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Basses Named After Car

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matthewbrown, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    I just read this book:
    Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar.

    The authors noted how many electric guitars were marketed like cars, and as a result, many of them were named after cars: Firebird, Thunderbird, Mustang, etc. And those names were applied to basses, too, although I expect it was more of an afterthought.

    It seems to me that initially, the most popular basses have had names that were more descriptive of the bass or its applications (Precision, Jazz) than anything else. Of course, I did play a Stingray for awhile...

    Anyone notice any marketing trends in the names that major manufacturers give to basses over the years? Also, what was up with "Ripper" and "Grabber"?
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Music Man Caprice
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Suspended Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Isn't a Fender part of a car? ;)
  5. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Of course, the cars were named after something else to begin with. Rickenbacker had a bass called the El Dorado (2050 and 2060) that had gold plated hardware. Named after the legendary city of gold, as was the Cadillac El Dorado. Rickenbacker currently has the Cheyenne bass (4004Cii). Chevrolet has/had the Cheyenne pickup truck.
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    Animals? Warwick Dolphin. MM Stingray.
  7. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    If you visit the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, they have several special Corvettes made by Gibson.
  8. Isn't there also a Cutlass?



    I'll never forget:
    There was a dude we worked with named Doug Olds.
    Every time we went with him in his vehicle, we'd call it the Oldsmobile.
    It was a Toyota.
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  9. B-line

    B-line Inactive

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  10. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    While I can see that the guitars and basses do share the same names as many cars out there, but it is also a coincidence that they share the same names with the (mainly) animals/fish/birds that the cars were named after.

    Which came first, the chiken or the egg?

    (first Ford Mustang = 1964 or first Fender Mustang = 1964)
  11. Fender Jaguar

    Dean Cadillacs

    Schecter Model T

    Sadowsky Metros

    EKO actually produces a model called the Camaro

    Hagstrom Impala was produced from 1963 to 1967

    The Fender Toronado was produced from 1998 to 2006

    Celebrity has been a guitar model for both Ovation (1984 onward) and Mosrite (1960s and 1970s)

    Both Hamer (1993 to 2002) and Framus (2000s to present) have produced guitar models called the Diablo.

    I got nothing after these :)
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  12. JJR58

    JJR58 I didn’t ask. I just live here. Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY.
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  13. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    All of the original MusicMan Basses were named after cars: Stingray, Cutlass, Sabre....
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  14. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,

    Fender Jaguar

    Gibson Triumph

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  15. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I believe Grabber was due to the sliding pickup: you could just grab it and slide it to a new position for a different sound.

    Ripper was probably just one of those model names that came up naturally - "Man, this thing rips!"
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  16. found another

    Just like the cars, Duesenberg instruments are also called Doozy or Duesy
  17. Bronco.
  18. AndyII


    Mar 13, 2014
    My first car was a Cutlass. My first bass was a Jazz. Hmmm....not interesting, although they were both blue.

    I do miss my 1982 baby blue Cutlass with the plush dark blue interior, the dark blue vinyl top, and they 8-track player.
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  19. B-line

    B-line Inactive

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