Which Shirt Scale Bass Should I Get???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jalen Fuller, May 3, 2020.


  1. Hey, I just recently purchased a Hofner Ignition Violin Bass thinking’s it is a cool instrument and being drown to short scales lately I thought it would fit the bill, but once playing it with a backing track I’ve began to realize that she sound isn’t as full as my P bass or any other short scale model I’ve played on. In addition the neck and the body feels weird to me as I’m used to fender like basses. So to wrap things up I’m sending it back to the retailer and am now looking to purchase a more comfortable short scale with a body that I’m more familiar with. Do anyone have an suggestions for good short scales?
     
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Mustang!!!
     
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  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Mustang PJ.
     
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  4. The Fender Mustang PJ is a very popular short scale pick for a lot of people. MIM so reasonably priced, very popular so I'm sure a used one would be found easily enough, and it has standard Precision & Jazz pickups so it'll give you that Fender sound. Also easily upgradeable/changeable if you want a different vibe.

    Sterling by Music Man have also just released a short scale Stingray, passive with series/singlecoil/parallel modes, so will also get close to a Fender vibe (maybe not in the same way as the PJ). I'm very interested in that model, there's some great videos out there showing the sound, and it's still mid-range in price, a little more than the Mustang PJ. I'll probably end up getting one to try. There's also a US EBMM model if you want to spend much more money.

    Squier have a Classic Vibe Mustang range, one traditional Mustang split coil pickup rather than the PJ of the MIM, which will likely be a more 'vintage' sound. This'll be the lowest priced option of the ones I've mentioned. If the traditional Mustang sound is what you're after, there's a more expensive MIM Vintera model, and another step up with the US Performer range (which have a Mustang pickup, and a Jazz bridge pup as well).

    I'm not a SS expert by any means, but I have been interested in one, and these are the ones that have caught my eye in that price range. Sire are also releasing a short scale PJ bass, and there's a Gibson Les Paul Jr SS bass that seems reasonably popular, and can be found at a decent price. I can't try those out & have no experience with the brands, so they're not on my radar as much, but might resonate with you.
     
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  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    The models that came out about 2 years ago (what were they called?), just killed.
     
  6. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Plain white T.
     
  7. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I use a Hofner Ignition Club bass which is much more familiar to me than the violin style I used for a few years before the Club became widely available. The necks are the same but I like them a lot. It gets most of my playing time.

    My other most frequently used bass is a Mustang P/J. The only thing I that keeps me from playing it more is that it's almost twice as heavy as the Hofner and weight has become an important issue in my geezerdom, but other than that it's fine.

    Another one I used quite a bit is the Squier Jaguar VM shortscale. They have the my favorite neck profile I've ever played in my 50+ years of playing. They're not made anymore but I saw a couple used prior to the pandemic closures.
     
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

  9. I am looking at both the player mustang and the Vintera Mustang but I’m split on which
     
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  10. I was also wondering if the Hofner Club would be a better fit since it has a bigger body
     
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  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I see you recently joined TB on April 21, 2020
    If no one has said it yet, may I be the first....WELCOME TO TALK BASS!!!! :)
     
  12. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Road Worn is cool:
    Fender JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass - Black
    Fender JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass - Faded Daphne Blue

    I head one of these and it sounded great:
    Fender Special Edition Mustang PJ Bass - Tidepool with Pau Ferro Fingerboard - Sweetwater USA Exclusive

    Looks like an eggplant in a good way:
    Fender American Performer Mustang Bass - Aubergine with Rosewood Fingerboard
     
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  13. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    This Mustang CME edition is pretty cool looking though I've never played one. I believe they are MIM.
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  14. I like the vibe and feel of the JMJ bass and as result I really got into his stuff from Beck and M83 especially
     
  15. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Mustang
     
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  16. Rawkabilly

    Rawkabilly

    May 4, 2007
    Central IL
    What’s your budget? On the lower end, the short scale version of the Squier Jaguar Bass is pretty killer. They quit making them, but they come up used on eBay & Reverb pretty often.
    If you can swing $1k, I just bought a Reverend Sentinel and it absolutely rules.
     
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  17. It really depends on if you want a button down or pullover.
     
  18. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    IMG_2161.JPG My wife loves hers.
     
  19. Super Bass

    Super Bass

    Feb 4, 2017
    I prefer Plain black T.
     
  20. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    If you want deep and punchy..... Starcaster.
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