Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr old?

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Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr old?

Postby DKWilkins » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:46 pm

My (soon to be) 9 yr old is jonesing for a bass. The kid actually has a bit of natural musical ability exhibited thus far on drums and piano (Dad's steering him to bass- as any good father would). He's wanting to go deep but he's a bit small and thin for a 9 yr old so I'm thinking the lightest, narrowest necked short scale that I can find. Any suggestions from the hive mind? His sister has a Squire Bronco, but the neck profile is a bit fat for him.

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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby aussiemark » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:30 am

Epiphone Viola - light, skinny neck, short scale and badass pickups. Huge sound from those humbuckers in such a tiny bass.
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:39 am

The Epi is much longer than the Bronco. Alot of kids cant make the strech. David, honestly I think the best bet is that Bronco...
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby DKWilkins » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:19 am

The Bronco is like $150 or so... maybe I could have the neck recontoured or something.. more like a Jazz. Hmmm.... [smilie=coz.gif]
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby craigb » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:16 am

I got a Rondo short-scale P for my son a few years ago. The neck on that is quite skinny and thin - it feels smaller than my favorite #6/#8 narrow necked G&Ls. The weight on his is pretty good IIRC - I've never weighed it but I think it's as light or lighter than the best G&Ls I've had (8lbs). That said I suspect the weight is variable on these.

With an MFD split-coil installed it sounds pretty good for what it is :)
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby Ben Esparza » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:24 am

How about a Danelectro Longhorn bass. Short scale, lightweight, wicked looking for a kid, and the bridge goes all the way back to the lower bout...giving it a shorter profile. Plus the tone kills. The girls will think he's a stud playing a bass like that.

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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby steveonbass » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:12 am

I always think kids need to be excited about their instrument - Maybe he should some basses on and, with your help, choose the correct one. I'd pick something with the strap button near the 12th fret so it hangs on him in a way that he can play now and still grow into it.
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby Freddels » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:21 am

Maybe Kebo can find you a nice vintage EB-0. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:29 am

2 things - Kebo has nice vintage EB0s in stock but they aint cheap... The Bronco is a kid proportioned bass, even though the oher basses are short scale for a 9 year old theyre kinda big. We have parents coming in all the time and either the bass is too long or too heavy. I still say the Bronco..
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby Golem » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:40 pm

steveonbass wrote:I always think kids need to be excited about their instrument - Maybe he should some basses on and, with your help, choose the correct one. I'd pick something with the strap button near the 12th fret so it hangs on him in a way that he can play now and still grow into it.


+1.

And that 12th fret hang [for better reach] writes off
the viola and the EBO. Ibnez has a small bodied 28"
bass called the Mikro, with normal body shape and
therefor the easier reach resulting from a top horn.

It's also marketed as a compact travel ax for adults
so no problem about growing into it [or borrow it].


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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby RMS » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Ibanez mirco?
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby MickeyOne » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:23 pm

Ben Esparza wrote:How about a Danelectro Longhorn bass. Short scale, lightweight, wicked looking for a kid, and the bridge goes all the way back to the lower bout...giving it a shorter profile. Plus the tone kills. The girls will think he's a stud playing a bass like that.

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+1 on the Dano. The prices on used ones have come way down and they are super light, cool looking and sound and play great.
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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby Golem » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:31 pm

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RMS wrote:Ibanez mirco?


"Mikro"

$180 new from MF.


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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby bejahu » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:44 am

I have one of these for my kid from rondo music. It isn't great, but it doesn't suck either. B

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Re: Short scale reccomendations for small of stature 9 yr ol

Postby DKWilkins » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:35 pm

Thanks guys... great suggestions; still mulling it over. I want to make ure he's REALLY interested before we jump in..
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