Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 11:00 am: |
Hi, I'm looking to find and purchase a small scale Alembic. Can anyone give me advice as to which models to check out and which to avoid. Is there anything I should be aware of about buying a small scale bass?
Post Number: 2850
|Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 1:50 pm: |
Hi Stephen; welcome to the group!
Alembic doesn't make or hasn't made anything that isn't of the highest quality. So, without knowing any more about what you are looking for, I can only say that there are no models that need be avoided.
Post Number: 318
|Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 3:53 am: |
I agree with Dave on that, although it is worth noting that some of the short scale models do not balance as well as the long scale ones.
I have an SC Deluxe signature in the Small standard body shape that does suffer heavily from neck dive. To be honest, now I have got used to the neck dive and automatically compensate for it in my playing. It is a bit discerning when you first start playing it.
So I'd be mindful of that when chosing body shapes especially if you are going for more than 4 strings on a short scale.
A good wide strap also helps.
Post Number: 2931
|Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 1:12 pm: |
Just about every bass you see with this shape will be short scale:
As you can see, there isn't much of an upper horn. This shape barely balances, usually at about 2:00-2:30 on a strap. Holding it up higher so that your right upper arm helps brace it works for some players. Also using a strap with a suede lining will help it "stick" in place.
Of course, you can order a short scale length on any body shape. If you require a higher balancing instrument, you can select a different shape to pair with the short scale.