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Pre-order your SWB-1 Standard short-scale bass today…

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.***

49 Responses to SWB-1 Standard

  • malcolm stone says:

    Hi from Australia.
    Love the sound and look of the SWB-1. Could you advise whether these are available through an outlet in Oz…or failing that how much it would cost to have one sent to me.

    Malcolm Stone

    • scottwhitley says:

      Hi Malcolm!

      Thanks for the comments. 🙂 Presently they are only available direct from me here in the UK. Shipping to Oz is £140, so a passive version including shipping would work out at 1015.18 Australian Dollars.

      Cheers Malcolm,

  • steve Kantor says:

    Read about the SWB-1, Looks and sounds fabulous. Wish I could go out today to get it. Can I buy it in New York, or is it only shipping from the UK. Not sure whether I would go active or passive. Looking for a recommendation. Many thanks, Steve

    • scottwhitley says:

      Hi Steve – thanks for your comment.

      They are only currently available directly from me. I don’t know if you’ve seen it yet, but I produced a demo video that has plenty of sound clips of the different formats. Here’s the video –

      Cheers Steve – please get in touch if you have any more questions,

  • Zane Carpenter says:

    Hi Kieth,
    You have become my favorite teacher ! I’m all about the short scale. Are these basses good to go in the US?
    Would you recommend this over a Jazz short scale? Will the ones on eBay ship when they are listed too? Thank you

    • scottwhitley says:

      Hi Francesco – thanks for your question!

      At the moment I don’t have plans to do that, but I’ve not ruled it out. Next development will be a 5-string version. After that I may look into the humbucker idea! 🙂


  • Pedro says:

    Hi Scott I saw/heard your basses in YouTube and I got very interested on buying a Mahogany active but I wonder if there is any possibility to get on another color instead of natural?

  • Anthony says:

    Dear Scott,
    I’m seriously considering your fretless version of swb-1. I have a long scale fretless but it ‘s hard to get around due to the distance between frets and the long reach. How much would it cost me to get one sent to Australia? Plus, how much would said bass weigh, as I bought a Fender Rascal (online) once and it weighed a ton! (I love short scale but HATE heavy basses.) Thanks.

  • Mike says:

    Just added a fretless SWB-1 to the fretted version I’ve had for a few weeks (both ash/passive). Both punch well above their weight and I’m delighted with them. I also play a Fender Rascal and can tell Anthony that he’ll find the SWB-1 to be light relief in comparison!!

  • Fernando Vásconez says:

    I love the sound of your bass, i´m from Ecuador in south américa and i Love to have one of your excelent basses, please write me if there is a possibility to purchase one of them, Hola from Ecuador!

  • Pawel says:


    Are your Basses beeing produced in Great Britain?

    Are there any big changes in the sound when either mahagony or ash?

    What wood is the neck?


  • Malc Shaw says:

    Received my SWB-1 today and was blown away by its build quality and sound. I opted for the active version and it sounds awesome. Being more of a guitar player, I’ve struggled with full-scale bass necks, but the SWB-1 makes it so much easier to play being shorter scale – this is definitely a case where size doesn’t matter. Ready to play, straight out the box with no setup required – it was still dead in tune when it arrived !
    Thanks also to Scott for some helpful hints and tips

  • Brandon says:

    Looks grea! My fiancé would love this if it came in red cherry stain like Gibson eb-0. I would personally like to see hand rubbed oil finish, emgdc, Kahler them, graphtec nut,schaller straploks and a hipshot detuner! ? None the less, great looking bass. Body looks to be well thought out.

  • Carl Wilson says:


    Just found you on you tube and really impressed with your lessons, excellent. Started to learn the bass about a year ago and your videos are already giving me a lot of confidence. I would love to buy one of your bass guitars, but only if you do a left handed version? I’m originally from Liverpool but the Canadian government overlooked that and now they let me live near Toronto. how much would it cost for a bass, preferably in a case, and including shipping, shipped to Canada? assuming of course, that you do a lefty version. Thanks

  • Chris Stevens says:

    Just placed my order for one of your Bass Guitars from Chowny. Can’t wait to get it. You truly are a gifted Bass Player and a very entertaining video producer. Keep them coming.

    • Chris Stevens says:

      Sorry but had to cancel the order. Chowny kept putting the delivery back. Feb delivery, then March, then April. Had to cut my losses and go elsewhere.

  • Hi Scott, I’m just curious about the five string bass. A year ago you wrote here that you are playing with the idea. Is it still likely that you will make the five stringer in the near future? Thanks a lot!
    Best regars
    Jaromir, Prague

  • Paul Brookes says:

    Hi Scott
    I’ve been trying to get a fretless like the ones in your videos – however, Chowney say they are only producing unlined ones!
    I have always played a lined one and don’t see much point in unlined – especially when you have to hit that note at the other end of the fingerboard. My fretless is coming to the end of its days unfortunately and I have quite small hands – so looking for something a little more comfortable.

    I don’t suppose you have any of the unlined still for sale?

  • MELVIN EKKA says:

    Hi Scott,
    Greetings from India.
    Please guide me how to get SWB-1 SHORT SCALE (PASSIVE) BASS guitar to India,
    Some Questions-
    total cost- shipping charges along with SWB-1 hard case to my doorstep.(total amount).
    Can i pay in indian currency?


  • Marc Gaudry says:

    Hello Scott,
    I would like to pre-order a standard SWB-1. As I’m travelling for the moment I would like to have it delivered at the end of May in France (Normandy). Would that be possible? Thanks for your help and your great demos, Marc

  • John Green says:

    Hi Scott
    I own one of the before Chowny models. Love it, blemished but love it
    and want to put on some flat wounds. What size do I order? Any suggestions?
    Do you have any fretless models for sale?
    John Green

  • Tenaya Adrean says:

    I am curios if you have any used SWB ! Chowny Basses. I would want though the one with the rounded edge neck. I am looking for a used bass. I am a begginer at age 66, so my budget is so limited. I have so enjoyed seeing your on line lessons.

  • Robert says:


    Is there a version of your short-scale bass that has two humbuckers kind of like an Alembic Stanley Clarke model. Such an offering would be most attractive to me. I do dig the way the SWB-1 sounds. Good work, friend! Cheers!



    Hi Scott.

    I really love the deep, organic, melodic tone of the SWB-1. Obviously, it’s a lot to do with your playing as well. I’m the bassist and co founder of UK band Asian Dub Foundation and for over 20 years have played with my 4 string bass configured BEAD – not EADG tuned down – proper gauges 130, 105, 85, 65. Do you think this set up could work with the SWB-1? Or slightly lighter 125, 100, 80, 60? All this time I’ve been using a Status S2 with flatwounds, and wish to try the sound of wood again for other projects, with a more open, warmer sound. BEAD is integral to my playing style. I use the B a heck of a lot. Bass wishes, Aniruddha aka Dr Das.

  • Richard Berkley says:

    Glad to see you back and look forward to seeing everything you’re going to offer. I have a 1976 Stradolyn 30″ short scale with a single lipstick pup. Nothing but flatwounds and people always comment on its great organic tone. Made in Japan, but have never been able to determine the exact maker. Some think Harmony…cant find another like it.
    Anyway, I hope to return to playing soon (Im 67) and plan on buying a giging short scale. I look forward to seeing your complete line.

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