guitars that you wish were basses (because they look cool)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bon viesta, Jun 26, 2021.

  1. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    have you ever looked at a guitar and though “man that looks so cool… i wish that was a bass”? well i certainly have. personally, i wish epiphone casinos had a bass version because something about them looks very very cool. they just look… honky. and also have beatles significance too, but that’s besides the point. also some fender guitars like jaguars, or maybe jazz masters. do you have any??
     
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  2. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    Absolutely, so much so that I bought short scale guitars or bass ukes and converted them to sub-short scale basses, mainly because I only play 21" to 24" scale and there are very few to choose from. Here's my entire collection of 28, including some that were ready made and also custom made.

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  3. seedokebass

    seedokebass

    Mar 21, 2009
    Minnesota
    That is such a cool collection, and I've seen your basses in various threads. I really like the Paul Gilbert Ibanez, that just looks so cool.
     
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  4. seedokebass

    seedokebass

    Mar 21, 2009
    Minnesota
    Even though there are Les Paul basses, they don't have the same magic as a Les Paul guitar to my eye. Even the LP bassess with carved tops and pickup rings... Something about them just doesn't look right.

    I also owned a 90s Les Paul bass that was all black and it never did anything. It just felt like a big canoe paddle.
     
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  5. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I don’t really see much substantial difference between the Casino and the Rivoli, or am I missing something? There’s also a Jaguar bass, done for years in different scale lengths too, you know… right?

    Maybe I’m not seeing the forest for the trees here? :eyebrow:
     
  6. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    No, you're right.
    Now, this as a bass would really be something!
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  7. nFinnyD

    nFinnyD

    Oct 31, 2017
    Utah
    I would love an EBMM St. Vincent bass. I also could not likely afford it.
     
  8. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    USA
    Pretty much every Legator guitar I wish they made a comparable bass version, but I'll take my NB6FP..
     
  9. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    You mean like a Rivoli or a EB2?

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    There's even an ES335 bass and I think a Midtown

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  10. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    You can also get a Fender Jaguar Bass with JJ or PJ pickups
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    Pretty sure Fender Japan did a Jazzmaster bass. And the Bass VI is kinda JM-ish

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    Found these on a defunct Japanese blog
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    Then there's this guy: Jazzmaster-Bass
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    This guy converted a Squier Jag

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  11. BassmanM

    BassmanM

    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    I love the telecaster body shape. :)

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  12. Eli_Kyiv

    Eli_Kyiv

    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    I always wished for a bass in classic PRS style, but yesterday I've learned it exists.
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  13. dabbler

    dabbler

    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Yeah, there's a number of options for offset basses that sorta resemble a Jag:

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  14. I think the opposite is true. I see a cool bass and wonder what the guitar equivalent would be like. Imagine a six string Ampeg scroll. Or a Gibson Ripper guitar. In some cases the instruments would look odd because you're used to seeing them as basses. The Rickenbacker 480 is a perfect example. The idea of on ES175 or Byrdland bass is intriguing, but the only ones I've seen that are even close are on DH Gate or in kit form.
     
  15. Ibanez will never do it, but I'd love a bass version of this AMF73. I had the guitar and the finish and looks were just so nice. They could def go for a more modern Supro Pocket Bass with this shape.

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  16. dabbler

    dabbler

    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Hmmm, apparently I don't have permission to view your attached image. :(
     
  17. Bassaga

    Bassaga

    Sep 4, 2015
    Arizona
    I've often wished I could get this Schecter Banshee Extreme 6 as a bass.
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    Of course, some of us also have this issue just as often with, "Dang, that's a great bass, I wish they made that as a 5 string!" but I guess that's another topic.
     
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  18. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    tim bogert in the mid to late 60s had a bass he made out of a telecaster body!!! check out vanilla fudges appearance on ed sullivan and you can see that thing in action.
     
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  19. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    kind of off topic, but what’s the deal with rickenbackers model number system? they got a 325 then a 480 then a 4001 then a 4005, etc etc. is it just some company secret?
     
  20. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    perhaps the difference is that 3 digits are guitars and 4 digits are basses, company secret revealed:rolleyes: