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Idea for Your Custom/Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickbass, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Forgive me, but I saw an intriguing idea in a guitar catalog and tried it on one of my basses.........and it works!

    Very simple (I said the idea came from a guitarist! :D ) - put two fairly evenly spaced strap buttons on the butt of your bass. This allows you to stand it up against your amp during a break without fear of the bass tilting and falling to the stage as long as you place them so your instrument balances.

    I moved the extising button on one bass towards the upper part of the body and added one to the lower part of the body..........VOILA!!!

    It's no replacement for a guitar stand for a nice bass, but it's okay for your workhorse basses.
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ

    Thirty years late and a dollar short :p
  3. Tom Anderson, right? Yeah, real good idea.
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Definitely a good idea.

  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I believe a lot of Alembics early tail designs were made so that the bass could not balance on end.

    They did this because they were tired of people bringing them instruments damaged from falling over when being leaned against things. Now no one would even try.

  6. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE

    hehe, I just use one strap button but the carving on the body of my basses as the exact same function ;)

  7. JP, are you ever going to make any nice basses? :confused:

    :D ;)

    Beautiful work!
  8. j-raj

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

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN

    Does this bass still exist?

    Oh My G.A.S.!

    I need one!

    A pup-cover would look interesting on it as well.

  9. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Ampeg really made some cool basses..........sounded good, too. I really like the interchangeable pups on the transparent Ampeg perspex/Lucite bass.

    But as for using the butt strap buttons for support, Ampeg placed them too closely spaced to gain my confidence on any of their models.

  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Warwick does something similar but for gigbags - i think it is better suited there...
  11. j-raj

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

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN

    Ahhh yes I do remember this model (Dan Armstrong)!

    IIRC, it had a removable pick up on some models. Wasn't it short scale?

    Is it really the same as :



    I'm gonna look, so I can vanquish this temporary bout of G.A.S.
  12. my Hohner B2A has the twin strap buttons- the trouble is the buttons tend to get damaged in time- my Hohner's are pretty chewed-up.

    also if you fit straplocks, the self-standing ability is lost, surely?
    -unless you fit 3 straplocks...
  13. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    True, they would get damaged, but if I were to put two lugs there for the purpose of using them as a stand, I think I would just expect to replace them every few years as necessary. They're not too expensive, less than a pack of strings.
  14. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Yeah, j-raf, I know what you mean................"It make so HAWNY!!!!!!!!!! Me play you long time!!!"
  15. Hmmmmm.....wish i could afford one of these tomoro

    JPJ Envy...

    One of these in a 4 string, an 8-string and a 12-string (doubled 6) would be rather nice
  16. j-raj

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

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN

    I hear Ya, this is my Elephant Man Hohner Fretless:


    I can't keep up how many times I have post that pic...

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