Lots of extra pickup holes, mismatched hardware, note to me in Sharpie on the back.
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  6. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    I love my first Birdsong so much, I bought another. Then realised I kind of wasted my money as I only play the first one. I have no interest or need to ever play another bass ever again.
    But one is fretless and one is fretted so I guess its ok to have two.
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  7. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
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  8. JImmy Campbell

    JImmy Campbell

    Jul 23, 2017
    Hi Mongo:
    I wondered about the Hofner Ignition- always wanted a Hofner to go along with my Fender American Jazz Bass- but have been kind of afraid to try the Ignition (is it ok?) and don't have the money to buy the Contemporary or a real German model
  9. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I've got six or seven , but just picked up a Gibson Les Paul Jr DC bass , and it's in the running . It's one great little bass ...
  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I like the Hofner Ignition series so they're OK for me. I tried the Beatle and Club versions but chose the Club version because I prefer the body style.
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  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    My two favorites are my Gibson SB-300 and Gretsch Junior Jet. :thumbsup:

    Both get a lot of play time. :)
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  12. mikewalker


    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    1984 Kramer "The Thin White Duke": current favorite!
  13. remcult

    remcult Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    New Jersey
    I love my Supro Huntingon. Serek makes amazing stuff. Really enjoyed the little time I spent messing with G&L's new line. Gretsch's short-scale bass is great.
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  14. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    Danelectro Longhorn Pro. Weighs only 6 lbs. Lots of tones. Easy access to every fret. Surprisingly versatile. Bought it to practice with but ended up gigging with it often if I have a long (3 hours+) show or a tiny stage. And it looks like nothing else!

  15. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Alien Audio
  16. dangevans


    Mar 26, 2014
    Jerry Jones Longhorn... Can't get them as easily anymore! :)
  17. ThumbyAche

    ThumbyAche Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    I have seen some Serek basses that got my attention.
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  18. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    My current fav. 20200114_122258.jpg

    Lately I've been looking at the Ibanez Mezzo 32" 5 string. Mezzo 5er.png and the D Lakin 30" 4 string D Lakin.png Really like the 32" scale Conklin Woody, but @ well over 3k, a bit much for my budget Conklin.jpg

    With so many companies now making shorties, and builders like Maruszczyk, that offer just about any bass they make in short/med scale, there are a whole lot more choices for the short scale players.
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  19. mikewalker


    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
  20. Duder


    Dec 6, 2014
    I love my CIJ Mustang, but I'm severely impressed by the Bronco bass. It's already a decent bass and with a few upgrades is a major player.
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