Video: 7 Great Short-Scale Basses

If you have been paying attention to the bass guitar market over the past few years, you may have noticed an uptick in the popularity of short-scale bass models. While short-scale basses—which typically sport scale lengths of around 30- or 31-inches, compared to the 34-inches of something like a Fender Precision Bass—have always had loyal champions, it would be fair to say that in some circles, they have long carried an undue stigma as not entirely serious instruments.

Many short-scales, like the famous Fender Mustang and Musicmaster basses, were marketed as "student models," which has fed their reputation as somehow not as up to professional standards as the standard 34-inch fare.

But for many players, the idea of a student instrument is just part of the appeal. Short-scale basses usually are lighter and more physically manageable than their full-scale counterparts, and for new bass players (and especially guitarists making the leap to a lower register), short-scales can offer a more approachable overall playing experience. They're easier on the back, potentially easier on the hands, and perhaps most important of all, they're a lot of fun to play.

In our video above, Jake Hawrylak shows off seven great new and vintage options from across eras and price points. To find more recommendations, information, and the perfect short-scale bass for your needs, check out our brand-new short-scale bass buying guide.

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