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Hollowbody basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lbbc, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    I have been toying with the idea of getting a hollowbody bass....much like the new Gretsch. Any experience or comments/suggestions?
    I mostly play classic rock...Eagles/Foreigner/Styx etc. with an Alembic Persuader and Pushic custom bass...but am looking to add another dimension to what and how I play. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
  3. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I spoke with Jason Isbell's bassist last night and he played an early 80's Epiphone bass with F holes. The acoustic hollow sound with flats is what he likes about it and it sounded great.
  4. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    The Ibanez AGB and AFB can be had pretty cheap. Lotta love for the Hagstrom Viking bass round these parts... I love the single cut long scale Gretsch but it's a considerably more expensive experiment.
  5. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The Epiphone Allen Woody is chambered rather than fully hollow and it's awesome.
  6. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Another to consider is the reissue Harmony HB22. With the string anchor at the bottom of the body, it uses conventional strings instead of short scale strings, which makes life much easier.
  7. jtwill


    Mar 6, 2012
    I just got a Jack Cassidy which is not technically a hollowbody, that's what I read, but it is an amazing bass with a unique sound.
  8. recreate.me


    Apr 2, 2010
    Play them first, or even see if you can play them with the band. Hollow body basses have a unique tone to them that can easily get lost during performances. It sucks, but they aren't for everyone/everyband.
  9. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    + 1 for the Casady. It has a nice big round earthy sound. Bad purchase on my end - I have a P bass with an Alumitone pickup that sounds almost exactly the same. Never noticed the similarities in the store but I sure do at home.
  10. causeBASS


    Jun 14, 2011
    +2 for the JC bass!
  11. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    might get a jazz hollow body when i go to tokyo, not ruling it out
  12. Silverhorizon


    Mar 8, 2013
    I have a Gretsch G5400LS bass guitar and it is fantastic. Here is a picture of my bass too :)

    People usually play hollow body instruments in jazz, rock, blues and country. The reason for this is it has the "look" for those particular types of music, and it has the sound. The sound of my Gretsch is very "smooth". It's flat and has treble which is a sound that fits these genres.

    However the reason I play it is very different. and I am probably the only one here who plays one for this reason. I am mainly an acoustic bass guitar player, but there are few genres where you can play an acoustic bass guitar. So to compensate for this and be able to have something that feels acoustic and has a more acoustic sound I got my Gretsch. It is a great bass, and professional quality too! So for what you are playing this would be great.

  13. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    Thanks for all the advice. The Orange Gretsch is actually the one I've been looking at. I played one in a local music store but it sold before I could raise the funds. I realize they're not for everyone but wanted to see if anyone actually used it in a classic rock band setting. Thanks again!
  14. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    German Hofners
  15. Silverhorizon


    Mar 8, 2013
    I have used it in a classic rock setting before and it was great. The tone fit the rock style perfectly. If you want to play classic rock this is a great bass for the job as well.
  16. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    For a few years I often used a DiPinto Belvedere semi-hollow in various rock bands, and on the neck pickup it had a P-bass vibe too. When I bought it, Chris DiPinto himself even said it sounded like a P-bass, but at the time I had no real experience with P-basses. The Belvedere produced lots of sounds though, and its tone varied enormously with strings and playing technique, more so than a typical solid bodied bass. It sounded amazing IMO, but became superfluous when I got a G&L SB-2, which does the deep and heavy thing just as well, with better ergonomics. Still, I sometimes miss having that slight air/thud option in the arsenal. It was spectacular for recording.
  17. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Love me a good hollowbody. They have a unique niche, fat and heavy, with a bite from the top end unlike anything you will get from a solid. As said perfect basses for a muscular rock sound. Unlike many, I love them with rounds, Much more versatile imho.

    Listen to this: http://youtu.be/yKLNyZjIQyY
  18. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    I love my Dearmond Guild Starfire. If you can find one they have some great tones. I'd grab that in a fire over any Fender Dlx Jazz I have because I can find another Fender but the Dearmonds are rare (and were extremely cheap).

    I got mine used in perfect shape well under $400 and bass players always ask me about it after a live show because it barks, burps and cuts nicely.