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Looks like it will be £949.

I might have to save up. I've been impressed with the 32 scale low B on my Mezzo so I expect this to be just as good, with the added benefit of using any strings I feel like!

 

https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/detail/ehb1005sms_1p_01.html

 

 

They also have a 30 scale 4 string on the site.

 

https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/detail/ehb1000s_1p_01.html

 

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Got my first less-than-34”-scale Bass last week. A Squier Mini Precision, it’s a 28.5” scale and is proving to be great fun. I’ve played Musicmasters and Mustangs, but never a bass less than 30”.  I think it’s the cheapest bass I’ve bought new before too, but I have to say, I got a good one. It came well set up and ready to go. It sounds like a P bass, funnily enough. Roll the tone back and it grooves! I bought it to have about the house, something easy to grab and do something productive with, but it’ll definitely get gigged; when we’re allowed.

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16 minutes ago, Woodinblack said:

Oh that looks like a fun thing.. might think about one of those

I’d highly recommend it! I didn’t really know what to expect, but it is certainly a proper bass! Plays great, sounds like a P and is an inspiring little thing to pick up. My 5 y/o is rather taken by it too!

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On 31/01/2021 at 14:20, fretmeister said:

Ibby now have a 30-32 fan fret!

Looks interesting. I've bigger fish to fry for the time being, but that might be playing on my mind for a while! I'm not 100% on the colour options, but lots which appeals to me there.

24 minutes ago, Chienmortbb said:

I was perusing the Vox site today and they have two models both 30” scale.

https://voxamps.com/en-gb/series/starstream-basses-en-gb/

It's rare that I see a bass I don't like the look of, but my initial reaction to those was not positive! Doesn't mean they won't grow on me though.

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Question for the short-scale experts on here. How feasible is it to tune a 30 inch scale bass down to DGCF (without having to use strings so thick that it would require mods to the nut)? Does it make the strings just too floppy?

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3 minutes ago, Earbrass said:

Question for the short-scale experts on here. How feasible is it to tune a 30 inch scale bass down to DGCF (without having to use strings so thick that it would require mods to the nut)? Does it make the strings just too floppy?

Perfectly feasible - I had a 5 string (low b) 5 string and it was fine

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16 hours ago, Chienmortbb said:

I was perusing the Vox site today and they have two models both 30” scale.

https://voxamps.com/en-gb/series/starstream-basses-en-gb/

Whoahhh!  They just totally float my boat - especially the black one.  Used to love the Vox basses (and others) that Wyman played in the early Stones days... but that's just me 🤪

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14 hours ago, Earbrass said:

Question for the short-scale experts on here. How feasible is it to tune a 30 inch scale bass down to DGCF (without having to use strings so thick that it would require mods to the nut)? Does it make the strings just too floppy?

 

I've tuned my Squier Bronco down to BEAD. I've had to use some heavy strings to retain some sort of string tension, but that hasn't caused any issues with the nut as yet.

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29 minutes ago, scrumpymike said:

Whoahhh!  They just totally float my boat - especially the black one.  Used to love the Vox basses (and others) that Wyman played in the early Stones days... but that's just me 🤪

I’m with you, love those early Voxes.

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15 hours ago, Earbrass said:

Question for the short-scale experts on here. How feasible is it to tune a 30 inch scale bass down to DGCF (without having to use strings so thick that it would require mods to the nut)? Does it make the strings just too floppy?

Depends a lot on how the nut is cut in the first place.

I've got a Fender which will take a 115 low string and it's never been modded, but my sandberg needed a bit of horizontal widening to get a 120 in the slot.

It's not difficult to widen them yourself. The skill is is you need to cut depth and shape as well. But if you are just widening then do it in a gentle V shape - leaving the bottom of the nut alone.

Can use a file, but depending on the nut material you can use a bit of old string as the file. Just gently move it back and forth and the nut will widen the perfect amount. When it reaches the bottom it will be the right shape as well. Just don't go any lower than it was.

 

It won't stop still using it in E standard. Tension will hold the string at the bottom of the nut slot even going back to lighter strings.

 

I haven't tried a 30 scale yet, but I have two 32 scales. One is in C standard and the other is a 5 string with a low B. They both work very well. I think you'll be fine with D tuning. As for floppiness - depends on the string brand and type. Some are fine being a tone lower and others end up floppier faster.

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On 31/01/2021 at 14:20, fretmeister said:

Ibby now have a 30-32 fan fret!

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As soon as I have the (disposable) funds this is inbound...

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On 01/02/2021 at 18:58, Chienmortbb said:

I was perusing the Vox site today and they have two models both 30” scale.

https://voxamps.com/en-gb/series/starstream-basses-en-gb/

I love that design! :heart:

Here's a picture of the black version with the Musicman style humbucker pickup, for those too lazy to click links :

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Wonder if an Ibanez Mikro Bass neck would fit the neck pocket, that would be a dream come true for me.

Way too expensive to buy one in case it won't though.

Man that design!

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13 hours ago, Baloney Balderdash said:

I love that design! :heart:

Here's a picture of the black version with the Musicman style humbucker pickup, for those too lazy to click links :

VSB_BK-1H-Product-1.png

Wonder if an Ibanez Mikro Bass neck would fit the neck pocket, that would be a dream come true for me.

Way too expensive to buy one in case it won't though.

Man that design!

Somebody seriously deserves a design award for that!  It's like the classic Ampeg AEB-1 with a modern twist.

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/0c/85/5d/0c855d6ca55d3360397437c4e4913b6a--vintage-guitars-unique-guitars.jpg

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On 01/02/2021 at 10:51, [email protected] said:

Got my first less-than-34”-scale Bass last week. A Squier Mini Precision, it’s a 28.5” scale and is proving to be great fun. I’ve played Musicmasters and Mustangs, but never a bass less than 30”.  I think it’s the cheapest bass I’ve bought new before too, but I have to say, I got a good one. It came well set up and ready to go. It sounds like a P bass, funnily enough. Roll the tone back and it grooves! I bought it to have about the house, something easy to grab and do something productive with, but it’ll definitely get gigged; when we’re allowed.

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I've just missed out on a Squier Mini P. It popped up on Facebook next to where my daughter works, but my daughter can't use her phone at work. By the time I'd got hold of her to ask her to grab it it had sold. It was only £60 and looked like new. 

Nevermind. 

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1 hour ago, Maude said:

I've just missed out on a Squier Mini P. It popped up on Facebook next to where my daughter works, but my daughter can't use her phone at work. By the time I'd got hold of her to ask her to grab it it had sold. It was only £60 and looked like new. 

Nevermind. 

Oh wow, that’s a shame! That’s a great price! I’ve hardly put mine down. It’s got all of the P bass vibes, but mini! 

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Hi all! Newbie (to the forum) Dave here! Short Scale PORN!!! I think I must have just died and gone to Heaven (the club in London, that is, not the place with the harps and all that....) Been playing since the Summer of Punk back in 76, I really am that OLD! Still churning out the same (tired old riffs and patterns, amazed that I still get away with it after all these years...) Luuuuurve my Squier Bronco (unfortunate name for a beast of such utter magnificence) and sounds dirty as Hell!!!!FB_IMG_1613340629187.thumb.jpg.ada4a6ada212db33708ae9e7c2f976bf.jpg

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Most recent picture of my Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass, after a successful GSRM20B Weathered Black body transplant :

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Hi all. Has anyone successfully set up a 4-string short scale bass with BEAD tuning? Given the lower end is usually the challenge for producing a great sound on an SS I'm reluctant to try this without advice, but there are a number of songs I play requiring the low notes and I'd rather stick to an SS and not go through an octaver. 

If so, which brand and tension of strings? Did you have to make any other technical adjustments? Nb-  I play a standard Squire Jaguar SS.

Thanks!

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