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Hilarious old bass advertisement

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by neren, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. neren


    Jun 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    Found this old Harmony ad and thought it was a crack-up: http://i.imgur.com/13wmO.jpg

    My favorite part is "And you produce sounds you've never heard before."
  2. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Mini rig of doom too.
  3. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    When you are electrocuted by the ungrounded chassis and two wire mains power cord.
  4. bloobass


    Jul 10, 2012
    Louisville, KY
    Hey, at least the bass is plugged in!
  5. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Just saw Tal Wilkenfeld play on Sat. night and she played a bass similar to the one pictured which seemed like an interesting choice to me. She only played one song on it at the beginning of the set so I'm thinking she might of just thrown it in there for entertainment value. I wonder if these basses were any good?
  6. MonkeyBass


    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    The model for that ad clearly has no idea how to play. I hate that.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    If you're talking about his right arm, it was actually common for people to play by plucking with their thumb at the time. That's the reason for the "tug bar" (inverted thumb rest) below the strings on basses from that period.
  8. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    Anyone still wear their bass as a necklace anymore?
  9. From what year is this ad? Anyone who can date it?
  10. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
  11. Oh, btw. I just realized he hasn't got any strap or something. I wonder if he could play a gig, holding it like that...
  12. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    "And you produce sounds you've never heard before."

    I believe it.
  13. Eric1668


    Jul 24, 2012
    You've just answered one of those questions that I've always thought was too dumb to ask! Thank you!:bassist:
  14. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I played acoustic guitar for a few church services on a mission trip without a strap. Not even strap buttons to tie a shoelace to. The pressure of my right arm on the sticky poly finish was enough to keep it up.
  15. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    I'd guess early to mid 70s based on the fact that this bass had the finger rest (a/k/a tug bar) on the G string side along with a thumb rest on the E string side to accomodate either thumb or finger playing. Fender switched from the G string to the E string side about '73ish, plus or minus. BTW, I'm an original thumb player since I started playing bass in 1963. :cool:
  16. 13wmO.
    Great ad for the time.
    I agree that the guy is a model and has no clue how to play.
    1) No guitar strap present
    2) Left hand fingering is awkward and useless
    3) Right arm is completely covering the strings for some extreme muting
    4) Right fingers are not on or near a "tug bar"
    5) Lastly and most importantly, the model is clean cut, way too happy and smiling, definitely not a bass player trait.

    .....Other than that the ad is accurate
  17. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    Dick Van Dyke plays bass?
  18. Mike11121


    Sep 17, 2007
    Frankly, I'm much more concerned about his left hand. He appears to have only 2 fingers (and maybe a thumb). That's gotta make those chord voicings pretty challenging!
  19. Now here's an ad from the same era.
    He doesn't even need to pretend to play.
    His name precedes him.
    Fender Jazz and a Peavey go together like mom and apple pie.
    Here'ssssssss JOHNNY....Williams that is
  20. "bass man" xD

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