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Most primitive commercial build?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GretschWretch, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Are you counting wishbass? I'd rate that as more minimal than any of those three. You can even get them without a single knob.
  2. I'd forgotten Wishbass. When I typed "commercial" I was thinking "factory." My understanding is that Wish is a single operative -- no factory or even employees. But you are right about the basses, although they have improved over time it seems.
  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    If you leave out 'cost cutting', it's the Fodera Anthony Jackson signature bass.
    No onboard electronics, switches or pots of any kind. Just one pickup wired directly to the output jack.
  4. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

  5. Wishnevsky is a great candidate. He's made upward of 1600 basses by now. String through, neck through, one knob, one pickup. Minimal work on fit or finish. Corian nut and floating bridge. He uses a lot of salvaged wood. Believe it or not, mine came with a great set up and it sounds fantastic. Delivered brand new for $300. That's cost cutting design.
  6. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
  7. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    The 4003 is almost all flat, with corners. Not a lot of time spent on building them.
  8. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    two pickups, two outputs, through neck, bindings on body, bound neck, triangle inlay, lots of knobs, chrome cover, fiddly bridge, etc. primitive?
  9. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    No "cost-cutting" but definitely minimalist.


    Fodera Presentation II. No controls. No electronics. Single pickup wired directly to the jack.

    Edit: lz4005 beat me to it!
  10. GroovinOnFunk

    GroovinOnFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Endorses ClearTone and SIT Strings
    this made me LOL
  11. the original 4000 model would certainly qualify as minimalist..one pup(with one tone and volume),no binding,no contours,dot inlays..
  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    By primitive, do we mean simple in design or shortcuts that make you say "what the....?".

    If it's the latter, I nominate the Ric 400? that I had years ago. Beautiful, well playing instrument but upon removal of the pickguard, the channel from the pickup cavities > control cavity was a series of overlapping spade bit cuts.

  13. As the OP, I was thinking simple in design and with somewhat crude workmanship (the Dano came with a non-adjustable neck rod and the Marvel with no rod at all, and neither the Fender nor the Marvel have separate fingerboards), but I did not state that clearly; so the thread now is going in whatever direction it chooses.
  14. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    original g&l sb-1

  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    The fact that any bass is fabricated of masonite is more noteworthy IMO. Not necessarily crude nor simple, just truly bizarre in some aspects.

  16. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I would have to say my '59-59' Multivox is the most primitive bass I have ever owned. No truss rod, simple layout, single ply pickguard mine really is a rough piece of work. The body is made of a core of finger jointed pieces of wood looks like alder, and covered front and back with a 1/8" veneer of maple. The tail piece is a converted mandolin tailpiece! Even with light gauge flats the action is pretty high. MysterybassHOG004_zpsa5dac99c. MysterybassHOG006_zps5229f223. MysterybassHOG005_zps61862116.
  17. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Gibson Blackbird. No volume control. No tone control. Just an on/off switch.

    And an OptiGrab™

  18. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Nope, none of those fancy professional basses above are primitive enough.

    Well, okay, maybe the box bass, but that's a big maybe!

    The true winner is my ultra rare Sears bass from the mid 1980s:


    And yes, that's Sears as in Craftsman tools, yeah, that Sears. :)

    From the genuine imitation Rosewood neck to the genuine brass two piece bridge, it just drips PRIMITIVE!

    But hey, it sounds and plays pretty darn good, so okay.

    Primitive enough?