David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/25/21 12:49 p.m.
Antihero (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

IMO short scale basses are the way to go, makes them sound more fundamental

I'm a fan as well. My two Univoxes are short-scales. Surprised more people aren't into them. 

barefootskater (Shaun)
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2/25/21 12:53 p.m.

I like a short scale once in a while, but when I'm really wanting to get into it and play, I prefer a standard length. Can't really describe why. I have small hands. Maybe it's the extra effort, maybe I'm looking for a struggle. Idk. 
 

With guitars, I'm generally a LP guy, but I can seamlessly switch to a 25.5 without needing to adjust. Screw PRS though. Something about that halfway-there 25" nonsense throws me for a loop. So when she says 1/4" can make all the difference, I understand. 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 1:08 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
Antihero (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

IMO short scale basses are the way to go, makes them sound more fundamental

I'm a fan as well. My two Univoxes are short-scales. Surprised more people aren't into them. 

A lot of people view short scales as sounding thinner even though the exact opposite is true. A shorter scale is like downtuning without actually downtuning. EB-0 is a good example of that too.

 

I own 2 basses, I'm not really a bass player. Both are short scales, one is the same kind Cobain played for awhile per The Museum of Pop Culture. I didn't know, I just wanted a short scale maple necked jazz bass . The other is a Japanese bass that doesn't have a name on it....huuuuuuugggggeeeee neck and sounds great

 

I'll post some pics later

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
2/25/21 2:13 p.m.

I'm primarily a long scale guy. I also started playing bass way before buying a regular 6-string guitar on a long scale P-style bass, so I'm just used to it. I find that people who started playing guitar like the short scale stuff better. I find them fun to mess with, but I always come back to the long scale stuff.

That said, one of the coolest basses I ever played was a 70's Gibson EB3, just like this:



This was back in the 90's, and I was only a few years into playing. I had no business playing something like that at the time, but the old Guitar Center in Boston I used to frequent let anyone play anything in the store back then; the staff was super cool (miss that place, it's long gone now). That EB3 had tone, feel, and mojo for days. That chicken-head selector knob is so damn cool. Back then, it was about $800 in nice shape. They are nearly 5x that now! I still want one.

They also had one of these that I stupidly passed up for $250 because it was "worn" (back before road worn stuff was cool):


HNNNNNNGGGGGG
 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 2:23 p.m.

Quick pic since all my stuff is stored until I get the bandroom done.

 

The bottom might be a Kingston but doesn't have a name on it, massive neck like......an inch bigger than a Gibson 59. Sounds great too imo

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 2:24 p.m.

Also since I've mentioned Firefly, here's the one I have

 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 2:30 p.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

If it makes you feel better I passed on a Grabber about ten years ago for $200 because I didn't like it when I played it. Had a few issues and they were worth less at the time too

Tony Sestito
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2/25/21 2:48 p.m.
Antihero (Forum Supporter) said:

Quick pic since all my stuff is stored until I get the bandroom done.

 

The bottom might be a Kingston but doesn't have a name on it, massive neck like......an inch bigger than a Gibson 59. Sounds great too imo

I mentioned it a while back in this thread, but I had the bass on the bottom! I traded a minibike for it (SUPER DUMB MOVE, BAD TONY) and I ended up throwing it away a few years ago because it was too far gone to bring back. It's a Japanese-made Kingston, I think.

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 2:59 p.m.

I forgot to take a pic of the ultimate short scale bass. It really really sounds like an upright bass somehow, add in some string noise rattles and it would be perfect. Every bass player should get one.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/25/21 3:45 p.m.

In reply to Antihero (Forum Supporter) :

Those U-Basses do sound way cool. 

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 4:35 p.m.
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) :

I've thought about it but I already have so. many. projects...

And the price of those kits seems high to me. 

Compared to buying an actual amp with those specs, I was thinking they aren't so bad. 

11GTCS
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2/25/21 6:02 p.m.
Antihero (Forum Supporter) said:

Also since I've mentioned Firefly, here's the one I have

 

That looks hot...  Semi hollow body too?

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 7:12 p.m.

In reply to 11GTCS :

Yes it is. It was a whole $129 new too

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 7:18 p.m.

In reply to Antihero (Forum Supporter) :

What's the details on the short-scale jazz? The only ones I've seen that use the Fender style headstock are older SX basses. 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/25/21 9:36 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

It's not really accurate fender style, it's A bit off but it's a Magnum brand.

 

Here's a link to Cobain's, mine has the guards removed and probably isn't worth 43k lol

http://www.feelnumb.com/2010/01/03/kurt-cobain-magnum-bass-guitar-auction-sale-nirvana/

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
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2/27/21 5:49 a.m.

In reply to Antihero (Forum Supporter) :

Very cool! I've never heard of Magnum before. I'd love to find a short scale lefty Jazz to match my SX Pbass copy & have a saved search on eBay, but they just don't turn up too often. 

barefootskater (Shaun)
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2/27/21 10:06 a.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Antihero (Forum Supporter) :

I've never heard of Magnum before. 
 

 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/27/21 1:59 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

I've only seen one other for sale, the only reason I knew it was a Magnum is because I saw it in the display at the museum lol

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/27/21 1:59 p.m.

In reply to barefootskater (Shaun) :

Lol

barefootskater (Shaun)
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2/28/21 12:05 a.m.

Grassroots luthiers, how would you fix this:



 
Or at least keep it from getting worse? I bought it in this condition, and I knew beforehand. Something something, good price, something, limited edition, something something. But since I've had it (in the factory fitted hard case) the chip has gotten slightly worse and the paint continues to chip. I'm not super concerned about a flawless repair, as I have no plan to ever sell the thing. 
 

My thinking went as far as to possibly just layer up some super glue and sawdust, then nail polish. I don't have budget for a professional repair. 
 

Ideas?

*edit. Photo for scale. Standard $.98 HotWheel


(still bummed the kids found and opened that Escort. One of my favorites)

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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2/28/21 12:11 a.m.

In reply to barefootskater (Shaun) :

I'd probably use wood putty to fill it, sand it to make it all smooth and paint it.

 

Car paint is actually great for guitars, and you can get a bunch of shades of white in duplicolor for touchups

tuna55
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3/4/21 7:10 a.m.

I'm leaning semi hollow, or at least chambered, in a smaller body than the ES335. I'm thinking Gretsch. Any other good thoughts?

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
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3/4/21 7:11 a.m.

In reply to tuna55 :

Depends what tone you want, but I'd also look as the PRS Zach Myers. I've owned the SE version and quite liked it, other than its fairly chunky neck.

11GTCS
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3/4/21 7:28 a.m.

In reply to barefootskater (Shaun) :

First step is to get the paint to stop chipping, I'd think sanding along the edge of the damage to taper it and make it less prone to breaking would help that.   For repair I would recommend using thickened epoxy, I've used West System a few times with their low density filler for repairing chips on painted wood and fiberglass.   You would probably need to make some sort of mold to hold the epoxy in place to the rough shape you want until it cures and then sand to shape from there.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
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3/4/21 7:34 a.m.

In reply to barefootskater (Shaun) :

Do you want to have it professionally repaired when you do have the budget?  If so, don't touch it.  If it chips a little more, it won't matter much to the repair guy, but if they have to undo an amateur repair, it will add time/cost to the job.  If you want to stop it from chipping more, wrap some clear tape over it. 

A few years ago I befriended a guy who is the official vintage repair guy for Gretsch. I've seen him do some amazing restorations. But the one thing he constantly mentioned is when he has to fix a poor repair and how much time it adds to the job. In the "before times" (and when I worked in NJ and drove past his shop every day during my commute), I used to stop in his shop to B.S. (oldschoolguitar.net). He restored my '84 Les Paul that had some severe flood damage.  I'll probably have him do a refret on that guitar as well.  He also did a refinish on my Tacoma acoustic.

I have an ESP Horizon with similar damage to the end of the headstock - made more complicated by it being a bound headstock.  Since it's a "metal guitar" with a Floyd Rose, I plan to send it to Lee at GMW Guitars.  He also does some amazing work. My local guy can work on Floyds, but it's not really his thing.  Plus, he is absolutely swamped right now. 

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