Get your bets in - bass fads in 2006

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marlat, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    So 2005 is almost over, its time to get your bets in on what will be the big trends / fads in basses in 2006.

    I am pretty sure there is a thread like this last year where I said that 2005 would be the year of Redwood and that single cuts popularity would wane and buckeye was most definately out. Was I right...who knows. So whats gonna be the big trends in 2006?

    My $0.02:

    - Less figured woods will make a comback

    - TB'ers will leave boutique lutheirs and return to good quality mass produced instruments

    - Bongo's will be slowley phased out and replaced by a StingRay with Bongo guts

    - Fener probably won't do anything innovative


    Lets discuss.
  2. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Owner/Builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Inlayed wood faux pickguards. :D
  3. karrot-x

    karrot-x Inactive

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Karrot-x will win a million dollars and buy many bassi.
  4. my predictions for 2006...

    Ibanez will re-issue a revamped ATK.

    Maton will again offer a line of bass guitars.

    Cole Clark, in competition with Maton will follow suit.

    EUB's will see a huge surgance into popular music and everyone will jump on the bandwagon and want to become upright bassists.

    Hambone will have at least 3 patents filed in his name.

    sustainable forest woods will become more and more popular.

    Rickenbacker will offer a 5 string version of the 4003.
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Well built cheap basses will rule the roost, causing some of the most highend builders to offer econos.
  6. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Quick-exchange, interchangeable pickups that are are connected by poles, not by wires and are held into place by magnets. The pickups themselves will exist in varying configurations, but within the same size dimensions.

    (Okay, I can dream, can't I?) :D
  7. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    - Music man will try a 6-string version and either plummet, or sky rocket

    - Fanned Frets will become mainstream

    - Along with fretless's (fretli?)

    - Rap will finally die out (Just Wishful Thinking :D )

    Mark Wilson
  8. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I think more people will jump on the fretless bandwagon, if not upright.

    Solid colors will make a return as long with vintage and vintage reissues.

    White is the new black...hopefully ;)
  9. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    -Warwick will drop "the sound of wood" as their slogan and change it to 'pile drivingly heavy growl in every bass".
    -Lakland Skylines will only come in one type of finish.. hot pink paper mache.
    -Fender will reissue the "original" slab bass, being a square wooden slab with a fender P neck. Available with JJ, P, PJ and JJx2 pickup configs, but only available in paisley
    -Bongos will be available with a new metallic finish, and a blue liquid filled pickguard. This option will be called "airline bathroom".
    -Whafrodamus will recieve a signature model made by Wishbass. This will be the single most expensive wishbass ever sold on ebay.
    -The bass keytar will be released by yamaha. It will have a "root selector" knob, and two keys. One for the root, and the other for the 5th. :p
    -Someone will have the bright idea of making "stick on" fake exotic tops for the P and J basses. For all those kids who have an SX and want a splated top, now they can have one!

  10. HAHAHA...i love the "airline bathroom bongo" and the fake spalted top SX...BRILLIANT!

    the "bass keytar" idea is pretty funny, too...

    will your signature wishbass come in a fro-lined case :meh:
  11. I think SX will get more popular once they come out with a new awesome 6 string bass design that will blow the competition out of the water
  12. jimbob


    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    In 2006 the 4 string will make a ferocious comeback as pop music moves to Old School musicianship.
  13. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    The new trend in 2006 will be basses with a built-in USB interface, to plug right in to your computer with no interface, a-la the Neumann digital mic. By fall of 2006 they'll have built-in DSP and an optional Firewire upgrade.

    Bass amps with digital effects will feature internet-upgradable plugin software, and ship with Cubase LE, 40 gigs of drum loops, and offer 8 channels in and 12 out, although they'll still only have two physical inputs and a USB port in back.
  14. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    I can definitely see more complex electronics entering the market. That and maybe a naturally finished bongo.
  15. I predict that forum posters will continue to feel clever by somehow managing to relate George W. Bush to any possible thread topic, regardless of relevance.

  16. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    I definately see an increased interest in fretless basses. I'm going to say more pick players. Maybe more boutique t-bird designs, if somebody out there made a mix between an RD and a Thunderbird, I would be pumped. Those new dual pickup Musicman basses are going to be huge.
  17. That's one of my hopes too - that more luthiers will start incorporating those modular on-board preamp dealies, and pickups too. Just think of how sweet it would be to be able to just swap the pickups and preamp out of your favorite bass inbetween songs on a gig for a vastly different sound on the same bass :D
  18. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    As digital cameras go cheaper, more independant luthiers' basses
    will be pictured and posted on Talkbass, and in turn, more people
    will be suffering from GAS than ever before.
  19. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    - Nino will invest in a carpet to take pictures of his basses on, just so the backs of the basses don't get scratched.

  20. Shawnost

    Shawnost It's all about the Hamiltons baby!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    Looks like they may have already done the stick on "exotic" tops at Rondo, don't think you'd get real spalted maple on a $200 guitar:

    Wonder how long it takes for these to show up on the SX's? :eyebrow: