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John Paul Maghini, new luthier, I think it's a nice bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by modulusbassist, Oct 22, 2001.


  1. G guitars at www.gguitars.com/index.html just brought in a new luthier named John Paul Maghini. Although I know very little of him, I like the bass a lot and the list price is $1999 but I think much less after discount, I think it's reasonbly because it looks really good from the pics.

    http://www.gguitars.com/1249_1.html

    The link tells you the spec, I think it's pretty impressive.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Here is a full shot of the bass
     
  3. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    The body reminds me of a van Gogh painting.
     
  4. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    The string spacing reminds me of a guitar.
     
  5. That bass looks awesome! I really like the curves. You see so many basses that look like something else, sometimes it is refreshing to see something a little different.

    jtbp
     
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I have the same feelings about it.
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'm getting a Matt Schmill meets Warwick Thumb vibe off of it. I like it!
     
  8. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    i dont know why but im having a strange feeling the action would be high on it....just me though
     
  9. I cannot abide that headstock, and the upper horn doth offend me, but it's pretty cool on the whole.
     
  10. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Interesting. It looks like a conservatively-styled Bebensee.
     
  11. elwood

    elwood there is no spoo

    Jul 25, 2001
    Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    That's my impression, too. The matching elex and truss rod covers and wood knobs are very nice touches.

    elwood
     
  12. I like it. It looks like it's very well crafted. But the upper horn seems to make it look like it's not gonna balance too well. The upper horn looks too short for the neck.
     
  13. Check out this funny looking bass.......

    This is for you modulusbassist:)

    [​IMG]
     
  14. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Actually.. those are becoming more common these days.. (Fodera, Ken Lawrence, R Bass, F Bass) etc. etc.. I actually like those bodies.. I think it would add alot more sustain to the B and to make the neck more stable :) I actually love single cutaways.. I don't like NO Cutaways thoughs (lots of Acoustics) :(
     
  15. Yeah! You're probably right, it does make the neck stronger isn't it? Hmmm....a thing to consider.
     
  16. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I don't believe the idea was improved neck strength, but rather a completely flat neck angle along with improved resonance through the neck and body. True? Not sure.
     
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I've read the same thing about the Fodera single cutaways and the Brase.
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    That may have been the idea on the early single cuts. I'd be willing to bet the ones that followed have a big old chunk of "Me, too" in there somewhere;)
     
  19. Maybe, but they could also unintentionally strengthen the neck with that design?
     
  20. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    I think they're both ugly. The body being too small and curvaceous on the first and too large and oar like on the second. Sometimes I think some luthiers get a bit too carried away.