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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by randyripoff, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. randyripoff

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    Hey, I was just watching some live Devo, and I recall that Gerald Casale always had some offbeat basses. Any ideas who built them for him?
  2. CrunchyFrog

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    The bass he played in the early days of DEVO was a modified Gibson Ripper.

    He then had a custom bass with a very small body (I called it the dog biscuit bass) that had a Gibson neck and headstock. At the time I assumed it was a custom Gibson, but I'm not sure of the origin of that bass.

    I think he then used Steinbergers when he wasn't playing keyboard bass.

    I liked his live tone in the early days. His technique always made me think he was really a righty playing lefty.
  3. JimmyM

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    Jerry started with a Gibson EB-3, then got the Ripper and sawed off part of the body. Then he took an EB-3 neck and spliced it onto the body that Crunchy calls the "dog biscuit bass." Don't know who made it for him, though. Then for the New Traditonalists tour, he got a Steinberger and has used one ever since except for one weird gig where he used an EB-3. I asked Jerry whatever happened to the old basses and he said they went to "low end heaven."
  4. randyripoff

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    Thanks Jimmy. That's very interesting.

    Always fun to talk about Devo.
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