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Looking for a 50s vibe. Like Fonzie.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bman, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. bman


    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    I'm looking for a bass with a 50s/rockabilly vibe.
    I'm not getting into an upright, and I've already got my nice basses. I just want a sub $1k bass that looks retro for a specific couple of gigs coming up. (Maybe more than a couple gigs, but strictly knock-around stuff.)

    Any recommendations? I've looked at the Jack Casady, and if I could find a Reverend nearby, I'd probably check one out...

    Whaddaya think?
  2. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    Sting signature P
  3. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I believe Wheezer proved that there actually IS an objective bass to be played while in the presence of the Fonz.
  4. bman


    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    *hand to forehead* You're right! I forgot about that. :D
  5. Rickenbacker. Vintage looks and tone.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Late fifties...could be either P bass design.
  7. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
  8. Thee


    Feb 11, 2004
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    What about a Longhorn? I think jerry jones makes some decent ones.
  9. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I think any "traditional" looking bass would be fine. A P would be great, but a J would be ok to. The audience won't know.

    If it looks old and beat up in a "well used" kinda way, even better.
  10. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Washburn makes a really retro looking 4 and 5 string. Semi-hollow body. I've never played one but as far as looks go...it's pretty old-school looking.
  11. Go for the Warwick Fortress Flashback that's for sale in the TB classifieds...gret retro look with the shiny lipstick pickups and the perloid pickguard, plus great tone. (It's not mine, I don't even know the dude selling it, but I have the 5 string version and it's a great bass).
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Something like these (Benavente 51 models):



  13. waxcomb


    Jun 29, 2003
    Martinez, CA
    How about an old Gibson Hollowbody? An EB-something or other.
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Exactly the bass you want.
  15. AGCurry


    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    Yes, you can snag one for 4-500 dollars.

    For even an earlier period vibe you can get the 51 Reissue P for not much more.

    Whichever one it is, you must put the covers on it!

    I think I remember seeing a Happy Days episode in which the bassist of Richie's band was playing a Jazz Bass. I noted the anachronism at the time.