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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dave Grossman, Dec 29, 2001.
Does anybody know anything about the model of this Modulus?
It's not a Modulus, I don't think. There's a company that makes basses with that body style with Modulus necks. Seductive Sounds, maybe? I don't remember, but I know jsonnenblick has one with a paduak body. It's at the Bass Palace now. There's a picture below.
Are you sure it's a Modulus?
Here's the other one:
modulus make replacement neck.
It's porbably one on a custom body.
It could just be a Modulus neck. The headstock says Modulus but it is unlike any other Modulus headstock I've ever seen.
Thanks for the info.
Yes, it's definitely a Modulus neck, but I meant that I don't think it's a Modulus bass, just a bass by a company that outsourced Modulus necks.
What the hell? People actually did that? Why?
It was a joke.
It's just a very old one, before Modulus standardized on the current Quantum headstock and body shape--you can see how the beginnings of the current Quantum shape are there in this one.
Somewhere I have an early-80's guitar magazine, with an ad in it for an SWR SM400 and somebody (Louis Johnson?) holding a Modulus very much like that bass.
Are you sure? I've seen a couple early early 80's models, including one of Phil Lesh's, that have a headstock and body much much closer to the current Quantums than this one.
Yep, I'm sure. I remember seeing photos of Lesh's basses, and other early ones with the symmetric headstock, but I think that was primarily for 6-strings at the beginning--I've definately seen 4- and 5-strings with that headstock.
I also managed to dig up one of the ads that shows Johnson playing an early Modulus, though it doesn't show the headstock or the logo--I recognized it at the time as a Modulus, though, so I'm sure I'd seen other pictures. This is from an '87 ad.
Thanks! That looks just like it.
I'm not 100% sure, but since my old bass got mentioned, i thought I'd chime in here: I think maybe when Modulus sells a neck, they leave their logo off the headstock (that's how my "Seductive Sound" bass is, anyway). If so, that would make the red bass a real Modulus, although it doesn't LOOK like one.
Another thought: could someone have reworked the headstock into that shape? You always hear that graphite is difficult to work with, but it must be POSSIBLE. . .
BTW, my old bass sounds BETTER than the "real" mods I've compared it with, so don't get too hung up on the "real" factor. I only sold mine because the neck dived too much for my wimpy fretting arm!
Cool, sounds like everything is figured out. Damn.
Jsonnenblick, the reason why I thought it might be something else with an outsourced neck is because I've seen non-Modulus basses with Modulus logos on the neck. I've never seen it that big, though, which is why I wasn't sure. Thanks for showing up, by the way!
Thanks for looking up the article, too, Mike. I appreciate the effort! I was certainly curious.
Hey Dave, what's up with the bass? Did you buy it or something?
I found it at ebay:
and the owner is local. Considering the lack of pictures on the page and incomplete description, I thought I might be able to get it really cheap. It's above $300 now which is more than I would like to pay. The owner is really nice though and needs the money so I hope they get a lot more. I doubt it though considering that it was a 3-day auction and the picture links are broken.