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Langcaster Basses - wild wood

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thunderitter, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
  2. crkempton


    May 30, 2006
    those headstocks are atrocious.
  3. Although I do like the body design I don't find the wood choice very attractive, IMO.
  4. It seems odd to have a plain looking, one piece maple neck on a body like that.........at prices like that :eyebrow: I don't mind the headstocks. They don't look like hamburger flippers or billboards. :D
  5. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Beautiful wood ≠ beautiful bass.
  6. tbrannon


    Jun 11, 2006
    The basses are made in NZ- the headstocks are meant to reflect Maori traditional carvings....I think the builder is a Dutch fellow living in Auckland. He's made a few basses using the Lightwave optical pickups and will pretty much build the bass around whatever pickups/electronics you provide. I actually contacted him at one point when I was living there for a quote (and asked if a different headstock could be used).

    The wood is Swamp Kauri-

    I agree- the headstocks are *not* my favorite.
  7. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    The name just immediately reminds me of the infamous "wangcaster" that is forbidden on TB. :)
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Now THAT'S some vintage wood.
  10. Mr_Dave


    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    the bridge pickup on the 2nd one looks awful close to the bridge...
  11. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    I like the "wild" wood. The headstock is not my cup of tea.
  12. its swamp kauri, ridiculously expensive over here, and non existent else where
  13. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Once explained I like it better, before I thought it was not a clear design. Weird wood & headstock with a somewhat normal shaped body. Kind of a miss match to me, design wise.
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member


    It's so ugly I actually think it's cool!
  15. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    I believe Tom Hamilton has a Langcaster Bass.

    It was on cover of Bassplayer a few years back.
  16. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
  17. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    As brannon says the headstock reflect Maori carvings. In particular it reminds me of a Wahaika, which is a hand club very akin to a Tomahawk.

    Here's a picture of one:

  18. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The headstock shape is very cool, but the way the tuners are arranged is... unusual.
  19. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    That wasn't a Langcaster which is made in NZ with Kauri, a wood revered in NZ for its strength and beauty, it was a Tomkins, which is made in Australia, a diferent country, and the instruments Tomkins make are made with quite different woods.

  20. its sap buddy

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