Hello, for the new year I thought I would start a new bass ramblings blog where I will write about the miscellaneous bass related stuff the fills my brain on any given day. Â Recently my bass brain has been filled with the notion of getting a short scale bass. Â In reality, I actually already own two short scale basses, a Rogue Beatles style “Violin” bass and a Fender Acoustic bass. Â The Rogue is strung with flat wound strings and the Fender with Half wound strings. Â Anyway, in the process of working my way through Roy Vogt’s “Teach Me Bass Guitar” I decided one day to work on a lesson with the Rogue bass as that it is small and was easy to grab. Â I quickly realized how much easier it was to run through scales and exercises than it was with my Fender P-bass. Â This got me thinking and I broke out my Fender acoustic and found that it also was a joy to play. Â I bought my Fender acoustic bass back in 1998, I believe that it was one of the first acoustic bass offerings by Fender during the MTV “Acoustic” era. Â What I remember the most is that I wasn’t actually looking for a bass the day I bought it, I just happen to see it in a music store and decided to give it a try. Â I immediately fell in love and could not put it down, I HAD to buy it. Â Needless to say, 11+ years later I am still happy with my purchase. Â I am now realizing that the appeal may well have been the fact that it is short scale and easy for me to play. Â I do not have big hands and have always found it a bit of a challenge to play bass. My normal weapon of choice has been a Fender P-Bass, although I have tried several other basses I typically end up back with the P-bass. Â On a side note, I also own a Lakland Skyline 5 string which I also decided to play during this experiment and found that, even with it being a 35″ scale, I enjoyed playing it more than my normal 34″ scale basses. Â Perhaps the fact that the string spacing is closer together than a 4 string bass makes it easier for me, I am not sure.
So, I started an online obsession looking for a quality short scale bass. Â My rogue is cool, but is essentially a one trick pony and as that it cost me less than $200, is cheaply made. Â I love my Fender Acoustic, but it is Acoustic. Â Yes, it has a pickup, but I am less than happy about the sound it produces plugged in and could not see using it as my main bass do to it’s body size. Â I quickly found that there are not that many quality short scale basses available. Â Ibanez makes one, but it is really short, 28″ scale. Â I looked at one at the local music store but honestly it is too small. Â Squire makes the Bronco bass, but it is a Squire and made on the cheap. Â Don’t get me wrong, I own an 80’s Squire P-Bass that was made in Japan which I consider my first “Real” bass, but today’s Squire’s just don’t really compare. Â Long story short, my searching led me to the Fender Mustang Bass, a made in Japan bass that seems to be loved by many whom own them. Â IÂ looked and called around to all the local music stores but none of them had the Mustang in stock. Â The new ones are pricey, but I was able to find an “as new” one on ebay for about have the cost of a new one. Â So here I sit in anticipation waiting for it to arrive, possibly Monday. Â Will it be a disappointment or will it take my playing to a whole new level? Â Only time will tell. Â Needless to say, my next post should be a full review of the Mustang, assuming it arrives in one piece. Â Until then, rock on little soldiers!