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Cool ampeg bass, can't say I have ever seen this style before..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Arnie, Jan 23, 2014.


  1. Arnie

    Arnie

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  2. johnson79

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    Don't see those everyday. I have no knowledge about them. Only seen a few pictures over the years.
     
  3. JIO

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    '60's Ampeg ASB-1 "Devil Bass" - super bad!
     
  4. nashvillebill

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    I saw it's cousin, the AEB-1, in person about 20 years ago in Oklahoma. There was a gentleman at work that was retiring, and he told me he had a couple of old bass rigs he was going to get rid of. So I dropped by his house...picked up a Sunn Concert Bass with the 2x15 cab, and a Kustom K250 with the 2x15 cab (in black) but I digress.

    Anyhow, he told me he had a few old basses too. He wasn't going to sell them unfortunately. One was an old Jazz, maybe a '60 or '62. Then he pulls out this funky Ampeg. Alas, he knew what it was worth and wouldn't sell it.
     
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  6. arjune

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    The black portion of it seems a little too... phallic.
     
  7. penguineman

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    wow that'd be a nice piece to have.
     
  8. jongor

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  9. Doctor Hugocat

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    I've only seen pics of this particular design, but check out the other Ampeg 'scroll' basses from around that period....they look pretty fine as well. Though someone brought one to a (blues) jam the other week and I was unimpressed with the sound. Looked great though!
     
  10. Templar

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    I think you might be disappointed in how those devil basses actually sound. The "mystery" transducer makes it a total "thud" machine. There's a reason very few were made.

    Looks like the one in that auction has had the body refinned.

    There's a whole thread on them. Search "scroll basses".
     
  11. Bruce Johnson

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    Here's about everything you'd ever want to know about the Ampeg Devil Basses:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/love-ampeg-other-scroll-basses-843684/index37.html

    And Part 2 is just getting going:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/love-ampeg-other-scroll-basses-part-2-a-1044767/

    And the page from my own web site:

    http://www.xstrange.com/asb1.html

    At the moment, I have five of them here in my shop. Two of them I have in my own personal collection, and three are customers' instruments here for restoration. I was working on one of them this afternoon, scraping the paint off the neck and preparing it for structural repairs.

    Yes, they are strange old basses with a lot of problems in the design and construction. The "mystery" pickup is a mechanical-percussive diaphragm pickup. The bridge is mounted on a drum-like steel diaphragm, and a magnetic coil detects the movement of the diaphragm, not the strings. It creates a unique sound with a heavy pulse on the attack curve. It'll never sound like a normal modern bass. You may love it or hate it.
     

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