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Bass with green plastic insert in headstock?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tradernick, Jan 12, 2018.


  1. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    I'm feeling nostalgic for the first bass I ever owned. I have no idea who made it but it was unique. It had a circular translucent green plastic insert in the headstock, maybe the size of a silver dollar or a little smaller? I seem to recall the headstock itself was square-ish with some details cut into the top. I remember it was blonde.

    All of this could be inaccurate except the plastic insert.

    Does this ring a bell for anyone? This was...a long time ago in Northern Alberta.
     
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    timeframe?
     
  3. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    Man oh man.. hard to believe. This would have been 1979?
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That's what I was going to guess mid-late 70s. Vague recollection perhaps at best, no idea what they were, but I think I've seen that too.
     
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Hayman?
     
  6. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Oh, leave me alone... you know?
     
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Google "Hayman Guitars".
     
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  8. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Yeah I was gonna say, either Hayman/Burns/Shergold, or Electra MPC...although now that I think about it, the Electra might've just been a 2-dimensional logo (paint or decal) not a translucent insert.
    I definitely can picture & am familiar with what OP is talking about, just can't quite get the name out of the nooks and crannies of my brain!

    Hayman made drums too; Bill Bruford used one of their kits early in his career.
     
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  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Just checked the Hayman, maybe, but I think I'm remembering a translucent green that went all the way through. Could be imagining it (or inflating it) though. Long long time ago...
     
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  10. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    Oh my goodness.... thanks guys. That's it!!

    Wow. I had in my mind the straight silver body element with the knobs and the name but wasn't sure, and didn't recall that the name is on it.

    What a trip to see it again. So many memories, practicing in the auto body shop that the guitar player's Dad owned. There were 3 of us and a drummer, and we all played guitar (I had just bought my first electric). I had only ever played classical and the other two looked at me and said 'You can play with your fingers and we need a bass player, so...'. I wanted to be in the band so bad, I asked my Dad to let me trade my 6 string electric for a bass.

    Any info about these would be greatly appreciated. I'm off to Google now to see what I can find out. Anyone have one? Play one? Got one for sale??
     
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  11. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That's so cool! This place is amazing that way - huge wealth of knowledge ready to help. :)
     
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  12. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    PS - insert doesn't look green to me on most of the Google images results. Pickguard or something under the strings maybe somewhat greenish, maybe that's what I remember.

    Memory kicking in...dang, did I actually find this bass here when I first joined?

    Young guys, enjoy your memory while you have it.
     
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  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Just google shopping search it - there's a bunch out there right now - reverb and ebay and online vintage music stores - unfortunately they're pricey ($1200 - >$2000). But sweet looking.
     
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  14. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    Thanks, there it is on Reverb.

    Darn, I could justify it for nostalgia's sake at a lower price but $CDN 1700 is going to turn into well over $2000 when shipped up here for sure. Darn.

    But oh man... what I would pay if someone could magically prove to me that they have the actual bass that I owned then...
     
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  15. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    If someone insisted that the solid logo in the middle of this translucent (transparent?) disc was green I wouldn't argue.
    1973_Hayman_3030_Hea_4c74de7645.
     
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  16. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    Haha, yeah I guess so. I really had that strong memory of the green disc. Finding out a bit about them. Had no idea that they were British made.

    From last year!

    NVBBD (New Vintage British Bass Day) - Hayman 4040
     
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  18. tradernick

    tradernick

    Mar 19, 2008
    Yep that's the one.
     
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  19. Aside from the straight silver thing it doesn't look half bad.

    Check out this Hayman hollowbody.
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  20. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    There are a pair of 40/40 basses on the 'Bay right now - very interesting.
    The body shape reminds me of a Wal.
    I'd never heard of Hayman before reading this thread, but they have my attention now...
     
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