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Post by Barry Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:52 am

Last week a customer popped into the shop with a really nice MIJ Fender Mustang bass, in fiesta red, similar to this one:
http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=47391

Aside from the annoyance of having to remove the bloody neck to adjust the truss rod, it was a lovely little instrument with a short scale, thin frets, and narrow neck. Very comfortable for a guitar player to mess around on.

Today, I noticed forum member Clive Shakedown's signature, "Bass, the final frontier.." and it reminded me of the Mustang. Then I started musing about other basses that would be a good fit for a guitar player who'd like to dabble. Not for gigging out, but for a change and for a little variety.

The other two which come to mind for me are the Epiphone "Beatle bass" and the Danelectro Longhorn both of which I found fun to play. And light weight!

Recommendations?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:56 am

Concord 1 I guess. 
Hondo H1030 short scale 
Vantage vs600,similar to the hondo/ epi eb0
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Post by Meadows Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:35 pm

Futurama short scale 60's bass:- lightweight, short scale, lovely neck and with deep classic tones (originally made apparently for the numerous guitar players in the sixties who couldn't get a gig on guitar so flipped to a bass to get the work)

http://www.ampguy.co.uk/futurama.html

You can still pick them up for a few hundred pounds or less. highly recommended.
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Post by Westbone Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:00 pm

The Futurama is a Hagstrom made bass.Nice.

Acquired a new Hofner Ignition Club bass for my good buddy last week. £200. new including shipping to Bath uk.

Took it away to set it up and change the knobs.
Very nice short scale 30"nice neck, nice light weight with a pretty good sound.

Here it is next to an original.
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The handy thing is you can play them acoustically being hollow.

Nice figured back.
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Post by Barry Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:41 pm

Very nice Damian.
Pete, I have seen the odd Vantage VS695B for sale locally and they look interesting. I have a few Avenger guitars and they are very comfy designs.

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Post by corsair Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:11 pm

I had/have no trouble at all transitioning onto my Spectrum GTBass, so unsure why a short scale bass is desirable for guitarists wanting to double up?!

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Post by mortarman120gang11c Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:24 pm

Any of the Spectrum or Electra Phoenix models Basses are great players
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Post by Westbone Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:29 pm

Barry wrote:Very nice Damian.
Pete, I have seen the odd Vantage VS695B for sale locally and they look interesting. I have a few Avenger guitars and they are very comfy designs.
Look out for these same scale, very comfy.

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Post by Meadows Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:29 am

I was tempted to go for one of those X88 recently but one or two members on the Mats forum said the bridge could be a weak point and was prone to rising. As it was an internet unseen purchase I decided to pass on it as the guy said the bridge was not sitting flush to the body. Could have just been a one off, never took it further.

Loving that Hofner Club reissue, classic look and vibe.
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Post by Westbone Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:36 am

The bridges crack because they're made of crappy pot metal.Good old Mats... Evil or Very Mad

Here's an easy fix.
http://forum.westoneguitars.net/t2131-westbury-track-ii-bass
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Post by Barry Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:44 pm

Meadows wrote:I was tempted to go for one of those X88 recently but one or two members on the Mats forum said the bridge could be a weak point and was prone to rising...
I'm surprised they didn't mention the Epi bridge replacement to you as Damian has also pointed out.
That's been a fairly common complaint on those boards with this simple remedy offered more than once.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:27 pm

Cheaper than the Epi bridge is
THIS
more akin to the original Mats poor quality pot metal, but I've used these twice now and no problems after a year.
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Post by Meadows Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:39 am

Thanks guys, good to know for next time one comes along Smile
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Post by Westbone Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:48 am

Sgt. Vimes wrote:Cheaper than the Epi bridge is
THIS
more akin to the original Mats poor quality pot metal, but I've used these twice now and no problems after a year.
Pot metal breaks down over time.
Kinda self decomposing.

At those prices buy two, last you a lifetime.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:40 am

I did Wink
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