I'm thinking about buying a short scale bass. I currently play an Ibanez SRX590 (34" - normal scale). I have really small hands and can't bridge 4 frets. Even with 3 frets, my fingers start to hurt.
I know, your fingers will get used to it, but even after 1 year playing?
So, that's the main reason for trying a short scale bass.

Does anyone have a suggestion? I've been looking at the following basses:

- Fender Mustang (Nice but a bit too expensive)
- Epiphone EB-0
- Squier Bronco
It's up to you, but there are plenty of small bassists about. With practice and exercise your reach will improve massively anyway.
Fender Mustang. Its worth saving for in comparison I promise you.

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Fender Mustang man, it's the only short scale bass I've ever heard good things about. In fact, I've heard a couple of people saying that they really loved it and thought it was better than many other normal basses in the same price range, so from the looks of things you wouldn't be missing out on anything if you used it.

It's not worth buying cheaper basses if you're going for anything more specialised (6 strings, fretless, short scale, etc) because the companies tend to put all their effort into the specialisation and next to none on anything else because the specialisation requires more resources. You MAY find something really good other than the Mustang but I wouldn't take the risk if it were me.
i'll go with the Mustang too, although i've never heard it before.

it's not that hard to play with small hands, really. i too have small hands, i can't bridge 4 frets either. might be because i don't use my pinky, but i don't like using it. anyway, i just move my hand around the neck. it might be a disadvantage, but it's not too big of a problem.
The Mustang is my first choice, but it's rather expensive (+700 euros). I think it's much cheaper in the US, but Fender has business rules that guitars bought in a store in the US may not be shipped to Europe.
If you insist, the Mustang is probably the best of the three. But for that fabulous advice you are going to get THE LECTURE.

*the rest of the bass forum now goes off for a beer knowing full well what is coming*

smb is correct; there is no good reason why a small person with small hands cannot manage a full sized bass. I am 5' 4" and have the hands the size of your typical 12 year old. If Suzi Quattro, Tina Weymouth and I can manage a full size Precision bass with a tree trunk neck, anyone can.

I was where you were now in my first year. I used to watch videos of John Entwistle and envy those long fingers. Then one of the best bass teachers I ever had walked in to my life. The man is a monster on bass and guess what--his fingers and hands were not much bigger than mine.

His secret--spider scales and scale work, but esp. spider scales. Do these for at least 15 minutes a day as part of your practice. I was amazed at the amount of stretch and flexibilty I got from just a few weeks of doing spider scales. Also, you need to encorporate alternate fingering for some songs. Its just a given.

My other issue is that short scales tend to very unique sound qualities. Buy a Mustang because it has a unique sound not because you think you can't play full scale bass.
what Tam said. anyone can play a big bass. if my 12 year old cousin can learn smoke on water on an upright in 10 seconds, you can learn anything on a fatneck bass. but, I have played Mustangs. they don't make them like they used to, but they are great basses.
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And what about the Ibanez AGB200 Artcore? Nice looking and also 30,5".
I tried the greitsch electromatic junior bass and it sounded and played very well. i'd go try one of those out too. I couldn't believe the versitility and full tone coming from that single pickup. I didn't try it with a strap though, so make sure you do, it seems like it would have some neck dive.
I almost guarantee my hands are smaller then yours and I play a 34" scale bass so I'm pretty sure that if you keep playing then it will get better. The hardest part about having small hands is probably fretting the root and octave of the F (1st fret) during the slap chorus to tell me baby by rhcp. After awhile my hand starts to give out haha but I'm working at it!
The whole issue of small hands and regular to long scale basses comes up quite a bit on the forum. I'll get a thread started in the next few days on this issue and list out some of the techniques that I have learned from others and from personal experience.

Play a short scale for the sound or the features, not because of the size of you hands.
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I'm thinking about buying a short scale bass. I currently play an Ibanez SRX590 (34" - normal scale). I have really small hands and can't bridge 4 frets.

is that really bad??? i can bridge 7 on a good day...then again i do have massive hands
Fender Mustang

but the Squier Bronco is just a cheaper version.
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