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Squier Mini Precision Short Scale Bass Black

Squier Mini Precision Short Scale Bass Black

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£139.00 £149.99
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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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£349.00 £409.00
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Cort Action Junior Short Scale Bass Black

Cort Action Junior Short Scale Bass Black

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£149.00 £179.00
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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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£319.00 £395.00
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Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Ebony

Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Ebony

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£1,499.00 £1,599.00
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Squier Mini Precision Short Scale Bass Dakota Red

Squier Mini Precision Short Scale Bass Dakota Red

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Ibanez TMB30 Talman Black

Ibanez TMB30 Talman Black

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£179.00 £239.00
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Ibanez Gio GSRM20B Short Scale Bass Walnut Flat

Ibanez Gio GSRM20B Short Scale Bass Walnut Flat

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£199.00 £219.00
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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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£599.00 £689.00
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Fender FSR Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Lake Placid Blue Maple Fingerboard guitarguitar Exclusive

Fender FSR Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Lake Placid Blue Maple Fingerboard guitarguitar Exclusive

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£649.00
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Ibanez Talman TMB30 Ivory

Ibanez Talman TMB30 Ivory

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£179.00 £239.00
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Fender Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Firemist Gold Pau Ferro Fingerboard

Fender Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Firemist Gold Pau Ferro Fingerboard

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£599.00 £689.00
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Epiphone SG Bass E1 Cherry

Epiphone SG Bass E1 Cherry

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£249.00
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Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Olympic White

Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Olympic White

£699.00
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Ibanez TMB30 Short Scale Bass Mint Green

Ibanez TMB30 Short Scale Bass Mint Green

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£199.00 £239.00
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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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Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Heritage Cherry

Gibson SG Standard Short Scale Bass Heritage Cherry

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£1,499.00 £1,599.00
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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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£149.00 £159.00
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Epiphone Viola Short Scale Bass Vintage Sunburst

Epiphone Viola Short Scale Bass Vintage Sunburst

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£329.00 £399.00
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Fender Offset Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Sienna Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

Fender Offset Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Sienna Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

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£579.00 £689.00
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Fender Vintera 60s Mustang Short Scale Bass Fiesta Red Pau Ferro Fingerboard

Fender Vintera 60s Mustang Short Scale Bass Fiesta Red Pau Ferro Fingerboard

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£879.00 £959.00
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Fender Justin Meldal-Johnsen Short Scale Bass Black Rosewood Fingerboard

Fender Justin Meldal-Johnsen Short Scale Bass Black Rosewood Fingerboard

£1,229.00 £1,349.00
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Ibanez EHB1000S Pink Gold Metallic Matte Short Scale Bass

Ibanez EHB1000S Pink Gold Metallic Matte Short Scale Bass

£799.00 £849.00
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Ibanez EHB1000S Sea Foam Green Matte Short Scale Bass

Ibanez EHB1000S Sea Foam Green Matte Short Scale Bass

£799.00 £989.00
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Fender Justin Meldal Johnsen Road Worn Mustang Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue

Fender Justin Meldal Johnsen Road Worn Mustang Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue

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£1,229.00 £1,349.00
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Fender American Performer Mustang Short Scale Bass Sea Foam Green Rosewood Fingerboard

Fender American Performer Mustang Short Scale Bass Sea Foam Green Rosewood Fingerboard

£999.00 £1,299.00
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Burns Short Scale Jazz Red Burst

Burns Short Scale Jazz Red Burst

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£299.00
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Fender American Performer Mustang Short Scale Bass 3 Colour Sunburst

Fender American Performer Mustang Short Scale Bass 3 Colour Sunburst

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£999.00 £1,299.00
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Ibanez GSRM20 Short Scale Bass Black

Ibanez GSRM20 Short Scale Bass Black

£179.00
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Ibanez Gio GSRM20B Brown Sunburst Short Scale

Ibanez Gio GSRM20B Brown Sunburst Short Scale

£179.00 £189.00
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Ibanez Talman TMB35 Short Scale Bass Mint Green

Ibanez Talman TMB35 Short Scale Bass Mint Green

£279.00 £299.00
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Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass White

Hagstrom Viking Short Scale Bass White

£969.00
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Burns Short Scale Jazz Six Bass Green Burst

Burns Short Scale Jazz Six Bass Green Burst

£299.00
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Burns Short Scale Jazz Six Bass Baby Blue

Burns Short Scale Jazz Six Bass Baby Blue

£349.00
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Alpher Mini Mako Short Scale Bass Spalted Ash (Pre-Owned)

Alpher Mini Mako Short Scale Bass Spalted Ash (Pre-Owned)

£1,999.00
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Fender Limited Edition Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Surf Pearl

Fender Limited Edition Player Mustang Short Scale Bass PJ Surf Pearl

£699.00
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G&L Tribute Fallout Short Scale Bass Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard

G&L Tribute Fallout Short Scale Bass Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard

£399.00 £499.00
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G&L Tribute Fallout Bass Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard (Ex-Demo) #210614708

G&L Tribute Fallout Bass Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard (Ex-Demo) #210614708

£329.00 £499.00
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G&L Tribute Fallout Short Scale Bass Olympic White Rosewood Fingerboard

G&L Tribute Fallout Short Scale Bass Olympic White Rosewood Fingerboard

£489.00
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G&L Tribute Fallout Short Scale Bass Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard (Pre-Owned) #210614583

G&L Tribute Fallout Short Scale Bass Candy Apple Red Maple Fingerboard (Pre-Owned) #210614583

£319.00
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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, Gretsch 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.