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Any (semi) hollow body-basses with a Fender-type headstock?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ToonD, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. ToonD


    Dec 9, 2013
    I really like the look of most (semi) hollow body basses, but I personally can't stand most of the headstock designs where they have 2 tuners on each side. To me it looks a bit dumb with 2 big tuners sticking out straight from each side. I have a warwick corvette which has the same thing, but they are on an angle and that kinda solves it for me.

    So, are there any semi-hollow body guitars with a fender like headstock you know of? (except the Starcaster and Coronado, doesn't have to be Fender)
  2. Killer Kadoogan

    Killer Kadoogan

    Aug 19, 2013
    I don't know of any, other than the two Fender models you mentioned, but I am the opposite in terms of taste in headstock design.

    I like the body of the Coronado. It's a lovely bass, until my eyes hit the headstock. To me, that classic Fender headstock shape looks completely out of place on that bass. On a Precision of Jazz it's fine, but to me seems wrong for that semi-hollow style of bass. Personally I think the two tuners on each side style looks far nicer.

    All down to personal taste though! Hope you find one you are happy with.
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Sometimes you have to make your own Frankenstein. A friend made the body, applied the binding, and did the finishing. The neck is from Warmoth. The solid brass, chrome plated bridge and control plate were made by my dad. Powered by a SD custom stack single PU.
  4. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I built this one.

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  5. You could keep your eyes open for one of these. They don't come up for sale very often. I bought one a few years back and I love it. It comes in both fretted and fretless models.

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  6. A successor of the old Harmony single-cutaway H22 -- the H27 as I recall -- was a double-cutaway with the four-on-a-side Fender headstock. Hagstrom also made a hollow-body bass with this feature. And if you want to go REALLY obscure, the long-scale Fenderish neck of the Supro Taurus and violin basses will mate to the (even more obscure) National thinline semi-acoustic with the odd-shaped soundholes. Kay also made a semi-acoustic bass with a four-in-line headstock, but it looked nothing like Fender's.
  7. That bass is awesome.
  8. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Godin are pretty damn close.
  9. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
  10. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    It might be pretty expensive to get here in the States, but Fender Japan makes a hollow-body Jazz bass. http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/jb_ho.html

    I've heard Ishibashi Music sells Fender Japan items to overseas customers. I'll bet a search would yield some posts about them. Oh, and here's the model they're currently selling. I don't know how much shipping would be, but the bass itself is going for between $1100 and $1200, based on the usual exchange rate.

  11. porterbass

    porterbass Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    Godin A4 or A5 might be the best alternative.

    If you are considering the fender semi-acoustic models, look at the reviews and info out there and make sure it is what you want if you are looking in that direction too. Although they look great (the fenders), there has been talk about the piezo pickups being so so. The Godin A basses have a pretty good reputation for semi-acoustic.
  12. porterbass

    porterbass Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    ToonD, one thing that would help here is a description of the tone you are looking for. Do you want the "acoustic" sound, or mag pickups in a semi-hollow body which would provide a very different tone. Thanks!
  13. Hi,

    If anybody is interested, I'm selling a brand new Fender Japan JB-HO in the Talkbass classifieds, just posted today.

  14. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Funny...the reason I hate the Coronado lookwise is because of the fender headstock. If its a hollow or semi hollow it HAS to have 2/2 tuners in my opinion. Otherwise it looks like the neck belongs to a different bass...at least to me.
  15. ciubz


    Jan 30, 2005
    Hagstrom had a bass in the 60's with a fender type headstock, i think it was called concord.
  16. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    I have a Japanese no-name hollow body with a Fender-esque headstock. It's not exactly Fender, because it's squared off a bit in spots. Everything about it is weird and cheezy, just like a Godzilla-meets-Bambi Japanese product from the 1960s should be. It has neck dive from hell, but it also has a big lower bout, so you can counteract the neck dive by resting your right forearm on it like you would if you were riding in a '69 Dart with the window rolled down. It's got an amazing thumpy sound, too. So there you have it, just find one of those and your search is over.
  17. Lakland-Skyline-Hollowbody-30-620x182.
  18. Fender JB/HO


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