#1
I'm looking to buy a good & cheap short scale bass guitar. Suggestions would be appreciated.
#3
after trying lots of short scale basses, i'd say that the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale) is the best one i've played at under $300. it's $179 pretty much everywhere in the u.s., and i really enjoy mine. for $30 less, the squier bronco bass is a lightweight and fun short scale available in red and black. not sure why i sold mine, as it really was nice to play, although i find the 2 pickups on the jag more versatile.

i had a mikro, and it's also a good short scale. nice quality, decent sound, but i found that the way i place my right hand got it sort of trapped between the two pickups, which are really close together. otherwise a good bass, and slightly shorter scale than the others i've posted.

i haven't tried it myself, but some folks on talkbass speak well of the SX short scale at rondo - it's full name is the SX Ursa 1 JR MN Short Scale 3/4 Bass. available in a variety of colors including sunburst.
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#5
Your conditions of "good & cheap" severely limit you. Patticake is right though; the Squier Jag shortscale is the best shortscale for the money I've ever played in the under $200 range, and the slim neck makes it super-fast to play. Watch for a 15% off coupon from one of the online retailers and you can get it delivered to your door for $154.

One thought about the Ibanez Mikro... It's not a true shortscale as most people consider a shortscale bass to be in the 30" scale range. It's really a sub-shortscale with a scale length of 28.5". This may or may not be an issue for you, I dunno. It's a bit harder finding strings to fit the Mikro properly.
#7
It's for my buddy, actually. He's a small guy and he specifically asked for a short scale bass.
#8
As a "small woman" that is one of the worst reasons to buy a small scale imho. I've gone into this reasoning before on the forums, but with a little practice and preserverence, most people can handle a full sized bass. I own several full sized basses and an upright, and have no issues playing any of them.

Short scales have a different tone and playabiility than a full scale. A short scale Mustang is not going to sound the same as a full sized Precision. That's another factor to consider.