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My "new" 21 year old custom built

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by VellaBass, Feb 11, 2004.


  1. VellaBass

    VellaBass

    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    This is a very pretty bass. Sounds good too :)

    It's a Manson, made in 1983.
     
  2. VellaBass

    VellaBass

    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    1 more pic
     
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Cool! Never seen one of those before. Looks interesting. Enjoy!
     
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Sukop meets Ken Smith! Very nice.
     
  5. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Is that the builder that John Paul Jones plays now?
     
  6. VellaBass

    VellaBass

    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    j-raj - yes, that's correct. has been the case for many years I believe
     
  7. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Nice!

    Havent thought that it was not the tastes and shapes that changed this much, this would even now pass as a new custom, just that these got more popular. I mean these were around for so long, just so many were only talking about Fenders and Fender-clones, not the history of basses and custom basses. It would be nice if more threads like these surfaced nowadays... IMHO
     
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Might I add to that now that I have had a good look at it:

    Sukop meets Ken Smith meets Mørch meets Linc Luthier meets Ritter (headstock)...'

    :cool:
     
  9. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I was thinking the headstock reminded me of a Vigier bass.
     
  10. VellaBass

    VellaBass

    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    Haha - nice replies. You're blowing me away in the obscure bass designer naming stakes.

    Biggest fans of this Manson after me are the other guys in the band - they won't let me play anything else. First gig with it is on Saturday. :cool:
     
  11. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    please post a gig report!
     
  12. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Then Good Luck! I bet you veteran bass has been waiting for a gig for a log time! ;) :D
     
  13. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Atlanta
    I got a Wal vibe from the pickups :)
     
  14. VellaBass

    VellaBass

    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    j-raj - yes (if it goes well!) - presumably I'd do that in the gig stories thread

    mutant - dead right. I think it was on the bass shop wall for quite a long time :smug:

    stachio - I think they're Armstrong pickups?

    By the way I haven't got a clue what wood it's made from. I asked Hugh Manson but he says he can't remember. He also couldn't remember why every one of the five knobs has a push pull action; I guess two are single coil taps but the other three are very subtle and I haven't got a clue. Anysuggestions as to what they might be and how I can tell would be gratefully received. I took the backplate off, was confronted by a mile of spaghetti and immediately replaced it!!
     
  15. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Oh really? All 5? That's different. I'm totally interested to hear what the guts are now.


    Freaked you out, didn't it?
     
  16. VellaBass

    VellaBass

    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    Well j-raj asked for a gig report. It was great!! End of report. Here's a picture of the new axe in action. And our girls (lead singer Robbie, also my partner, in the middle, backing singer Sarah on the left).The strange face hidden in the background is the six string man.

    Back to the gig - bass related issue to get back on topic - when you're playing an unlined fretess that you've only had for a week and then the lighting changes so you can't see the side markers...well, it makes you think :rolleyes: