It all began as a quest
for a more comfortable bass...
I wanted a smaller and lighter bass with less reach and better
balance, and something of professional quality. I didn't want to
have to work around the poor balance, quirky tones and other
limitations of vintage-style short scales on the market, or the
issues with the cheap imports.
Not able to find what I was looking for or satisfied with the
basses I modified (Mustangs, EBs, etc.) I designed a bass that would work in every
way I needed as a professional player; an instrument stage &
studio ready right out of the case, built right. Finally - a bass that fit!
So began the Cortobass, and the company that was built around
this little wonder bass, Birdsong Guitars. We started as a
husband & wife team in a one-bay garage in 2004 and here in
2013 they're still hand crafted in our own workshop in San
My personal search has become an answer for hundreds of players,
and our reputation and experience in the making of scaled-down
basses with full-size tone is held in high regard by bassists and
other builders; Birdsongs are in at least 12 countries that we
Our continued growth is testament to both the goods we deliver
and the service we provide. And though they are USA luthier
made and fit with pro-level premium
components, prices are still within reach of the devoted working
hobbyist who wants something more than off-the-rack.
Fully designed from headstock to strap button and built by real
players, our line of professional short scales has something for
just about any player or style.
On behalf of all the hands in our
workshop, I thank you for your interest!
Founder, designer & owner
between Jbass and guitar
Cortobass and Strat-style guitar
Birdsong basses are perfect for:
The professional player looking for something different
Our basses are played on stages of all sizes worldwide
and sit wonderfully in a mix.
The short-scale enthusiast looking for something better
Old basses are cool, but ours are well designed,
reliable, versatile and dependable tools.
Dedicated students of any age
Our basses are easy playing and only weigh around 7
Small-statured or handed men & women looking for something
That was me in the '80s & '90s gigging out on my Ps,
Js, and a 14-pound MusicMan...
Players with hand or back issues or
conditions that make the "old
We get a lot of referrals over these - here
is a special page & bass for you.
Guitar players who want a familiar-sized instrument
A Birdsong bass is only about an inch longer than a
typical electric guitar!
Recording studios as an alternative to the
Short scale basses' round
low end has long been a studio secret.
Bassists looking for their own voice and their
How about it? Make it your voice!
Our specialty is natural
looking, full sounding professional hand built basses that
just happen to be shorter, lighter & easier to play
than the standard ones. We didn't invent the short scale bass, but we did
design out shortcomings of old designs
and build in all the quality and tone lacking in
import student models.
We bring our best to every build ~ we love what we do and
that can't help but get built in too. Classy handcraft
touches like wood knobs, carved arrowhead truss rod cover
and burned-in logo speak of these instruments' workshop
We also offer design & consultation
services, retrofit & restoration, and services for clients
purchasing pre-owned Birdsongs. Details here.
"You guys have truly put together a wonderful instrument.
Thanks for having the faith and taking the time and whatever
else was required to produce a top-level, professional quality
short scale bass. This instrument is nothing short of the holy
grail of short scale basses. Thanks so much." ~ T. from TX
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