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Well, I’m planning on buying a short scale bass and my candidates thus far are
1. a vintage fender mustang
2. a gretsch electromatic
3. a vintage fender musicmaster
4. an SX short scale p-bass
all the others i’ve tried have not felt right. these have been a reissue mustang, every gibson EB style, squier bronco, and viola styles. I’m looking for something lightweight and balanced with easy playability.
You guys have any recommendations? Price, brand, and rarity don’t matter. Has to be a 30″ scale or under. Been thinking about an early 80’s Fender Bullet bass, anyone played any? Or what about the newer Fender Precision Junior?
Here’s my thoughts on the one’s i’m thinking about so far…
surprisingly, the 09 SX has been the best so far great balance, playability and construction (i’d have to replace ALL the electronics obv) but I can’t get any in sunburst now or else i’d already have one..
the vintage mustang has PERFECT sound (a shock, really), good feel, but is a little neck heavy, and like most 70’s fenders, a bit heavy overall. the prices on these are brutal too.
the gretsch is money in everyway except the neck is too wide for its size and the neck’s also painted/finished which kills speed. it nails that joy division tone tho.
the musicmaster has awful sound (something fixable) but good weight. from what ive seen these dont age too well and the construction can be questionable. shitty looking tuners but who knows they could work great.
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