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Bootsy Collins' original Space Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dvlmusic, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
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  2. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue

    Oct 9, 2016
    I heard the luthier's story was a cover and the real bass was beamed down to him from the Mothership.

    A legendary instrument if ever there was one.

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  3. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    I've been telling my 6 year old that one of life's greatest lessons is that Bootsy Collins is from outerspace, so this I believe is truth.

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  4. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Has anyone here ever played one of these factory space bass copies ?
  5. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    The Washburn copies or the Warwick ones? I'd love to get my hands on either to check it out.
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    I have both :)... the Washburn is much more than a copy. My first and favourite bass.
  7. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    HOLY C**P!!!! Can you send sound samples? I'd LOVE to hear how those sound!

    Are they easy to play? How's the setup? Does the Washburn have 4 outputs like the original? Can you swap out the pickups? The original Space Bass has had numerous pickup configs over the years...

    Man - I need some details here!
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  8. I find them pretty easy to play. I actually learnt how to play bass with the Washburn! The set up is nothing like Bootsy's original Larry Pless spacebass though. The Washburn is a passive bass, the Warwick can be active or passive.

    Here's some spec's on the Washburn Bootsy:

    Built in the USA custom shop (mine is no. 8 of 100, but never sure how many were actually completed)
    Mahogany body with maple cap
    Maple neck
    Birdeye maple figureboard with pearl star inlays
    Rhinestone encrusted mirrored pickguard
    Gold Bad Ass II Bridge
    2 Seymour Duncan STKJ2 JJ Humbuckers
    Mirrored Star Controls: Volume, Tone, Volume, Tone
    Grover bass tuners
    Buzz Feiten Tuning System
    Made in 2006.

    I've no sound samples but it's a very deep sounding bass. Sounds beautiful with a bit of compression or if I play through a Mu Tron III.

    And on the Warwick:

    Bolt on Mahogany body with purple pickguard
    Maple neck with E kanga veneer stripes and star inlays
    Rosewood Fretboard
    Nicksilver frets
    50.8cm radius fretboard
    Active MEC J/TJ pickups
    Active MEC 2 band electronics: volume, balance, bass and treble
    Volume control push / pull function for EQ bypass
    Bass control with push/pull function for split operation of the bridge pickup
    2piece Warwick bridge
    Warwick machine heads
    Warwick red label strings 45-105
    Special Warwick Purple Burst finish
    Made in 2014.
    Made in China.

    This one's a much lighter bass, the passive, active control gives you more tonal flexibility. Very funky and punchy sounding.

    All in need now is a Traben Bootsy Star or the Warwick Custom Shop Bootsy that he plays today! :laugh:
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  9. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    Oh man - those light up Warwick ones are sick. I admire that you own these as I can't see myself ever playing them, but I can drool all day. I would constantly feel inferior to the Bootzilla.
  10. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
  11. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Bootsy still lives in Cincinnati. If you remember the King Records days, he is VERY open to spending time with you.

    If you mention that JB was successful because of him, you gain more points. If you remember that Vada Pinson was the greatest Red's center fielder, you earn more points. If you can tell the difference between Skyline, Camp Washington, Blue Ash Chili, Price Hill Chili, and Gold Star, you earn a bunch of points.


    You don't know nuttin.
  12. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    I know that Bootsy is from outer space - does that count?

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