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Help me pick a Benavente Vintage Vortex Body.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thor, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. No Swap - Fretless with Cherry Burst

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  2. No Swap - Fretless with Tobacco Burst

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  3. Swap - Black block with Cherry Burst

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  4. Swap - Black block with Tobacco Burst

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  5. Carrots

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  1. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I need a little help with a choice today.

    I recently picked up a Benavente Vintage Vortex from
    Todd 4TA (Thanks Todd :) ). I think Bigjoe first owned it,
    there is a pic of it on Benavente's website.


    I has 2 interchangeable necks, a Maple black block neck and
    and a Rosewood UNLINED fretless. I opted to purchase both since it
    was available with the idea I could build a second body for it
    at a later date. The necks and bodies would then be interchangeable.

    The hardware will be slightly different as the original has a Suhr
    preamp and DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pups. The new one is only offered
    with the Benavente preamp and pickups. According to Brain Barret,
    that gives the bass a 'more focused' sound.

    I really do like the original GROWLY sound. And I have not heard the new hardware.

    I think the choices are to leave the Maple and natural Alder
    combo alone and build a Cherry Burst or Tobacco Burst body.
    The Cherry I would put a white pickguard on, the Tob maybe
    a black or mottled PG, (I forget the name of that). Very 60's

    Or I can pair the fretless unlined board with the natural Alder
    and have a Cherry or Tob Sunburst with the Maple black

    Now I am stuck there. Also, I am pretty color blind so making
    'color' and design choices is difficult for me. The headstock of
    both necks is natural maple.

    Something like this color, but more transparent, like the old
    Eb3's. I want a vintage style look, it is a Vintage Vortex after all.


    I just sold some basses to pay for this so I am ready to go.
    Any suggestions and ideas would be welcome.
  2. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    How about a pic of the fretless rosewood board? If it's a nice, dark board I think it'd be really sexy with deep tobacco burst. If its a lighter color, I think a solid color like the one pictured would be hot with it.
  3. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I can't get that up till paul renews my Gold membership,
    I am way over quota. But he should have that in a few days
    as I mailed it out yesterday.

    There may be a pic in the 4 sale forum, I'll check. I would call
    it medium to medium dark.
  4. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    This doesn't answer your specific question, but I can shed some light on the new vs. old pickups/pre.

    The Dimarzio Suhr combination seems to be more of a 'standard' tone for lack of a better word. That combo tends to lean more towards a standard sound.

    The Benavente pickups/pre are very open and shapeable. They seem more like clay as they can be shaped into any sound I can think of. It's very versatile and I don't think you'll believe it until you hear it.

  5. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback on that.

    That is kind of what I was hoping. Brian offered to do an
    upgrade fro about 150 on the first one, I was a little reluctant
    to do it until I got the second one, bolted up both necks and
    checked it out.
  6. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I went with the mahogany cherry burst vintage Gibson
    look with a white pearloid pickguard.

    You may notice this thread was from April 2006.

    I sent the neck back to Chris Benavente with a deposit July 2006
    and I heard from Brian Barrett that it will probably go out
    next week as soon as the get the hardware from Hipshot.

    So looks like the long wait is finally over.

    The pics are gone so here is a fresh one of the original
    bass, ash with black block fretted maple neck bolted up
    and the fretless neck next to it.

    I also did a very bad photoshop of the fretless neck onto
    a Candy Apple red bass from Blueberry Hill originally, which
    got sold here last year in the basses forum. It is not the
    exact some color of course, but I think it gave me a feel
    for how it was going to look.

    And, I am blonde, so I look good in red. ;)
  7. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    This pic of the original is a little more true to the color.

    Also, I forgot to mention, the necks on these two basses are matched, so
    they are swappable. :)
  8. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Here it is, just arrived 2 days ago.

    Here's a few pics.
  9. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    And two more.
  10. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    HOT!!! Love the deep red on mahogany.


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