This is something that occurred to me last night, as I was playing my Sierra ST10 (pretty much a cheaper Baby Taylor) in from of the TV... I use a short scale RockAxe ($40 at an Ames "store closing" sale) when I practice electric. I use a short scale Sierra when I practice acoustic. I use a Squire Jaguar short scale bass when I practice bass. Why? Because they're easier to play, due to the short scale. So, if that's the case (and it is), why don't I play short scale instruments when I play live? I don't know the answer to that, so I figured I'd put it out to all of you: If short scale instruments are easier to play than long or "regular" scale ones, why don't we play short scale instruments all the time and why hasn't short scale become the "standard" scale? That $40 electric sounds great. There's no reason on Earth I shouldn't use it live. So, why do I (and I assume everybody else) default to larger instruments with longer scales that are harder to play? This question kind of intrigues me. What do you think?