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Help narrow down my short scale bass search

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by jd1655, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. jd1655

    jd1655 TDPRI Member

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    Hi All

    Want to begin shopping for a bass but shopping is trickier these days. Hoping i can get a few recommendations to be more efficent when getting started on the hunt.

    I'm an experienced guitar player. Want a bass for home recording project. Short scale preferred. I play folk rock kind of stuff.

    Any ideas what type of basses i should be targeting? Under $400.

    Thanks for your help

    JD
     
  2. howardlo

    howardlo Tele-Holic

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    I have a Squire short scale Jaguar bass I am very happy with. It has retired my full scale P/J bass.
     
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  3. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    FE6A54E2-61DB-418C-B64A-1B1F400BEC2D.jpeg Just bought this for$100. An Epiphone EB-0
    My first bsss was an Elger EB-0 I got in 1976
    I paid $75 for it.
     
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    smoothrecluse Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    ZenGuitarist Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar SS Bass and that's what I would suggest if they were still being sold.

    If you're looking for a new SS bass for under $400 Canadian, then your best bet would probably be an Epiphone EB-0. There's at least one of your local L&M stores that has it in stock.
     
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  6. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Under $400, the best you’ll do in terms of build quality is a used Mustang PJ.
     
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    thankyouguitar Tele-Meister

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    EB-0 is classic. I had a Squier Bronco Bass for a minute that I really liked.
     
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    LetItGrowTone Tele-Meister

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    Ibanez TMB30
     
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  9. PaulNYC

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    Ibanez Mikro pj and some flats or tape wounds.
     
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  10. PaulNYC

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    These sound good at a jam.
     
  11. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Holic

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    I'm very happy with my Hofner ignition violin bass. It came with round wound strings, which I changed to flat wounds. It's really light, has a deep sound because it's a true hollow body, (no center block), it's easy to play with a narrow neck, and 30" scale. It's fairly versatile, but not really a good fit for slap style playing. To me, it sounds great either plucked, or played with a plectrum. Also reasonably priced at $349.
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    This pic is before I changed the strings and set it up, hence the foam strip underneath the rosewood bridge.
     
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  12. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    My wife is the queen of short scale basses. She has gone through them all. Her favorite and long term keeper is the Fender Mustang PJ bass. I know, a tad over your budget, but worth every penny over the less expensive ones. I like the Gretsch Junior Jet and she still likes it too, but just not as versatile as the Mustang. The Ibanez Mikro is a very, very short bass and she had to try a bunch before she found one with reasonable quality, but the pickups are impressive. The Bronco is a waste IMO, unless you want to do a bunch of modding. I like the EB-0, but she didn't like it enough to buy one. The Hofner (and the copy) is a PITA to play, but puts out that retro 60s sound. Anyway, I traded a guitar amp for her Epi Allen Woody Rumblekat that I love, but she did not like the weight and old school sound. Plus it is not very versatile.

    I hope that helps.
     
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    Epiphone Allen Woody rumble kat.

    30" scale, semi hollow single cutaway without f holes, 2 mini humbuckers, gold hardware.

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    Only problem is they aren't super easy to find used. When they pop up, it's like $300-$380. New they're like $500.
     
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    I second the Jag and the EB-0, I've had a Jag and have the EB-0 now, i put Alnico mags and a 1 meg tone pot (bout 20 bux worth) and its killer.
     
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    I have the Rumblekat and I like playing it but it sounds a little nasally without major amp tweakage.

    I also have a late 80s-early 90s Ibanez Roadster (note:NOT roadstAr) with a 32” scale that is a joy to play. 7-ish pounds, 2x2 headstock, single Pbass p’up with lots of variety of tone available from the simple set of controls. If I can find a pic tomorrow I’ll post it.
     
  16. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I bought a 3/4 scale bass for my school band to use off a local online seller for a bit over 100 bucks delivered... and it thumps... I bought a second one off them cheaper with a crack near the V pot which I repaired and used that in a local trio for a few years until I started making some T basses to play..

    anything with a P bass pickup in it will sound OK...:)

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  17. 68Telebass

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    ^^ these!!

    An EBO Epi is soo great for a shortcale, and the “Mudbucker” can do anything you need!!
    Also, any shortscale with a “P” pickup can’t be beat-

    If you can find used, or lay out MORE $$$, then look for Mustang.
     
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    I bought one of these from Thomann, and I am quite happy with it. I was playing bass with a classic-rock bar band, using my 1970 Fender Precision. I wanted to try something smaller and lighter, and this is what I got - I love it.

    I trimmed the headstock and painted it; also cut a new pickguard - just cosmetic stuff to make it look a little cooler.

    I have never recorded with it, so I can't say about that. But it works great for live rock-club stuff.

    https://www.thomannmusic.com/harley_benton_hbp90bk_shortscale_ebass.htm

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  19. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ This ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    The Mikro is a fantastic bass. It looks good, it plays well and it sounds superb.

    I have an Epiphone EB0 and a P bass with a J at the bridge. The Epiphone gets a lot more play time as my arthritic sausages find the scale easier. I don't need, nor do I particularly want, another bass. Were I to buy a new one, it'd be the Ibanez Micro PJ.
     
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    Here's a pic of my Mikro

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    My current collection replaces the kala for an ibanez srf705 (my favorite).
     
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