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Hollowbodies... Why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fretless55, Jan 12, 2012.


  1. I really want to love them.

    And truly love the look.

    But I'm missing the worth...
     
  2. JMimbs

    JMimbs

    Jan 5, 2012
    Central Florida
  3. mc_muench

    mc_muench

    Sep 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    and I ask why not?
     
  4. If you try one, you may find it more comfortable. I don't. Many others may not, but you might. That would be a good reason to get one.
     
  5. poomwah

    poomwah

    Jan 26, 2008
    mines not comfortable but GOD it sounds good
    DSCF1293.
     
  6. grrg63

    grrg63

    Dec 14, 2005
    Pittsburgh
    I used to have a 1971 Epiphone 5120. Beautiful bass, great thumpy sound, but it was so light
    I could never get comfortable with it.
    With a solidbody, I feel like I can "dig in" when using a pick. I think I sort of had to stabilize the hb with my left hand
    because of neck dive.
    As with any instrument, you should just try one and see how you like it.
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  7. The top horn and bridge placement makes most a little neck divey.
     
  8. Woody tone. Great for certain applications.
     
  9. JMimbs

    JMimbs

    Jan 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    Not every hollowbody is huge and uncomfortable though. Some even get used for metal.

    350px-Marco1.
     
  10. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Because its a whole different sound. I have 3 laklands, a DJ, Glaub and HoBo and I feel I can cover all of the tones/sounds in my head with them.
    The hollow is just worlds apart. It is a little difficult to tame/eq live but the depth and warmth is something wonderful. Not all hollows are the same though, but I really love mine.

    Solo the neck pickup on the Lakland hollow and the woodyness of the tone just screams double bass.
     
  11. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    You identified the worth in your first post.
     
  12. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    what is that bass
     
  13. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    is that really a hollow body or just some hollwed out wings. very different...
     
  14. I think the differences in tone have to do with the back of the pickup being open. At least that's what makes the difference in hollowbody guitars. I think that's what causes the 'woody' tones. They are also lighter than solid body basses, which could be good for those with back problems. I guess it boils down to whether or not you like the sound of them, which you said you don't.
     
  15. JMimbs

    JMimbs

    Jan 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    Fair point. The Infinity is semi-hollow. There are slim hollowbodies out there though.
     
  16. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I love 'em, but I'm a fan of the "British Invasion" bands of the Sixties, most of whom played hollowbodies. But my search for my first one began when I saw The Alarm in the early Eighties. Eddie Macdonald played one, it sounded awesome and of course looked very cool.
    Here's a few of mine:
    0112121722a.
    longhorns013.
    suncity006-1.
    davison004.
    Copyoftxcav004.
    ibanez11.
     
  17. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    A few?!?!?! :-O
     
  18. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Yeah, I don't have pics of all of 'em on this computer. ;)
    Forgot this one:
    tearbass.
    I prefer short-scale hollows, tho' I do have a couple long-scales and a couple medium-scales. Strung with flats, that deep thumpy sound, with minimal sustain, that's just awesome IMO.
     
  19. i'm happy with my semi-hollow. looks good, sounds good to me.
    120161744421-4.
     
  20. poomwah

    poomwah

    Jan 26, 2008
    It's a highland thunderchief
     

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