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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Craig_S, May 3, 2010.
Why do I want one of these?
Because they're way cool, relatively inexpensive, and are an exact replica of a '58 Longhorn. Plus, an original '58 Longhorn is (in my opinion) extremely overpriced for what it is - a cheaply made, average sounding bass.
I love Longhorn Basses, I've got 4!
Well they do have a unique look.
I've always thought they were kind of cool looking.
I've got 2...light and very good sounding in an old school way
oh my god you have a fender musicmaster amp
i love those things
who cares if most coffee tables have more too em
and i love the longhorn btw
Yeah, I love mine too. Several times a year we play with an orchestra and the stage volume for the band has to be real low, so I use the Fender and the Vox in the photo for these shows, biamping, sending the lows to the Vox and highs to the Fender, sounds amazing!
and your endorsed by eastwood.... i want your life
How would these do for funk or old school jazz? I think they are insane looking.
Terrible. It doesn't have the muscle or tonal sophistication for either.
These basses are decent enough rock and roll basses. The original appeal of this instrument was that it was "great sounding for the money". They cost 1/3 of what a Fender Precision cost in 1958.
They're fun to play and fun to own, but don't expect great sound out of them. They're short scale basses with cheap pickups and cheap materials (the body is masonite with a poplar frame). They sound much better than any foreign import from that era, but nowhere near as good as a Fender P or Jazz.
You seem to be describing the old ones, are the new ones tonally similar? The new ones are 34" scale.
here is a clip of some funk style on a vintage one...
and a clip of a new one... they sound almost the same in tone to me! I say for the $ pay it
and check the tone on that this guy gets on one of the new ones!
The new ones are 30" scale. That's why they're called "dead on".
I'm describing both basses, old an new. They sound pretty much the same.
The current owners have been very bizarre with their decisions over the years.
They at least offered a similar design with some modern upgrades, then for a while they actually weren't making any guitars or basses, and now their back to Dead On: which translates to - the 50 year old design, with 50 year old intonation reliability.
Why not do both, so the people who want to buy a bass for the way it looks can buy the Dead On, and the people who actually want a bass that performs can buy the upgrade.
Personally, I love the tone of Longhorns. A set of flats and they're pure tonal heaven for roots rock, alt country, and old school country.
Thanks for the video links there Greaser, never knew a Longhorn could sound so good, really digging those thick P-esque sounds in there
Nothing says low stage volume like bi-amping!