Hollowbody basses - how often do you gig yours??
Who here gigs with their Hollowbody (HB) bass?
What music/ context do you play it in?
I scored a 70's Aria 30.5" scale HB with single coils that looks amazing, but just doesn't cut it for gigging. Gets lost in the mix so easily, even quieter gigs.
Then I bought a Duesenberg Starplayer 30.5" scale semi-HB with humbuckers that seems to work better, but isn't far different from a Fender P when playing in louder gigs.
Just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience and sold their HB bass?
Have you missed it or regretted the sale?
What do you play now instead?
I play an EB-2dc off and on. It has a thunderous quality that works well for some things. It can also do a warm, woody sound that works well for some things. The oddball Japanese hollowbody hasn't been around long enough to take it out on a gig, but it sounds a lot more like an upright than any bass guitar should. So, it's probably going to go out eventually. What's appropriate music for these? Who knows - whatever I think is a good idea at the time.
I probably won't sell either one unless I'm under some kind of extreme duress.
My main gig is a Beatles tribute so I play a Hofner hollowbody every show. With my original band I play a Gibson Midtown and Dipinto Belvedere. With my friend's Tom Petty band I play a Schecter Baron H.
Because I set up my hollow/semi-hollows with flats and go for a an old school woody tubby tone, I use those basses for music that calls for that tone. I used them a lot when I played for a retro-country band.
I have an Ibanez (forgot the model) that I've so far only taken to a rehearsal. It did, as you say, get lost in the mix. I'm planning to use it on some acoustic gigs, but it hasn't happened yet. The bass sounds really rich and full in the house. Especially when ABed with others, not sure what's up with band mix thing. May just need to be EQed radically different from what I'm accustomed to with my other basses. I realized a while back that I've grown so comfortable with what I'm accustomed to on amp dials, that it's almost sacreligious for me to stray very from that. I love the look and feel of this bass, so I plan to keep experimenting.
My main gigging bass was my Coronado from '68 to mid 70's, then I bought a Jazz. I played R&B, Blues, what is now call Classic Rock, and Psychedelic Rock, with no problem.
For a couple of years, a DiPinto Belvedere semi-HB was one of my main gigging basses, and it never got lost in the mix. With hot single coils, 34" scale, and an ebony fretboard, it had plenty of cut with rounds, almost like a semi-HB Jazz with both pickups on, or a semi-HB Precision on the neck pickup. It sounded fantastic in heavy rock band mixes, with decent clarity seasoned with a little "thud."
I loved it, but sold it because: 1) drop-tuners didn't work reliably on it, I think because of the trapeze tailpiece; 2) I got a G&L SB-2, which did the deep and heavy thing just as well, with better ergonomics; and 3) I hated the long reach to first position caused by the strap button at the 15th fret. I improved the reach issue with a strap button extender, but it still wasn't as comfy as my Fenders or G&L's.
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