One of the things I’ve noticed recently in bass offerings is that the short scale bass is getting a major nod.
Whether it’s just a reissue of a former design or a completely new look at it, the short scale bass is making a resurgence. This summer, the guys at Supro released their series of Huntington basses to great acclaim. I was able to get my hands on the Huntington II fretless and give it a good run.
It should come as no surprise that the guys at Supro have done their homework. Taking the body shape from the early ’60s Ozark model and electronics/tonality from the Pocket Bass of the same era, the Huntington bass oozes vintage vibe. The Gold Foil pickups are authentic replicas of the original “Clear-Tone” pickups as well. They’re high-output single coils, that deliver some deep low-end while retaining a broadband sound that is balanced across the instrument. The Huntington is available in 1, 2 and 3 pickup configurations.
One of the more clever options that the Huntington has available is a piezo bridge. By lifting the tone knob, you turn it into a volume knob for the now-engaged piezo (in the down position, the piezo is out of the loop). This adds a bright sparkle and percussive quality to the Gold Foil pickups.
This is the one that I really enjoyed playing initially at Summer NAMM; the Huntington II fretless, in matte black with piezo. Normally, a 30″ scale fretless would have people wondering about the clarity of the instrument, but the Gold Foil pickups bring a clarity to the darker tonality that works really well. It comes stock with D’Addario Chromes (I know, a company that puts flats on their basses OEM!), which aid to the warmth and depth of the instrument.
The Huntington II fretless bass from Supro is a big sound in a little package. The simplicity of the vol-vol-tone setup yields a lot of tonal range, while sticking in the vintage sound camp. The addition of the piezo brings in a nice percussive nuance and sparkle to the design. All in all, this is a fantastic little bass.