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Which bass for a stumpy fingered freak?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BlackyH, Jan 1, 2005.


  1. BlackyH

    BlackyH

    Jan 1, 2005
    Hello there,
    I have just joined a band as a bassist. Before then I had only really played electric guitar. The style of music is phsychedelic bluesy rock.
    The thing is ... i seem to have been cursed with rather short fingers, which were alright when i was playing guitar, but now when I play bass I find it a bit of a stretch. Espesically when playing the lower frets.
    I have a Hondo 2 Rickenbacker copy. I really like the high end attack it has, and I usually play with a plectrum. But I find the neck might be too wide and the first fret seems a long way away (compared to friend's basses i've tried).
    So my question is ... Are there any basses known for a good tone but smaller neck? Perhpas even a bass built for females? Since even my f-ing girlfreind's hands are bigger than mine, but theres a loads of females bassists out there.
    I'd be gratefull for any ideas.
    Many thanks.
     
  2. Look for a "made-in-china" model called the SX.

    My friend just bought one new from eBay for a hundred bux. It is a short-scale J bass, and perfect for your needs. The finish is nicer than that on my MIM Fender, and it does a very nice J thing.

    I am seriously impressed with this thing, even more so, for a hundred bux. It is short scale, about 32" I think. J neck.
     
  3. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  4. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    ther isnt such a thing like a female specialy made bass, specialy because thats disrespecting, there is something called short scale that are less longer made for those who dont fell the 34" scale ergonomically aceptable, about width ALMOST every 4 string bass (not custom made) comes with
    18-19mm(bridge) 8-10mm(nut) string spacing.
     
  5. BlackyH

    BlackyH

    Jan 1, 2005
    Thanks for the help.
    These SX basses do look lovely ... I'm tempted already. But at that dirt cheap price can they really provide a great sound?
    Are there any other short scale basses that are reccommended?
     
  6. pdusen

    pdusen

    Aug 18, 2004
    Most people on Talkbass seem to swear by SX as a good quality budget bass.
     
  7. bluemonk

    bluemonk

    Dec 17, 2002
    Michigan
  8. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Amen to the fact that some here swear by the SX...

    SMALL HANDS SUCKS - trust me, i know...

    I love my Ibanez even though the scale is 34.5 inches...
     
  9. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Although they may require some pickup and hardware modifications, and if you'd like to have the Fender tone, the Fender Mustang or Musicamaster basses shouldn't be a problem for you to play.

    Just a suggestion. -Art
     
  10. SubEndSorcerer

    SubEndSorcerer

    Nov 27, 2004
    I would also suggest something with a Jazzish neck. I'm at the other end of the spectrum...I have Nosferatu fingers :oops:
     
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    A Rickenbacker sounds like the obvious answer to me.
    If short budgeted, A Danelectro LongHorn.