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First Bowled Back?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassaficionado6, Feb 27, 2008.


  1. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Does anybody know who first used the bowled backs in bass design? I was reading in the Spector club about all the bowled backs, but I know Warwicks and others also do this.
     
  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've never heard it called a "bowled back" before, but Ned Steinberger created the Spector NS bass design, including the arched body, and Warwick borrowed the feature from Spector.

    Mike
     
  3. BobXboB

    BobXboB Banned

    Sep 25, 2007
    Scooped is the term I've always heard and my earliest memory of one goes back to a Spector in 1985. It seemed pretty novel at the time but I wouldn't be surprised to find out the design is much older.
     
  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Spector has been doing it since the late 70's, Ned designed it.
     
  5. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Cool. I thought the NS was the first, but I saw Warwick's with them and I thought it might be a common type of body. I do love my Spector's though.
     
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I think my Drozd is like that.
     
  7. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Pics?
     
  8. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Warwick took it from Spector. They even licensed the design initially.

    Mike
     

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