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Cool new basses from Retrovibe

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scottkarch, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    Anyone in the UK or europe, Dave over at Retrovibe http://www.probass.co.uk/Home.html has some new bass designs. I like his new Evo. Sort of a stingray with hints of Ibanez and maybe Spector. I actually like the less rounded horns.. that sharp edge really reminds me of my old Roadster basses and I'm surprised at how much I like the 2+2 headstock with that body style. This is the first time I've ever really been attracted to a Stingray style bass. I like this guys take on bass designs. Not exact copies of any other basses, but taking popular bass designs and putting his twist on them.


    I've been playing his Vantage ( bass in my avatar ) a ton and love it. He tweaked it so it's more Ric and less Jazz like... and with 2 humbuckers rather than 1 humbucker and 1 single coil. He did say they are 4 wire pickups so that with some work you could put switches or push/pull pots and make them single coil... cool option.


    He does ship to the US, but it ended up being about $750 or so with shipping and insurance, don't know if I can rationalize it again. But they are intersting. ( No I don't work for him/them... I just own one of their basses and like to see smaller companies with different bass designs get noticed. I like Waterstone designs a lot too... they are similar companies )
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  2. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
  3. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    It seems like the headstocks should be switched around on those two.
  4. They look neat, but I can't say I see any Spector influence in there.
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Exactly my first thought.
    "Crikey, there's a problem in the production room!"

  6. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    The headstock shape is the only Spector part I saw. Similar to my Spector headstock but with that interesting chunk taken out of it.

    I know what you mean about reversing the headstocks. But I like the looks. It's neat to see new designs even if they are derivative. I think I'm going to start saving for an EVO.
  7. b-bottom


    Dec 18, 2006
    Knoxville TN
  8. Agreed
  9. AshdownMad


    Apr 19, 2011
    Suffolk, UK

    Wonder why they did that?
  10. I don't see any problem with the headstocks, I think they look good as they are on their respective basses. Maybe they were just experimenting? It looked well
  11. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    I really like the stingray body with the 2+2 headstock. I think I might like the vantage better with an unpainted one but I'm also use to my vantage with more Jazz like neck/head.

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