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Hollowbody Bass and Hollowbody guitars in the same band

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lawndart, Feb 21, 2005.


  1. lawndart

    lawndart

    Oct 4, 2003
    Northern NJ
    I was thinking of getting a hollowbody bass(Lakland HB possibly with Darkstars) for the rockabilly band i'm in and was wondering if its sound will get washed out cause there is at least one if not two gretsch hollowbody players in the band?

    any opinions?

    sean
     
  2. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I used to own a Godin A4 fretless (semi acoustic bass). I thought it sounded really good played along side my guitarist's acoustic or his resonator. This isn't exactly your situation, but I think it is close enough to say that you are probably in good shape going with the hollowbody.
     
  3. lawndart

    lawndart

    Oct 4, 2003
    Northern NJ
    cool thanks
    I think a hollowbody or a 51 Pbass would look the part much better than a MIA Pbass with a SD 1/4lb pup in it.
     
  4. Dave Hill

    Dave Hill Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    The local GC here got some Ibanez? hollowbodies that look, sound and play really great. $350 too.
     
  5. Get an upright bass to go with the guitar. Check out Lee Rocker with the Stray Cats and the John Butler Trio (Australian).

    Uprights are way cool. Just not practical to transport :crying:
     
  6. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

  7. lawndart

    lawndart

    Oct 4, 2003
    Northern NJ
    id love to get an upright, believe me, but it'll prob teke me a year and day to learn the technique. Plus after seeing the two bass players struggle with ther uprights the other night with loading and unloading and finding a place to store it, i'd have to say nuh huh.
     
  8. apollo11

    apollo11

    Aug 19, 2004
    New York
    Think Beatles: Hofner, Ric 325, Gretsch Country Gent, Ric 12 string. All were hollow or semi, and these were used for virtually all their early records and concerts up through 65. Mid 60's through the breakup saw extensive use of Epiphone Casinos, too, from Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison. Lennon played lead on the Let It Be rooftop songs on his Casino, along with McCartney's Hofner. In actuality, there weren't many solid body guitars that dominated that band, so it will definitely work.

    Andrew
     
  9. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Sorry to pee on your fruit loops but the only way to get the look and sound of a real rockabilly band is with an upright. And learn the rockabilly slap technique. Go here
    www.rockabillybass.com

    Without the upright slap technique it's not rockabilly
     
  10. dunharrow

    dunharrow

    Feb 22, 2005
    Minneapolis MN
    My first bass was an upright. I loved it. I bought it to play in a rockabilly band and found it quite easy to pick up on the slap technique. I would never play in another rockabilly band without one. They really complete the sound. They are real difficult to lug around though, and they will really test your endurance until you get the hang of it.
     
  11. lawndart

    lawndart

    Oct 4, 2003
    Northern NJ
    rick,
    thanks for that website. I'll definately be on that site for a while. The last bass player had a Gibson Ripper. I agree with you that in order to get THE sound you have to have a stand up, but i'm kinda swaying the way of convienence of storage and portability. maybe someday an upright will be in my arsenal.