Originally Posted by Colo Springs E
what IS the deal with short-scale basses? Do they just not have as much bottom end? What?
It's not so much lack of bottom end as it is fuzzy pitch definition. Okay, imagine a guitar
with a short scale – say the nut is where the 5th fret is normally – so think of putting a capo on at the 5th fret.
Now that you have your capo on, tune everything back down to normal guitar pitch.
What would happen to the strings? They'd get really loose and floppy, right?. Not unmanageably so, maybe, and you could always play a heavier gauge string to help counteract it – but it would never have same ring and resonance as the full-scale guitar tuned to the same pitch.
Well, the same thing happens with bass. NOT that there aren't some perfecty fine short-scale instruments
– there are. But for <u>most</u> applications, a long-scale bass is going to perform better. Hope it helps, CS