Has anyone here seen KONG?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by esa372, Oct 18, 2010.


  1. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

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    Between 1987 and 1990, I was making and playing a custom beater bass I called "Kong".

    The thing was ridiculous.

    I sold Kong in 1990 in Los Angeles to help pay for an Alembic that was being made for me. I was just wondering if any TBers had ever come across The Mighty Kong; I've often wondered what his fate may have been.

    Here is a screen-cap from a show in October of 1990:
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    He was made of a natural finish, one-piece body (ash or alder; I never really knew), with a Fender P neck, that had a rosewood fingerboard and a brass nut. The string-retainer on the headstock was raised with a plastic spacer about 1/4", and there was a HipShot Detuner installed for the E-string. The bridge was a Bad Ass-I, actually routed and sunk into the body wood.
    The pick-ups were all DiMarzio. There were two Jazz-types side-by-side at the bridge position, a P-type in the center, and an EB0-type at the neck.

    The electronics were passive and active. The passive controls were all on the black panel on front. There were five switches along the top of the panel; from left-to-right, they were:
    a three-way switch for the two J pups - selecting front, back, or both;
    one on/off switch for each of the "three" pups (the dual J being considered as one pup);
    one active/passive switch

    The passive control knobs, left-to-right, were:
    master tone; master volume (top row)
    three individual volumes, one for each pup (bottom row)

    Once the active switch was engaged, all of those controls were de-activated, and the three black control knobs under the P and EB0 pups were activated. The active electronics in Kong were from a Warwick Buzzard, and worked in the same way. Left-to-right, the knobs were:
    two-tier stack pot for bass (bottom) and treble (top) boost or cut;
    a balance control between the P and EB0 pups (I think the J pups were shut off when the active switch was engaged, but I may be wrong.);
    one master volume.

    Kong was sold with a black hard-shell case that has stickers and pictures all over it.
    Also, Kong was very heavy; 15 lbs, or more.

    Kong was a great and versatile bass; though, as I said, utterly ridiculous. If anyone here has ever seen him, please let me know... of course, he may have been completely taken apart for someone else's project.


    Thanks!

    ~esa
  2. RONQUITO

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    I like Kong!

    Seems like a lot of fun...and i luv DiMarzios...
  3. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

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    Thanks, RONQUITO.

    Kong was a lot of fun; had some great gigs, too!
  4. OPBASSMAN1994

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    Holy Crap! I think I saw Peter Jackson presenting Jack Black with that bass atop the Empire State Building! :D
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  6. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the tip!
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  7. lousybassplayer

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    I want to see KONG, I may even want to play KONG, but I do not want to lift KONG or carry him for a 2 hour show.
  8. esa372

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    Perfectly understandable! Even a 50-minute club gig would cause my left shoulder to droop for days after. ;) He was, well... a beast.

    One more small detail:
    The white blur in the picture (on the lower horn of the body) was actually a white RatBones sticker, similar to this:
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    It was still on when I sold Kong.


    ~esa
  9. s4001

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    Negative. I was in your hood at the time, but never saw it.
  10. OPBASSMAN1994

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    ATTENTION TALKBASS USERS! IF YOU SEE A GIANT, SCARY ORANGE FRANKENSTEIN BASS ROAMING THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, OR POSSIBLY CLIMBING A BUILDING, DO NOT SHOOT IT DOWN! CALL ESA AND HE WILL CAPTURE THE BEAST FOR YOU!
  11. lousybassplayer

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    That thing would laugh off any attempts to stop it anyway. Call the National Guard first, then call esa.
  12. kjpollo

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    Who wins- Kong or Mothman??
  13. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

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    Thanks, s4001.


    [​IMG] Too funny!

    ...and probably true! :eek:
  14. esa372

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    I've found some black-and-white pics of Kong in performance; here's one that's a bit clearer than the screen cap:
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    Also, it looks like the RatBones sticker had been changed at some point - from white to black-and-white (or vice versa).
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    :bassist:
  15. Diogenes

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    Let's just say that I'm looking at pictures of a mortal playing Kong. When was the last time you saw Mothman let anyone play Him?
  16. OPBASSMAN1994

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    Kong versus Mothman...man, that's a tough one. I'd say Kong, unless the Mothman was playing the Red Ric, then nothing but God could stop him...
  17. gjbassist

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    Kong looked like a beast, however I think it needed a few more knobs and switches!:)
  18. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

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    This. More switches plz.
  19. kjpollo

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    Oh geez, yeah, how could I forget the Ric of Satan?

    My God, if those 3 basses all ended up in the same room at the same time, mankind as we know it woul cease to exist........and we'd all have to be drummers!
  20. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

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    Satanglo! I'm still trying to photoshop the Mothman playing that thing. :D
  21. UnfortunateTony

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    Oh my god. It's my dream bass. You constructed my dream bass. And I never held it in my hands. I'm gonna go sit in the tub and open some veins :bawl:

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