Bossa bass (Japan)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mukaiji, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. Mukaiji


    Feb 15, 2006
    Silicon Valley
    Hello (my first post!)

    I have a Bossa bass I picked up in Tokyo in 1996, but I have never seen anybody playing one in the US.

    I know the guy in Japan is making them again recently, too...

    Just curious if anybody play Bossa, what you think, etc.

  2. MarztekMilita


    Feb 10, 2005
  3. Mukaiji


    Feb 15, 2006
    Silicon Valley
  4. Among my basses are 2 Bossa's. They're great basses. Excellent sound and build quality.

    Here's their USA site.
  5. I have two Bossa OB-5 basses, 5-string, one fretted and one fretless. They're excellent and I play them a lot. They didn't come with that new pickup-switch, but their tonal possibilities are tremendous regardless.
  6. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    i like the OB body style.
  7. slavik141


    Aug 26, 2010
    I have BOSSA OB5 it's very very nice guitar, i own this guitar 7years. sound, quality super!!!! I want buy one more BOSSA, if any body sale ,give me a know.
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Bossa are killer... I remember they used to do 25 frets on many of their models.
  9. Mukaiji


    Feb 15, 2006
    Silicon Valley
    Yes, mine has 25 frets. Don't get up there that much. :)
  10. koyu


    Dec 14, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    I play BOSSA 5-sting (w/High-C). You can see it in my videos at;

    I hope it helps you to know about Bossa bass (I heard the company is now gone).
  11. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    koyu, cool playing and creative use of beatbox, especially on the blues tunes.
  12. I believe I sold MotorMind his OBJ-6M... and I couldn't agree more, these are absolutely outstanding instruments! If only it had had one or two less strings, it would still be mine!
  13. kdoublebass


    Jun 10, 2011
    I had a beautiful blonde 5str that was recently stolen.. That bass was AMAZING! got if from a guy for $700.. Best bass i'd ever owned! Hope i can get another one soon!
  14. fraz60


    Jun 24, 2012
    I've been playing one since 98. I've been using it with David Byrne for the last 12 years. I have one of their guitars too but it's a righty and I'm lefty. Anyone want to buy it? it was also on the road with me with David.
  15. That was you? Well, thanks for selling it to me then! I had been looking for a six-string Bossa with a maple fingerboard for a while now, and now I had my chance.

    I love this bass. The six strings don't pose a problem for me, since I have fairly big hands. I have been playing it almost exclusively since I got it, aside from my Chapman Stick and my fretless (also a Bossa).

    And as for the rumors that Bossa is out of business: it's back now, and they even have a site for USA customers:
  16. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    I saw Nate Watts rocking a Bossa. I think I have a picture somewhere. It was a beautiful blue/green burst.
  17. That's One way to EQ the bass, but certainly not representative of the tonal capabilities of a Bossa. And they can be a heck of a lot more growly than that.