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which custom-makers build short-scale well?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bongomania, Nov 27, 2005.


  1. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Hi,
    A recent thread turned me on to Birdsong's Cortobass, and I'm likely to get one. But someone in that thread thought the Cortobass was overpriced and that one could do better going to a different custom builder.

    So, among custom makers, who does short-scale or medium-scale basses with a better bang per buck than Birdsong?

    P.S. I am not asking what you think of short-scale basses, and I am not asking about production basses like Epiphone, Kubicki, etc. however nice they may be.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  3. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
  4. +1

    I actually own a 32'' scale Spoiler and it is fantastic.

    I used it to record a tune recently that is on my music page. I believe it is the Zelda's Lullabye/Song of Storms tune.
     
  5. Kelly Coyle

    Kelly Coyle Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mankato, MN
    Look at Landing. Awesome basses.
     
  6. mike sancho

    mike sancho SANCH

    Feb 10, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Ken Smith
    Sadowsky
    Zon
    Roscoe will special order a 34" scale
     
  7. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    To add to this, if some people like the sound of short scale basses, what is the shortest a 5string can be and yet still have a usable B string?
     
  8. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Fodera have done 33" B's before that I hear have sounded thick and fat...

    Also, a local luthier (with whichI have talked about building a 32" scale 6 before) has let me play a 32" scale 5 string he built, and the low B was full and rich in tone.
     
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Michael Dolan, Santa Rosa, CA.
     
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    None of these builders mention a short or medium scale option on their websites. Can you point to a link to a short or medium scale bass by any of these builders, or do you have any personal experience with one?
     
  11. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    FBB Custom regularly builds shorter scale basses. Here is a 33" 6 string

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
  13. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have heard he does excellent work, i am hoping to get a project off the ground with him. :bassist:
     
  14. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Racine,Wi
    Hey pointbass, thats my bass you posted there, however, it doesnt look that way anymore I've had Matt do some naaasty little things to it. :D should be done soon.
     
  15. Fodera, Fodera, and Fodera! They have the nicest shorties around if you like the Fodera tone. They generally sound very clear and defined, with a good low/mid balance. Fairly transparant really.
     
  16. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    :cool:
     
  17. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    I've owned an Alembic Spoiler since 1983. Now retired but was always a solid bass. 32 inch scale. I see them used from time to time

    Rob
     
  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    I have an idea about a little project myself.

    I'd love to hear your idea sometime.

    I've owned a strat copy and a short scale Alembic copy which unfortunately was yellow. According to Steve Barr, its nickname is "The Banana"... Still, top notch stuff.
     
  19. What do you mean by bang for buck though?

    Those Cortobasses looks like they start from $975, which seems like a low start for a custom instrument, albeit a fairly basic one.
     
  20. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yeah, that's the core of my question. I certainly do appreciate all of the responses about high-end makers, but honestly I don't have 3k or more to spend right now. Alembic's cheapest current model available in shorter scale starts at 5.7k! The standard Cortobass runs 1.5k, and the standard Landing runs about 1.2k. That's within my price range.

    If you think about it, it's certainly possible to sound GREAT on a less expensive bass, so the question for me becomes: What kind of bang does $5,700 buy me that I won't get for $2,000?

    And if (as another TB'er claimed) 1.5k is too much for the quality of the Cortobass, who can custom-build a bass of equal or better quality for less money? Maybe Landing, except I'm not fond of the Fender clone look.

    Anyhow, keep the answers coming folks, I'm interested to see what else is out there!