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My dream bass(s) pics

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by noweapon, Nov 13, 2000.


  1. noweapon

    noweapon

    Feb 10, 2000
    Here are the three basses I would love for Christmas :)

    The first is the Jerzy Drozd Limited Edition 7

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    and here is the back...

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    here is the Curbow XT-33 fretless 7

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    here is a closer look...

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    And here would be the crown jewel of the lot. The super rare Yamaha Btx electric/acoustic fretless 5. For those of you who are wondering, thats the world's greatist living bass player Abraham Laboriel holding the Yamaha. Only about 200 of these basses were made. They sold for $5,000 big ones way back in '92. Sorry about the picture, its the biggest I could find.

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    Post pics of your x-mas dreams!!! JOHN TURNER: since you already own your dream basses you are not allowed to post!!!!!! ;)

     
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  3. noweapon

    noweapon

    Feb 10, 2000
    John: I really dig your 8 string. Its my favorite out of the bunch. How do you string that bad boy??...If its all 4ths the last string would be a Bb yeah?? I'm just not a fan of the Conklin body designs...I'm more a compact body fan..as you can see. Its weird to pick up a Conklin or a Ken Smith because the body's are HUGE!!!!
     
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i string my 8's F#-B-E-A-D-G-B-E, and my 7's B-E-A-D-B-E (mainly),E-A-D-G-C-E-A, and F#-B-E-A-D-G-C. and i personally prefer the larger body style - i have yet to play a smaller bodied instrument that has the low thunderous roar of my basses, especially on the low b and F# strings, which are lower than a piano. mass=tone in my experience.

    an interesting anecdote - one of the guys from the curbow booth came over to the conklin booth at the annahiem namm show in jan '95, with a curbow 7 - he wanted to compare the two. so he plugged the curbow in and played a bit - sounded great, then he played the open low B string - BOOOWWwwwww.... then i plugged in one of my 7's, my fretless 7 (actually my lightest 7 string, but still more massive than the curbow) and he played it - sounded great, and then he played the open low B - B0000000WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwww....(you get the picture) the tone was deeper and rounder and the sustain greater on my bass than on the curbow, and the only real difference was the mass of the instrument, other than the structure of the neck, but even there the curbow should have dusted my bass - those rockwood necks are supposed to be the hardest thing out there (a rigid neck is also integral in having a good low end).

    not that i am saying there is anything wrong with curbows - there definitely isn't they are fine basses from all accounts and experience that i have had with them, i just prefer the beefy tone that my 13-16 pound conklins give me (and the 26 lb doubleneck). call me a masochist for tone :D
     
  5. noweapon

    noweapon

    Feb 10, 2000
    John: Let me ask you this... How to you get proper intonation on the upper registers of your 8 since its fretless?? Dont let the picture picture of that Curbow fool you..its got posistion markers on the high F side down by the pickup ( I have played this bass ). But even with those, my pinky finger was almost as wide as two "fret" spaces down by the 30th fret ;0
     
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    actually, it's easier to get even intonation on a fretless then it is on a fretted. all it takes is a lot of ear training - practicing playing with a fast acting tuner, to learn how "in tune" sounds, always worked well for me. and don't forget, violinists have a MUCH harder time of proper intonation than we will, even at the highest octaves. it's just a matter of practice.
     
  7. maestrox

    maestrox

    Oct 8, 2000
    ok...I thought John was nuts regarding this 6 to n string basses nonsense (where n is an integer greater than 6 but less than 4,120). But saturday I played a Roscoe 7 string. It was tuned in 4ths, and I fiddled with it that way, then switched to guitar tuning. Pretty damn fun either way.

    I'm not buying a 7 string...I'm not buying a 7 string...
     
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :D you WILL be assimilated - resistance is futile.
     
  9. If I could have 2 basses (free of course), I would get this beautiful Modulus Custom 4-string I was at Bass NW and this cool pearl lavender finished Stingray.

    The Modulus:

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    The Stingray:

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  10. maestrox

    maestrox

    Oct 8, 2000
    Here's mine...and lucky thing is I own it!
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  11. cole

    cole

    Sep 14, 2000
    Maryland
    after thinking about it, there's not much in the way of basses that I desire. maybe a Rickenbacker, or a 5-string. no more than 5, though, I'd rather not have back problems...

    for now, I'd just like the frets removed from my Fernandes jazz so I could start on the fretless journey.
     
  12. Sofa King

    Sofa King

    Aug 20, 2000
    Rowlett, TX
    My dream basses are the ones I make up in my mind that I'd like to build one day. And maybe, just one day I will :)
     
  13. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
    Hey John my dream basses have your Double Neck beat out by 1 neck on one of them :D

    Conklin 3 neck
    top:4 [piccalo] string
    mid.8 string [f#beadgc?]
    bottom:16string [octaves]
    weight: a bunch
    cost more than i can imagine

    Fender Double Neck
    top half: Strat style with stacked humbuckers or noiseless
    bottom half: Jazz style with stacked hums.
    cost: do they even make this? would they?

    so i'm dreaming in the $20-30k bass range [for both or something] thats all
     
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I've never seen a Fender double neck bass, but when I was a kid a guy at a church that we went to had a double neck Fender Strat/Fender P Bass.
     
  15. membranophone

    membranophone

    Mar 19, 2000
    Madison, WI

    that high string would be an F.
     
  16. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
    thanx for telling me the highstring, embellisher if i had the cash i'd call up Fender & Conklin to get both of those. Unfortunately i won't be calling either of those 2 companies. well thats all
     
  17. rmp5s

    rmp5s

    May 19, 2000
    If I would actually ask for a bass for Christmas, I would ask for a Peavy G-5. That's about 1300 bucks, far from my price range, but still semi-affordable. Now for the fun part. The basses I wish I had. Basically ANY of John's. INCREDIBLE COLLECTION, JOHN...I ENVY YOU!!!
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Curbow outdid himself on that fretless 7. It doesn't look like it was built, it looks like it grew that way. Too bad I can't really use a seven.
     
  19. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    thank you very much. :D
     
  20. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    ah, but that is where you're wrong. anything that you can play on a 4 or a 5 you can play BETTER on a 7 ;)

    go ahead brad, try it out. you'll see. :D