Bass with built-in tubes.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by maui-san, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. Take a look at this! This Sandberg bass has a built-in tube pre-amp, the two tubes are visible on the front. It's tuned BEAD. I wonder if it would really sound any different?

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  2. Well, you posted a link to your own computer which of course doesn't work. The bass sounds interesting though ;)
  3. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Looks like an accident waiting to happen to me.....
    :eek: :eek:
  4. Nice, really exotic, but why all those trouble?
  5. Why does that look like an accident waiting to happen? Maybe it might revoultionize the way the bass is made..... NAH .... :D
  6. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Ouch. Keep Fingers Away From Glass.
  7. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Could be nice for outdoor cold weather gigs though....toasty fingers at last!!!!
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Out of reverance for tubes and my ignorance of whether it would affect tone, I'll say "cool!".

    But if it isn't a gimmick, I think it would have been thought of way before now.
  9. My question would be: what do they power those tubes with? A nine volt (or 3 even) wouldn't provide anywhere near the plate voltage that would make them useful. Like a lot of "tube" preamps. The token tube with about 40 volts on the plate. Not really useful for a gain stage.
  10. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    i'll stick with my "solid-state" basses....:p

  11. SystemofatooL


    Dec 15, 2001
    i have to say i reckon it looks pretty cool, it probably would effect the sound of the bass, but it could be useful
  12. punkfunkfreak


    Dec 16, 2001
    tututututut......*when i was little it was simpler.....blahlah........stupid darn techno-doo-dahs......blahblah* ;)
  13. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    NO! Now the dreaded Tube/SS debate will rage into the Basses forum as well!

    I'm with Rickbass1- In ingnorance, I think it's a cool idea.

    But also w/ Spacegoat. Not really usefull. Unless...heck, you think they's make you plug in the bass two? you know, get a nice extension cord, and litteraly "plug in" your bass. Now there's a novel idea waiting to electicute some poor fool...
  14. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Here are the pics...

    Tubes? in a bass? Great, one more thing to go wrong. You'd better play this thing sitting down...

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  15. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Actually, I like where the controls are located. It gives the instrument a clean look. Of course, it doesn't help that it has that huge hole with the tubes in the front. Couldn't they have done the routing on the instrument's back?

    Here's a close-up.

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  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    No shock value if it's rear-mounted.
  17. I really can't believe someone's gone to the trouble to do this.

    Funnily enough I rather like the looks of the bass and, in a strange kinda way, I like the look of the tubes on the front.

    But tubes in an instrument. Nahhh. Gotta be a gimick.


  18. Hes got an external powersupply, or as in german:"externes Netzteil".

    That should do the trick! :)

    Looks cool though.
  19. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Shock value takes on another meaning then