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First Hollowbody

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by K-Bass, Jun 30, 2005.


  1. K-Bass

    K-Bass

    Jun 30, 2005
    Thinking about taking my first plunge into the world of hollowbody bass to explore some sound/tone ideas that have been bouncing around in my head lately. Looking for suggestions / past experience / help deciding on an entry level hollowbody. Got some free time to experiment undisturbed (the kids are going to Grandma's for the summer) and a budget of @ 400 - 600 bucks. New, used, or vintage? Appreciate any and all help.
     
  2. Futurebass

    Futurebass

    Jun 22, 2005
    The old Harmony hollowbodies have a great sound.
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    There's a Epiphone Jack Casady on eBay in your price range. GREAT bass.
     
  4. uglycicles

    uglycicles Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Southwest Chicago
    +1

    Played a friend's and it's got a really cool, old school vibe.
     
  5. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I'd ask if you have a preference on scale length first.

    Lot's of cool vintage ones out there but most are 30" scale.
     
  6. K-Bass

    K-Bass

    Jun 30, 2005
    30" scale is fine, no big hang-ups about the length. I have no experience with a hollowbody so I was looking for pros & cons / do's & don't's from folks with more knowledge.
     
  7. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I've had several hollowbody basses over the years, right now I have:
    Gibson EB-2
    Epiphone Rivoli
    Jerry Jones Longhorn
    Jerry Jones Longhorn BassVI
    Hofner Beatle
    Ibanez Artcore Double-cut
    Phantom Hollow Teardrop

    I would highly recommend the Ibanez, there are two hollowbody models, both are around $400.

    Ronn
     
  8. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Other than the Ibanez models and the Epi JC, most hollowbodies are not gonna have much high-end, and will probably lack sustain as well. Dean also has a nice hollowbody bass.
    Here's my Ibanez.
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  9. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    If you're open to a semi-hollow body, the DiPinto Belvedere Standard is excellent, and in your price range. It has a 34" scale, and two high output single coil pickups. It won't have the "thud" of a hollow body, but it has more sustain, and definitely has more acoustic character than a solid body.

    Check www.dipintoguitars.com

    The Lakland Skyline hollow body is out of your price range new, but if you can extend your range a bit, you might be able to get a used one. I've played one, and it was amazing. Very thick, old school tones, and flexible pickup switching.
     
  10. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Epiphone Jack Casady Bass is one serious bass for the money, its one of the best hollow bodys i have played and owned.
     
  11. bpocall

    bpocall

    Jun 10, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Great basses. I picked mine up for $250. Great hollowbody sound.
     
  12. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    +1.

    Period.
     
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Bingo!
    I found mine on gbase.com, as new, for $500 to my door.
    Very fine axe.



     
  14. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I've always been impressed with the Washburn AB40's that they are now making again.

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  15. K-Bass

    K-Bass

    Jun 30, 2005
    Thanks all for the input. The Washburn is a good looking instrument but is quite a bit out of my price range for now.
     
  16. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
  17. In much the same vein as the AB-40, I own a carvin AC-40...tonally, this thing will sit in with any acoustic guitar gig you can think of. Slim, comfortable neck, ebony fingerboard, easy to play.

    I paid $800 for mine new, but there are plenty to be had used.