ch1ng_chung
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Join date: May 2012
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#1
Why do basses come in super short scale and normal scale? Are the short basses like toys compared to the long ones? Kiddie basses?
Alucard817
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Join date: May 2010
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#3
Shorties have a different feel, and a different tone. They also (typically) have a thinner gauge of string. Thinner necks, which feel faster to me.

I recently had to switch to short scales, and I can tell you there is a world of difference.

Check this post and you can hear my Mustang bass.
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showpost.php?p=30799432&postcount=4
Not great quality but you should still be able to hear the difference.
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I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
FrozenNile
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Join date: Jul 2012
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#4
Different tones come out of shorter scale basses. They're generally easier to play for people with smaller hands, as well.
anarkee
oh the horror!
Join date: Aug 2006
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#5
Quote by FrozenNile
Different tones come out of shorter scale basses. They're generally easier to play for people with smaller hands, as well.


yes, but not a requirement if you have smaller hands.

I own a dano short scale and I bought it for the tone.
watchingmefall
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Join date: May 2006
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#6
Anarkee is right, proper technique was developed to allow 99.99% people of different hand sizes to play the bass efficiently and not injure their hands.

A different scale is just a different beast. With both pros and cons. Different sound and feeling.
jonathan.keeler
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Join date: Dec 2008
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#7
coming from someone that plays five and six strings, I can be very biased and say that I prefer long scale to help with the lower tunings and on a slightly less important note, you get more bass for your money. And do not be put off big instruments if you have small hands, just look at Sarah Longfield. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwsdI-I0v5o
LeakyFlask
You know what would be really sweet? Having a beautiful bird inlaid around the first fret, taking a majestic dump with airborne droppings around the 5th, 7th, 9th frets and so on, with a graceful impact around the 22nd-24th.
shane002
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Join date: Dec 2012
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#8
WELCOME to the wonderful world of bass I started on a long scale bass went to short and back to long and have both right now.