I have noticed several members looking for reasons to invalidate the entire concept of short scale basses. And I have to ask why? I play short scale Basses. I started on full scale then switched. Why? several reasons: Because I don't have the finger length to comfortably span 3 frets on a full scale let alone 4. I tried, a short scale allows me to play better than I can on a full scale with much more comfort. Because I am starting to develop arthritis in my hands. this effects all scales, but is less of a problem with a shorty. i actually like the sound of the low end on a short scale. Maybe it is the thicker strings it takes to get the sound without being floppy, I use a 5 string short 45-125 so yes I have a low B on a short scale. I am not convinced that when Fender set the standard length for a bass guitar at 34" that it was inspired by God. call me a skeptic but I think it was more a marketing decision. The reasons I can think of that makes a full scale superior: Ego. Some guys think it make them look cooler. Some probably like the sound of a full scale better. nothing more that i can think of... On the balance, I'd say short scales have a lot going for them. I don't tend to judge by expectations, I judge basses on what I see, hear, and feel, And I happen to like short scales better.