Fedora basses aside...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pklima, Apr 4, 2014.


  1. pklima

    pklima

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    What other instrument names do people misread/misinterpret? I have a Killer bass - it's a Japanese brand - and one time somebody stared at the headstock for a good 15 seconds and then asked "...Hitler?"

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    OK, sure. They also make a guitar model called, completely seriously, Killer Fascist Vice.

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    I'd buy one just for the name even though I don't really play guitar, but to be honest it's not a terribly high priority. I'd rather buy a Burny bass and tell people it's a Bunny. Better yet if it's a pink Bunny.

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    So, what else is out there?
  2. metalhead398

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    Alembic. My dad can never seem to remember the "A" so it's always "Lembic."

    I actually don't know how to pronounce Pedulla. Is it peDOOla or pedYOOla?
  3. Thumpinshelton

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    Believe it or not.....Lakland has been the confusing name at my gigs. Without the "E" in Lak people get lost! The best one was when a bass player from another band on a 3 band night come up to me and said I have never heard of that brand and she went on to say "you should really try my Squire it is a really good American designed bass"....."you might like it better than foreign made no name basses".....(insert face palm here)
  4. the ombudsman

    the ombudsman

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    SpectEr and SquiRE come to mind, as well as all kinds of mutilations inflicted upon Schecter (Shecter, Shechter, Schector, etc.).
  5. WalterBush

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    It took me a while to figure out that some friends of mine were pronouncing Alembic as "Olympic" :eyebrow:

    We've got a significant Spanish-speaking population in Yuma. In the local dialect of Spanish, Ibanez gets pronounced eeh-VON-yez, not EYE-buh-nez. Since Hoshino bought the Ibanez name from one Salvador Ibanez in Spain, I'm not sure which pronunciation I should correct, and thus I just call them Ibanez and let the customer pronounce it however the hell they want.
  6. pklima

    pklima

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    Yeah, Ibanez gets pronounced weird by people from English-speaking countries, haha.
  7. The Thinker

    The Thinker

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    My Hamers are often called "Hammers." Even by musicians sometimes.
  8. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight Supporting Member

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    To be fair, with that font, it could be possible to make that error, particularly if you've had a drink or two. But that pink Ric copy is simply bitchin'. :D
  9. El Raro

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    That's like telling Germans that their country is called Germany not Deutschland. Its your English pronounciation that's incorrect.
  10. spz8

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    Takamine. I've heard...

    Tack Uh Mean

    Tock Uh Meanie

    :rollno:

    It's Japanese...

    Ta • ka • mi • ne (Sounds like: Ta ka me neh)
    たかみね
    タカミネ
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  11. RxFunk

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    Sorry to derail, but how do you type the hiragana characters on an English keyboard?
  12. spz8

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    HirAgana :smug:

    Copy/paste - http://www.romajidesu.com/
  13. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    Well the most ubiquitous (in writing anyway) seems to be Squier/Squire. What amuses me about that is those who seem to think that it's Squier that's the mis-spell on Fender's part.
  14. RxFunk

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    Thanks,I'm trying to learn, just started a couple weeks ago, hopefully I get the spelling down better soon.

    On topic: Gretsch, I hear people mispronounce this all the time, and I have no idea why.
  15. spz8

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    OT - That's awesome. There are TONS of free resources online, but I will say, this has been my favorite study tool so far...

    http://www.humanjapanese.com/

    Only $10 for the iPhone version. Try the free "lite" version first to see if it's a good fit for you. Good luck!
  16. pklima

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