Mystery bass played by Geezer Butler.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zubrycky, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Hello all!

    I saw this video from a Deadland Ritual's recent concert and the 4 string sg style bass played by Geezer Butler on "Broken and Bruised" (24:20) puzzled me.

    The bridge looks like a Lakland and the headstock remind me a Bongo bass.

    Can you help me to identify this one?

    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  3. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    that would be weird if it's not significantly different than his PJs, but @ 4K what do I care? lol
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  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    AFAIK Lakland sold the one he toured with, one like in the link I posted.
    I never did see the final price, but I'll bet it was very high!
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  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Assuming it's a Lakland, based on the bridge, I'd say they used a modified Hollowbody neck, based on the 2+2 tuners, and the angled headstock. I assume it would look better on an SG syle body than a normal Lakland headstock. Probably a prototype sig model.

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  6. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I'm voting for prototype. Geezer had the striped pickguard on his Lakland as a tribute to the old SG-shaped stripy John Birch bass he had in the '70s. Maybe he asked for an SG-shaped bass from Lakland to keep the theme running.

    Actually an SG-shaped bass with PJ pickups might get the GAS going...
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  8. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    There may be legacy issues with this one... Is it authentic?
  9. Chrishi87


    Aug 17, 2010
    It´s a 4 String Custom Model,

    Body of a Decade with a 51 pickguard, PJ Pickups and a Hollowbody Neck.
  10. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    The Decade body has much rounder horns, and the bottom horn is shorter than on the bass Geezer is using. I'd wager it's a new body shape for Lakland.
  11. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    looks great!
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  12. DrDAV14

    DrDAV14 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Denver, Colorado
    Don't want to get sued by Gibson, so modified on the SG/EB shape.
  13. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    If Gibson delivered a high quality product then they wouldn't have to worry about other manufacturers taking their custom.
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  14. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    That TRC is naff! Like what you'd find on an early '70s MIJ copy naff!
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  15. This headstock probably mitigates neck dive, which a shorter upper horn will get you sometimes. The SG-Strat love child in this pair has a 22-fret neck and dives to a horizontal position (oddly enough, the other one doesn’t dive at all).
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  16. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    Steve Stevens is the man. All various iterations of his Knaggs Signature axes.
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  17. Gibson delivers high quality products.
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  18. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    True. Some of their guitar polishes and leather straps are highly rated by some. ;)

    As for guitars, I dunno. I prefer instruments without rough, uncrowned frets, tooling chatter on the binding, stain bleeding into the binding, dull sounding pickups, generic plug 'n' play PC board wiring harnesses, orange peel lacquer, robotic tuners that cant your guitar out of tune, a headstock waiting to snap off, etc.
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  19. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I’d vote a custom/prototype/one-off from Lakland as well. Isn't my cup of tea, but I’ll bet it sounds nice and it definitely looks cool.
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  20. halfwound121

    halfwound121 Supporting Member

    Ouch! I own some nice Gibsons and Epi's, but I've read some horror stories too. I should try before buying but I've been lucky, i guess. My latest is the new short scale EB-1 and it arrived in perfect shape. Came in a ridiculously large gig bag that could hold 3 of them, probably the same one they ship with their long-scale EB.