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Epiphone SG Bass E1 Cherry

Epiphone SG Bass E1 Cherry

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Ibanez TMB30 Talman Black

Ibanez TMB30 Talman Black

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Ibanez Talman TMB30 Ivory

Ibanez Talman TMB30 Ivory

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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Sunburst

Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Sunburst

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£379.00 £399.00
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Epiphone Viola Short Scale Bass Vintage Sunburst

Epiphone Viola Short Scale Bass Vintage Sunburst

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£349.00 £429.00
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Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Heritage Cherry

Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Heritage Cherry

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£1,489.00 £1,849.00
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Squier Classic Vibe 60s Mustang Short Scale Bass Sea Foam Green Indian Laurel Fingerboard

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Mustang Short Scale Bass Sea Foam Green Indian Laurel Fingerboard

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£389.00 £429.99
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Ibanez GSRM20 miKro Short Scale Bass Weathered Black

Ibanez GSRM20 miKro Short Scale Bass Weathered Black

£219.00
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Squier Classic Vibe 60s Mustang Short Scale Bass Olympic White Indian Laurel Fingerboard

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Mustang Short Scale Bass Olympic White Indian Laurel Fingerboard

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Ibanez Talman TMB35 Short Scale Bass Mint Green

Ibanez Talman TMB35 Short Scale Bass Mint Green

£259.00 £309.00
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Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Short Scale Bass II Shell Pink

Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Short Scale Bass II Shell Pink

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£349.00 £399.00
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Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Short Scale Bass II Imperial Stain

Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Short Scale Bass II Imperial Stain

£339.00 £399.00
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Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Short Scale Bass II Bristol Fog

Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Short Scale Bass II Bristol Fog

£349.00 £399.00
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Fender Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Aged Natural Pau Ferro Fingerboard

Fender Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Aged Natural Pau Ferro Fingerboard

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£649.00 £699.00
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Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Ebony

Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Ebony

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£1,699.00 £1,799.00
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Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II Short Scale Bass Tobacco Sunburst

Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II Short Scale Bass Tobacco Sunburst

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£349.00 £399.00
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Burns Short Scale Jazz Six Bass Baby Blue

Burns Short Scale Jazz Six Bass Baby Blue

£329.00 £349.00
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Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue

Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue

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£699.00
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Ibanez EHB1005SMS Emerald Green Metallic Matte Short Scale Bass

Ibanez EHB1005SMS Emerald Green Metallic Matte Short Scale Bass

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£1,069.00 £1,169.00
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Squier Sonic Bronco Short Scale Bass Arctic White Maple Fingerboard

Squier Sonic Bronco Short Scale Bass Arctic White Maple Fingerboard

£169.00 £189.99
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Epiphone Newport Bass California Coral

Epiphone Newport Bass California Coral

£439.00
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Ibanez Artcore AGB200 Short Scale Bass Natural

Ibanez Artcore AGB200 Short Scale Bass Natural

£619.00
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Hagstrom Swede Short Scale Bass Black

Hagstrom Swede Short Scale Bass Black

£859.00 £925.00
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Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass Tobacco Sunburst

Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass Tobacco Sunburst

£889.00 £1,045.00
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Squier Paranormal Rascal Short Scale Bass HH Laurel Fingerboard Sherwood Green

Squier Paranormal Rascal Short Scale Bass HH Laurel Fingerboard Sherwood Green

£379.00 £429.99
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Rickenbacker 4005XC 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Short Scale Bass Amber FireGlo

Rickenbacker 4005XC 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Short Scale Bass Amber FireGlo

£4,199.00 £4,899.00
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Ibanez EHB1000S Pink Gold Metallic Matte Short Scale Bass

Ibanez EHB1000S Pink Gold Metallic Matte Short Scale Bass

£989.00
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Ibanez EHB1000S Sea Foam Green Matte Short Scale Bass

Ibanez EHB1000S Sea Foam Green Matte Short Scale Bass

£999.00
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Squier Sonic Bronco Short Scale Bass Black Laurel Fingerboard

Squier Sonic Bronco Short Scale Bass Black Laurel Fingerboard

£169.00 £189.99
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Squier Sonic Bronco Short Scale Bass Tahitian Coral Maple Fingerboard

Squier Sonic Bronco Short Scale Bass Tahitian Coral Maple Fingerboard

£169.00 £189.99
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Ibanez GSRM20 miKro Short Scale Bass Black Spot 2023

Ibanez GSRM20 miKro Short Scale Bass Black Spot 2023

£229.00
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Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass Black

Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass Black

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£749.00 £1,045.00
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Cort Action Junior Short Scale Bass Open Pore Walnut

Cort Action Junior Short Scale Bass Open Pore Walnut

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£179.00 £229.00
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Fender Vintera II 60s Bass VI Rosewood Fingerboard Fiesta Red

Fender Vintera II 60s Bass VI Rosewood Fingerboard Fiesta Red

£1,199.00 £1,249.00
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Fender Vintera II 60s Bass VI Rosewood Fingerboard Lake Placid Blue

Fender Vintera II 60s Bass VI Rosewood Fingerboard Lake Placid Blue

£1,199.00 £1,249.00
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Gretsch G2220B Electromatic Junior Jet II Short Scale Bass Walnut

Gretsch G2220B Electromatic Junior Jet II Short Scale Bass Walnut

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£349.00 £399.00
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Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass White

Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass White

£799.00 £969.00
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Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass Trans Wild Cherry

Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass Trans Wild Cherry

£969.00 £1,045.00
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Hagstrom Swede Short Scale Bass White

Hagstrom Swede Short Scale Bass White

£799.00 £945.00
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Squier Paranormal Rascal Short Scale Bass HH Laurel Fingerboard Metallic Black

Squier Paranormal Rascal Short Scale Bass HH Laurel Fingerboard Metallic Black

£379.00 £429.99
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About Short Scale Basses

Unsung heroes of the bass guitar world, short scale bass guitars are enjoying a revival in recent years. Often paired with flat-wound strings, they don’t have as much low-end as their companion: the full scale bass guitar. Instead, they have a mid-range thump that cuts through the mix and gives any arrangement a real vintage vibe.

It would be remiss not to mention Paul McCartney, whose short-scale Hofner bass defined the sixties bass sound for so many. But he’s not the only one who favoured these instruments; Jack Bruce, Bill Wyman and Tina Weymouth all rocked these diminutive basses.

Short scale bass guitars are also popular now because of how comfortable they are to play. Children, beginners, and guitarists who just need a bass for recording all find them easier to handle than the traditional long scale bass guitar. Some of our best short scale bass guitars available include models from Squier and Music Man.

What Makes a Short Scale Bass Guitar Different?

  • Thumpy vintage tone
  • Short scale bass guitars are perfect for beginners
  • Favourite for indie and pop music
  • Comfortable to play due to their reduced scale length

Frequently Asked Questions about Short Scale Basses

Question: Is a short scale bass right for me?
Short scale basses are popular among indie and pop bassists. They are also great for beginners and guitarists who need a bass for recording.
Question: Are short scale basses better for beginners?
Short scale basses are excellent for beginners because of their comfortable size. They are not particularly suited to slap bass playing or metal playing, however, so long scale would be better for this.
Question: Do short scale bass guitars sound different?
Yes. Short scale bass guitars have less low-end than long-scale basses. Instead, they have more mid-range giving them a slightly softer, more musical sound - perfect for cutting through the mix.