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#1 timmo

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:16 PM

I was advised to try a short scale bass, as i have finger issues that don`t allow me to stretch my fingers as far as a i would like. Obviously it is hard enough finding a local shop with a standard left hand, without needing specific requirements. Would anyone know of a cheap , half decent one that isn`t one of those violin shaped ones please? They don`t seem to come up very often second hand
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:01 PM

How cheap is cheap? Thomann have a couple of Harley Benton B stock shortys, £40-50 and a rather nice Warwick Rockbass Corvette for £408 which looks nice.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:38 AM

Indeed, there aren't many short scale left handed basses around, I've got a 1962 Burns Sonic, can't say I've seen many of those for sale recently though...
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:47 AM

For the price of those Harley Benton ones, you can't really go wrong though.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:13 PM

Thanks for the replies. I saw the Harley Benton ones, but thought they may be very cheap for a reason. I was looking at £200 maximum, and thought this one might fit the bill

http://www.musicians...ale-bass-guitar

If the Harley Benton would be ok, I may get that instead, and if i liked short scale, get something a lot better. Given me something to think about.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:06 PM

I've got a Harley Benton 6 string Traveller guitar ( tiny scale) and there's nothing wrong with the build quality. That Ibanez looks nice though.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:09 PM

Yeah, Harley Benton are supposed to be surprisingly good for the money but I think I'd go with that Ibanez for sure!

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 07:16 PM

I was just about to start this very thread myself! Im after a short scale leftie - theres four bassists in our band and I want a short scale with ultra thin strings for a more toppy end.
Do Fender do a left handed jaguar does anyone know? I cant seem to find one.
I notice Timmo that your link doesn't post to the UK, any UK stockists that you lot know of?

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 08:45 AM

View Poststoko, on 26 September 2014 - 07:16 PM, said:


I notice Timmo that your link doesn't post to the UK, any UK stockists that you lot know of?
That is the problem, i saw the price in sterling, and just assumed that they were available here. I haven`t found any available in the UK. As far as i am aware, there is no left handed Jaguars made.
There seems a very limited choice of left handed short scales .
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Posted 27 September 2014 - 09:05 PM

View Poststoko, on 26 September 2014 - 07:16 PM, said:

I was just about to start this very thread myself! Im after a short scale leftie - theres four bassists in our band and I want a short scale with ultra thin strings for a more toppy end.
Do Fender do a left handed jaguar does anyone know? I cant seem to find one.
I notice Timmo that your link doesn't post to the UK, any UK stockists that you lot know of?

4 bassists? Envy.Problem with your plan is that short scales tend to have less treble.
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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:21 PM

Check out Eastwood Guitars. http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/

They have a number of LH short-scale basses.

I don't know anything about their quality but if you dig the vintage looks, they sure look nice.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:24 PM

Wow. Just realized I resurrected this from almost a year ago... Didn't realize how inactive this part of the forum is...

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:35 PM

Yup, there aren`t many lefty specific questions.It does come in handy occasionally though
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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:39 PM

View Poststoko, on 26 September 2014 - 07:16 PM, said:

I was just about to start this very thread myself! Im after a short scale leftie - theres four bassists in our band and I want a short scale with ultra thin strings for a more toppy end.
Do Fender do a left handed jaguar does anyone know? I cant seem to find one.
I notice Timmo that your link doesn't post to the UK, any UK stockists that you lot know of?

Hang on, 4 basses ? Is that Evil Blizzard?
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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:41 PM

What did you get in the end, Timmo? My recent health issues have led me to think I might be better off with a smaller bass.
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Posted 08 October 2015 - 05:38 PM

Funnily enough I've just put a Danelectro Longhorn on Ebay. It needs some attention (marks where the pots used to be, and there's a lot of fret rattle - just needs a proper setup).
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Posted 08 October 2015 - 07:30 PM

View PostSpike Vincent, on 28 September 2015 - 08:39 PM, said:

Hang on, 4 basses ? Is that Evil Blizzard?

Yep, it is - hadn't spotted Filthy Dirty on here before!

As for short-scale basses, there's a new kid on the (short-scale) block - lefties will be available to order apparently...

http://www.shortscalebass.co.uk/

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 07:39 PM

Looks a lot like an Alembic and at the planned production price I hope its a winner.

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:00 PM

View PostSpike Vincent, on 28 September 2015 - 08:41 PM, said:

What did you get in the end, Timmo? My recent health issues have led me to think I might be better off with a smaller bass.
I never bothered in the end. I really wanted one of those Ibanez Mikro`s, but can`t find one. I have perservered with standard scale, but will get a mikro if i ever find one
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 11:28 PM

If the price is right I fancy getting one of these beauties. Actually I just realised that the short scale version of this bass only comes right-handed. Pity.

http://www.ibanez.co...=165&color=CL01

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 12:56 PM

Picked up this today. Small-bodied, short-scale Ibanez Mikro. Here it is next to a Fender Jazz. Have had a quick play on it and the bottom end is good. Don't know what strings it has come with. Maybe someone will know what Ibanez ship their basses out with.

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 03:15 PM

View PostSpike Vincent, on 28 September 2015 - 08:39 PM, said:

Hang on, 4 basses ? Is that Evil Blizzard?
Ha, yup. Sorry, not been on here for ages!

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 03:18 PM

View Posttony_m, on 08 October 2015 - 07:30 PM, said:

Yep, it is - hadn't spotted Filthy Dirty on here before!

As for short-scale basses, there's a new kid on the (short-scale) block - lefties will be available to order apparently...

http://www.shortscalebass.co.uk/

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I'm back on here after ANOTHER bass after, err, getting a little enthusiastic with mine on saturday.
To go back to my question does anyone know of any left hooker jaguars or similar? Great bodies.

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 03:20 PM

View Postsblueplanet, on 02 April 2016 - 11:28 PM, said:

If the price is right I fancy getting one of these beauties. Actually I just realised that the short scale version of this bass only comes right-handed. Pity.

http://www.ibanez.co...=165&color=CL01
These look great - anyone know of a UK dealer?

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 08:36 PM

Been unable to locate a UK dealer for the lefty Ibanez Thalman.

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 11:57 PM

Some years ago I found a short scale SX bass, a Precision copy with a maple fingerboard. Put a Duncan 1/4 pound pickup on it and Labella black nylon tape strings; I've performed with it on more than one occasion and it sounds great.





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