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Anyone owning Status Buzzard Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr M, Jun 15, 2001.

  1. Just curious about the bass, is there someone out there? I'd like to ask a few questions about it, as how is its balance, how is the feeling of a composite body....
  2. It seems that noone chose to buy a Status John Entwhistle signature Buzzard bass while they can buy a Ferrari for such a price. :D

    Anyway have you ever tried or even seen one? Or have you got any of its photo (other than what they've put on the Status web site)?

    Is there somebody out there? ...there..there..there..(the echoing sound in an empty room)
  3. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    £7,000 is a lot of money for a bass...

    I can't say I've ever played one, but I've seen the Who live, and I didn't think much of the sound - you can tell it's a graphite bass. Still, for that money, and considering Entwistle has about 200 other basses in his personal collection to choose from, there must be something in them...
  4. Yep there should be reasons for him to choose.

    BTW would I be able to spell his name wright one day? :)

    Do you know any online or published form of his bass collection?
  5. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    Damn, I used to have a picture of him surrounded with basses (Which could constitute hardcore porn for some people here! :eek:;)), but I deleted it. Try looking at www.thewho.net/pictures/john1.html - I think that's where it came from.
  6. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000


    OH GOD! :eek:

    if you excuse i need to change my underwear

  7. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    £7000 is too much for a bass. You know someones got to much money on their hands if they have got that bass.
  8. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    From the little I hear (and it was from The Bass Place in Arizona), the Buzzard (and Buzzard II) are supposedly among the most easy-playing, smooth basses the store's ever come in contact with. Judging by how fluidly Entwistle navigates those fretboards on the Buzzards I've seen him play, the sales clerk was probably correct in that assumption!:D

    But, I agree it does sound like graphite on some recordings of The Who Live:(
  9. Thanks..
    The photos are awesome and the selection of John is incredibly beautiful, I wish one day I'll be able to own a bass collection of mine (oops I've got already a Bass Collection :) ).

    As far as I read in other topics, most of the people dislike the unusual bass body and headstock shapes, it's great to see that some legends seem to love those kinda shapes 'cos I like'em very much.

    And my curiosity about Buzzard becomes bigger and bigger with the addition of its smoothness and fluidity of play. Sorry for this repetition but isn't there someone who played, touched or even saw one? It's like a ghost travelling everywhere and that no one could see it...
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think it's no suprise that nobody has played one - it has come up a few times before with the same result.

    I think the point is that if you can afford to spend that much on a bass then most people will want a bass that is tailored to their specification, rather than anybody else's. This bass is immediately identifiable as Entwistle's so anybody playing one is inevitably going to be classed as a copyist or "fan" and will set themselves up to be compared - probably unfavourably.

    So, you could probably buy two Sadsowskys set up and built to your own spec by Roger Sadowsky for this price or basically any high-spec luthier's work and get a bass suited specifically to you.

    So the only people I can imagine buying one are very rich Who fans and if I was a retailer, I would imagine the potential buyers to be a very small group, so I wouldn't have any in stock, just on the offchance! :rolleyes:

    The perennial cry of the music retailer is "we can order one for you!"
  11. Entwistle himself has even commented that the graphite sound is very apparent but he prefers its stability over wood...which, even as much as I admire him, doesn't make much sense considering how many bass players of his caliber wouldn't use anything else but wood. Who knows.... He is a bit on the eccentric side, guess he likes his basses that way as well :)

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