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Gremlin basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ARA punk, Sep 3, 2002.

  1. ARA punk

    ARA punk

    Jul 11, 2001
    USA, Shelby, NC
    I found a gremlin bass at a pawn shop near my house. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about them. The guy wants 75 bucks for it. I was thinking about using this bass for alternate tunings, to save time during gigs. Just as a cheap second bass. Would 75 bucks be a total shaft.
  2. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Abuser of Thunderbird Shaped Objects. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    I think that I paid $70 for the one I bought my daughter. I guess it's worth that much. It seems to stay in tune, and it works for her for now. So I guess $75 is good if it's in good shape.
  3. for an extra 40 bucks you could get a new SX.

    If I remember right Gremlins are plywood bodies.

    Not sure on that though
  4. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Abuser of Thunderbird Shaped Objects. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    I'm pretty sure it's only plywood. I'd go for the Essex also. It would be worth the extra $.
  5. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    I have a Gremlin, I found it in my attic.

    Its all beat up, missing some tuning keys (still has pegs though), and the electronics only work 20% of the time. I don't know how old it is.

    However, on the rare occasion that it is working... it is a monster. I love the sound I get from it.
  6. mriev


    Apr 29, 2007
    I just bought one at a pawn shop for $75. It has a nice action and seems to stay in tune pretty well. The strings on it have obviously been on it a while, but it still sounds pretty good. It has a 30" scale like my Squier Bronco, but the "P" type pickups give it a fatter, warmer sound. I bought it because I wanted another short scale bass to modify, but I think this bass will sound good with just a new set of strings and a bit of adjustment. I was very pleasantly suprised by this thing!
  7. GreaserMatt


    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I say buy it. You can get an SX any day of the week. How often do you see a Gremlin bass?
  8. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    Especially with a name like Gremlin!? :eek:
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  9. mriev


    Apr 29, 2007
    After playing around with it a bit more, I found that the pickups are not humbucking, and they're rather noisy. I ordered a set of Dimarzio DP127's at a bit more than I paid for the bass, but since it plays good, I think it'll be worth it. I've got a good set of 500K pots that I'm going to inastall, and I'll probably completely rewire the bass with sheilded cable. It'll be interesting to see what it sounds like with the new pups and new strings.
  10. mriev


    Apr 29, 2007
    I installed the Dimarzio DP127 Split P's and a set of D'Addario EXL220S strings on the Gremlin, and the thing came alive! Lots of punch and lovely low-end growl, and turning the tone control back gives a nice fat bluesy sound. It's also great for slap and pop style with the tone wide open. I find myself using the Gremlin much more than either of my other basses. I think it's a real bargain, even with the extra 80 bucks I spent on the Split P. If you happen to run across one, give it a try, you might just want to take it home.
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Gremlin basses are made in Great Britain and they're a bit unusual here in the US, although you do run into them. The one I owned was a 30" scale copy of a Precision bass. It had a good sound, the neck was nice, and in all respects it was a very competent short-scale bass that was pleasant to play. I sold it to a gent in Australia who enjoys it. I sold it because I accumulated some other short scale basses that I used more often.

    I also agree - the name is cool and it's a bass you don't see every day. The Gremlins are WELL worth $75 IMO.

    Since it's a short scale, if you use it for alternate tunings it should probably be for tuning the strings up, not down.
  12. digger71


    Apr 21, 2013
    I also have a Gremlin bass that was just GIVEN to me several years back.I have since then turned it into a project bass that I was working on for awhile, bit then lost interest... until now! Just today after work I took it in to my local luthier to put in some Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders, new pots, and some work on a few frets that were coming loose. I have a Badass bridge on it and some Ping tuning knobs and sounded great with the old original pickups... so really looking forward to what this axe is going to sound like when i get it back from my luthier in a few weeks! Totally stoked!:bassist:
  13. Deechord


    Jan 1, 2013
    Lebanon, TN
    My sister had a Gremlin....back in the day.

  14. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Wow, ’02 to ’04 to ’08 to today in twelve posts.

  15. savadas


    Aug 27, 2014
    My husband got me a sweet little Gremlin and an Orange amp. I'm looking forward to starting my lessons and playing this sweet little bass. Pawn shop purchase, great deal. I like that it's a bass not normally found here in the US. Makes it feel a little more special.

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  16. BeerSuds


    Oct 21, 2012
    Foxboro, MA
    Welcome to TB and the wonderful world of the low end! Cool rig and hubby you've got there...:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014
  17. moshspeggeti


    Aug 5, 2013
    Jeeze... 12 year old thread!
  18. I just saw one in craigslist hrre in Texas. Thread to be continued in 2015....
  19. hskelter


    Mar 15, 2015
    Just got a Gremlin Bass off criagslist. Its just a toy for me and my sons to bang on, but I'll probably rewire it and stuff just for kicks.

    Any idea what nut I would buy? the E string buzzes when played open, the nut is too low.

    Also, if I wanted to put a pickguard on it (to hide damaged finish) - would a P-Bass pickguard fit?
  20. JDBFB


    Aug 13, 2015
    Picked one up from a goodwill for about 40 bucks, I was looking for something to play while I worked on sanding and repainting a peavey that I picked up a few months ago.

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