Fender Stu Hamm Urge I(MIA) ??? 's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Basstitan, Feb 21, 2013.


  1. Basstitan

    Basstitan Supporting Member

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    This thread only refers to the Fender Urge I (Made in the USA not MIM).

    I've only played & own the Urge I, how is the Urge II in comparison?

    Show your Urge I and II Pics?

    When was production began & stopped on the Urge I ?

    Any links to Stu playing the Urge I ? I couldnt find any.

    Here's My Fender Urge I pics:

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  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    I've only seen them in the Joe video: Live in San Fransisco.

    I'd be curious to see some too.
  3. johnson79

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    I wanted one of those so bad when they came out.
  4. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

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    Urge II has a 34 in. scale doesn't it?

    I had a Sherwood Green Urge I...I called it a "sports car" bass because it was so nimble with that tiny 32 in. scale neck.

    Here's a video of Stu playing an Urge I: Link
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  6. Basstitan

    Basstitan Supporting Member

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    Thanks, been trying to find links, video, & Ads of the Urge I, this is cool.

    Urge II '34 Scale.

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  7. spade2you

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    I used to have 2 Urge I basses. Never got to play an Urge II. I would think it would feel a little less cramped in the pickup area.
  8. Root 5

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    The Urge I was discontinued around 1999 I believe. I got mine barely in the nick of time before they were discontinued. Mine is burgundy mist like the OPs.
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    Just look up and Joe Satriani videos from Live in San Fransisco. Stu gets a decent showing in them.
  10. spufman

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    Hartke ads from a few years ago had an Urge I sittin' round, I assume it was Larry's personal bass. Always liked them on paper, have never come across one in person.
  11. micgtr71

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    I have never played the Urge II, but I did play a friend's Urge I at a few gigs back in the early 90s. The bass played incredibly fast and had a killer neck. The pickups were interesting to get used to. I liked one setting above others and was told that it was with just the p pickup on. 32" scale p bass sounds great...
  12. lowendmafia

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    My first bass teacher had a MIA Urge I in black sparkle or something. He was a senior in HS and I was like 11 or 12. I had a rented bass at the time because my dad wanted to see if I would stick with it. When we went to the Music Store (Skips in Sacramento, Ca) we found the MIM version and it became my "first bass." I liked it a lot when I was younger, so I bought a used Urge I MIA when I was in college and I liked it so much I bought the Urge II that was killer. I got rid of it becuase I was playing a lot of Metal and needed to get another 5 string. I traded it in on a Modulus Q5. I sorta always wanted to get another one...
  13. Basstitan

    Basstitan Supporting Member

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    Show your Urge Bass. Tell about your experience with one.
  14. BillyB_from_LZ

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    Foolishly, I sold it years ago during a period of downsizing.

    I never gigged with it as I was between bands during the period that I owned it.

    I didn't really care for the preamp as I thought it sounded pretty sterile. At one point I removed the preamp and made the bass passive (V, V, T) and thought it sounded great!

    I think one little-known feature of the Urge I is that in the passive mode (on the four position rotary switch), the bass control acts as a passive tone control.

    Thinking about that, I wonder if one has the bass control set flat in the active mode and then switches to passive if the tone control is automatically set at half.
  15. Basstitan

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    Well, as the auction states, it's been stripped. The refinisher probably couldn't get an Urge decal so they opted for a Jazz Bass decal. It does look like it's still a 32 in. scale instrument though.

    Interesting that only one position of the four position switch works. I'm guessing that's the passive position (since the mute position will never "work"). Either the battery is dead, which would cause two positions (active and active with mid-boost) not to work, the jack was mis-wired during the refinish or the preamp is dead.
  17. Basstitan

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    I can only find the later Joe Concerts with Stu playing the Urge II.
    Can you send this thread a Link ? Thanks

    I have found one with Urge I....finally.

  18. alembicguy

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    Here's mine from a few years back, wish I still had it!
    Very fast and easy to get around on neck. I guess I should start looking for another!!
  19. Basstitan

    Basstitan Supporting Member

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    Looked awesome.
    Yeah, I'd like to find a Sherwood Green Urge.
  20. yodedude2

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    i got mine years ago. i converted it to passive/barts/tapewounds and gigged it for years. it still sees gigs on occasion and is my number 1 recording bass. the best constructed fender i've ever played, and one of the best constructed basses i've ever played. (were these faux custom-shop instruments or something?)

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