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Ampeg Scroll

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bultaco, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. bultaco


    Feb 29, 2008
    Hi All, I had the opportunity to use a vintage Ampeg Scroll bass in a recording situation. I fell in LOVE with it !! amazing, upright-like sound.
    Question: Is there an affordable bass available that has a great upright-like sound? "affordable" means less than $1000.00 :) just to clarify.. I'm talking about finding an electric fretted bass with this amazing tone that the Ampeg Scroll has.
  2. eastwood makes an ampeg scroll bass copy. decent, i've played both before (real and the eastwood) and they pale in comparison, but for 1/3 the price, they're pretty decent.
  3. Italia makes a copy, if I'm not mistaken. Not sure on the sound (Youtube, mayhaps?), but I know it's a dead-on replica.
    Rockingedit: I looked it up again, and I'm mistaken. Its not a dead on replica (one pickup, one f-hole, doesn't go all the way through the body) but it still may be worth checking out. I believe it's called the Imola.
  4. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
  5. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    Just to clarify: I assume you are referring to the upgraded Ampeg AMB-1 and not the original design AEB-1 bass, which had only the "mystery pickup" in the bridge and no visible pickup in the sweet spot? There's a reason why Ampeg added a "real" pickup in the later models and did away with the mystery pickup altogether (And also why many of the originals were modified by owners with an added pickup too) - the mystery pickup sounded like crap unless you were using gut strings. Even so, the added pickup in the AMB-1 made the bass a million times more versatile/useful. So I'm not sure which Ampeg scroll bass sound you're after, but there are a few basses out there that come close, IMO, to the sound of an upright. The Ashbory, with it's silicone strings, is pretty convincing, though may seem like more of a toy than a real bass due to it's scale and "approximate" fret lines, Hofners, especially defretted and played fingerstyle, and Ricks with the string mute engaged are some examples. Technique and string choice also get you closer - tapewounds, playing up near the neck heel, etc.
  6. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Read the next sentence in his post, which he added six hours before you replied -

  8. Giorgetto

    Giorgetto Fingers on 4 Flatwounds

    Dec 29, 2008
    Near Tinseltown
    Artist Relationship: Wilkins-Ampeg-La Bella
    If you are interested in these instruments, Bruce Johnson at www.xstrange.com specializes in the restoration of original Ampeg Scroll heads and also produces his own updated Scroll heads. They are by no means inexpensive but they are hand made and excellent. Bruce is an engineer, luthier and bass player in Burbank CA and his website is well worth visiting.
  9. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Uh... I did read it. What's your point?
  10. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Sorry SMCD
    My reading issue
  11. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    He was correcting a different post than the one that was edited by its OP. The corrected one was about an Italia. The Greco was one post down.
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, my "bad reading".

    Serious lack of sleep is getting to me.
  13. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    My lefty Eastwood. While it is a great bass with a nice tone, it doesn't sound like an old Ampeg.
  14. I've wanted one of these ever since I saw "Adventures in Babysitting"!

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