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4030 Short Scale bass

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Happened to be browsing at some online retailers and came across a few of these 4030 Short Scale basses in Midnight Blue with checkerboard binding and black hardware. Anyone have any experience with these? I know there have been a couple of previous VERY limited versions of this floating around. Wilcutt has zero information posted on it and I don't see them elsewhere. Looks like the bridge is shifted forward and it has two pickups mounted in the guard, with a black-painted fingerboard, 24 frets, and some interesting pickups. It's all black hardware and the pickups almost look like toasters with a hi-gain cover? I love short-scale basses, but that is quite a plunge to take with no in-hand experience. Is this a limited model or something that will become more widely available? Any info is appreciated!

https://willcuttguitars.com/products/ri ... 89-2237768

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I’m curious if the measurement from nut to 12th fret is 30-31”.
24 frets?!?!
Those pups look strange. Like Toasters with 6 pole pieces.
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Odd. I would have rather 21 frets and shifted the whole neck back in some.
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I vaguely remember seeing that bass on RIC’s Facebook page as a factory one off, maybe the short scale 24 fret neck was a test for the 4005XC?
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teeder wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 9:24 am Odd. I would have rather 21 frets and shifted the whole neck back in some.
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Uffingdon wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 2:18 pm
teeder wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 9:24 am Odd. I would have rather 21 frets and shifted the whole neck back in some.
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Yeah, this looks to be basically a regular 4003 body and neck with a different scale fingerboard and the bridge shifted forward. I would personally much prefer a fully scaled-down body with a slimmer neck and traditional pickup configuration (and vintage-style tuners), but still a killer bass. All of the short-scale basses I've loved (Dano longhorn, Fender Mustang, Hofners) have a smaller and lighter feel, and I'm not prepared to drop $3.5k on a short-scale bass on a long-scale bass platform. I'd have to get some more information on it prior, and don't want to make a 7+ hour round trip to the only shop that seems to have them (and is appointment only for in-store business).
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I personally think these are very cool basses. I'm not into short scale, but nonetheless, they are very cool in my book. :D
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Heck yeah, another lead bass! Not to knock the 4002 but with the neck shifted forward this one has that same vibe but looks a tad less awkward. HiGains with no poles? I really wonder how it sounds. I bet this one has a tighter sound than the 4005xc does with that pickup placement.
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Those look like the hot toasters like on my 480XC. Which I love the sound of. I wonder how they would be on this thing. Probably good?
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jdogric12 wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 4:26 pm Those look like the hot toasters like on my 480XC. Which I love the sound of. I wonder how they would be on this thing. Probably good?
That would be my guess, since they are shifted towards the bridge. Would like to hear one!
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