Not much of a shorty fan myself based on years of buying and selling a few models on a whim of finding the perfect one.
I found for my size, they were just too short but also tonally they were pretty "muddy" for a clean and clear sound I hoped for. Mainly had 2X Gibson 2014 SG (120th Anniversary) chocolate brown and sunburst and numerous versions of the Fender Mustang bass each time they released one. Now I'm not saying they're bad by any means, they just weren't for me and I couldn't justify the price for basses I weren't happy with.
This funky thing though, I got by accident. I was looking for UK made basses on Reverb, just out of curiosity of what we make over here and give a stab at something that wasn't Fender, Gibson and other mainstream names/shapes. Found a guy called J Douglas from Leeds who made his own instruments and after exchanging a few messages, I managed to purchase this to see how well he makes his basses and quite honestly, it's really not something I'd pick at first sight but after some play time, I fell in love and surprisingly, considering the neck pickup, isn't muddy sounding or lacking tone. It looks all sorts of wrong but it grows on you over time and sounds much better than it looks.
It's a keeper for me, lives in my living room and picked up more than some basses I've spent far too much on 😂
John actually makes some awesome short scale basses though, from Rickenbacker and Gibson inspired, to his own creations. All handmade and shipped worldwide.
I've actually got a full scale prototype and a custom made "studio" bass.
Jay from #GuitarNerds podcast also did an episode namely around one of JD's basses. Check it out: