#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
#2
The B string would be so floppy...
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#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
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#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.
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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.


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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?
#8
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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?
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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?





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#10
Hmm, out of curiosity, would 30 inches be considered short scale?
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#11
Yes. Standard scale is 34. Or it has been on everything I've played.
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#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.
#13
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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!?!
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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....
#15
thats one ugly bass...
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#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...
#17
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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.
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Over 4 years too late with that post, mate.
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#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 ?
#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
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#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.