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Normandy Aluminum Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by caeman, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    While at Guitar Center tonight, I noticed an odd looking bass up on the wall...


    A Normandy aluminum hollow body powder-coated in Schoolbus Yellow. I had not heard of these basses, let alone played one. I tried it through an available Ampeg 50w 1x12. Despite being hollow, it was still kinda heavy due to the aluminum. I tried a combo of either or both pickups. Overall, it had a nice sound given that was up on the instrument wall and was in dire need of a proper setup.

    Being aluminum, I suppose this would be the perfect bass for resisting any weather condition, bar gigs that involved chicken wire or for fending on a viking hoard.
  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    There's a Normandy in the classifieds here.
  3. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    New Jersey
    I didn't realize you were from around these parts. I've played bass at that GC and was fairly underwhelmed personally.
  4. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Fanboi .
  5. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    I am briefly visiting the area, and felt the need to patron a music store of some sort.
  6. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Aluminum is more sensitive to temperature changes than wood, just not to humidity.
  7. 2behead


    Mar 8, 2011
    Way over priced for what they are. I live close to where they are located and have played quite a few of them. They are nice but they are about $1000 off the mark IMHO. I don't think they are price Gouging. I'm sure they aren't cheap to make and they do play sound pretty good. But a Rick they are not. Ironically, I felt they were a bit "artificial" feeling. that is just me. I'm sure a lot of people would love them.

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