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I just might buy this Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jul 29, 2004.


  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I found this Green Violin Bass, i am not exactly sure as to it's playing condition but it sure does look nice.The seller has asked $350 but i think that is too high for this bass. If it is not a player i dont think i will go for it.
     
  2. any chance you will get to try it before you agree to buy?
     
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    It looks like an Apollo I had, (my first actual bass), but it had a red sunburst. While it may not be an Apollo, it was probably made at the same factory.....they just stuck different namplates on them.

    I recognize the headstock shape, control knobs, and the pups........very weak and don't have much output at all. Yeah, at $350, I'd say the seller is dreaming. It's not an old Teisco del Rey where the instruments were so bizarre that they're collectible now.
     
  4. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I dont think i will be able to try the bass first here is the email that i got in response to my question -

    I completely overhauled the bass when I first got it,
    which I do with all my guitars. But I haven't pulled
    this one out of storage for over two years, so it can
    probably stand to have a new set of strings,
    intonation adjusted and so on. It has some minor
    scuffs and finish checking, otherwise good original
    condition. There's no brand on it, but judging by its
    features I think it was made by Fuji (makers of Greco,
    Domino, Apollo, etc.) so it is of decent enough
    quality. Plays and sounds as good as these things can.
    It's certainly not a Hofner, but it's OK.

    The price is firm. I really wasn't planning on selling
    it. I kinda like it myself, even though I almost never
    play it. You can find them cheaper on eBay, though
    most will be the common sunburst, not green.
     
  5. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Here is another cool Green Violin Bass i would like to find
     
  6. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    The guy with the first bass you showed neglected to mention the E string slips over the side of the neck........(at least, it did on mine).

    "Plays and sounds as good as these things can"
    Isn't that American English doublespeak for "Plays and sounds like feces" ????
     
  8. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member


    I was thinking that also.
     
  9. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Check out this modified Hofner
     
  10. That green looks really cool on those basses. :hyper:
    Buy one and have a pro tweak it, then of course run it into a Sadowsky outboard preamp! :bassist:
     
  11. MM, I think you should just save up for another Sad ;) While the finish on that Green Violin is to die for, I can't get over the look...I wonder how it sounds.
     
  12. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member


    I know , their really hit or miss. I really just use these basses for acoustic jams and some Church material i play.
     
  13. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    If I were you, I'd rather use the Infinity for that...

    And so far all the violin basses and their copies sounded awful
     
  14. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    That Greenburst Hofner has got to be one of the Coolest Hofner's i have seen. :bassist:
     
  15. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Still giving thoght to the first bass shown but i still think $350 is a bit to high.
     
  16. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Major - You might try a place like Subway Guitars (forget link/address) who specializes in really off-the-wall basses/guits.

    You could tell them what you're after and see what they have. They usually have some violin-shaped basses incl. Klira, Alexis, and Eko....(Eko's are pretty cool. They used to make a lot of basses for Vox Claypool likes his better than Hofners).

    Here's an Eko (dig that crazy headstock!) -

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Man, go to pawnshops or Music-Go-Rounds or garage sales...go anywhere, but don't spend $350 on one of those abominations! They are junk and sound horrible with the possible exception of the Eko, and the Eko's I've played have very low output. Think of these things as the lowest quality starter basses of the 60's and 70's.