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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32815
    crunchman said:
    2 - a Jazz modded to PJ configuration, and a short scale Ibanez TMB30.  I'm thinking of selling the Jazz and looking at something with a shorter scale.  May try to find something around 32" though rather than 30".
    Is 33.25" close enough?
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3821
    ICBM said:
    crunchman said:
    2 - a Jazz modded to PJ configuration, and a short scale Ibanez TMB30.  I'm thinking of selling the Jazz and looking at something with a shorter scale.  May try to find something around 32" though rather than 30".
    Is 33.25" close enough?


    Not sure.  I played a 33" the other day, and it does make a difference from 34".

    The looks on that particular one were a bit of an acquired taste:

    https://thebassgallery.com/collections/bass/products/italia-rimini

    I'm not sure I have the budget for a Rick though.  I might get £600 for my Jazz with a following wind.  Due to Rickenbacker's stance on copies, it's not like I'm going to be able to find a decent quality copy either.

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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3323
    edited May 18
    Usable copies exist. "Somebody" must be hoarding them somewhere.

    Through neck construction and arcane hardware help to partially recreate the RIC experience. Even screwed-on neck lookalikes will deliver the scale length. If the pickup cavities are generous enough, it would be easy to make changes to get whatever sound you fancy.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32815
    It is surprising how much difference that 3/4” shorter scale makes - I find a 34” just slightly too long for my little girly hands :), but the Rick is perfect.

    There are quite a lot of decent 1970s Japanese 4001 copies out there - the difficulty is finding them for sale. They’re usually good quality - at least apart from the machineheads - if you avoid the bolt-on neck ones. A very few even have double truss rods. I borrowed a nice Shaftesbury one while I was looking for a real Rick, and it was quite close to be honest...

    The modern copies aren’t in the same league though.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3821
    ICBM said:
    It is surprising how much difference that 3/4” shorter scale makes - I find a 34” just slightly too long for my little girly hands :), but the Rick is perfect.

    There are quite a lot of decent 1970s Japanese 4001 copies out there - the difficulty is finding them for sale. They’re usually good quality - at least apart from the machineheads - if you avoid the bolt-on neck ones. A very few even have double truss rods. I borrowed a nice Shaftesbury one while I was looking for a real Rick, and it was quite close to be honest...

    The modern copies aren’t in the same league though.

    Some of the older Japanese stuff looks quite interesting.  There were some 80's Japanese made Fenders (and maybe JV Squiers) that were medium scale.  Westone had one or two models with a scale around 32", and I think there were some Aria basses with 32" scale as well.  The problem is finding one for sale that isn't at an inflated price.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2743
    One. A Fender Precision. The best there is in basses. 
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • MattBansheeMattBanshee Frets: 621
    Five
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  • MattBansheeMattBanshee Frets: 621
    edited May 18
    crunchman said:
    2 - a Jazz modded to PJ configuration, and a short scale Ibanez TMB30.  I'm thinking of selling the Jazz and looking at something with a shorter scale.  May try to find something around 32" though rather than 30".
    Try to find an E-series Jap Squier mid-scale. Very nice 32" that doesn't feel floppy like a 30", but just a bit more comfortable than a 34.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1943
    One, but I'm primarily a guitarist. Thinking about adding a second sometime soon - a fretless...
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1823
    Whitecat said:
    One, but I'm primarily a guitarist. Thinking about adding a second sometime soon - a fretless...

    @Whitecat Yeah, that's what I did.
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  • funkyfrazfunkyfraz Frets: 73
    2... and thats 1 too many.
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 2924
    All your basses are belong to us 
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 633
    Two. Both Precisions. I can't find anything else that really works the same way.

    MInd you one of them is the aforementioned 32" scale '80s Squier. It is rather nice. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4608
    crunchman said:
    ICBM said:
    It is surprising how much difference that 3/4” shorter scale makes - I find a 34” just slightly too long for my little girly hands :), but the Rick is perfect.

    There are quite a lot of decent 1970s Japanese 4001 copies out there - the difficulty is finding them for sale. They’re usually good quality - at least apart from the machineheads - if you avoid the bolt-on neck ones. A very few even have double truss rods. I borrowed a nice Shaftesbury one while I was looking for a real Rick, and it was quite close to be honest...

    The modern copies aren’t in the same league though.

    Some of the older Japanese stuff looks quite interesting.  There were some 80's Japanese made Fenders (and maybe JV Squiers) that were medium scale.  Westone had one or two models with a scale around 32", and I think there were some Aria basses with 32" scale as well.  The problem is finding one for sale that isn't at an inflated price.
    I once had a Fernandes bass with a 32" scale. it looked like a Precision with an ash body and clear plastic scratchplate, but it also had a Jazz pickup, they were actives I think.  I never did figure out what model it actually was, but I'd guess it was late 80s and MIJ. 

    Weighed a ton though, I used to lose my balance if I leaned over to pick it up.

    Which doesn't help much, but I guess there may be more of them out there somewhere.
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3378
    1, a Yamaha BeX4, purely for occasional bottom end forays. I call it anemia-burst, not a looker, sounds are good though.

    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 16961
    Two .. a Fender and a Squire both Jazz models.
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4303
    TimmyO said:
    All your basses are belong to us 

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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1137
    Two: a Stingray and a Precision.
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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 959
    edited May 26
    A black/black/rosewood Fender American Standard P-bass, and it's the sexiest guitar I hav ever seen 
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1863
    Only 3 and NOT that delicious Wal up for sale here :(
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15712
    sweepy said:
    Only 3 and NOT that delicious Wal up for sale here :(
    That’s the first bass I’ve seen in a few months I would genuinely love to own...
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1863
    sweepy said:
    Only 3 and NOT that delicious Wal up for sale here :(
    That’s the first bass I’ve seen in a few months I would genuinely love to own...
    Me too, my dream bass in every respect
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15712
    sweepy said:
    sweepy said:
    Only 3 and NOT that delicious Wal up for sale here :(
    That’s the first bass I’ve seen in a few months I would genuinely love to own...
    Me too, my dream bass in every respect
    Thing is I don’t know what I’d use it for other than to look at and caress at home every now and then..
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1823
    sweepy said:
    sweepy said:
    Only 3 and NOT that delicious Wal up for sale here :(
    That’s the first bass I’ve seen in a few months I would genuinely love to own...
    Me too, my dream bass in every respect
    Thing is I don’t know what I’d use it for other than to look at and caress at home every now and then..
    @Bridgehouse You say that as if that weren't a perfectly valid reason to own an instrument.
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7607
    Only one, a USA Deluxe Fender Dimension 5-string.
    - "I'm going to write a very stiff letter. A VERY stiff letter. On cardboard."
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15712
    DLM said:
    sweepy said:
    sweepy said:
    Only 3 and NOT that delicious Wal up for sale here :(
    That’s the first bass I’ve seen in a few months I would genuinely love to own...
    Me too, my dream bass in every respect
    Thing is I don’t know what I’d use it for other than to look at and caress at home every now and then..
    @Bridgehouse You say that as if that weren't a perfectly valid reason to own an instrument.
    I’m not saying it isn’t - but a bass like that needs to be played and used and recorded... I’ve got too many that need to be played already!
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8993
    2, but I'm "only" a guitarist
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 548
    3. My VM Jazz, Harley Benton shortscale P and a Westfield P that I might do up.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18466
    octatonic said:
    I have 4.
    I now have 5.
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • KoaKoa Frets: 36
    octatonic said:
    octatonic said:
    I have 4.
    I now have 5.
    Congratulations on the new arrival
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