Italia Mondial II Woody?

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  1. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Anyone own or played one of these?

    http://www.amazon.com/Italia-Mondial-Woody-4-string-Guitar/dp/B001R2NXFO

    I'm curious but I can't find very much info on them, or any reviews. I'm sort of GASing for a hollow or semi-hollow 34" bass with a wider-than-a-Jazz-bass nut, and this fits the bill. Plus I like the piezo option.

    Experiences with this bass? Thoughts? Thanks! :bassist:
     
  2. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Open to other suggestions too. The Jack Casady Epiphone comes to mind but I've heard their bridges are prone to coming out and I definitely DON'T want that.
     
  3. Pocket4

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    Tim,

    I pulled the trigger to satisfy GAS on this one a few years ago, and sold it within a few months. Here are my observations: Weight - all maple construction was Heavy, not what you might want to have in a semi-hollow body. Humbucker - really nice warm and punchy pickup. Piezo pickup - I could not find any capability of finding a useable tone from the piezo, and if I recall, I couldn't blend the piezo with the humbucker to make any advantage of the two pickup system. Bridge - Fiddled with the guillotine bridge a bit, but I was never able to arrive at low action on this bass. Fit and finish - really gorgeous - makes nice wall art LOL.
    Someday I will also resume looking for a hollowbody too, but I don't have a need for one right now.
     
  4. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Wall art...lol.

    Thanks, that is really helpful!
     
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  6. RS

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    I had one once. Heavy, kinda junky. Only one or so useable tones.
     
  7. woodyng

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    I had an Italia Rimini bass,which was hollow body,and was a great,well made bass. However,i didn't like the jumbo size frets on it,and traded it to the guy who works on my guitars. Every time i go over there now,i pick it up and play it. It's a great-sounding bass,as long as you don't mind the humongous frets.
     
  8. Templar

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    Well, it aint 34" scale for starters.

    Some don't mind those wooden bridges, but I avoid them like measles. Too fiddly, rife with intonation issues.

    Haven't owned an Italia bass, but my gut tells me $750 is way too much for one.

    To each his own, I'm sure it's the perfect bass for some one.
     
  9. Bongolation

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    It has to be an improvement over the original Mondial, which is hands-down the most boneheaded structural design in the history of electric bass. It's just amazing.

    The reason you don't see any is because they self-destruct, and they would have even if they hadn't had garbage build and materials, which they did. I have one here someone offloaded on me years ago just before it was due to explode.

    By re-engineering the neck/body connection I could save it, but it so disgusts me that I haven't bothered. It's disassembled and scattered around here in pieces to this day.
     
  10. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Now I kinda want a Lakland Skyline hollowbody, or better yes a Gibson Midtown (prefer the 2014 version with trapezoid inlays.)
    No way can I justify $1000-$1600, though. Or even over $600. Lol
     
  11. Bongolation

    Bongolation

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    The thing in the OP is grossly overpriced as listed.
     
  12. tomydacat

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    look into DIPINTO belvedere... the deluxe is what i have GREAT tone and GREAT BASS
     
  13. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmm. Maybe only the Mondial Standard is 34"

    Anyway, I'll probably pass on this one.
     

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