bass player mag ad, 7 string fretted/fretless hybrid??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xush, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Am I seeing things? Bass Player magazine, pg 82, color ad right above the page #.

    the webaddress in the ad doesn't work.
    The description says:
    strings H-E fret, A-D-G fretless, C-F fret.

    There's a picture of the bass, but something just isn't adding up here. What gives? Did they forget to put that in the April issue?

    Am I nuts?
    Is somebody else nuts?
    I wanna go to Hawaii! Yayyyyy!
  2. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    I don't guess it's really an ad since the address doesn't so much work ...

    so I hope it's OK to show it here.
    If not I'll yank it.


    Yes folks, it's the dreaded H string!!
    and they patented it!
  3. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    H? They are inventing new notes as well? :eek:

  4. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Hey I thought that was just your typo since I made that first post at the same time you made your second...

    What in the heck is an H string and why does that just scream "gimmicky crap" to me... :p

    The H string that is ;)
  5. Johnalex


    Jul 20, 2001
    South Carolina
    I think in some european countries they call like...B or some letter H.
  6. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, that must be it. Kind of like how Canadaian's are confused with the whole Z and Zed thing;) (*Ducks behind concrete wall to avoid Canadian flamethrower*)
  7. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    In Europe B is H, and Bb is B... Supposedly it started out as a typo, since h and b are quite similar... This can render a lot of confusion though, since some dudes refuse to stop using the H. Someone came up with the bright idea to use H as B, and Bb for Bb.. Most of the people playing contemporary music nowadays use B and Bb though, while the H still hangs on amongst classical musicians.
  8. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Wow ok. You learn something everyday. :D
  9. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    I can't imagine any advantage to that bass. . .

    Bach's initials have been used in compositions, and Shostakovich used his: D, Eb, C, B as well.

    BTW here's another- "Das Boot" is pronounced "Das Boat" by German-speakers.

    Saying "Zed" in Vancouver,
    LM Bass:eek:
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I really dig the idea, although the bass isn't the most aesthetically pleasing seven I've ever seen.
  11. Maybe they forgot to change the b in the url for an h ...


  12. Kinda like how the U.S. still uses inches/feet/miles/pounds/cups/gallons...:)
  13. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Didn't I recently see something, maybe in bassics, that was a builder working on a half fretted-half fretless bass, but it had frets for something like the first 5 or 7 lower frets or so, and then the rest of the neck was fretless?

    Anybody else remember seeing that and where it was?

  14. I think Percy Jones has a bass with the D and G strings being fretless...
  15. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Half fretted, half fretless is not a new idea.

    Kramer used to offer these off the shelf as a no-charge option on their aluminum neck basses, you got the first 9 frets but the rest of the board was lined fretless.

    Idea was obviously low notes fretted for grooving, upper notes fretless for soloing.
  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Kinal has a half-fretted on his website.
  17. You could've cited any other artist and I wouldn't have given a flying farkle about them or their nutty fretted/fretless combo.

    But, you mentioned Percy Jones...Now I've got to have one! :D
  18. I'm surprised I was only the second person to actually try the URL.
    BDDEY Musical Instruments Click on the link about the 7 string bass

    Here's the whole article that you can get at the website....