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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WarwickFan, May 7, 2005.
What was the first active bass? A lot of people say the Stingray, but I think it was Alembic.
AFAIK, Alembic, but the Stingray had the first 3-band.
Though I'm not 100% sure
I have always heard Alembic did it first.
Good question! I have never even thought to ask! I'll be watching for answers.
The first active bass was the Burns TR2 built by English Guitar maker Jim Burns of London, in 1962.
Alembic was founded in 1970, and I am sure that their first active was probably that year too.
The Stingray was the first commercially successful, mass produced, active bass guitar. It was designed in 1976 by Leo Fender.
Alembic pioneered active electronics, whereas the Stingray was the first non-custom, commercially available to the masses active bass.
Or so I believe...
Well, you learn something new everyday. Thanks Embellisher!
please correct me if wrong, but I thought the Ibanez Musician was the first mass-produced active bass!?
It also features a 3 band EQ.
Correction, you're wrong, read the other replies to this thread
My sources could be wrong on that account.
What year did the active Musician debut?
Gibson put out the RD Artist Bass in '77. Don't know if it was the first but certainly close to the front of the line. Had Moog electronics stuffed into it and weighed a ton! I almost bought one of these but bought a Ripper instead. People who own RD's say I saved a ton of money in chiropratic bills - although the Ripper isn't what I would call feather weight either!!
The evidence that I have found so far on the web shows that the Musician debuted in 1978. And all of the models I have found before 1981 are passive.
OK, near as I can tell, the first active Musician was the MC904, which debuted in 1979. The Stingray beat it by three years. And of course Alembic and Burns beat it by more than that.
The RD Artist may have been the second mass produced active bass, but a lot of companies that were around in the late 70's are either gone or have changed hands a couple of times, so it will be hard to know what happened between the debut of the RD Artist and the MC904.