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Old 12-10-2012, 10:48 PM   #1
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Need a short scale bass.

Okay. Here goes. I screwed up both wrists (Carpel tunnel in both wrists and have a bone sticking out on my left) In other words I can't play a long scale for more than a few minutes without being in pain or my hands getting fatigued.

I have always heard SS basses are much easier to play than a long scale so I am looking into getting a SS bass. My problem is I have no idea what to get, or who makes them.

What short scale options are out there?

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Which one would you all suggest?

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Yes i will be playing it first before I buy.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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What's your budget?
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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no more than 300 bucks.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:47 PM   #4
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In the sub $300 range I can think of a few:

Squier VM Mustang - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...ang-bass-guitar
Squier VM Jaguar SS - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...-ss-short-scale
Squier Bronco - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...nco-bass-guitar
Epiphone EB-0 - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...0-electric-bass
Ibanez Mikro - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...ale-bass-guitar
Gretsch Junior Jet and Junior Jet II - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...h77204000002000 and http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...h77206000001000

I think I'd most recommend the Mustang. Or save up another $200-$250 and get a Fender Mustang.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:52 AM   #5
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I'm liking that Gretch JJ2, the Squier Mustang and theres the Mikey Way Mustang as well.
Not a fan of signature guitars and basses, but his sounds pretty damn good as well from what I've heard on youtube.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:04 AM   #6
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I have the Gretsch JJ and I think for that price, you can't beat it.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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Check out Danelectros as well. The sound is not for everyone, but the scale and price are right.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:32 PM   #8
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I rate the SS Jag pretty highly tbh. Mines in need of a set up and IDEALLY a new set of pickups. But stock its a great bass and for the price, you really cant complain at all! The only qualm people seem to have is that the jazz pickup is kinda lacking when its soloed, so if you stuck a new bridge pickup in there, even just an old one from a different bass you cant use anymore would work just great, it'll sound lovely and its real nice to play too!
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #9
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I rate the SS Jag pretty highly tbh. Mines in need of a set up and IDEALLY a new set of pickups. But stock its a great bass and for the price, you really cant complain at all! The only qualm people seem to have is that the jazz pickup is kinda lacking when its soloed, so if you stuck a new bridge pickup in there, even just an old one from a different bass you cant use anymore would work just great, it'll sound lovely and its real nice to play too!


Yeah, the J pu solo'd is really lacking, but for the price (over here in the UK I think I paid about 180 for it brand new) it's great, and the P pu is pretty good.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...&type=3&theater

that's a vid of me playing it, just through a tech 21 VT pedal, skip the first minute or so, it's just me waffling about Primus, but it'll give you an idea of tone, as standard they come strung with thin gauge strings as well, which might be easier on your wrists?

As has been said before, you can't go wrong with a Fender Mustang, the tone isn't for everyone, it's very old school and vintage, but they look lush and play really well, I used to gig mine a lot and got a lot of compliments on it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #10
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My first bass was a Bronco. I lucked out and found one for less than $150 at Guitar Center. I've since upgraded to a Thunderbird, but I still use the Bronco for composing, practicing, and playing Rocksmith. It's a solid little bass, but I probably wouldn't rely on it as my sole instrument if there are better options for a few dollars more. At the time, I bought it because I needed a bass to record with, barely knew how to play one, and didn't want to spend a lot of money.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:00 PM   #11
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Yeah, the J pu solo'd is really lacking, but for the price (over here in the UK I think I paid about 180 for it brand new) it's great, and the P pu is pretty good.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...&type=3&theater

that's a vid of me playing it, just through a tech 21 VT pedal, skip the first minute or so, it's just me waffling about Primus, but it'll give you an idea of tone, as standard they come strung with thin gauge strings as well, which might be easier on your wrists?

As has been said before, you can't go wrong with a Fender Mustang, the tone isn't for everyone, it's very old school and vintage, but they look lush and play really well, I used to gig mine a lot and got a lot of compliments on it.

I love the old school sound of a P bass. Mines strung with flats that haven't been changed in at least 3 or 4 years, so I get that really mellow thumpy tone.

So far the mustang or the Gretch seem to be my favorites.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:52 AM   #12
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I love the old school sound of a P bass. Mines strung with flats that haven't been changed in at least 3 or 4 years, so I get that really mellow thumpy tone.

So far the mustang or the Gretch seem to be my favorites.


I really wanna string my Mustang with flats...maybe with some Christmas cash!

There's something about Mustangs, I just love how they look and feel, both in bass and guitar form!!
I haven't tried the Squire version, but IIRC it's part of the VM line, and those are great basses, especially for the price.
They've recently released a squire mustang guitar and I'm GASing so hard for one in blue right now, but I really need to a) get better at guitar and b) get a decent guitar amp before I can even really consider it...daaaamn
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:43 PM   #13
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The flats will sound a bit bright at first, just let them age and you will get an unbelievable tone.

The shorty I am getting will most likely have flats as well.
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