Top Short Scale Basses
Top Short Scale Basses

Top 30+ Short Scale Basses 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 30 Short Scale Basses

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  1. Fender AM Perf Mustang Bass RW 3TSB
  2. Höfner Ignition Cavern SE
  3. Fender Vintera 60s Mustang Bass 3-SB
  4. Warwick RB Corvette B 4 BK Short Scale
  5. Marcus Miller U5 MT MN Short
  6. Höfner H500/1 Artist Violin Bass
  7. Spector Euro Bantam 4 BS
  8. Spector Euro Bantam 4 SWG
  9. Sandberg California VS Lionel BB
  10. Marcus Miller U5 NT MN Short
  11. Sandberg California VS Lionel PF CR
  12. Fender AM Perf Mustang Bass RW AUB
  13. Gibson SG Bass HC
  14. Ibanez GSRM20B-WK
  15. Ibanez TMB30-IV
  16. Fender Justin Meldal Johnsen Mustang
  17. Fender Mustang Bass PJ PF FMG
  18. Ibanez GSRM25-BK
  19. Ibanez GSRM20B-WNF
  20. Ibanez TMB30-BK Talman Short Scale
  21. Harley Benton Beatbass VS Vintage Ser Bundle
  22. Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II Bass TG
  23. Sterling by Music Man StingRay SS4 MN Daphne Blue
  24. Ibanez TMB30-MGR Talman Short Scale
  25. Epiphone Allen Woody Rumble Kat
  26. Fender SQ CV 60s Mustang Bass OW
  27. Fender Squier Mini P Bass Dakota Red
  28. Fender Squier Bronco Bass BK
  29. Fender Mustang Bass PJ Aged Natural
  30. Fender Mustang Bass PJ MN SSB

1. Fender AM Perf Mustang Bass RW 3TSB

Fender AM Perf Mustang Bass RW 3TSB

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • White dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern “C”
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm
  • Nut width: 41.3 mm
  • 19 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: 1 Yosemite Jazz Bass and 1 Yosemite Mustang Bass single coil
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Master Greasebucket Sound Panel
  • American Performer Mustang bridge
  • 4-Ply Aged white pearloid pickguard
  • Nickel / chrome hardware
  • Strings: Fender 5250XL Short-Scale NPS .040 – .095 (Article Nr. 181693)
  • Colour: 3-Tone sunburst
  • Includes deluxe gigbag
  • Made in USA

2. Höfner Ignition Cavern SE

Höfner Ignition Cavern SE

Electric Violin Bass

  • Spruce top
  • Flamed maple back and sides
  • Maple one-piece neck
  • Heat-treated jatoba fretboard
  • White binding on the top and back
  • Scale: 760 mm (30″)
  • Nut width: 42mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: 2x Höfner Ignition Staple
  • Original Tea Cup potentiometer knobs on the control panel
  • Individual machine heads with pearloid plastic buttons
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity and the famous “BASSMAN” sticker

3. Fender Vintera 60s Mustang Bass 3-SB

Fender Vintera 60s Mustang Bass 3-SB

Electric bass

  • Vintera series
  • Body: Alder
  • Bolted neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • White dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Thin C
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Fretboard radius: 184 mm (7.25″)
  • Nut width: 38.1 mm (1.5″)
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • 19 Vintage frets
  • 4-Ply Aged white pearloid pickguard
  • Pickup: Vintage-style 60s Mustang bass split single coils
  • Master volume and master tone controls
  • Mustang bridge with 4 saddles
  • Vintage-style Lollipop machine heads
  • Nickel / chrome hardware
  • Stringing from factory: Fender USA 7250M .045-.105 (Article Nr. 142933)
  • Colour: 3-Colour Sunburst
  • Includes deluxe gigbag

4. Warwick RB Corvette B 4 BK Short Scale

Warwick RB Corvette B 4 BK Short Scale

Electric Bass

  • Alder body
  • Bolt-on 3-piece laminated maple neck with Ekanga veneer stripes
  • Wenge fretboard
  • Fretboard radius: 508 mm (20″)
  • Scale: 30″ (Short Scale)
  • 24 Extra high nickel silver jumbo frets
  • Warwick machine heads
  • Nut width: 38.5 mm
  • Pickups: Active MEC J/J single coils
  • Active 2-Band electronics
  • Controls for Volume, Balance, Treble, Bass
  • Warwick machine heads
  • Two-piece Warwick bridge
  • String spacing: 19 mm
  • Distance E to G string: 57 mm
  • Warwick security locks
  • Chrome hardware
  • Weight: approx. 3.5 kg
  • Ex-factory stringing: Warwick RED (42200 M) .045″ – .105″
  • Colour: Black solid high-gloss
  • Gig bag and hexagonal truss rod key included

Note: Register your product at www.w-distribution.com/Warranty to extend the warranty to 4 years.


5. Marcus Miller U5 MT MN Short

Marcus Miller U5 MT MN Short

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck profile: C
  • 20 Medium Small Frets
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm (short scale)
  • Pickups: Marcus Super Jazz (bridge) and Marcus Super Precision (neck) single coils
  • Passive electronics
  • Colour: Mint
  • Made by Sire

6. Höfner H500/1 Artist Violin Bass

Höfner H500/1 Artist Violin Bass

Electric Bass Artist Series

  • Beatles Bass
  • Top: Selected spruce wood
  • Back and sides: Flamed maple
  • Neck: 2-Piece maple/beech
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • 22 Frets
  • Nut width 42 mm
  • Scale length 760mm (30″)
  • Pickups: 2 Staple humbuckers
  • Electronics: Höfner HA2-B: control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
  • Finish: Sunburst high gloss
  • Includes Höfner case
  • Made in Germany

7. Spector Euro Bantam 4 BS

Spector Euro Bantam 4 BS

Electric bass

  • European series
  • Solid alder body
  • Quilted maple top
  • Bolted 3-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement
  • Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia Latifolia)
  • Fretboard radius: 406 mm (16″)
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 762 mm
  • Nut width: 38.1 mm
  • Pickups: 2 EMG 35DC humbuckers
  • 2 Volume controllers
  • EMG BT Control S double potentiometer with 1 bass (Boost/Cut) and 1 treble (Boost/Cut) knob
  • Black hardware
  • Colour: Black Stain, gloss
  • Includes gigbag

8. Spector Euro Bantam 4 SWG

Spector Euro Bantam 4 SWG

Electric Bass

  • European series
  • Maple top
  • Alder body
  • Three-piece maple neck, reinforced with graphite strips
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 Frets
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Pickups: 2 x EMG 35CD
  • 2 Volume controls
  • EMG BT Control S double potentiometer for bass (Boost / Cut) and Treble (Boost / Cut)
  • Black hardware
  • Gotoh GB-707 machine heads
  • Strings: D’Addario XL-170 nickel
  • Colour: Solid White Gloss
  • Includes gig bag

9. Sandberg California VS Lionel BB

Sandberg California VS Lionel BB

Electric Bass

  • Ash body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: Sandberg Splitcoil
  • Passive circuit
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Black pickguard
  • Sandberg bridge
  • Black hardware
  • Colour: Blueburst
  • Includes gig bag
  • Made in Germany

10. Marcus Miller U5 NT MN Short

Marcus Miller U5 NT MN Short

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 762 mm (short scale)
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • 20 Medium Small Frets
  • Pickups: Marcus Super Jazz (bridge) and Marcus Super Precision (neck) single coils
  • Passive electronics
  • Colour: Natural
  • Made by Sire

11. Sandberg California VS Lionel PF CR

Sandberg California VS Lionel PF CR

Electric Bass

  • Alder body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: Sandberg Split Coil
  • Passive circuit
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Sandberg bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Finish: Relic
  • Colour: Soft aged cream
  • Includes gig bag
  • Made in Germany

12. Fender AM Perf Mustang Bass RW AUB

Fender AM Perf Mustang Bass RW AUB

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • White dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern “C”
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm
  • Nut width: 41.3 mm
  • 19 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: 1 Yosemite Jazz Bass and 1 Yosemite Mustang Bass single coil
  • 2 Volume controls
  • 1 Master Greasebucket Sound Panel
  • American Performer Mustang bridge
  • 4-Ply Aged white pearloid pickguard
  • Nickel / chrome hardware
  • Strings: Fender 5250XL Short-Scale NPS .040 – .095 (Art. 181693)
  • Colour: Eggplant
  • Includes Deluxe gig bag
  • Made in USA

13. Gibson SG Bass HC

Gibson SG Bass HC

Electric Bass

  • 2019 Limited Run
  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla — Origin: India / Indonesia)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla — Origin: India / Indonesia)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Neck shape: Rounded
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 774 mm
  • Nut width: 40 mm
  • Pickups: Rhythm SG Bass (neck) and Lead SG Bass (bridge) humbucker
  • Tektoid nut
  • 3-Point bridge
  • Colour: Heritage cherry
  • Case included
  • Made in USA

14. Ibanez GSRM20B-WK

Ibanez GSRM20B-WK

Electric Bass

  • Body: Poplar
  • Maple neck
  • Fretboard: New Zealand pine
  • Scale: 726 mm (28.6″ short scale)
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Pickups: Dynamix P/J Style single coils
  • B10 Bridge
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Colour: Wheathered Black
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr. 407722 (not included)

15. Ibanez TMB30-IV

Ibanez TMB30-IV

Electric Bass

  • Body: Poplar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut width: 41 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Pickups: Dynamix P/J Split Coil and Single Coil
  • 2 Volume knobs and 1 tone knob
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Colour: Ivory

16. Fender Justin Meldal Johnsen Mustang

Fender Justin Meldal Johnsen Mustang

Electric Bass

  • Artist series
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Neck profile: C
  • 19 Medium jumbo frets
  • Aged pearloid dot fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Pickups: 1 Custom Seymour Duncan Split single coil
  • Mustang bridge with string-through body
  • Four-ply aged pearloid pickguard
  • Ex-factory stringing: Fender 9050L (Article Nr: 174714)
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Finish: Road Worn
  • Colour: Daphne Blue
  • Incl. Deluxe gig bag

17. Fender Mustang Bass PJ PF FMG

Fender Mustang Bass PJ PF FMG

Basse électrique

  • 4 cordes
  • Corps en aulne
  • Manche vissé en érable
  • Touche en pau ferro
  • Repères “points” blancs
  • Rayon de la touche: 241 mm (9,5″)
  • Diapason: 762 mm (30″)
  • Largeur au sillet: 38 mm (1,5″)
  • Sillet en os synthétique
  • Profil du manche en C
  • 19 frettes Medium Jumbo
  • 1 micro simple bobinage Jazz Bass style Vintage (chevalet)
  • 1 micro simple bobinage splitté Precision Bass style Vintage (milieu)
  • 1 réglage de volume
  • 1 réglage de tonalité
  • Sélecteur 3 positions (position 1: micro chevalet, position 2: micros chevalet et central, position 3: micro central)
  • Pickguard 3 plis vert menthe
  • Chevalet Standard avec 4 pontets
  • Mécaniques Fender style Vintage
  • Accastillage nickel/chrome
  • Cordes Fender USA 7250M Nickel Plated Steel (.045 – .105)
  • Couleur: Firemist Gold

18. Ibanez GSRM25-BK

Ibanez GSRM25-BK

Electric Bass

  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Scale: 726 mm (28.6″- Short scale)
  • Pickups: 2 Dynamix J/J Style single coils
  • B15 bridge with 16.5 mm string spacing
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Black

19. Ibanez GSRM20B-WNF

Ibanez GSRM20B-WNF

Electric Bass

  • Body: Okume
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: New Zealand pine
  • Scale: 726 mm (short scale)
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Pickups: Dynamix P/J-style single coils
  • B10 Bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Walnut flat
  • Suitable case: Article no. 212516 (not included)

20. Ibanez TMB30-BK Talman Short Scale

Ibanez TMB30-BK Talman Short Scale

Electric Bass

  • Short-scale model
  • Body: Poplar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Nut width: 41 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 240 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Dynamic P/J single coils
  • Standard bridge
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Colour: Black
  • Matching case available under: Article number 284273 (not included)

21. Harley Benton Beatbass VS Vintage Ser Bundle

Harley Benton Beatbass VS Vintage Ser Bundle

Bundle offer comprising

Harley Benton Beatbass VS Vintage Series

  • Electric Bass
  • Design: Hollowbody
  • Arched body: Basswood
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Cream-coloured binding on the body
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 775 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Humbuckers
  • Electronics: 2 Volume controls and 3 Tone controls
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Viola bridge
  • Machine heads: Diecast
  • String gauges: .045 – .100
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst (high-gloss)
  • Corresponding flatwound strings: Article Nr 233870 (medium scale (M) sets from D’Addario are also suitable)

Thomann Beat Bass Case

  • Bass Case
  • Harley Benton beat bass or similar basses
  • Inside dimensions (L x W up / down x H): 112 x 26 / 30 x 10 cm
  • Weight: 4.5 kg

22. Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II Bass TG

Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II Bass TG

Electric Bass

  • Electromatic series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Walnut
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Scale: 770 mm (Short scale – 30.3″)
  • Pickups: 2 Gretsch Mini Bass humbuckers
  • 1 Volume and tone controls
  • Standard 4-saddle bridge
  • G Arrow Knobs
  • Colour: Torrino Green
  • Matching case: Article Nr: 215537 (not included)

23. Sterling by Music Man StingRay SS4 MN Daphne Blue

Sterling by Music Man StingRay SS4 MN Daphne Blue

Electric Bass

  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Black dot fretboard inlays
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 240 mm
  • Pickups: Music Man Designed Neodymium Humbucker (Bridge)
  • Controls: Volume (Push / Push), Tone
  • Rotary switch for pickup setting (parallel, true single coil, serial)
  • Passive circuit
  • Music Man Designed bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Parchment pickguard
  • Strings: Ernie Ball 2852 Regular Slinky Short Scale Bass
  • Colour: Daphne Blue

24. Ibanez TMB30-MGR Talman Short Scale

Ibanez TMB30-MGR Talman Short Scale

Electric bass

  • Body: Poplar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • White fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 240 mm
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″ – Short Scale)
  • Nut width: 41 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Pickup: 2 Dynamic P/J single coils
  • Standard bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Mint Green
  • Matching case: Article Nr. 284273 (not included)

25. Epiphone Allen Woody Rumble Kat

Epiphone Allen Woody Rumble Kat

Bass Guitar

  • Signature model
  • Hollow mahogany body with sustain block
  • Laminated maple top and laminated mahogany back
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 frets
  • Gold hardware
  • 2 Mini humbuckers
  • Scale 30″
  • Colour: Wine red

26. Fender SQ CV 60s Mustang Bass OW

Fender SQ CV 60s Mustang Bass OW

Electric Bass

  • Body: Nato
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Indian laurel
  • Fretboard inlays: Pearloid dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.49″)
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Nut width: 38 mm (1.5″)
  • Bone nut
  • 20 Narrow Tall frets
  • Pickup: 1 Fender Designed Alnico split coil (middle)
  • Volume and tone controls
  • 4-Layer tortoise pickguard
  • Mustang bass bridge with 4 saddles
  • Vintage-style machine heads
  • Nickel hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: Fender USA Bass 7250M .045 – .105 (Article no. 142933)
  • Colour: Olympic White

27. Fender Squier Mini P Bass Dakota Red

Fender Squier Mini P Bass Dakota Red

Mini Electric Bass

  • Body: Poplar
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Pearloid dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale length: 726 mm (28.58″)
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.49″)
  • Nut width: 41 mm (1.6 “)
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • 20 Narrow tall frets
  • Pickup: 1 Split single coil (bridge)
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • Single-ply white pickguard
  • 4-Saddle Vintage-Style Bridge
  • Die-cast sealed machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Strings: NPS .045 – .105
  • Colour: Dakota Red

28. Fender Squier Bronco Bass BK

Fender Squier Bronco Bass BK

Electric Bass The Fender Squier Bronco Bass is reminiscent of the modest Musicmaster bass that Fender built in the 70s. Due to the short scale, this model is likewise suitable for beginners or full-time guitarists, who may also want to try out its 4 thick strings.

Of course, the short scale produces a different, less wiry, yet at the same time not as deep sound as the prevailing long scale basses. The one-piece maple neck, however, provides a solid tone, making it an interesting alternative for professionals who just want to fire up a solo without tying a knot in their fingers!

  • Scale: Short Scale
  • Body shape: Double cutaway body
  • Body: Poplar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Pickup: 1 Single Coil
  • Colour: Black

29. Fender Mustang Bass PJ Aged Natural

Fender Mustang Bass PJ Aged Natural

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • White dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • 19 Medium jumbo frets
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.49″)
  • Nut width: 38.1 mm (1.5″)
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • Pickups: 1 Vintage-Style Jazz Bass Single Coil (bridge) and 1 Vintage-Style Split P Bass Single Coil (neck)
  • 1 x Master volume and 1 x master tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • 4-Saddle standard bridge
  • 4-Ply tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Fender vintage style machine heads
  • Nickel / chrome hardware
  • Strings: Fender USA 7250M NPS .045 – .105 (Art.142933)
  • Colour: Aged Natural

30. Fender Mustang Bass PJ MN SSB

Fender Mustang Bass PJ MN SSB

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • White Dot fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.5″)
  • Scale: 762 mm (30″)
  • Nut width: 38 mm (1.5″)
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • Neck profile: C
  • 19 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: Vintage-Style Jazz Bass Single-Coil (bridge) and Vintage-Style Precision Bass Split Coil (neck)
  • Master volume and master tone controls
  • 3-Position toggle switch: position 1 bridge pickup, position 2 bridge and middle pickups, position 3 middle pickup
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • 4-Saddle standard bridge
  • Fender vintage style machine heads
  • Nickel / chrome hardware finish
  • Strings: Fender USA 7250M Nickel Plated Steel (Gauges .045 – .105)
  • Colour: Sienna Sunburst

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