Your favorite medium or short scale basses with a neck pickup?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DuluthDank, Aug 5, 2022.

  1. I'm realizing that the two things my bass collection is missing are a bass with a shorter scale, and a bass with a true neck pickup. I'm hoping to kill two birds with one stone here. I'd prefer it have multiple pickups (at least two), but I'd like one to be a neck pickup.
  2. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    I own the prototype for the Birdsong Fusion (at the time, the "Cortofusion") which has just a neck humbucker. I also own another Birdsong with just a single coil (a Lace Gold Sensor) as a lone pickup. In both cases, the neck pickup is placed right up against the end of the fingerboard.

    Personally, I prefer the Lace Sensor single coil - that's the bass that has seen more action over the past 7 years when I needed frets. But both sound great.
  3. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    The standard "Birdsong Cortobass 1" has that single coil paired with a bridge humbucker.
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  4. Robal

    Robal Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Guild Starfire II.
    Hofner 500/2.
  5. Green Knight

    Green Knight Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2016
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  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
  7. Green Knight

    Green Knight Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2016

    It’s a Polytone short scale made in Italy, but I can’t find any evidence of such a bass ever existing. The seller on eBay knew nothing about it. I think the bridge pickup is on its last legs, so it’s all neck right now! Love it. Radius not for the faint of heart. Ps: I had the epoxy job and thumb rest done locally after I bonded with it.
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  8. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    Epi EB-0 short scale.

  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Hofner Ignition Club bass.
  10. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    This may be a bit out there, but how about a Bass VI? I just got one and absolutely love it. 30” scale and three pickups.
  11. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    I owned a Supro Huntington II for a short while. It was my first short scale bass. It played nicely and had a few great tones available, but also had a few quirks I didn't gel with. I flipped it for a Fender JMJ Mustang and never looked back.
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  12. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
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  13. This Gretsch Electromatic fills the bill. It’s a great bass with a great sound for short money. F193EC8E-6675-4DD2-A5E5-EA3C6C23F9BC.jpeg
  14. My Höfner CT Viola bass with the pickups in the cavern club config is fantastic.

    Ibanez MiKro is also a hoot.
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  15. Gibson SG
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  16. Gibson EB-2 is what I chose.
  17. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Nordstrand Acinonyx (aka cat bass) is my favorite so far. Single coil bridge and neck that become hum canceling when combined.

  18. jeep


    Jan 26, 2021
    Baton Rouge, La.
    20220728_133150.jpg love my 1963 EBO...
  19. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Harmony H-22.
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