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Precision or Hollow Body for diversity?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SteveC, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I have a wonderful Roscoe Century Standard Plus 5 with Bartolini Soaps and preamp. My "modern active 5 string" needs are covered. While I'd love to have another Roscoe - or two - I am thinking it might be nice to have a completely different kind of bass to compliment/contrast my Roscoe.

    I was thinking of getting an American Standard Precision, but have seen a few players using hollow bodies. My local store is now a dealer for D'Angelico guitars. They just received 3 guitars that look and sound amazing. No bass in stock, but D'Angelico makes a semi hollow bass that looks pretty cool.


    Anyone have any thoughts? Any experience with hollow bodies.
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    If you want a good variety of instruments to cover all the bases (no pun intended), I'd go with a P as a 2nd. Then a fretless. Then a hollowbody.

    But that's just me.
  3. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I agree with getting something different instead of another one that’s similar.

    Tough choice between the P and the hollowbody-- either would be awesome.

    If I played four-strings, I'd be seriously thinking about a hollow body-- they're the only guitars I play.
  4. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I dunno.... I'd be a little wary of buying a Korean-made hollowbody without playing it first. Those basses are priced in the range of the new Gibson hollowbody basses.
  5. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    I've always loved the way hollowbodies look and am always unhappy with the way they sound. Think it's a lot easier to make a P sound somewhat like a hollowbody than the other way around.
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Yeah. The look is maybe more interesting than the sound. My "gig" is church - Tomlin, Hillsong, etc. Maybe a precision is the safer bet.
  7. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Videos like this get me going….in more ways than one.

    Maybe this isn't a hollow body. No obvious f holes.
  9. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    First of all, I would recommend playing every hollow- or semi-hollow bass you can get your hands on, before deciding for yourself. I have several hollowbody basses, and a '78 P-Bass. I'm also a lefty, so my choice of, and experience with, HB basses is rather limited. That said, IME, while HBs are not really a One Trick Pony, they're not the most versatile bass around, either. There are semi-hollow basses that are more useful, tone-wise (although my only semi is a Danelectro DC, and it sounds like... well, a Danelectro). Much as I like my HBs, I have to say that , if you want diversity, my recommendation would be the P-Bass. :)
  10. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Unfortunately, I don't have that option where I live.

    It may be just a passing fancy…they look so cool. I'm thinking that aside from my active 5 string hum bucking Roscoe, a Precision is probably the next most useful bass for me while still offering a change in tone and playing style.
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    The P-bass is indeed the Swiss Army knife of basses. There is almost nothing it won't do, and there are very few things it can't do quite well.

    I'm a fan of hollows and semi-hollows, but it is a good idea to lay hands on them. With a P-bass you know what you'll get. A change of strings makes a big difference, too.
  12. Session1969

    Session1969 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Check out a Roadworn P as well. The tone for the vintage p is to die for. A new p would be good as well.
  13. radmin

    radmin Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Columbus, Oh
    I'd go P. I've been experimenting a lot at church lately with my Roscoe. The neck pickup soloed seems to cut through better. My ideal p would be a Sadowsky. Mainly because I go direct and need to be about to tweak my tone easily. If you think passive would work there are lot of Mike Lull p styles that turn my head.

    I went to guitar center last week to try out the Squire->USA Fenders. I didn't like any of them. Their rose wood fingerboards get radiused into practically nothing on the sides. This bothers me for reasons I can't really explain.
  14. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    I have a hollow Japanese bass and a semi-hollow EB-2. They are both great, and I would not want to be without them. But, I also have a Precision, and that one gets used a lot more.
  15. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    One thing that I don't think they do well is the contemporary jazz/fusion thing. :meh:

    But I do have my Roscoe for that. :D

    My wife has said many times that it sounds good (I have tried them before for a few days and never thought I sounded as good on one as others) and everyone I listen to (Pino, Bruno, etc) uses one so get one and give it some time - like a year.
  16. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    The Epiphone Jack Casady is the P-Bass of semi hollows.
  17. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    Ibanez Artcore is a very ggod bass for little money, IMHO. The hollowbody Hagströms are also impressive. Their patented neck design makes for very good tone and almsot zero dead spots, which is often a pronounced issue on hollowbodies, IME.

    Still, in your shoes, I'd get a Precision before exploring the numerous hollowbody designs. Some are not that good for stage use, not even at lower SPL.
  18. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Nothing's as diverse as a Precision Bass. They fit in at every gig imaginable.

  19. You nailed it with that one, man... my thoughts, exactly.
  20. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Understand completely. In my case, I probably use one or the other of my HBs slightly more than my P, but that's just because of the kind of music that I like to play. Also, my P is set up to play the Jamerson, Motown thump. I have other basses if I need versatile.. Don't worry; hollowbodys will still be around when you get the urge again. ;)