Re: Short Scale Basses

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on January 26, 2001 at 11:51:59:

In Reply to: Short Scale Basses posted by DJ on January 24, 2001 at 14:31:02:

: Can anyone help me, I've been looking for a short scale bass and the only thing I can come up with is Squire Bronco by Fender! (not that great!!).

: I know that Fender made a Mustang and a Music Master short scale, but can find no trace of them anywhere!! except when looking for strings, these basses where listed with a circled "R" next to their names which I understand to be a reproduction of these basses, but like I said, cannot find them anywhere, can anyone help???

: Cheers DJ

The Bronco might not be all that great, but unfortunately, there's not as much call for short-scale basses as there used to be. Given the bass-heavy styles of music that are popular today, and the fact that short-scale basses don't have as full of a sound as a regular-scale bass does, they're just not all that big of a deal (not that I don't love short-scales myself, though).

I don't think that either the Musicmaster or the Mustang basses are in production at the moment. If you look around, you might be able to find a used Musicmaster cheap, although they seem to be getting a *lot* more expensive on the used market, for some strange reason...

For new ones, the Squier Affinity Bronco and the Epiphone EB-0 are your best bets. Other than those, there aren't a lot of short-scale basses made these days, and most of the others are going to be custom-built models that are going to cost an arm and a leg, unfortunately.

Hope that helps!


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