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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Headless Llama, Sep 15, 2009.
Do you have a link for these please?
Apologies if this has been asked/answered already, but can someone explain the seemingly recent surge in headless basses appearing on the market? Is there anything driving this?
Convenience is part of it, if you can fit it in a guitar gig bag it makes it much easier to to take on fly dates (if those are even a thing currently). Also if you play small clubs its nice to have a shorter neck. They are also extremely stable as far as intonation goes.
^^ Plus people finally realising Ned was right nearly 40ya.
I think there is a bit of a nostalgia kick going back to the original Steinbergers. Also, this is happening at the same time as the surge in short scale selections. Maybe the manufacturers are seeing the writing on the wall that they need to produce something new/different to get our attention.
@Reedt2000 used them on this build. See post 158:
Off with its head! 6-string headless conversion/parts build
Here’s the link. Sometimes they sell on eBay, but none listed right now...
BGStainless, - Quality Stainless Steel Replacement Parts
Maybe 80's revival rage is soon to be over, and people starting to get rid of the period basses?
Yes, the NOVA base plate adds a bit of height. I had to countersink it on this project. The singles have a shorter base, not requiring countersinking. As an additional comment: The headpiece has to be one of the better surface mount designs I have used in a long time. Of course, with any headpiece, if “perfect straight pull” from nut to anchor taps into your OCD, be ready: it’s not usually accomplished...
Thanks for reminding me! I emailed him about 5er options as I only saw 19mm and 18mm. He responded quickly that there is a 16mm (not sure if he meant 16.5mm) or the singles...
But yes, it seems to be a nice compromise between ABM/Hipshot and Overlord of Music (which wouldn't be so bad if it had a more flexible neckpiece like NOVA) price-wise...
Down the rabbit hole... but it only seems to be bridges:
I actually got the Technology for Musicians headpieces cause they were slightly cheaper and much more available than the ABMs. They've worked well so far, the only downside really is you have to use 2 wood screws (they know about this and provide them) instead of their machine screw. It defeats the purpose of the 2 piece design, but it works. There's a thread about them by @FretsAreFor
T4M (Technology for Musicians) headless hardware review
Thank you. My XL2 is fine, but post move I'm going to spend a couple of days and give it and the 6 Woodbergers all a thorough going over. Clean and lube the bridges, PTFE washers etc and inserts for the Boomerang. Thought I might as well replace the jaws and headpiece just to be sure whilst I'm at it (XL2 only). Are they competitively priced WRT the ones Headless USA sell?
I'm looking at a 6 string set for a build next year. Is the base brass?
The base on mine is anodized aluminum. All the bases are aluminum, to my knowledge, based on the printed note he includes for grounding (sanding/grinding the anodization off to expose the metal).
Here's my submission:
Thank you for the link! I'll give it a read.
Aw man that's such a cool take on headless. How does it sound? Definitely looks like it should be avant garde/edgey/djenty
I think the other model would fit that, it's got a more edgy tone than this model. This one has shades of a J-Bass when in passive mode, and a more modern tone in active. The eq on board is highly flexible. The tones are amazing. The more I play it, the more I like it. And I haven't even had it a week yet!
Not to mention that it's very light. Just a touch over 7 pounds.
Thanks. I'm going to email about 6 string bass and guitar sets as I'd love to do a long and short scale (SRC6) pair.
Oooooooooo.....very cool idea!
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