NBD!!! Shortscale Univox Content!
We're gonna get right to the pic, because i'm stoked on this bass:
It's a 197? Univox Hi-Flyer! This has been a bass i have looked for for a while, but the funds have never been there when one's crossed my path. Luckily, the seller was up for a trade, so it all fell into place quite nicely! I've also not seen the natural finish on a Hi-Flyer before. But it looks great!
As for the bass itself:
-The neck is unbelievably good. Moderate ware on the back, but the UNIVOX logo is pristine, and the original tuners hold tune pretty well.
-The playability! This bass is SUPER responsive, depending on where i play. Even changing my playing hand an inch will give me (to my ears) a different tone.
-OHSC! Love it when i snag an original hardshell case... especially for an uncommon body design!
-Playing with a pick. I don't usually play with a pick. But, on this bass, it works REALLY well. picking between the two pickups gives a nice amount of snarl, and it all really cuts through.
-The look! Seriously. This bass LOOKS killer! The ashtray on the bridge just puts it over the edge. Awesome!
-Dat road-worn style. The body has seen some stuff.
-The weight. It. Is. LIGHT. I'm more accustomed to heavier basses. It's not the lightest bass i've ever owned, but it's light. Along with that comes a fair amount of neck-dive. I'll have to use a wider strap when i play it.
-The electronics. The previous owner removed the original pickups (they were the humbucker types, not the ones that look like P90s), and put in some Gretsch Electromatic pickups. He might have wired them off... the tone doesn't work, the output is pretty low, and they aren't a perfect size-swap. So, they have some gap. Are Eastwood Hi-Flyer pickups a direct drop-in for a Univox Hi-Flyer?
-The Strings. Oooof! The previous owner used 34"-scale Chromes. So, they were an absolute mess at the point they were wounded. I need to pick up some new strings. I might look into some half-rounds, if i can find some for a short scale...
So, it will take a little TLC to get this lil' dude to it's full potential. I can't wait, though!!
I now have a 4 bass (lowest number in YEARS!) collection that really covers a nice gamut... an MiJ Fender P, a shortscale SX Jaguar (J/J), a '95 ATK300, and now this!
For now... the GAS is at ease... :bassist:
Awesome. I love those.
My first bass was a Hi Flyer. Played it for a year, sold it for $50 in 1983. Mine was black.
Now, I wish I had just kept it!
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