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How did you get turned onto Hollowbody basses ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Nov 28, 2006.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    How did you get turned onto hollowbody basses ?
  2. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    ...I bought one. I saw it hanging there in the store and I thought it looked cool, so I gave it a go. A couple days later I walked out of the store with said bass and I've been in love with its feel and tone ever since.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    What did you get ?
  4. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    Oops, sorry. I bought a '69 Guild Starfire fretless. It has had it's fair share of dings and someone swapped out a lot of the hardware and the pickups, but I still think it's awesome.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Very cool, all the best with it and enjoy ! :bassist:
  6. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Good question. I really have to stop and think about this one. I'm not sure. I've had a bunch of Hollow Body guitars over the years, and still have a few. Always liked them. Had a Danelectro UB 1 bass. One of those late 60's Dan Armstrong modified ones for a bit, and a Jerry Jones Longhorn for quite a while too. I've always been one to pick up and play any bass or guitar I could get my hands on, so it just seemed natural to play hollow bodies when they crossed my path. The only Hollow Body bass I have right now is this Epi Jack Casady that followed me home this summer. Couldn't resist it for $500 brand new and out the door. Love the way it plays and sounds. It's not my number one gigging bass, but I do play it out fairly regularly.
  7. ^ Alright! Another Jackbass devotee! :bassist: (I have a 1999 sunburst model)

    Not so surprisingly, it was a video I saw of Jack Casady playing with Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna) in the early 70s which made me flip for hollowbodies.

    I belive he was playing a Guild Starfire w/2 pickups, but the notes he played and his phrasing seemed to fill every space that Jorma left open, without showboating. Mmmm, mmmm! :hyper:

    I also loved the sound of the bass, which was very un-Fender-like. Since then, I've always wanted a hollowbody, and six years ago I bought a Jackbass, and am still in love with it.

    And if you're reading this, Dan Lakin, :) I still can't get over the excellent tone and feel of your Lakland hollowbody bass that I played this September at The NYC GTG. Love at first sound!

    It's like a woman you meet once, yet can never forget.

    Maybe soon.

    Mike ;)
  8. Kruton


    Aug 20, 2005
    Ocean Springs, MS
    I didn't
  9. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    So why respond? Why even read the thread?

    When I was a kid "everyone" played hollowbodies so it was ingrained in my head. A few years after taking up bass in the late 70s I saw the video for The Alarm's "The Stand" with Eddie Macdonald playing an Epi Rivoli. looked cool and sounded tough.
    Currently own:
    Epiphone Rivoli
    Gibson EB-2 Custom
    Jerry Jones Longhorn
    Jerry Jones Longhorn Bass VI
    Phanton BW Teardrop Hollowbody
    Hofner "Beatle"
    Ibanez Artcore
  10. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    My first good bass was a Hofner Beatle Bass that I picked up in Germany back in '65. It's S/N 937. I still have it and have added to my Hollowbody bass collection ever since. They are special!
  11. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I bought a $199 Rogue Hofner-copy as a novelty, and have been pleasently surprised to find the magic of hollowbodiness.

    The notes are fat, especially in the lower register. Very sensitive to dynamics and technique, and where you pick/pluck the string.

    I'm just extremetely frustrated that I find the violin shape very uncomfortable to play live, and very few companies make ergonomically designed hollowbody basses with magnetic pickups (and especially lefty).

    Recently I was watching Gov't Mule's Allen Woody tribute concert, and the bass sound that stand out the most was Will Lee's, playing an Epiphone Allen Woody model. The notes just jumped out of the speakers.

    None of the other bass players came close to that sound.

  12. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    From admiring JT's massive Conklin beauties!! ;)
  13. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I've always like hollowbody guitars for a variety of reasons: fondness for roots rock, cool retro looks/vibe, resonance, etc. Then while recording a few years ago, I used a bandmate's Epiphone Rivoli hollowbody bass for a couple of tracks, and loved the PHATNESS. But the kicker was trying out a DiPinto Belvedere semi-hollow in 2003. I knew within a few notes I needed one, and I bought it a couple of months later. I've since tried Guild Starfires and Lakland Hollowbodies, and loved them both.

    I think hollow and semi-hollow basses are underappreciated in general, especially in harder rock, where they can be awesome. I've used the DiPinto for punk and old-school metal, and it kills, as do the hollowbodies used by Queens of the Stone Age. So I view mine as an essential arrow in the quiver, especially for recording. If I didn't have the DiPinto, it would be an old Guild or the Lakland.
  14. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Lately, I have been gassing for a hollowbody recently. I may have a buyer for a cab and may throw the funds at a Longhorn or a Stylist or a BEX or an Ibanez or a........
  15. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    !!!!!!MIKE JEWELS TURNS 50 IN TWO WEEKS !!!!!!!
  16. Madness


    Jul 27, 2005
    Madison, WI
    I guess because I've always liked the Les Paul, and Casino style of guitars. It sealed the deal when I first heard/saw Gov't Mule and Woody used 2 hollowbodies that day. He bacame my favorite player, and hollowbody became my dream instrument
  17. allenhumble


    Oct 22, 2004
    Acworth GA.
    I have never played a hollow body, but the jerzy drozd barcelona has me jonsing to play it. I probably never will. I'm not so sure it would cater to my needs. I play some slap and not so sure it would sound very good.
  18. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Years back I used a few different hollowbodies and then, for some reason, I completely moved away from them. Until this past summer when we were on vacation in California ....

    I wandered into this music store in Morro Bay (Central Coast Music) and picked up a Dean Stylist and man, did it sound great! I was playing that bass for almost an hour and a half in the store while my wife was wandering around the town. I couldn't believe the store owner (a super nice guy named Ed) didn't freak out on me, but it was a slow day and he liked to chat.

    When my wife fianlly found me, she said "Why don't you buy that if you like it so much?" but I decided to pass at the time. Been regreting that decision since that day, so I recently bought the same bass (color and everything) a few weeks ago. It's got a very unique tone, probably will never be a gigging bass for me but it's nice for just messing around or for some of my church commitments .... :cool:
  19. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Sorry for the bad B&W pic, but an awesome bass - '69 Vox Sidewinder. I actually got it in a trade years ago. I was looking for a Vox Phantom at the time but couldn't pass this one up. Once I hooked it up and felt the bottom end, I was forever addicted. This thing can rattle your fillings loose. Love it! Vox's can be hit or miss in quality, but if you find a good one it will serve you very well.

  20. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Very interested in the Stylist. I've read less than enthusiastic remarks on the low output, put I use a Sadowsky pedal and I'm sure that would do a lot.

    I read somewhere that there is only one strap button and you have to tie it by the headstock. Tell me it isn't true.

    I tried one in London last year, acoustically, and was very impressed by it. It's a nice bass.

    What color did you settle on?

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