Short scale bass for playing with pick

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  1. sonicsmitty

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    After reading some of the plectrum versus fingers comments I couldn't help but wonder if any bassists use a hybrid pick/fingers technique. Does anyone know of any player that does use it?
     
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    Of the ones listed ... Jag SS everytime.
     
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    Somebody mentioned Squier Mustang. I don't know if these are still available, but as an owner of an older model CIJ Mustang Bass, when I played the Squier Mustang, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very good low cost SS bass.

    And I only have one more word: FLATWOUNDS.
    Those basses were designed and built for them.
     
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    "And I only have one more word: FLATWOUNDS."

    +1
     
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    I bought an Ibanez Mikro several years ago after an injury severely cut back on my dexterity to the point that playing my full scale bass (Hartke) was not possible. The 3/4 scale Mikro got me back in the game. It doesn't quite get that deep, bottom end you get out of a full scale. Nevertheless, the Mikro has very respectable tone qualities. I liked it so much that I bought myself a second.
     
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    I’d check out the SR500 too, I played one for a while. Very thin/playable neck, not short scale, but manageable. It makes for a comfortable transition from guitar to bass.
     
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    Playing a bass with a pick makes my hand cramp something serious.
     
  8. PumpJockey

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    I gig with a long scale Ibanez (active pickups), a short scale Gretsch Electromatic G2220 and a Hofner Ignition violin bass. I'm in a British invasion band on some gigs and I wanted to play the Hofner all the time but the one I have keeps crapping out. First the jack went sour, then it developed a ground hum that took forever to track down (the Hofner wiring harness is weird) and finally it developed a string buzz and a warped neck with a stripped truss rod.

    None of these cost more than $300 used. The Ibanez and G2220 are well-made and reliable. The Hofner was a lemon. Maybe you'd get a better one? I end up playing the Gretsch most of the time. It does have a wider neck but is still easy to play. It can thump just like the Hofner or sound punchier if you want it too. (Humbucker pickups on it.) I haven't played any of the Squiers but their quality has gotten much better and that may be an answer for you.

    I find I can get different sounds out of a bass without touching a knob. Play down near the bridge for sharper or near the neck for softer. Use two fingers for punchy, thumb and forefinger for early 60s thump. (It helps I have a Line 6 modeling bass amp.)

    If you want to use a pick, buy some felt picks on eBay. They have a softer attack.

    Flat wound strings or, better yet, tape wounds. Only way to go for a short scale. Helps avoid that low E string buzz.

    Good luck.
     
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    Every Gretsch Junior Jet I've picked up seems heavy. Of course my Dano is a feather!
     
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    Weight is relative. My 2220 *seems* heavy but that's compared to my Hofner. I have to agree the 2220 is a great instrument, especially at that price point.
     
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    She ONLY plays with a pic.

    She is an.....ok bass player :D


    https://www.carolkaye.com/


    Any bassist worth its salt should be able to use BOTH ,there are types of music and SOUNDS that can only be achieved with a pick so a versatile bass player should definitely know how to use one.
     
  12. Paul Jenkin

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    Epiphone EB3 short scale bass?
     
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    my two cents

    I needed a bass to cut tracks with. I settled on a super cheap SX 3/4 scale jazz bass clone. It showed up in a box without a case. I took it out of the box, tuned it up and cut a track with it immediately. It cost me less than 150 bucks.

    Later I even did a couple of fill in gigs with it. Bass players in the audience sneered, I'm sure, I couldnt have cared less... I was working and got paid and they did not. The rest of the audience had no idea it wasnt a top-shelf instrument.

    For picking, I use a big thick felt pick. Try one. It plays like a pick after you get used to it, and it sounds a LOT better to me than a standard guitar pick.
     
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    I just compared the Ibanez Mikro to the Talman TMB30. TMB30 made it home. D'Addario Chrome flatwounds and... fingers or smooth heavy pick, I like it. Played more bass than I had in quite some time. I also have a 34" OLP which is nothing special.
     
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    I have owned one and played two more. Poorly made instruments IMHO.
     
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    I had a Gibson one (with violin style tuners) in the late 70s. That was lovely (albeit with a "woolly" sounding neck pickup). Still, if it was good enough for Jack Bruce....
     
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    I'd take the TMB30 over the Jag SS. Better balance and thumpy pickups that I don't think need to be changed. The common consensus is the Jag SS pickups are weak, and most end up changing them. They are the same price, and I think Ibanez wins it.
     
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    Here’s mine: Mustang PJ File Feb 28, 7 27 23 PM.jpeg
     
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    How do you like it and what style of music do you play?
     
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    I was gonna go short scale but snagged this ESP-LTD bass for $200
    PJ style
    sounds great!
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