Most 60s sounding Hollow/Semi Hollow Body Bass - Need definitive answer!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gollygeeswell, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. gollygeeswell


    Jul 13, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I've read several threads here and on other forums but there doesn't seem to be any definitive answers.

    I only have up to about $800 to spend, would prefer to stay in the $500 range if possible. Would prefer to get a new bass (for ease of procurement sake) but not opposed to looking for something used. Also, if there is a new bass (such as the Gibson Midtown) that will fulfill my dreams at a higher price point I'd be curious to know what it is!

    I want a bass that sounds like Chas Chandler (We Got To Get Out of This Place - ultimate hollow body sound to me), Paul Samwell Smith)- That classic 60s hollow body sound. I believe he played an Epiphone Rivoli.

    Do Eastwood, Waterstone, Hagstrom, Italia make any exceptional basses in this style - On YouYube I found what I think was an Eastwood that really sounded great but it's discontinued.

    I've read about the Jack Cassidy Bass a lot but I've heard them in club situations several times and while I think they sound (and look) great they don't at all have that 60s hollow body sound I'm looking for.

    Thanks so much for your help!!!! :hyper:
  2. NightTripper


    Oct 20, 2011
    You say hollow, my mind immediately says Hofner. You can get the Contemporary, though it is semi-hollow. The Icon/Ignition sounds great and definitely has that vibe. I played one through an SVT and it was like the voice of God. That's what I would go for.
  3. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    Epi Allen Woody
  4. Loved mine. I was insane for selling it. Will pick another up down the road.
  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The Epi Jack Casady bass is a much better sounding instrument than the EB-2/Rivoli, so it will definitely not give you the tone you're looking for.
  6. +1. Came to say Hofner. And for a 60s sound? There's my pick.
  7. cssbass


    Jun 15, 2011
    It can be hard to find and may be out of your price range, but the Vox Sidewinder rules for that 60s sound.
  8. gollygeeswell


    Jul 13, 2013
    Los Angeles
    So two votes for Hofner. Thanks! The first poster said either a Contemporary or an Icon. Huge price difference between the two. I don't have a lot of money so an Icon is definitely in my price point. Why would someone get the Contemporary if the Icon does the job at a much better price point?

    What about the Hofner Club bass? The Hofner violin is SO identified with The Beatles (who I love) that I'd rather have something that has a bit of a different look if possible.
  9. gollygeeswell


    Jul 13, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Vox sidewinder seems to be going for about 2500.00 on ebay!! definitely out of my range :-( but thanks for the info.

    How is the Gibson midtown?
    Anyone have experience with the Eastwood Classic 4 or the Waterstone Cestus?
  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
  11. The Hofner Verythin CT bass has a classic guitar shape, so it does not look Beatle-like. It has a very 60's sound when fitted with Pyramid , Labella, or T-I flats.
    Of course the Guild Starfire is a 60's classic. I'm afraid you need to save just a bit more money to achieve your worthy goal.
    Oddly, my Jack Casady bass sounds very Hofnerish with Pyramid flats on it.
    Certainly the Hofner Ignition (formerly known as the Icon) will give the sound of the 60's when fitted with the correct flats for a lot less money.
    own, as well and think it's great.
  12. Konza


    Jun 16, 2013
    Maybe Ibanez AFB200 hollowbody, or ASB180 semi-hollow.
  13. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I had a medium scale Gretsch that had a great 60's thing when played with flats...AND the right amp. IMO, the amp/speakers and eq setting is probably just as important as the bass.
  14. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    It's on my very short list of basses I want to pick up when I have room for extras. Really cool and unique!
  15. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Remember the JC is a long scale, as well has having far more articulate pickup than most of the 60s semihollow and hollow thudbuckets. If you could find one (they're rare because nobody wants to part with one) the DeArmond Starfire reissue is short scale and gets a pretty thuddy sound. Also, I believe Warwick has released a short scale, Rockbass version of the Framus Star bass. However, on the Warwick version, the pickups were located in Jazz bass position, giving it a more versatile, less thuddy tone. Nonetheless, the Rockbass Star was rumored to be going for $800ish new retail.
  16. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Hofner Club
    Epiphone Allen Woody
    Ibanez AFB200

    Put La Bella flats on, play with a pick, you're there. At one time or another, I have had all three of these. The Hofner is the closest to that '60s sound.
  17. NightTripper


    Oct 20, 2011
    I think the Contemporary has the same pickups as the real-deal German basses. Judging by video demos though (I haven't played the CT or the German), the Icon does a better job of sounding like the vintage ones. As I understand it, the Club sounds exactly like the Violin, just with a less Beatley, but equally cool look. It's definitely on my own GAS list. :bassist:
  18. MusicBear


    Jan 22, 2010
    East coast, USA
    Give a listen to Ed Friedland's review of the Eastwood Classic 4 bass. (Note that he has a foam block mute installed during the first part; he removes it later so you will hear a difference.)

  19. I had a chance to play a couple of Ibanez ASB 180 semi hollow basses today, I really liked them a lot. (One was definitely setup better than the other.)

    I'd love to try one out with flats, I'm betting that you could get a great 60's sound. The red burst one had a cool "Harmony Rocket" vibe to it.
  20. blueskyjaunte

    blueskyjaunte Thump

    Sep 16, 2013
    Sunny AZ
    Funny, I too played an AFB180 for the first time today. A complete "meh" experience. Why don't guitar stores do even a rudimentary setup on their display instruments? 15 minutes of work could turn a permanent wall decoration into an immediate sale!