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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Oct 24, 2001.
i have found this.
it's a pic of steve swallow with a parker bass prototype.
I'm pretty sure that's the same bass they made for him years ago.
Still no word on the website - when's NAMM? That's when they're supposed to announce the bass. I can hardly wait!
That axe looks hot, baby. Yow!
I didn't know Parker (is it Steve?) even ever thought about building a bass, and I've heard great thing about his Fly guitars. Got a buddy who's got one and it's awesome.
One thing, though: Does that string spacing look a little tight to anyone but me?
looks more like a guitar to me, but i could be wrong.
5 String tuned high.
I received this reply from Parker the day before the world blew up (9/10/01) - it bears reposting.
I'm now in anticipation also... ARGH!
Ugh. Doesn't look too good to me. A little too much material on the bottom side of the bass.
Looks like it was left out in the sun too long.
It does have a tight spacing, but Steve plays with a pick, so it does'nt matter. Incidentally, he apparently put a lot of effort into making the pick sound like he was playing with his fingers. Yeah, I know, the question just begs to be asked!!
Nobody (outside of Parker, that is) knows what the new bass will look like. Swallow's bass was a custom axe built quite some time ago (ten years?) to his specifications. I can't imagine Ken Parker would put his name on a bass that wasn't exquisite in every respect!
I remember reading somewhere that Steve Swallow actually took the bass before it was really finished and refused to bring it back to Boston to be completed. I'm not sure what was left to be done though.
True but one man's "exquisite" (Mr. Swallow) could be another man's ""
I saw him playing the Parker with Carla Bley on CUNY-TV or something a while ago and the front of it was all scratched to hell. Judging by looks, the instrument never got a paint job or a gloss coat.