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Beth Hart bassist using Vintage 'brand' basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by leroy diamond, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    Watched Beth Hart live at the Olympia, Paris on arte.tv last night and noticed that the two electric basses used by Tom Lilly were Vintage (brand). It is a great show and the 3 piece band are really cooking. Hart is an amazing performer and well worth a watch. I was intrigued that Lilly was using Vintage, considering they are cheap as chips and sounded great.

    No doubt Lilly could opt for Fender or indeed many of the 'boutique' basses out there, but chose Vintage. Indeed the guitarist who used primarily Fender and Gibson throughout the show, played a Vintage tele during the encore. Am I missing something?

    Vintage Basses - Vintage - Brands
  2. canuckshort

    canuckshort Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    Just took a look. Very intriguing.
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  3. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    For sure. Thought it might be a
    For sure. Thought it might be a sponsorship deal with Lilly but if so, google should reveal something but no. I mean these basses cost £350. They must be of a standard that give the big boys a run for their money.
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  4. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
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  5. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Or are well set up with aftermarket pickups like what many pros use that don't take expensive guitars to clubs.
    Think Squier, Sire, etc.
    The UK does not build high end basses for 350.
    BTW, Beth Heart with Jeff Beck live is awesome. She looks like she might kick your a$$ if you pissed her off!
    She's wearing a bright red dress in the videos I've seen.
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  6. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
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  7. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Thaddeus Tribbett also plays a Vintage brand bass. He is one of the best gospel players . One of the few that plays a 4 string. He plays the Vintage jazz with black blocks . Sounds great.
  8. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    Yes I get that hardware and electronics can be swapped out, a relatively straight forward procedure, that many players can take on with some basic knowledge. However a great instrument is also about other attributes such as fit, finish, balance, fretwork and so on. It is incredible that the cheap brigade are mixing it with the big boys
    I recently played a similarly priced Sire and could not put it down. It sounded ace and ticked all the right boxes, right out of the Box. Incredible value and a superb bass period. My go to Sadowsky NYC did not feel quite as special after that.
  9. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    I thought you meant Modern Vintage brand. The one I played was superb:

  10. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    I like that gig bag.
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  11. Wow, thanks for the link OP. I have always enjoyed Beth Hart's music.

    That Vintage v80 Reissued Bass from the link looks mighty intriguing! And only about $370 USD ?!!? :woot:
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  12. The unswer May be very simple. Vintage used to have a very strong marketing, especially in Poland. There even was a band called Vintage that played Vintage guitar and basses. Obviously they were not just a fans of the brand ;)
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  13. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    A shop near by sells them,they are ok,like SX or squier affinity.
    Some I played had horrible fretwork and were heavy but they sound fine.

    Still I could never understand why would a pro play such a cheap bass.
    Even if one can make it work well why not use something a bit better.
  14. I have four, VJ74 icon, VJ74 reissued, V4 reissued and a V4 Tony Butler. These basses are for real. Built like a tank, pretty good Wilkinson hardware and pickups. Necks that don't move, good fret work and finish. And they sound like the real thing too. Only thing is they need a little TLC out of the box, like shielding, a proper setup, maybe a small shim, brand strings. But hey, that goes for top of the line Fenders too, and you get a Vintage for half the cost of a Mex Fender. One thing: if you love slim necks these basses are not for you.
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  15. This is my V4 Tony Butler (without his autograph on the headstock but who cares). One piece maple neck. As P as it gets.

  16. petergales


    Dec 29, 2009
    Leeds UK
    The Vintage brand guitars are very underrated. I know a few guys that have their Strats and they sound great. I haven't tried one of their basses but - if their guitars are anything to go by - they should be excellent value for money.
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  17. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Both times I saw Beth Hart in 2018 he was playing sunburst P Bass
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  18. Hmmm, my experience with Vintage (and I've owned a few) was that they were all pretty solid decent instruments, with the occasional minor cosmetic blemish (I had a fantastic Jazz bass from them, but the finish was not great, with a couple of tiny bubbles at the bottom on the edge of the body, and I often found little things like that in other instruments, always very minor though).

    Cheap? Yes. But I would put them on the 'decent' category, definitely quite a few notches above Affinity Squiers.
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  19. I dare to say that a Vintage bass (or guitar, most likely) does not offer much less than a Mexican Fender. Build quality, fit and finish or sound.
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  20. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    379 pounds = $529 USD. The Chinese can...and will...build anything to a specified price point. Heck, depending on the source, they'll even slip a counterfeit decal and hijacked S/N on the headstock.

    As I understand things, stuff is really expensive in the UK so I'd imagine a budget-conscious line would be very attractive. I'd also imagine that the distributor may have had a financial stake or sponsorship for the show.

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