WHAT'S A "SHORT SCALE"?

16BSsize2sm.jpg

Simply put - a shorter bass with less reach and the frets closer together. Great for anyone wanting a more comfortable, better balanced bass. What WE do is design them so they keep the BIG bass tone, and hand build them in Texas! For size comparison, here's a photo: Left to right - Fender (34" FULL long scale), SD Curlee (32" medium scale), Birdsong (31" scale), a 25-1/2" scale Birdsong Sparrow, Birdsong guitar, and Fender Tele. Notice our bass overall is about guitar sized!

"Never had to tune it once during the entire 2-hour straight set (and we were outside in 100 degree temperatures)! Thanks Scott Beckwith, you design and make some awesome instruments!" ~Mike in TX


Birdsong Guitars formalized & opened shop in 2004 after searching for an instrument that couldn't be found - a shorter, lighter, better balanced, easier playing bass guitar with a full size tone and hand built to professional standards, with none of the issues of the "old classics" or other short scale basses. Scott Beckwith built his first original design in 1997, ultimately coming up with the ingredients for a really great little bass, the Cortobass. We built a company around it. The Wingfeather Workshop menu grew to build other instruments such as lap steels, Scott's side projects, and to bring back the SD Curlee name.

Literally a Mom & Pop business started by Scott and his wife Jamie, thirteen years later in 2017 Birdsong is still the flagship of all we do. Our instruments - your instruments - are still "craft brewed" on small workshop benches, to high quality boutique standards, with care and devotion to detail. Though our basses are played worldwide by players of all shapes & styles, and we now have one for just about everybody, our way hasn't changed. We make instruments in a small workshop - it's who we are and it's what we do. If you're ever in the beautiful Texas "Hill Country" get in touch and come on by - if not, maybe we can send you a little piece of it.
 

For additional information on Birdsong Guitars, please read through the Info page.


Models & Info:

Birdsong Basses include:

  • Short 31" scale for less reach and easy fretting - comfy 24 fret neck.
  • Side dots are standard - face dots are optional. 
  • Standard mahogany, walnut or Spanish cedar body (see FAQ)
  • Balanced & light weight - 7 to 8 pounds - some even closer to 6! 
  • Maple neck, rosewood or maple fingerboard
  • Warm passive tones, incredibly big sounding. These are REAL basses.
  • 1.5" nut width, 17.5 mm spacing at bridge, 14" radius
  • Pro-quality parts throughout, beautiful hand-rubbed oil natural finish.
  • Prices include hard shell case or high quality padded gig bag. 
  • Packed & shipped fully insured to your door directly from our workshop.(Continental U.S. shipping is $50 - we ship worldwide)

the Cortobass

Our original professional quality short scale bass; the bass that built Birdsong! Everything I wanted in a bass without the size & weight. Wide variety of voices, very comfortable. Anyone wanting a real high quality bass that just happens to be smaller & easier to handle, here you go!
$1995

A simpler, single humbucker version is available from $1695 w/bag. Ask for the "C1". 

Options:
Chrome hardware (standard)
Black hardware (50)
Gold hardware (100)
Body wood veneer on headstock (150)
Rosewood or maple board (no charge)
Fretless, unlined rosewood (no charge)
Upgrade black control plate to wood (100)
Other body woods, stringers, etc. (Inquire)
Left handed (no charge)


 


the Corto2

A variation on the Cortobass theme that instantly became our best seller! Rear routed controls and twin soapbar pickups in more of a J-style position give the "2" a sleek look and clear, more modern tone.
$2195

Options:
Chrome hardware (standard)
Black hardware (50)
Gold hardware (100)
Body wood veneer on headstock (150)
Rosewood or maple board (no charge)
Fretless, unlined Rosewood (no charge)
Other body woods, stringers, etc. (Inquire)
Left handed (no charge)



the C bass

What do you get when you cross the best of an old P bass (its tone) with comfy Birdsong feel and great balance, and season with a vintage look? The Cbass! Returned to the line is the latest version of this blend, refined against a great old P and presented in poplar with vintage tortoise & chrome. Full up it's strong & punchy - roll the volume back to 9 and the tone halfway, and it's "that" classic P tone!
$2195

Here's the Cbass demo video with it and the old Pbass.

Options:
Standard is poplar with maple or rosewood fretboard (or fretless rosewood), chrome hardware & clover tuners, vintage tortoise or pearloid plates. Black or gold hardware, other body woods, face dots available.

"I've been meaning to write a testimonial for awhile now, but just haven't been able to put down this beautiful instrument long enough to do so. It's nearly impossible to fully put into words just how pleased I am, but I'll try.

My other basses have all been collecting dust lately; this bass really can "do it all". Even though the EQ is passive, I've never seen a passive one that has so much tonal range. You can easily get the "BITE" of a pick-like attack, even with your fingers; or smooth background textures that just blend in. You mentioned to me the care with which you made the decision of just where to place that P-Bass pickup, and it's just where it needs to be. PERFECTLY balanced, ya couldn't ask for better. SO easy to play.

I'm torn between keeping her all to myself, or letting other folks play her, so I'm kinda possessive about letting another player touch her. On the other hand, I wanna "spread the word" about how wonderful Birdsong basses are, so I've let a few folks noodle around. They all comment about how low the action is, and how easy to play. 

Among others, I've owned a Fender P-Bass & Jazz Bass, a Rickenbacker, and Spector Basses; including a Euro 4 (retails for around $3500). Also two short-scale vintage Gibsons (a '68 EB0 and a '69 EB3) This Birdsong bass is, by FAR, the most comfortable to play, and has the widest tonal range of any bass I've ever had." ~Larry W.

"It's been three or four weeks... I just wanted to let you know how psyched I am about this bass. I don't even think I'll ever look at another P BASS again." ~Miguel G. 

"Cbass arrived today safe and sound!  Everything about the instrument, from the feel, to the look, to the SOUND has exceeded my expectations!"  ~Chris M.

"Had a few days to play and feel and evaluate this thing. I think you’ve created the perfect instrument. Holy crap. I’m in love with it. The sound is everything I’ve been searching for, for many years. Better, far better than any Fender I’ve ever heard or played. Perfect." ~Dan R.

 


New Model: The PB-One

With a fresh infusion of Birdsong comfort, build quality, and attention to detail, we pay homage to an old friend with all the vibe, none of the quirks, and twice the tone. 
"I've had my old '69 EB for a long time; it's a sentimental piece for me. But as a functional bass I always wished it balanced, held tune, sustained & sounded better... those wishes became the original Cortobass. Now the Cortobass morphs WITH it to become the Birdsong PB-One." ~Scott
CLICK HERE FOR DEMO VIDEO!
Standard: thinner mahogany body with carved edge, mahogany stained maple neck with rosewood board, black/white/black plates, numbered knobs, black or chrome hardware.
From $2195   ***INTRODUCTORY PRICED AT $1995 w/HARDCASE***


The HY5 5-string

A miracle bass of sorts, mostly because people will still tell you "It can't exist..." but it does. Really it's nothing more than the Birdsong 4-string recipe for a BIG sounding, resonant short scale bass expanded and tweaked for 5. Our exclusive B stringing and careful voicing results in a compact, easy playing, balanced short scale 5 that feels small, sounds huge, and behaves about like a good 34" scale. In the line since 2007, we offer it in 5.1 and 5.2 versions (one or two soapbar pickups) and three body styles - the standard, the fancier "Sky5" with stylish curves, and the Custom - where we resize any other Birdsong bass body style we have and build you a custom 5 out of it. Mild to wild, simple to scroll-horned and exotic multi-wood builds, the Birdsong Hy5 is a little giant.

From $2295 with hardshell case


the Fusion

Scott's favorite Birdsong, the Fusion was designed as a classy jazzy blues bass with an almost upright tone. It can rock too - Tommy from My Morning Jacked toured with one - and is great for backing up acoustic players. Elegance, warmth and articulation... it sounds just like it looks.
$2395

*Fusions come in walnut with black hardware standard, trimmed in hand carved rosewood.


Options:
Body wood veneer on headstock (150)
Fretless, unlined Rosewood (no charge)
Gold hardware (100)
Rear routed (150)
Left handed (no charge)


Born of the needs of bassist TD Towers of Edensong for a mystical tool with a heavy sound, the Talisman was brought to life in the spring of 2017. Shown is the original of spalted Texas pecan with the full Talisman finish - we take the rustic, natural character of this wood and finish it to look like a thousand year old artifact. The hand carved scroll horn is a defining element of its curves; the twin DiMarzio pickups nail everything from warm upright-like jazz to bright prog rock bite, including the both pickup Wal/Tool tone. Can be ordered in different woods and with our standard hand rubbed oil finish - however it comes to be, we work our magic in so you can work yours through it. See & hear it in action onstage here!

Optional: maple or rosewood board, other woods, standard oil finish, chrome or black hardware.
From $2495
Signature: as pictured of rustic spalted local Texas pecan, Talisman aged finish, matching headstock, black hardware, MXR knobs, stained maple neck & board. $2995


the Sadhana

A Birdsong classic. In standard form, it's a really exotic looking Cortobass with fancier woodworking. But it can be ordered with any of our pickup arrangements and will be a stunner no matter where you show up with it.
$2395

Options:
Chrome hardware (standard)
Black hardware (50)
Gold hardware (100)
Body wood veneer on headstock (150)
Rosewood or maple board (no charge)
Fretless, unlined rosewood (no charge)
Wood control plate (standard)
Rear routed controls (no plate on face) (150)
Other body woods, stringers, etc. (Inquire)
Left handed (no charge)
Hand carved scroll (see last pic below) (360)


the CoRTO 4


Slap yourself silly on this Cortobass variation with the HUGE sounding (and beautiful) Delano humbucker, or just dig in and shake the walls. VERY refined and has a tremendous high fidelity frequency range for such a powerful pickup, you can roll the volume back a little and the tone control a lot and play reggae with it. Incredibly versatile with lots of options for your build, but poplar is a very good body wood for this recipe.  $2295   Here's a demo video!


Hand Carved Scroll

For the ultimate in workbench crafted embellishment, by request Scott will hand carve one of his original scrolls into the upper horn of your bass or guitar. $360


the Woodcraft Package

During the crafting of your bass, selected cutoffs and scrap pieces of the wood are put aside and Scott makes these into little boxes, pendants, "Johnny lamps" and talismans. A selection of pieces will be included with your bass and make great studio items... or gifts for someone who maybe helped you get your Birdsong! It is in these pieces Scott carries on the work of his woodworking mentor.
$150


SOUTHWESTERN

Playable works of southwestern art, this can be applied to any of our models of guitar or bass. We build with native Texas mesquite, fill the voids & natural character with real turquoise, and "full dress" it out with hand engraved solid silver plates by the world renown Clint Orms Silversmiths. (Inquire)   


the Turquoise Package

Genuine Turquoise crushed & inlaid into your Birdsong for players who want a little more of the Southwest in their mojo. The design is generally left up to the artist based on your input and his inspiration. $250 and up