My search for an Attila Balogh Odyssey bass is over..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AtillaBelow, Sep 14, 2013.


  1. AtillaBelow

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    .. after a 20+ year search, I've finally found an Odyssey bass.

    An Odyssey B100WS, from what I believe is '81.
    Found on eBay, sold by someone in Anchorage, Alaska, owned since '85, sitting in a closet since like '92..
    I love Attila Balogh's work. What an incredible luthier.

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  2. snyderz

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    I can see why. Looks like amazing craftsmanship. Beautiful condition for a vintage.
     
  3. AtillaBelow

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    .. for a bass that had toured non-stop for at least 12 years, it shouldn't look this good.. but I'm sure as hell glad that it does. ;)

    I definitely got lucky, that's for sure.
     
  4. Bamboo633

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    I have one of his basses as well. Mine has the AA headstock decal and a 3 piece, maple neck-through body. All hardware is brass, I have changed out the pickups and brass knobs but I still have all the original bits.

    The most amazing thing about these basses is the finish. Almost 35 years old, and my main axe for years, and mine is as glossy as the day it was made.

    I don't play it anymore as I went to a Dingwall 5-string but it is the best sounding bass I have ever heard. It is also over 11lbs. :eek:

    I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine, they are a fine piece of work. His unfortunate death was a tragic loss to the luthier craft.

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  6. Dradder

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    That's gorgeous. Congrats!
     
  7. M.R. Ogle

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  8. ejmy

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    It's beautiful. I have one, but a lower end model. Broke the headstock, so I turned it into a fretless, was not easy because of the ebony fretboard. Has incredible grawl.
     
  9. AtillaBelow

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    Wow... the finish on yours is amazing!
    Yeah, the weight is nothin' I'd wanna play a 3 hour show with, I'm sure! This bass won't be seeing much touring, at all, let alone a show or two, every blue moon. ;)
     
  10. Stone Soup

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    That's a beautiful bass. :)
     
  11. jbossolo

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    I have an identical one, save for the clear thumbrest. They sure are pretty. And built like a tank! Congrats!
     
  12. AtillaBelow

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    Yeah, that clear thumbrest is interesting!
    It's just a piece of rubber tubing, screwed into the bass.

    While my original plan was to get rid of that little mod, immediately after it was shipped to me, it kind o' grew on me, so I decided to keep it on. It's just part of the history of the guitar!

    .. you've got an identical one, ay?! Wow..
    If you've got a picture, I'd love to see it!
     
  13. ejmy

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  14. AtillaBelow

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  15. kcole4001

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    I played one of those at our local music store in the early 1980s.
    Fairly heavy, and really bright sounding.

    They were easily the best value I had seen up to that time, I believe it was for sale for around $500 Canadian if I remember correctly.
     
  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    It looks absolutely awesome. Congrats!
     
  17. jbossolo

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    These were (are) awesome axes. I have somewhere a file with the original catalog, of which I printed a high quality copy. I'll see if I can find it and send it to you on a PM.
     
  20. ejmy

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    If you can, post it here, I would love to have a look also. TIA
     
  21. bmc

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    Attilla...I replied to your pm. Sorry for the delay.
     

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