Musikmesse Report and pictures !

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JP Basses, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    I know, this is double posting but I'm not spamming here!! Just making sure that this stuff gets a little more attention!


    We arrived in Frankfurt Friday by 11:00am. After a quick lunch, first entrance to the musikmesse. In fact we focused in the 4.1 Hall, dedicated to electric guitars and basses.
    We had first the pleasure to meet Heiko at the Lefay/Basslab booth. No coffee :D here because Heiko was VERY VERY busy! He was kind enough to let us shoot a couple of pics, and explained a lot of things about his instruments. As you guessed, I played a couple of them and even if I was sure I wasn't going to like those composite basses, I was finally really impresses about the punch and the woody song you get out of them. The Jazz Bass model is pretty incredible and Heiko just knows how to add some little details that show that is building and bass business still give him the opportunity to have fun :D !!
    Greg Howard, the amazing Stick player was the special guest of the basslab booth. He was demo-ing a brand new stick model which Heiko wil be building for Mister Chapman! Great news !

    Once we were on the Lefay truck we also took pics of the whole Lefay range and tried all the model, included the new one (ooops..can't remember the name of it..see pics please!). A Lefay 5 stringer for only 1700€!! That's cool. The steel (remington?) fretless is the bass that probably impressed me the most of this fair. The sustain is really there and the attack is just like in a fretted bass!

    We also meet Mike Tobias but he was always busy and we haven't had the chance to talk about building...

    Jens Ritter is really a nice guy. We spent a lot of time with him and laughed a LOT. He had drunk a LOT of german champagne and we just joined him to see how it tasted. Hey Jens, your champagne was not bad at but…I'm waiting for you to come home at the end of the month and drink a "real" French Champagne :D
    Jens basses had a lot of success and were almost all sold. The only one I laid my hands on was a classic four strig and it really was a nice bass. Sorry for Xush…I asked about the 2 Jupiters but Jens didn't let my try them because a sold bass is only "for the eyes" …

    We also spent about 1 hour at Marleaux booth. They had a building video running and it was very interesting ti compare building techniques (I had my laptop with me). All the Marleaux basses sounded and played great and if you're looking for a Jazz Bass type, you really nedd to try Marleaux ones! They're pretty cheap and very very good!

    I tried a couple of hotwire J's but didn't like them… Magnus Krempel was also showing a special hollowbody J with a wooden bridge and featuring a Bi-Band pickup inside the body. The bass felt great but the sound wasn't for me.

    The Neuser booth was also pretty busy and Dominique Di Piazza was demo-ing there (What a player!). The "famous" bridge (see their web site) was shown on one of the bass. The fretless sound is really there! Attack and decay are the same that you have on a fretless! In the fretless "mode" you just have to lighten a bit the way you hit the strings.
    Now, IMO I'd rather have two different basses, one fretted and one fretless…but for those who can't afford it, the Neuser bridge is an option to consider. They'll be offering it as an option on the whole range of basses.

    Schack, Sei, Overwater, Moscato, Jerzy Drozd, Aries and Shuker were not at the musikmesse. Sorry for the guys who asked for info about them.

    I probably forgot some things here but I'll add them later if I ever remember :D

    We aslo met with Bassline!!
    Great booth and basses... You'll see some pics of the basses...a 7 string with a spalted/ceruse Ash top was NICE!!
    Thanks Fabian for welcoming us!!

    Click here for the pics !

    There are 176 pictures ! so it takes some time to load...

    Be patient and post your comments/questions here.

    Peace, JP
  2. thanks for sharing them with us!.. great pics..
  3. pc


    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    and by the way... any new ideas to the next JP's :D
  4. I guess that is to improve intonation.. But I dont think it really works. :meh:
  5. one_skunk


    Apr 30, 2001
    thanks for the pics, JP. luv the bass porn.;) :D
  6. SMG

    SMG Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    metro Detroit
    I believe it is supposed to be a tempered fretboard. A while ago Warwick had a pic of a Thumb bass with tempered frets on the neck. most don't go straight accross like normal frets. This looks like an attempt to do the same
  7. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    looks like each fret represents a quarter step instead of a half.....more or less.....well it is quite bizarre at any rate.
  8. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    Nice pics! I should not be allowed to look at that sort of thing! I get too tempted to work overtime to buy a bass instead of practicing.
  9. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Glad you like the pics!

    Peace, JP
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Awesome pics, JP!

    Man, I really need to make it to Frankfurt nect year.
  11. Great report, JP! Thanks for taking the time to post!

  12. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Thanks for the pictures!

    In this pic:

    it looks tike the back of the black LeFay is one blob of glass, and the neck is completely melded with the body. Two questions:
    1. Is that a Basslab-LeFay, or is there just a huge amount of wood shaping going on?
    2. Is the body really so thin that it melds with the neck, or is it just the photo?
  13. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    To be honest, I don't relly remember for sure. It's not a basslab/lefay bass..."just" a lefay.

    The body has a lot of contouring and the pic was taken with a weird angle. the high gloss finish makes it really difficult to see clearly how the back is countoured.

    I'll try to ask Matz or Reiner about it if you want.

    Peace, JP
  14. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    1) wood-shaping
    2) the neck tapers into the body, IIRC.

    But a Le Fay/Basslab sounds intriguing.
    A Basslab with a Pangton shape - state-of-the-art playability.
  15. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Hmmm...yes, sounds cool! I hope Heiko, Matz and Reiner are looking this thread... They have no excuse not to do so cause they got the link!

    Maybe they'll make your dream come true :D

    Peace, JP
  16. Thanks for the report and the pics JP, you must have had a blast. From looking at all of your pictures, I'm now officially in love with that seven string BassLines bass, the complete Human Base-line, quite a few Marleauxes, as well as every Neuser I ever saw.
    Wish I could win the lottery.
  17. Funkyaurora


    Aug 21, 2002
    Thanks again for a great thread JP!
    Could you please say something about why you liked the Marleaux J-basses better than the Hotwires?
  18. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    I guess this is just a matter of tastes. I think the Marleaux JB had a really punchy sound and I was able to dial vintage and moderns sounds from it.

    Sorry but this would be hard to elaborate on this.

  19. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Did you happen to see/try/hear any Glockenklang amps? I'm wondering if they replaced the Hear Core or just dropped it.