Chowny SWB-1 Standard mockup

***Due to overwhelming demand, production of my SWB-1 Standard bass is going to be handled by my good friends at Chowny Bass.  The bass will remain the same specification, and will still benefit from a FULL setup by Chowny’s professional luthier.***

Traditionally ‘short scale bass’ has largely been associated with student basses and limited, muddy tones – not any more!!! The SWB-1 Standard is a professional, modern-sounding short scale bass affordable to everyone.

The SWB-1 Standard is an incredibly flexible bass and suits any style of playing – from growly traditional through to scooped, hi-fi slap tones and everything in between. Available passive or active (with genuine EMG EQ system) and in solid ash or mahogany, fretted or fretless there’s an SWB-1 Standard to suit everyone. The angled pickups make for a more natural transition from low to high strings – the low strings stay nice and focused whilst keeping the higher strings fuller-sounding.

The 30.75” scale & beautifully slim yet substantial neck feel instantly easy & natural to play without stretching. The high mass chrome bridge provides 18mm string spacing which aids faster, easier playing without feeling too unfamiliar when coming from the 19mm spacing used on most bigger basses. The simple yet elegant body shape is extremely comfortable with it’s smooth rounded edges.

***Each bass is FULLY INSPECTED & SETUP here in the UK!!  We want your SWB-1 Standard to be the best thing you’ve ever played – right out of the box.***

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  1. chris chitticks 10th March 2021 at 7:17 pm Permalink

    hi scott i am looking at getting one of these great looking and sounding bass, just wondered if chowny were going to do any solid colours i.e red, black, white etc as although the trans colours look good maybe a couple of solid colours would go well in the range, thanks chris

  2. Jim Newby 9th August 2020 at 6:01 am Permalink

    I have an SWB-1, tobacco-burst passive. I put GHS strings on it. I LOVE this bass.
    Why is the top strap button UNDER the horn? I have to keep adjusting the strap as it keeps moving around the horn. I’m thinking of placing the top strap button at the end of the top horn. The bass would hang correctly that way… wouldn’t it?
    I need a really good answer as to why the top button is under the horn and why I shouldn’t move it.
    Please help!

  3. Jim Moran 25th June 2020 at 10:34 pm Permalink

    I play a Muckelroy medium scale (32″) bass. The overall length is 42″ and the lower bout (?) is 13″.

    Do you have or know of any case or gig bag that would fit this bass?


  4. Steve 6th July 2016 at 8:43 pm Permalink

    I have been playing short scale basses for about 40 years. I’ve been searching for a good fretless short scale that I can actually afford. It looks like I’ve found it. Thank you for taking up the cause. Too many people base their opinions on short scale basses on the cheap student models they find in the stores. There are two things I would have done a little differently. First, I would have rounded the horns for several reasons. It would make cosmetic damage less likely if you’ve ever banged one on it’s edge, you know what I mean. It would look better, in my opinion. Most importantly, I prefer the strap button not be tucked under the horn. Second, I would offer string-thru-body too. On a short scale bass, it really can help with the tension issue. I’ll be buying one shortly…Maybe two.

  5. denis surmon 18th March 2016 at 11:10 pm Permalink

    Hi… are you considering any in Cherry Red?

  6. Ken Robinson 25th January 2016 at 1:00 pm Permalink

    Hi Scott

    I am currently playing a Guild Starfire II and in the past an Alembic SC with slimmed neck taper. Both necks feel the same a soft vintage ” U” shape. 1 1/2″ at the nut. From other post I have read it sounds like the SWB-1 has the same setup.

    My question is can you order the controls setup like a Jazz bass volume, volume, tone to get that crisp progressive sound or Jaco sound you get when rolling off some of the neck pickup volume? Can you also order the bass with EMG – JVX Pickups?

  7. Louise 24th December 2015 at 11:59 am Permalink

    very interested in your bass….Any way of getting one to weigh less than 7 lbs?
    I realize 7 lbs is light but I have very bad neck and back problems.

    • scottwhitley 24th December 2015 at 12:49 pm Permalink

      Hi Louise – thanks for your message! 🙂

      The Mahogany version (surprisingly) is a little lighter than the ash (which is the one that weighs 7lbs). I gigged the mahogany version on Monday night and it felt no fatigue whatsoever in my back and shoulders. I too suffer generally with back problems.

      Hope that helps,

  8. dAs 15th December 2015 at 2:57 am Permalink

    Hi Scott,
    Wonderfully thorough demos… thank you. I was curious what the shipping cost would be with a flight case to the greater New York City area.



    • scottwhitley 16th December 2015 at 10:46 am Permalink

      Hi there – thanks for the message! 🙂

      The shipping is the same with or without the flightcase as I will ship your bass in the flightcase if purchased, so you kind of save ordering at the same time. There’s an option to select ‘with flightcase’ on the product page.

      Also, if you add your preferred bass to your basket, there is a shipping calculator which will give an accurate quote before you go to checkout.

      Hope that helps,

  9. Jerome 28th November 2015 at 11:17 pm Permalink

    Hi Scott, great news that this is available.

    Any chance to have the fretboard to be maple?

    Would really love to have one.



  10. Brian 27th November 2015 at 6:28 pm Permalink

    I would like to order a FRETLESS version (shipped to US West Coast, with case) , but I have a couple questions:

    1. Do you have specifications on the neck shape/radius? I currently play a Fender Mustang (MIJ): Neck Shape: “C” Shape, Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
    2. Does the fretless version have lines (filled with wood or epoxy)? Lined is my preference.
    3. Will there be any noticeable tonal qualities between the body wood type paired with passive pickups: Ash versus Mahogany?


    • scottwhitley 27th November 2015 at 7:20 pm Permalink

      Hi Brian – thanks for your question.

      Firstly the neck is somewhere between C and D in shape. The width at the nut is 37mm and 58mm at the 24th fret. The fingerboard radius I believe is in fact 9.5″. The neck imho is the most comfortable thing you’ll ever play – so easy. 🙂

      The standard fretless will not be lined, but I will do upon request this for you Brian, Just make sure you mention it in the Order Notes box at checkout.

      Both the Ash & Mahogany will sound very similar, the ash having a slightly more middly tone. Either woods work exceptionally well for fretless.

      Hope that helps Brian,

      • Sebastiaan 29th November 2015 at 1:03 pm Permalink

        What kind of customisation is possible? Would is also be possible to order a bass with an unfinished body (to paint myself) or in a certain color?

  11. Miguel Parroqué 19th November 2015 at 3:05 pm Permalink

    Hi, Im from spain , how can I Get one ?, this bass looks and sound Incredible!

  12. Dave 17th November 2015 at 3:19 am Permalink

    Hi Scott, love the bass & the whole concept, fantastic.
    Any chance you would think of doing a version with a P bass pickup, or even better a P/J? (providing it would fit!)

    • scottwhitley 27th November 2015 at 7:27 pm Permalink

      Hi there Dave – thanks for the encouragement!

      The P-pickup thing sounds like a great idea, and is something I’ve considered. For the foreseeable future I’ll be sticking with the 2 Jazz-style pups until things get moving.

      A great alternative would be to fit a Dimarzio model-J in the neck position as they are split coil very much like a P-bass pup. Not too expensive an upgrade either.

      Having said all that, the neck pickup is VERY P-bass sounding on the SWB-Standard already. 🙂


  13. K. W. Jeter 25th October 2015 at 3:59 am Permalink

    One request — when you get around to doing your new demo video, could you throw in a half-minute or so of some slow, moody blues lines, and not quite so much fast-paced jazzy, popping stuff? If I had chops like yours, I’d want to show them off, too, but I don’t. I’d get a better idea of what the SWB-1 would sound like the way I’d play it, if you did some down-tempo stuff on it. Thanks!

    • scottwhitley 27th November 2015 at 7:29 pm Permalink

      I can do that, sure 🙂 Really not meaning to show off lol, just trying to groove 🙂

  14. K. W. Jeter 24th October 2015 at 12:12 am Permalink

    Sounds great; very impressive. I realize international shipping charges would drive the total price up, but is there going to be a way for somebody in the USA to get his hands on one of these? Cheers!

    • Scott Whitley 24th October 2015 at 6:22 am Permalink

      Sure. I’ll be happy to ship to the States. Not sure at this moment about cost but will report back soon….


      • K. W. Jeter 24th October 2015 at 7:09 am Permalink

        Great, thanks! This SWB-1 looks like the best deal going in a short-scale bass, even with shipping costs. Best of luck with this enterprise!

  15. John Chambliss 17th October 2015 at 5:13 pm Permalink

    Looking into fretless 32″ scale 4 string basses myself – any suggestions?

    • scottwhitley 20th October 2015 at 12:47 pm Permalink

      Hi John!

      I don’t know of any ‘off the peg’ 32″ scale fretless basses, although Warwick may do the Corvette in that configuration?! Worth firing them an email…

      Cheers John,

  16. scottwhitley 6th October 2015 at 10:38 am Permalink

    A few ‘SWB-1 Standard’ bass updates…

    The new samples will be with me next week and then all being well I will start to take orders for the first production run!!! 🙂 A LEFT HANDED version will be available to order!

    Prices will be as follows (add £10 for left-handed)….

    • SWB-1 Standard in solid Ash (passive) – £349
    • SWB-1 Standard in solid Mahogany (passive) – £349
    • SWB-1 Standard in solid Ash (active) – £449
    • SWB-1 Standard in solid Mahogany (active) – £449

    (Flight cases can be supplied for £69)

  17. Darren Birs 22nd September 2015 at 9:15 pm Permalink

    Hey Scott, I asked you recently on Youtube if there was any chance of a left hand version of the SWB-1 Standard. You said you would look into it, so here is my email address to be able to reply with any details. Just out of interest is the SWB-1 in the Youtube video the Ash version?
    Look forward to hearing from you, Regards, Darren.

    • scottwhitley 5th October 2015 at 8:40 am Permalink

      It’s being discussed with the factory Darren 🙂

    • scottwhitley 27th November 2015 at 6:58 pm Permalink

      Left hand now available to pre-order in the shop section! 🙂

  18. carlo giova 22nd September 2015 at 6:13 am Permalink

    hello – who said that a short scale bass cannot sound splendidly?
    i am a short scale fan and i owned a great yamaha motion 1 – sold – and now a squire jaguar short scale –
    i would be happy to get info and suggestions


    • scottwhitley 5th October 2015 at 8:40 am Permalink

      Cheers Carlo! 🙂

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