#1
I'm considering getting a short scale bass, but I have some questions I can't find answers to.

1. Strings - Do short scales need different strings? Do they need a higher gauge (gage?) string? Do strings go bad faster?

2. String tension - Are the strings very loose or very tight?

3. Sound - Will I still be able to get a full bass sound? I plan to use a short scale neck on a P-Bss body, would that work?

Any help is HUGELY appreciated.
#2
1. Yes you can get short scale strings

2. They should be around the same as the change in scale is usually bal;anced out by a different gauge.

3. that probably wont work, the neck pocket will most likely be a different shape and your intonation will go to shit
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1. Yes you can get short scale strings

2. They should be around the same as the change in scale is usually bal;anced out by a different gauge.

3. that probably wont work, the neck pocket will most likely be a different shape and your intonation will go to shit

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#4
You should try a fender mustang if you're still serious about getting one, you can PM skippy_moogoose on here if you want more information on it cos he has one. Just make sure you try out a wide range of short and regular scale basses before you decide
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Quote by ScottB.
1. Yes you can get short scale strings

2. They should be around the same as the change in scale is usually bal;anced out by a different gauge.

3. that probably wont work, the neck pocket will most likely be a different shape and your intonation will go to shit

not go go against you but that is not 100% true
you can get short scale strings but do not have too
gauges will not be a problem
you only need a set up to fix your intotation and warmoth should offer the same pocket size but also fender sells factory replacement necks and might have a shorter scale one
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#6
ya you need to get a dedicated short scale bass. check out Birdsong Guitars. They design all their instruments from the ground, up as short scales. They even have a short scale 5er. I've heard clips of it too. it's really bassy, but not complete mud, and apparently they figured out how raise the string tension using some "double string through" thing. They are kinda expensive though.
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You can actualy convert a standard guitar to a short scale Bass Burns did this in the early 60s.
Take a look at the Trem shot the bottom E is 0.095, this bass was the same body and neck of the standard guitar with mods to the bridge, trem, nut and machine heads.
And yes it is a bass and sounds like a bass; I do gig it ocassionaly.
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You can actualy convert a standard guitar to a short scale Bass Burns did this in the early 60s.
Take a look at the Trem shot the bottom E is 0.095, this bass was the same body and neck of the standard guitar with mods to the bridge, trem, nut and machine heads.
And yes it is a bass and sounds like a bass; I do gig it ocassionaly.


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You should try a fender mustang if you're still serious about getting one, you can PM skippy_moogoose on here if you want more information on it cos he has one. Just make sure you try out a wide range of short and regular scale basses before you decide

Moog is on vacation though. I can tell you about it though, if you need info. I had many intimate moments with a 67 Mustang bass while working at summer camp.
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#10
If you must get a short scale, get a mustang. But be aware the sound is not like other basses and that's one of the reasons people do buy them.

On related topic, does anyone know of short scale fretless basses? This came up in a discussion with my guitarist this week and I couldn't think of any of the majors that made one.
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If you must get a short scale, get a mustang. But be aware the sound is not like other basses and that's one of the reasons people do buy them.

On related topic, does anyone know of short scale fretless basses? This came up in a discussion with my guitarist this week and I couldn't think of any of the majors that made one.


Alembic do them, I think.

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#12
^^ if Nomad basses are anything like Nomad guitars, they are terrible. let's hope they are much better.
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#13
Ibanez artcore bass. It has a shortscale neck and a nice round tone.
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