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Archtop Solid Body Bass?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Fat Freddy, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    As some of you may have already ascertained I am in no way, shape or form, any kind of a luthier...:D....


    I'm wondering if there is such a thing as an archtop solid body bass?.....

    Please don't take the "archtop" too literally.....

    I'm thinking of a solid body bass with all of those lovely curves that archtops tend to have....

    I just can't think of anything like that off the top of my head....:unsure:
  2. Gibson and Epiphone have or had, at least, Les Paul basses with carved tops. I had a 5 string gold top Epi. Nice bass if a bit heavy.
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  3. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    I should have thought of the Gibson/Epiphone basses.....:facepalm:....

    Surely there must be others?.....:unsure:
  4. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    That's sort of the question I posed a few days ago. I'd like to build (or have someone build) a solid body version of an EB2.
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  5. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    @BassHappy 's early PRS has a carved top as well.

    There are a few larger corporate offerings, and quite a few boutique or smaller builder examples out there... :)
  6. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC

    My friend has this carve-top BC Rich mockingbird bass... supposedly quite rare though.
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  7. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    I don’t have a picture of mine on hand, but the Westbury Track IV (also the Track 2), made by the Matsomuko Factory between 79 and 81 has a carved top.

    Beautiful looking and huge sounding Basses, although quite heavy.

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  8. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    So, would "Archtop solid body bass" be the correct name for this style of bass or is there another name that I could be looking for?...
  9. In google “archtop bass” tends to turn up hollowbodies. You could try “carved top bass.”

    Apparently, G&L has a carved top L2000 and L2500 tribute but I can’t find any pictures that really show what the top looks like so it may not be what you’re after.
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  10. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Warmoth has carved top version of their dinky P
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  11. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    NW Mass/SW VT
    The Fender Aerodyne might vaguely qualify? Not so much an archtop as large body radius, but definitely "not flat" in a curvy way.

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  12. rudy4444


    Mar 13, 2012
    Central Illinois
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