Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by beauzooka » Thu Feb 22, 2024 10:44 am

Here some short scale bass suggestions for ya:

Fender JMJ sig Mustang
Reverend Wattplower or Dub King
Supro Huntington

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by Snake Hips » Thu Feb 22, 2024 11:36 am

Starcaster bass.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by BoringPostcards » Thu Feb 22, 2024 12:41 pm

Another vote for the Fallout, because G&L make the best basses.
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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by s_mcsleazy » Thu Feb 22, 2024 4:00 pm

squier CV mustang with flats. works for me.
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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by wkc » Thu Feb 22, 2024 7:49 pm

Reverend Wattplower, or Sentinel (discontinued). Few things in the world are as authoritative as their P-blade pickup.

Nordstrand Acinonyx is supposed to be full of deep heavy sounds.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by Rob » Sat Feb 24, 2024 11:06 am

I'm a Jazz Bass guy 80% of the time, but if I really need that heavy beef, I go to the Mustang Bass with flats. BolognaTone™.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by MrFingers » Sat Feb 24, 2024 11:43 am

Mustang is like a P-bass, but more punchy & thuddy. If you want a low-end whallop, there is no substitute for the EB0

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by ludobag1 » Sat Feb 24, 2024 12:01 pm

Squier mustang bass micky way this is what i have and it growl ,maybe hard to find but a mustang bass with a humbucker wil do

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by burpgun » Sat Feb 24, 2024 1:36 pm

Lotta good recommendations here. It’s a shame Squier stopped making the Jaguar shortie because that thing is an all time champ, love mine. Maybe the current medium scale Jaguar would scratch the itch?

Only thing o can add here is avoid Gibson SG basses. They look awesome but sound terrible. The one I had was the most disappointing bass I’ve ever owned despite feeling so nice.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by MrFingers » Sun Feb 25, 2024 3:24 am

burpgun wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2024 1:36 pm
The one I had was the most disappointing bass I’ve ever owned despite feeling so nice.
Here to second that. What an anaemic piece of garbage that was. My proper EB3 on the other hand :w00t:

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by ohm-men » Sun Feb 25, 2024 10:57 am

Squier Sonic Bronco Bass, nice bass for little money....
And as mentionded here, Squier Mustang bass with a nice set of flats, my personal favorite....

And as far as oddballs go, Jolana Iris Bass.... Love that one....
Kind of Iron Curtain Mustang Bass....

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by F15hface » Sun Feb 25, 2024 11:03 am

burpgun wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2024 1:36 pm
Maybe the current medium scale Jaguar would scratch the itch?
Gotta say I've played the Squier CV 32" scale jaguar and it was great. 98% of the sound of a P-Bass but felt much easier to get around on. I was really surprised by the difference 2" made.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by HarktheUmpire » Sun Feb 25, 2024 1:28 pm

MrFingers wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2024 3:24 am
burpgun wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2024 1:36 pm
The one I had was the most disappointing bass I’ve ever owned despite feeling so nice.
Here to second that. What an anaemic piece of garbage that was. My proper EB3 on the other hand :w00t:
Absolutely! An EB3 I like, but EB0s are just awful afaic.

There’s loads of good suggestions in this thread though. I don’t think there were ever more great shortscale basses available than now.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by JackFawkes » Sun Feb 25, 2024 3:18 pm

stevejamsecono wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2024 7:09 am
So we were talking about maybe putting some new pickups in it and stumbled on these: https://www.sentellpickups.net/bass
There seem to be some really nice options here that would improve things and get it closer to maybe a '51 P sound or similar without having to route anything. The humbucking pickup would probably be great in the studio too.
I don't have any experience with that pickup maker, but ultimately I think this sort of thing is the best approach.
In my opinion, the reality of the situation is:
The Bass (the neck and body, scale length, etc.) = ergonomics
The Pickup(s) and Strings = the sound
If you want a fundamentally different sound, what you really need is different pickups and/or strings. Of course getting an entirely different bass accomplishes that, but then it may or may not have the ergonomics that the player likes. Unless you're trying to preserve the current bass as-is, different pickups are the most direct way to capture a different sound.

Jack

P.S.: For aftermarket bass pickups, I'm pretty partial to Nordstrand. The marketing copy of the products on their website is horrid in my opinion, but if you give them a call they're extremely friendly and knowledgeable and can point a person to an excellent solution in their product catalog or wind something that will give you what you're looking for.

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Re: Small but beefy sounding bass recommendations?

Post by luau » Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:55 am

stevejamsecono wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2024 7:09 am
Thanks for the recs, everyone.

So we were talking about maybe putting some new pickups in it and stumbled on these:
Novak makes one that I've thought about putting in mine, but never have. MM Bass V

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