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Bass looks today

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by maxoges, Nov 21, 2003.


  1. maxoges

    maxoges

    Aug 23, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Is it just me? I can't stand the new trend with basses that looks like old pieces of furniture.
    What's wrong with just one colour. Classic, tasteful. In my mind it doesn't get any better than this:
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  2. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    Well then stick to your favourites, and ill stick to my "pieces of furniture"

    :rolleyes:

    Michael
     
  3. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    There are "pieces of furniture" I love, such as this one :

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    There are also some I don't like at all.
     
  4. Pöl

    Pöl

    May 31, 2003
    Belgium
    I have to agree I'm more into fender-type coloring, but I can see why people like their furniture...
    It's all a matter of taste...

    "les goûts et les couleurs se ne disputent pas"
     
  5. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    But my Rickenbacker 4003 is very classic, but how sexy.

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  6. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    I think it has much to do with the perceived value of the instrument.

    You could take a hunk of plastic and a slab of the finest mahogany, spray them with several coats of paint and they will look pretty much the same.

    I'm not going to pay the same for a cherry table that was painted as I would for one showing the wood. Would you?

    Many place the value of a bass in the wood selection and its tonal qualities as the primary cost factor.

    I bet if there were such thing as "Uglywood" that was widely sought after for its durability and completely unmatched tone and incredibly expensive, TB'ers would be book matching it for custom basses under high gloss finish in all its hiddeous glory. I bet there'd even be a few "show us your uglywood tops" threads.

    I think people tend to like to pay for quality and be able to show it off if the can. Like my brother who has to pop the hood of whatever wreck he's driving so he can show off the 350 Chevy dual quad tunnel ram 445hp/440ft-lbs engine he and his buddy installed.
     
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I prefer oil/wax finish and the look of wood (grain), maybe bleached wood and/or some color stain, but that's it.
     
  8. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Yeah, but, um..............


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  9. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    What is that top...uglywood?
     
  10. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    I believe it is made from a rare lava swirl pattern found in the panga-panga tree.
     
  11. Gsxtasy99

    Gsxtasy99

    Jul 10, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think it really just boils down to personal preference. Some people like coffe table basses which show off expensive tone woods and costly craftsmanship, others perfer classic, time tested looks and tone.


    There is nothing inherently wrong with either, don't buy it if you don't like it. I personaly like both. I've got my crazy burled/quilted/spalted 6 string elrick, and i've got a black unlined fretless jazz w/ a tortise pickguard.

    I will say this though, there are a lot more places i can bring the jazz without getting dirty looks... coffee table basses and blues jams don't mix...
     
  12. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    I like the classic look on my basses but Im not a fan of solid paint finishes. My p bass is natural ash and I love the look. I cant really get into the exotic basses that many love here but to each their own! :bassist:
     
  13. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    What i've been experimenting with lately is different colors of paint. I've found that red imparts more of a midrange character, but lower in the mids than orange. Yellow brings out that great slap sound, while purple or blue really has the depth that we all crave! and get this... black is flat to 30 Hz!
     
  14. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    That's the best pait job I have ever seen. I love it.:bassist:
     
  15. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    My black bass has a low-mid-high bump and burpy midrange. My natural bass has burpy midrange too. All I care about is burpy midrange.
     
  16. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    if you like burpy mids, then you should check out the basses from bass player's sub-800 review. apparently, burpy midrange was pee-wee's word of the day!
     
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Simply put: I prefer colors, whether they come from opaque paint or transparent stain. I own a couple of painted basses and a few fancy tops (quilts, burl, flame) which have been stained. I'd never get thuya, koa, cocobolo, walnut or other top which couldn't (shouldn't?) be stained. Though I might make an exception for buckeye! :eek: :)

    But we're discussing aesthetics, so my opinion has absolutely no relevance to what anyone else thinks... nor do I care what anyone else thinks about what I think. :D
     
  18. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    I know! ;) :D
     
  19. maxoges

    maxoges

    Aug 23, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Even though I don't personally like rickenbackers, I do like their Classic looks. White on black is nice.