Fedora basses aside...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by pklima, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    What other instrument names do people misread/misinterpret? I have a Killer bass - it's a Japanese brand - and one time somebody stared at the headstock for a good 15 seconds and then asked "...Hitler?"


    OK, sure. They also make a guitar model called, completely seriously, Killer Fascist Vice.


    I'd buy one just for the name even though I don't really play guitar, but to be honest it's not a terribly high priority. I'd rather buy a Burny bass and tell people it's a Bunny. Better yet if it's a pink Bunny.


    So, what else is out there?
  2. metalhead398


    Jul 23, 2013
    Alembic. My dad can never seem to remember the "A" so it's always "Lembic."

    I actually don't know how to pronounce Pedulla. Is it peDOOla or pedYOOla?
  3. Thumpinshelton


    Apr 10, 2010
    Believe it or not.....Lakland has been the confusing name at my gigs. Without the "E" in Lak people get lost! The best one was when a bass player from another band on a 3 band night come up to me and said I have never heard of that brand and she went on to say "you should really try my Squire it is a really good American designed bass"....."you might like it better than foreign made no name basses".....(insert face palm here)
  4. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    SpectEr and SquiRE come to mind, as well as all kinds of mutilations inflicted upon Schecter (Shecter, Shechter, Schector, etc.).
  5. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    It took me a while to figure out that some friends of mine were pronouncing Alembic as "Olympic" :eyebrow:

    We've got a significant Spanish-speaking population in Yuma. In the local dialect of Spanish, Ibanez gets pronounced eeh-VON-yez, not EYE-buh-nez. Since Hoshino bought the Ibanez name from one Salvador Ibanez in Spain, I'm not sure which pronunciation I should correct, and thus I just call them Ibanez and let the customer pronounce it however the hell they want.
  6. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Yeah, Ibanez gets pronounced weird by people from English-speaking countries, haha.
  7. The Thinker

    The Thinker Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    My Hamers are often called "Hammers." Even by musicians sometimes.
  8. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    To be fair, with that font, it could be possible to make that error, particularly if you've had a drink or two. But that pink Ric copy is simply bitchin'. :D
  9. That's like telling Germans that their country is called Germany not Deutschland. Its your English pronounciation that's incorrect.
  10. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    Takamine. I've heard...

    Tack Uh Mean

    Tock Uh Meanie


    It's Japanese...

    Ta • ka • mi • ne (Sounds like: Ta ka me neh)
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
  11. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Sorry to derail, but how do you type the hiragana characters on an English keyboard?
  12. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    HirAgana :smug:

    Copy/paste - http://www.romajidesu.com/
  13. Well the most ubiquitous (in writing anyway) seems to be Squier/Squire. What amuses me about that is those who seem to think that it's Squier that's the mis-spell on Fender's part.
  14. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Thanks,I'm trying to learn, just started a couple weeks ago, hopefully I get the spelling down better soon.

    On topic: Gretsch, I hear people mispronounce this all the time, and I have no idea why.
  15. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    OT - That's awesome. There are TONS of free resources online, but I will say, this has been my favorite study tool so far...


    Only $10 for the iPhone version. Try the free "lite" version first to see if it's a good fit for you. Good luck!
  16. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
  17. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY