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Ampeg Devil bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jetjon, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. jetjon

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    I recently just watched a Netflix DVD about the Johnny Cash Show 1969-1971. Jerry Lee Lewis's bass player used an Ampeg Devil bass in the video-What an amazing instrument-any comments?
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    Sorry if I sounded a bit blunt there. Here's everything you'd ever want to know about Ampegs:
    http://www.xstrange.com/

    No affiliation, other than I own one of his AEB 2's. His craftmanship and attention to detail are unbelievable. One of these days I'm pulling the trigger on one of his SSB's.
  4. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    Here's the only film clip I myself have seen with the bass player using a Devil bass.
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    jbossolo Supporting Member

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    Just found this one:


    Outstanding tone. The aesthetics of the Devil are growing on me, particularly in fretless version.
  6. Bruce Johnson

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    Yes, we Ampeg Scroll Bass fans are a small crowd, and I seem to have become the keeper of the proverbial flame. I have two original Devil Basses in my own personal collection. I have two customers' Devil Basses here right now undergoing restoration. Over the years, I've restored about ten of them so far. Only about 100 were made, and my guess is that only 60 or so are left. Most of them are in bad shape. I know of only about five that are in original, excellent condition. The other nice ones are the ones I've restored.

    In 2013, I plan to be finally (Finally!!!) introducing my new-generation version of the Devil Bass. I've been working on them (or, should I say, not working on them...) for about ten years. But the design and tooling are finally coming together. So, they will be available for those unusual souls that want one.
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  8. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    Well, if you like that tone, that is pretty much exactly what they sound like.



    That's my Devil bass in front -

    [​IMG]
  9. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa-to-be Supporting Member

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    That is great news!
  10. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Like Ampeg basses much? :p
    How are they working? I heard a lot of those mystery pickups were faulty, and they often got modified with Fender pickups and the like.
  11. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    The pickups on my scroll basses work perfectly. I haven't heard of a problem with the "mystery pickups" failing. I mean, I've heard of it happening, but it's rare, IME. The main reason people add Fender pickups to these basses is that they don't like the sound of the stock pickup. Which is totally understandable if you listen to that clip linked above.

    I love these basses as works of art. They play well and are light as a feather. I just wish they sounded better.

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