Thinking about getting a Squier short scale bass

Discussion in 'Squier Vintage Modified models' started by JohnnyMac, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    Mar 5, 2018
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    Hey all,

    I'd like to get a bass and think that I should start with a short scale. Not knowing what to look for on the used market, I'm considering getting either a new Vintage Modified SS Jaguar or a Bullet just because I know what to expect from a Squire.

    Would either of these be a good starter bass? Any input will be much appreciated.

    John
     
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  2. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Same here..Considering buying a bass..I don't really need anything all that great..Just a short scale basic bass..
     
  3. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier

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    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    I have the VM SS Jag Bass - Love it!

    IMHO, its the perfect Bass for a "Guitar Player" (GREAT value, too!)
     
  4. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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  5. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    The Jag looks like the best thing out there for a novice. More versatile than the Bullet for a few more bucks.

    EDIT: I posted this before I saw your post Papa.

    Those SX are intriguing. I wonder how they stack up to a Squier.
     
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  6. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    I still have my 2001 Rogue "Beatle" bass I bought from Musician's Friend. As a semi-hollow body it cries out for flatwounds which I put on; the stock roundwound strings were rubbish. I have a set of La Bella "Deep Talkin" medium flats on it. I also had to have the pegs and maybe the nut widened to accept the medium-gauge strings. I've played it against the VM SS Jag and it just sent it home without supper.
     
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  7. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Squier-Nut

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    The danelectro longhorn is a great shortscale for not a lot of money.

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  8. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    So the Rogue has a 31" scale. A little more $ than a VM Jag but it looks like that might be a fun one.
     
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  9. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    Danos are cool. I have a '59M NOS. But, the longhorn is out of my price range.
     
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  10. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    Musician's Friend has that 15 percent off on the Longhorn and probably other basses if you call and talk to anybody.

    I've always liked the vibe of the Longhorn but my one concern is that there doesn't seem to be any way to intonate the strings with that bridge. Of course I imagine you could add another bridge.

    I do suggest the O.P. play some of these short-scale basses. Some bassists don't like short-scale basses because they claim the short scale robs the bass of its full, deep, booming sounds. I don't know really but my little Rogue was my "go-to" bass when I played out at many gigs in the past 15 years or so. I really appreciated its light weight after a 4-hour gig.
     
  11. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    I have short arms and short fingers and have never played bass so I think a short scale would be a good place to start. I'm not too concerned about the tone considerations at this point. Just want to see if I can learn my way around one.
     
  12. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

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    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana
    I have had my CAR VM Jaguar SS bass for over four years now. Hardly ever use my full size P/J bass anymore.

    Fun to play and sounds good.

     
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  13. Taurus

    Taurus Squier-Nut

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    Hi, I can’t recommend the SS Jaguar enough, it’s perfect for guitarists and is an amazing little Bass

    Here is a good review off Youtube of them



    Holds its own vs an Epiphone EB3 bass too :)

     
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  14. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Nut

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    Last year I too wondered about the same thing, I was curious about getting a bass and almost bit the bait twice, ended up opting for the Portuguese guitar as a new instrument to study given I'd get the chance to actually play it with the tuna, rather than just another thing to mess around at home. Who knows, I may eventually do so depending on how things go this year.

    The impression I had when looking around was that as long as you were okay with a lesser "traditional" model, Squier wasn't the best bang for the buck if you're on a tight budget. Much like guitars, as much as I like Squier, I gotta admit in both fields you get better served out of the box with a Yamaha or an Ibanez than a Squier in the sub-$200 tier - the VM models would be solid options if you have a bit more cash, though.

    I looked particularly at the Yamaha RBX374 (a really common bass around here and that I saw one for sale for a bargain near me, I kinda still wish I hadn't missed that opportunity - it's full scale, though), and the Ibanez Talman TMB30, the latter has quite a vintage vibe (and sound) to it combined with a short 30" scale (the TMB100 is the equivalent, 34" full scale version).

    I was wondering too if a short scale bass would be ideal for me coming from the guitar and asked that to a bassist friend of mine and he told me so, since the fret distance would feel more natural to me, and also the strings would naturally have less tension. I mentioned to him that Ibanez short scale bass and he found its specs quite nice, too.
     
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  15. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Squier-Nut

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    Trade you... what color is yours?

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  16. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

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    It's been modified. Dimarzio Tonezone humbucker with coil tap switch. 005.JPG 004.JPG
     
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  17. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    The Jaguar SS and the Bronco are solid performing instruments with great tone. I highly recommend them.

    I would stay away from the EB-0 as they are notoriously muddy sounding and really need a decent EQ and amp. The Squiers, you could even send them to a small guitar amp and have a good tone.
     
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  18. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Squier-Nut

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  19. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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    Been looking at this one myself.
     
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