Electric bass is the backbone of modern popular music, and the relative simplicity of the instrument makes it a popular choice for both musical beginners and experienced multi-instrumentalists looking to branch out. The average electric bass measures at about 35 inches from the headstock to the bridge, and its formidable size and weight can prove difficult to maneuver in certain situations, especially for beginners or when traveling. Enter the short scale bass: a stylish and compact alternative to full scale instruments that clocks in about 5 inches shorter and can fit into a regular-sized guitar bag. If you’re gigging, have small hands, or just need to travel light, a short scale bass will give you the same rich and deep tone that has been cherished by countless professionals and popularized on many legendary recordings. Below are a few of our favorite short scale basses currently on the market.