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German? Hybrid

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by BrettBelanger, Jan 21, 2014.


  1. I'm going to check out a supposedly 1960ish German Hybrid bass today which I may take home. The seller is a friend of mine and is not asking much for it. Wish me luck and I'll post pictures for identification if I grab it!
     
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Were they making hybrids then? Everything I've seen from that time is either carved or plywood, no in between. My sense was that hybrids were a financial compromise, richer sound than a ply but not as much money as carved. And that wasn't a compromise that needed to be made in the 60s, factory carved basses were cheap enough. Maybe check in at Ken Smith's website, he'd likely know for sure.
     
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  4. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    They were making hybrids much earlier, AFAIK. There's an old Bohmann hybrid in town, same maker as PW's.
     
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Well then, never mind.
     
  6. I really have no idea where it's from but I'm about to post some pictures. Be warned, there's quite a few cracks, some have been repaired. I haven't bought it yet but am just borrowing for now.

    By the way Ed, I think we have a mutual friend, Edwin Hamilton. And maybe you know Frank Duvall?
     
  7. If you ever get a chance to check out a Götz hybrid from that era, don't pass it up. One of the players in my section owns one, and it has a very strong voice. Fine German craftsmanship, too. I believe there is one still available on TB classifieds, if I'm not mistaken.
     
  8. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    We haven't actually put face to typeface yet, he plays with some folks I know down that way. And Frank I remember from his days as a bassist, when he was living here and I in Augusta, I played with his crew in Columbia - Teddy Linder, Terry Rosen, Jim Mings, Johnny Helms, Chris Potter.
     
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  16. The seller wants $1150 with the pickup, $950ish without it. I have a 7/8 SB 200 willow so this would be a back up.
     
  17. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Disclosures:
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Looks okay - how's it sound?
     
  18. It sounds okay but kind of closed. I think the strings are really old. There are a few cracks which I didn't try to highlight in the pictures that are worrisome. I'm just trying to see if anyone knows when or where it might be from. No label inside.
     
  19. It still has a coathanger tailwire... fixing that one thing will open it out a lot. Replace with aircraft control line/yacht cable (stainless braid) and the difference will be startling. New strings can obviously help.
     
  20. Looks Germanic...maybe a Czech factory bass, maybe a little older than 1950s. Where are the cracks, and have they been repaired or are they open.

    I'd bite at $950 if the bass is healthy.
     
  21. Upper bout crack
     

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