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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LiquidMidnight, May 16, 2002.
Just wondering if they ever did.
Yes, VOX made the "Mark IV" bass in the '60's-
My 1966 catalogue has a retail list price of $349.90-
Also available-"Super Beatle" Amps.
The catalogue says: "VOX-it's what's happening"
vox made them.
here's one on ebay.
that certainly goes on my 'butt-ugly bass(tm)' list...
look at that body ! look at that headstock
no.. better yet.. save yourself and the rest of humanity ! don't look at it !
I learned to play on one! The neck is a Louisville slugger. There was also a Bill Wyman model, that I believe was hollow-body.
I built a semi-hollow teardrop bass, but disassembled it after awhile. It sounded great, but you couldn't play it sitting down because of the lack of a lower horn, and it was neck-heavy when played with a strap. I miss the sound...
The owner of this company is the former bass player for Quarterflash, which for the life of me now I can't remember their one or two modest hits, but it was early 80s. There was a female lead singer I think.
Who are "They"? Are we them? Could any of them be any of us?
Harden My Heart
Find Another Fool
(Just off the top of my head).
Personally, I don't think the weird thing about those basses is the shape of the body, but the shape of the neck. Not only is it really thin, but it doesn't seem to get any wider as it goes down toward the body heel. The headstock is also rediculously huge.
Raphael Aqiid (sp?) played one with the band Toni,Tone,Tony.
Vox were the originators of the teardrop guitar and bass design. They had four models of teardrop basses which included the Stinger, Constellation, Wyman and Mark IV.
The first three were semi-acoustic and the last a solid body. The Stinger, Constellation and Wyman had tooth thin necks on them while the Mark IV had a 2x4 sized neck.
Most recently Phantom Guitars of the US have been producing teardrop basses and guitars in both solid body and semi-acoustic. They sell nowadays for about $495.00
These are medium 32" scale basses. Very cool. I know that Dave Clothier at British Sound has a prototype 34" Red solid body Phantom Teardrop bass for sale. If it wasn't red it would be mine.
During the mid to late 60's Kawai of Japan made Vox teardrop knock off basses and guitars. They were imported into North America under a variety of names such as Tele-Star, Domino, Raven, Winston to name a few.
My very first bass (which I bought new and still own) was a 67 Tele-Star Semi-Acoustic Teardrop Bass. It's a short scale 30" bass that's a Vox Stinger knock-off.
There may be the odd teardrop bass out there from another manufacturer, but they would be very rare.
The ones listed above were and are the main ones produced.
Didnt Geddy Lee play a teardrop bass in the early days?
Ah, the Vox Mark King model.
Here's a link to a Phantom Guitarworks Teardrop bass that's currently listed on Ebay. It's the solid body version.
Price is $300.00 Check it out if you're interested in one.
here's a 60's vox wyman model for sale.
A loooong time ago, Geddy cut the "horns" off the body of a P-Bass and shaped it into a "teardrop" bass. It was a trendy thing to do at the time .