Get a loada this Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Introvox, Mar 23, 2004.

Ampeg Fretless

Poll closed Mar 30, 2004.
  1. Love It!

    13 vote(s)
  2. Like It

    20 vote(s)
  3. Don't Like It

    17 vote(s)
  4. Hate It!

    11 vote(s)
  1. Introvox


    May 21, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    Since a recent post about the identity of the Bass used in the movie "School of Rock" I have been emersed in viewing pics of vintage guitars/basses...I had no idea there were so many!...some absolute masterpieces, others with knobs/buttons/switches up the ying-yang

    I stumbled across this Bass today...believe me I've seen 100,000 basses if I've seen one, but this one stood out like a sore thumb for me (IMO she's beautiful)

    She is an: Ampeg AMUB-1 Fretless Bass

    Picture of Bass - Click here

    Would love to hear more info, if you have well as your thoughts.
  2. Introvox


    May 21, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    i REALLY like it.

    check this one out:


  4. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Rick Danko played one just like it with The Band in The Last Waltz.
  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    i've seen someone else with it, too, couldnt mistake that headstock and the body for anything else :p
  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    If you want to play one, I know where there are a few for sale across the lake from you.

    If you do a search you'll find a few threads about them and about the updated versions made by ?Johnson? .
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Played one once when I was a kid in the late 60's, only it was was a very nice bass! Had lots of presence in the mix due to it's powerful pup.

    The guy on that webpage has owned more junk than Fred Sanford.....(and some nice stuff, too, like the Hagstroms). I don't know which were worse - the Teisco del Reys or the Normas. That was back when "Made in Japan" meant the wood might still be green!
  8. MyDogBo


    Aug 25, 2002
    can you say "t-bone wolk" from hall and oates .... :D
  9. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    If you like scroll basses, check out Bruce Johnson makes updated versions of the scroll bass.
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    That's the one I was thinking of.
  11. That bass brings back memories. The bass player on the Mrev Griffin show from the 70s had one of those along with his upright.

    Who was that again, Ray Brown?

  12. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I really like the cool vintage vibe.
  13. yup, just wanted to say the same thing, Danko wasa a really awesome bassist :bassist:
  14. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Yes, and he sang while playing it too, a tough thing to do on fretless.
  15. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Its been in Nirvana and STP videos among others.

    In Bloom and Big Empty respectively I believe.

  16. blaire


    Jul 15, 2003
    The land of Rice
    The bassist in the new Foo Fighters DVD plays one (although fretted).Maybe you could check that out. I didnt even know that Ampeg made basses till I saw that.