CaptnWar
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2006
1,039 IQ
#1
are there any companies that make a short scale 5 string bass, if so who?
i can't find one anywhere. if anyone has any kind of info, it would be greatly appreciated!
thanks
MX4Life
UG's Motocross Enthusiast
Join date: Dec 2005
471 IQ
#2
The B string would be so floppy...
Quote by GreenDayChris
I drink, and say oi occasionally. but I can't get laid to save my life.


Quote by Symphonic_Chaos
MX4Life you fucking godhaha
skater dan0
ex-mod
Join date: Jul 2006
1,755 IQ
#3
if you take into account that a full scale 5 string should be 35inch scale, cheap ones are usually 34inch scale so they could be classed as a short scale 5 strings, but thats probably not the answer you are after
Quote by bassmanjoe08
Dan

Don't stop being you <3


Quote by fatgoogle
I think after this relentless adding for the last 10 mins, that Dan is the coolest looking. Goddamn welsh people and my great etc etc etc etc etc granddad is welsh.
Hergiswi
Clarinet Guy
Join date: Jul 2005
1,765 IQ
#4
Yeah, I think MX4Life is right. The B-string would be unbelievably floppy. Unless there's some weird mathematical explanation for why I'm wrong or something.
Quote by Yerjam
Could be, but the most important thing to remember is that it wasn't your fault, even if it was.
Chimpy101
...
Join date: Nov 2006
554 IQ
#5
Quote by Hergiswi
Yeah, I think MX4Life is right. The B-string would be unbelievably floppy. Unless there's some weird mathematical explanation for why I'm wrong or something.


Black Magic
Jateca
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2004
123 IQ
#7
Quote by skater dan0
if you take into account that a full scale 5 string should be 35inch scale, cheap ones are usually 34inch scale so they could be classed as a short scale 5 strings, but thats probably not the answer you are after


So you consider Warwicks and MM stringray 5 stringers to be cheap then?

To the OP,out of interest, why are you looking for a short-scale 5-string?
thefitz
I Hate Naming Instruments
Join date: Dec 2006
2,922 IQ
#8
Quote by skater dan0
if you take into account that a full scale 5 string should be 35inch scale, cheap ones are usually 34inch scale so they could be classed as a short scale 5 strings, but thats probably not the answer you are after


Fender doesn't make a 35" scale bass, and they kinda invented the concept. Other than a few exceptions, I can't think of any major brands that carry more than 1 or 2 35's. And since we're talking 'full scale', shouldn't the proper full scale be the Novax Fanned Fret System?
Quote by Cody_Grey102
I was looking at a used Warwick Vampyre LTD 5'er for about $200. I went home to grab my wallet and came back and some jerk with an epic beard got it already..
Jateca
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2004
123 IQ
#9
Quote by thefitz
Fender doesn't make a 35" scale bass, and they kinda invented the concept. Other than a few exceptions, I can't think of any major brands that carry more than 1 or 2 35's. And since we're talking 'full scale', shouldn't the proper full scale be the Novax Fanned Fret System?





Real men use 36 inches!!
Hergiswi
Clarinet Guy
Join date: Jul 2005
1,765 IQ
#10
Hmm, out of curiosity, would 30 inches be considered short scale?
Quote by Yerjam
Could be, but the most important thing to remember is that it wasn't your fault, even if it was.
sinan90
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2006
2,455 IQ
#11
Yes. Standard scale is 34. Or it has been on everything I've played.
Founder of Jaco society

[22:08:23] <Confusius> I wish I was a bassist
[22:08:26] <Confusius> you fuckers look cool


Want to know how to play bass in jazz? Read this.
Captain Insano
Bruins Fan
Join date: Apr 2007
1,629 IQ
#12
Trust me if you though of it, someone else has though of it. It someone else has though of it, someone else built it. If someone else built it, then someone else is selling it.
thefitz
I Hate Naming Instruments
Join date: Dec 2006
2,922 IQ
#13
Quote by Jateca


Real men use 36 inches!!


I've seen fretless Novax fingerboards. I'm not even going to go on about them.

Luckily, it was lined. Imagine if it was unlined!?!
Quote by Cody_Grey102
I was looking at a used Warwick Vampyre LTD 5'er for about $200. I went home to grab my wallet and came back and some jerk with an epic beard got it already..
Jateca
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2004
123 IQ
#14
Quote by thefitz
I've seen fretless Novax fingerboards. I'm not even going to go on about them.

Luckily, it was lined. Imagine if it was unlined!?!




Christ almighty, that's not right! Unlined? the mind boggles....
tetsuma
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2005
269 IQ
#15
thats one ugly bass...
<div style="text-align:center"><a href="http://outcampaign.org/"><img src="http://outcampaign.org/images/scarlet_A.png" border="0" alt="image" width="143" height="122" /></a></div>
banjo1735
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2006
20 IQ
#16
My friend has this Tobias (not U.S. made...) 5 string that is pretty damn short. Next to my Fender MM Sig you would think it was a guitar...
bassdaddytweak
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2011
10 IQ
#17
Birdsong Hy5

I've never played one, and the only one I've heard was on a low quality video on Youtube, but it seems like they have a fix for the "unbelievably floppy" B string. I've thought about ordering one my self.
gilly_90
Planet Smasher
Join date: Feb 2009
1,261 IQ
#18
Over 4 years too late with that post, mate.
Quote by UraniYum
Fuck you I'm trying to be caring and shit


Quote by Cb4rabid
Okay guys, I have a confession to make. Not really a confession since it's something that's been bugging me for awhile but I've always been in denial about it.

**** you gilly, it's not what you think
eduard_eddy
Registered User
Join date: Feb 2013
10 IQ
#20
Ever considered taking a full-scale 5-string Bass , putting a capo on desired position ? and then playing with string-tension ? or ask a guitar-tech to make a solution based on the same idea ?
anarkee
oh the horror!
Join date: Aug 2006
3,136 IQ
#21
You know this thread could actually be featured in the walking dead about now.
CJ Noble
WAHAHA~!
Join date: Jan 2008
342 IQ
#22
Ibanez makes a 28.6 inch 5 string in their mikro line, and it's pretty good. not a great B on it but it's still better than the B on a peavey or fender
1978 Peavey T-40 -> Ampeg Micro-VR - > Ampeg SVT210AV + Ampeg SVT-15E
Tostitos
caffeinated
Join date: Jan 2009
868 IQ
#23
Quote by anarkee
You know this thread could actually be featured in the walking dead about now.

It's too much for even that. Zombies only come back once, this is the second time this thread has been dredged up.

How does anyone manage to find these anyways?
Composite Aficionado


Spector and Markbass
proctorfarm
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2013
10 IQ
#25
Ok- I am female (smaller hands) and 'inherited' a 34" 4 string bass a while back. I played keyboards and rhythm guitar. I wanted to try a 5 string and the full scale 5 string bass felt really awkward to me so I recently searched for a smaller scale 5 string that wasn't very expensive. All I could find was custom models or this one (Guitar Center had one)-ESP LTD -5JR short scale priced under $200.00. It's actually a 3/4 size 28.5" scale and the body is small. It looked like a toy when I saw it (i can pick it up with two fingers) but I could play it easily. I have had it for a couple months- have la Bella deep talkin' black nylon tapewound strings on it. The low b isn't great, but its not awful. I since have seen a Brice short scale 30" 5 string available from only a couple places online. It seemed to get good reviews. It's priced around $300. I read a review about it on a forum-the owner listed the specs/ measurements of it and the body is closer to a regular size/normal looking bass than the ESP. I'd probably rather had this one, but I don't like the idea of having to order it and not actually be able to play it before buying. A 5 string short scale is like looking for a needle in a haystack.