FRETLESS NO MORE, Spalt, and other thoughts guaranteed to cause unrest!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. hullo der,

    visited with Michael Spalt again today. (hush hush meeting, don't tell no one!)

    played a couple of his 4 string fretted basses.

    OH MY!
    OH MY!!!! THE nicest 2 fretted basses i've ever played. KILLER neck profile.

    and with aesthetics that PROMISE wretching from those GC folk.

    take a gander: fave, just a passive P pup:


    and, my 2nd fave:



    killer tone, killer playability. and these are at the proto stage somewhat.

    Michael's a serious contender. many won't like his stylings...i love em.

    more pics:

  2. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Hmmm, "interesting" styling and hardware solutions! :)

    I'm all for innovation and new ideas, but I'm not too keen on buying anything that has v.1.0 written on it... comes from being a computer geek I guess... :D

    Like the arrow knobs, though!
  3. i like the body shapes. what's with "modine" though? if people want random stuff written on their basses, they're gonna do it themselves. and don't those knobs hit each other?

    and are we any closer to hearing your super-secret news about the bass world?
  4. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Exactly! That's what I mean with v.1.0...
  5. YES!!!

    a couple of more weeks and the levee will break!

    i'll be takin a trip up to said mysterious bass fabber on the 19th or so.

  6. you could say that about ANY aspect of bass design.

    why don't we ALL just friggin' do it ourselves?

  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Some aspects of bass building does require real skills, like woodworking. Putting on random texts isn't quite in that ballpark... ;)

    But in this case I'm sure it wasn't random, there is surely some artistic thought behind the looks of that bass, even though it looks like "let's take the left-overs and do something with it" to me...
  8. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I gotta say, that pivoting pickup is one of the cooler things I've seen.
  9. ;) ;) ;)

    and ya know what? its functional.

    there's a noticeable tonal diff with the location of the vViper.

    plus it looks cooler than heck, in my op. and plays like a MANIAC!


  10. I really like the look of the second one. I find it much more visually appealing than a lot of Spalt's other models. . .
  11. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    well, my eyes must be going bad- i see more than 2 frets on those basses!!- :D
    interesting, though not my cup of tea--
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    fhodshon, you need a taste bud transplant. You are ill. That's my opinion as a geologist.
  13. haha...TOUCHE!

    from you, that's a compliment!!!

  14. because then all our basses would look like wishnevskys. or spalts.
  15. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000

    I hate to admit it... but I kinda like the blue one.

    Did I just say that out loud? Aw shucks.
  16. APouncer


    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK
    I'm amazed that people don't seem too sure about these - I guess it must be a love/hate thing because when I look at them, I see 2 lovely basses - the blue one is an elegant, feminine design that I would love to play and the style of the others are superb. I wish him all the best with the future, although being in the UK I doubt i'll see many of his basses in stores here. Thanks for posting those pics!
  17. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I kinda like the pivoting pickup idea... you could probably do some neat things with that..
  18. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Oh, so that's where they send all the retarded and disfigured basses rejected at birth. What a shame.
  19. It's good to see some folks are pushing the boundries. I can't help but think those new designs could be improved by a good designer AND human factor engineering. They do seem a bit "in-process".


  20. I'm also diggin the pivoting pickup.

    That at least is an inovation that hasn't been seen before.

    The modine bass would look much nicer without the "Modine" and with matching pickups, and different knobs. I like the wood (?) and the finish on it though.