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When did "Short Scale Shaming" become 'a thing'???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by diegom, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. diegom


    Jun 18, 2008
    Jack Bruce,
    Felix Pappalardi,
    Paul Mc Cartney,
    Bill Wyman,
    Ron Wood.

    Of the top of my head, I can think of these electric bass guitar pioneers, their solid and often very melodic lines, and the fact that their instrument of choice was a short-scale bass.

    When did it become a 'problem' to play short-scale?

    Just throwing it out there for discussion...

  2. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
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  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Who is shaming? Haven't seen that.

    Play what you want to play. Music, instruments, rigs, whatever...as long as no one gets hurt, it's all good! :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2018
  4. diegom


    Jun 18, 2008
    This was inspired by an earlier post, asking if it is "wrong" to play a short-scale...
    Why would anyone be made to feel that way???
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  5. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Northeast OH
    It's not...
  6. creaturegods


    Sep 23, 2017
    definitely not "a thing."
    Mister Boh, zontar, Marihino and 3 others like this.
  7. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Drugs are bad for you. Just sayin'
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  8. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    I don't think it was a "thing" until you made it into a thing by starting this thread. ;)
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  9. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Northeast OH
    Oh, I suppose that through the years there's been the occasional turd-bag that might have said something stupid about short-scale basses. One or two idiots having an opinion doesn't make it "a thing".
  10. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    ^^^ what he said

    But perhaps Mr. Mackey said it best

  11. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Some people think it’s wrong to wear sndals with socks, some people think it’s wrong if you put ketchup on a hot dog, and some people think it’s wrong letting your kids ride in the back of your pickup truck.
    Hey, if you’re comfortable with a short-scale bass or even one of those tiny hilarious-looking uke basses, just do you!
  12. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    don't go there...

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  13. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It's not a thing. Nobody thinks about it at all. We're the only bass dorks on Earth. Nobody else cares what you play.
  14. vinnydbass


    Feb 4, 2008
    There have been alot of short scale basses come into the marketplace recently that have enjoyed success. New mustangs, serek basses, supro, to name a few. People seem to rave about them. I dont think they are great for slapping, but who cares? What I am willing to shame is the recent popularity of the JMJ Roadworn Mustang. Mustangs have been around forever, and the Japanese ones are fantastic. I have seen JMJ live many times, and have never seen him perform with one (I've only seen him perform with standard scale: Thunderbirds, Jazzes, and Jaguars). My guess, is that it is found in his recording arsenal. When I a/b'ed the JMJ with a standard Mustang, I didnt really notice a difference in tone or playability other than the worn in feel. The PJ equipped Mustang is a much better sounding bass to my ears. I'm a Fender fan boy, but I don't really understand why a paint job distinguishes a bass as being "signature", and I'm kind of over that signature model marketing. I mean, most signature models are born out of the artists popularity rather than the instrument itself. For example: Geddy Lee bought his black jazz at a pawn shop for 200$, there is nothing that special about it, other than Geddy bought a production model that turned out to be good. Other than these petty qualms, there is nothing wrong with short scale, just more tubbiness.
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  15. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Sees like about 55 minutes ago.
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  16. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's a macho thing. It's the same attitude that someone who drives a giant pickup truck has (not all of them, just the ones that use their trucks as an important element of their self worth.)
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  17. saabfender

    saabfender SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    “I play the largest guitar on stage! All genuflect before me or feel my wrath!!”

    Felt like it had to be said.
  18. It was only a thing while that post is still active. A week or so from now, 'short-scale shaming' will vanish as well.
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  19. diegom


    Jun 18, 2008
    But, what's the best short-scale for METAL???!??
  20. Robscott


    Mar 20, 2017
    Tonbridge UK
    Come on man, it's definitely wrong to wear sandals with socks, specially onstage

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