Hi-Flyer players! Need some opinions: Eastwood + Univox

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  1. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Hey all,

    So, after some intense love and care, my '77 Phase 4 Univox Hi-Flyer is back in amazing working order!

    I like it so much, that i'm thinking of a companion-bass... and i'm thinking about an Eastwood.

    My other favorite bass has completely taken me off guard... it's an SX short scale jaguar with a J/J setup. I was hoping that an Eastwood Hi-Flyer player could chime in and give an opinion on how "jazz bass-y" an Eastwood Hi-Flyer can get.

    The single-coils already have my interest piqued. If they can get zingy and growly and bright like a jazz... it'll be the perfect companion to the vintage thumpyness of the H/H Univox.

    Thanks!
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  2. nshuman

    nshuman Supporting Member

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    I have never owned a Hi-Flyer but I lusted after one for a LONG time so I ended up playing one many many many times at a dealer here. I like it a lot but the finish is not superb, acceptable, but not amazing.

    Have you seen the new More mosrite-ish one they have right now? 32 inch medium scale:

    http://www.myrareguitars.com/eastwood-introduces-new-32-scale-bass-sidejack-bass-32

    I think that one is a REAL winner.
     
  3. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Oh man... and it's RED!

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    That might be a new top contender....
     
  4. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Aw... just noticed it's a limited 12 run :scowl:
     
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  6. nshuman

    nshuman Supporting Member

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    Honestly, their Sidejack series, even if not their top of the line Airline stuff, is miles ahead of the Hi-Flyer in terms of quality.

    And, the P90s they make, on the Hi-Flyer I have tried at least, are so MASSIVE! You have to hear them to believe.
     
  7. garmenteros

    garmenteros Junkyard Scout Gold Supporting Member

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    My friend owns one and I've used it in a few rehearsals. The tone is nothing like a jazz bass to me. To me its more like a pbass with more upper mids. This particular bass was refinished and fitted with hipshot tuners and bridge and is a joy to play. If you want to hear it in a recording check my friends band franny and Zoey second record and you should get an idea of what you can expect. http://frannyzooey.bandcamp.com/album/bananafish
     
  8. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Thanks! This helps out a lot.

    The band's really sweet, and actually pretty similar in styles to my own. http://ghosthotel.bandcamp.com/ (recorded with the shortscale SX)

    Also, i love the JD Salinger references! I totally wrote a song in high school called, "A Nice Day for Bananafish".
     

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