I want this bass!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nate 0 jt, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Boy, there something wrong with your head?

    Seriously, I think it's kinda funky looking, but in a good way. But...it's just too ugly for me...
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    :eek: I wrote Mr. Read about that very bass a while back.
    It's a custom job - s'posed to be like a (Zon) Hyperbass
    I guess. One of the interesting things he mentioned was that
    the customer wanted the fretboard of two different woods.
    I forget what the rosewood-lookin' part is, but the lower portion
    of the board is ebony. Also, the pup's a Bart, but passive.
    I think it went for around $2K.

    I was partial to this zebra-y lookin' Rob Allen type...


    I've noticed that Mr. Read has some pretty decent prices for
    custom jobs. And for somebody from Boston he's a heckuva
    nice guy. (I'm KIDDING gruffer :D )
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I LOVE that fretless. I would've seriously considered buying one had it had better woods (yeah, could've ordered, but hey...). Definitely killer bass.
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I've never tried a Read bass, but Jack Read is very well thought of at the Bottom Line digest. He is very knowledgeable, helpful, and is held in high regard there. An archive search there will turn up many posts to, from, and about him.

    Official TBL Archives : http://www.amstadt.com/tbl
    Official TBL web site : http://www.magpie.com/tbl
  5. Newsted


    Jun 24, 2001
    yap is realyyyyyy ugly thats all i have to say:p
  6. wildbillking

    wildbillking Guest

    Sep 27, 2001
    phoenix, arizona
    if you have the october "bass player" mag, go to page 24. Michael Manring is playing one and i think he talks about that bass on his website. i'm not sure though. i linked to his website a couple of months ago and forgot to write it down. but those pics did jog my memory. i think it's a beautiful bass IMO
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The bass that Manring plays is the Zon Hyperbass, which that Read is a 'copy' of.

    Here's a pic of the Manthing playing it. You can get a wallpaper of this at the SWR website.


    Here's a pic of the bass from the Zon website.

  8. wildbillking

    wildbillking Guest

    Sep 27, 2001
    phoenix, arizona
    after i replied i looked at the magazine again and sure enough, i saw that ZON badge. i then turned the page and on page 26 or 27 there is the ad for READ basses. never played one but i like the design. it just looks like a soloist's dream. all that easy access.
  9. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I actually like the look of it.
  10. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Is it just me, or does the Zon look a million times, less ugly than the copy?
  11. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    ummm....yea....i think it is ugly but thats just me...hey, my 300th is commin up soon

  12. besides the hyberbass, what other extended range fretless basses are out there? if any, Thanks, Nate
  13. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Curbow...can you say 33 frets?
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Hyperbass would have 36, if it had frets.

    I think John Turner's 8 string has 36 too.
  15. ytsebri


    Sep 1, 2000
    Let's see, the Tune Bass Maniac has either 26 or 27 frets
  16. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  17. Nice bass, but I think I like the Zon better. Would that be a good first fretless?:D :D


  18. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Others in the "if they had frets" category...

    Jerzy Drozd "Excellency" sixer


    Azola Jazzman and Deco


    I ain't sure how many frets this Armen sixer would have.
    Probably best not to think about it :p

  19. is there a website for that Armen bass? Thanks, nate