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ID this semi-acoustic looking bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DaveBeny, Oct 25, 2005.


  1. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    http://www.ebs.bass.se/pdf/EBSBnD05.pdf

    Second page of this .pdf document, being played by Jonas Hellborg. It's not a great picture. It almost looks like it could be a Warwick headstock, but I have not seen any brand with this bodyshape before.
     
  2. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    It's either a Wechter or Warwick custon shop... not sure, but a 5'ver version with a high C would be pretty cool!
     
  3. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    It really looks like a Warwick headstock to me???
     
  4. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I had thought of Wechter (those horns) - an electric bass would be a big departure from Abe Wechter's usual work.

    www.wechterguitars.com
     
  5. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    big departure, but cool... nonetheless.

    Now I'm super curious about what Jonas is playing.
     
  6. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    J-Raj,

    Thought you might be interested to know that Jonas has a new album, 'Kali's Son', coming out in Nov/Dec. It's a trio of JH, Selvaganesh on kanjira and Niladri Kumar on the 'zitar', a five-string sitar that he runs through all sorts of effects. Sounds promising.

    An article from earlier this year:
    http://in.rediff.com/movies/2005/mar/02jonas.htm

    And now back to your scheduled programming...
     
  7. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    BUMP for the US evening crowd.
     
  8. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    Connecticut
    Headstock looks like a Drozd...if we're talking about the guy on the left. If it's Jonas, I've got no idea.
     
  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    Very cool stuff! Thanks for that. I"ve been digging that indo-fusion thing... Natraj is also a bad to hear.

    Justateenpoet, that might Carles Benevente that you are thinking about with Drozd bass.


    As for the Warwick looking element, I do remember that they made an ABG, so designed with TM Stevens... Maybe this is the dbl-cut version of it... with no sound hole.
     
  10. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I emailed Warwick but have had no reply so far.

    However, have swapped a couple of emails with Dave Marks, who also played at the event. He confirmed that Hellborg's bass is a Warwick custom built for him. It's actually a solidbody :eek: and weighs an absolute tonne.
     
  11. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    That thing's solid? Holy crap! :eek: :eyebrow:
     
  12. Interesting! The shape is clearly modelled on his acoustic Wechter, but it looked to have a carved top. I wonder what the specs are?

    Mike