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question about the body

Discussion in 'Barker Bass Forum' started by superbassman2000, Nov 7, 2005.


  1. i might have missed this on the website, but is the body a hollowbody?
     
  2. Lee Barker

    Lee Barker Labor of evident value satisfies the soul. Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Redmond, Oregon
    owner, Barker Musical Instruments, maker of the Barker Bass, No Longer In Production.
    Good question, Superbassman. It is a chambered body, which is different from a hollowbody as you likely know.
    The body construction is three pieces of wood--a front and back and the middle section, which is about an inch thick. the core piece has areas in it which are removed, creating the chambers between the front and back.

    Chambered bodies are not new; I take no credit for that. What happens to bass notes, however, when they are treated to the sonic possibilities in a body this size that is not dampened against the player's body, is what all these forum guys are talking about when the subject of Tone comes up.

    Kindly,

    Lee
     
  3. ok, cool, because i like the bass, and one thing i like about uprights basses is the purcussive ability of them, you know, just hitting the body in the right spots, and you can get some pretty neat effects! I was wondering if you could do that with these basses
     
  4. modeshapes

    modeshapes

    Oct 17, 2005
    NYC Area
    Superbassman asked about the percussive upright effects possible with a BVB. If what you mean is a rockabilly-style slap, I couldn't really speak to that since I don't play in that style.
    However, I do find that I can closely mimic the sound of pizzicato upright string attack if I use more of the flesh on my plucking fingers (not the tips), play lightly, and place my right hand farther up on the bass so that the string has a wider "bounce" to it.
     
  5. i meant that i like to tap the body so it goes "thud!" i like to add that to my playing, since i also use a looper, i can add a purcussive aspect to my loops, which is cool!

    and i do realize that a hollowbody isn't the only factor that will make a thud audible on a recording, i'd probably need a more microphonic pickup, but i can get those!
     
  6. Scwwitt

    Scwwitt

    Nov 2, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    yeah I know what your talking about with adding the percussive sound. I use that on my looper too, but since I use a regular guitar, beating the strings does the job.

    Just a random question for Superbassman2000 what kind of looper do you use, I have found I have very unhappy with mine.

    Thanks
     
  7. i have a lexicon (not the new digitech one) jamman, and before that i had an RC-20...
     
  8. Scwwitt

    Scwwitt

    Nov 2, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    yeah I have the RC-20, I really am not happy with it. Im wanting to get a different one. any suggestions?
     
  9. spc

    spc

    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    Sorry to participate in the thread hijack, but I absolutely love my boss rc20 loopstation...
     
  10. Lee, is there a side view of the bass on the website? i was wondering how deep the bass is
     
  11. My two are just a scosch under two inches deep.
     
  12. Lee Barker

    Lee Barker Labor of evident value satisfies the soul. Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Redmond, Oregon
    owner, Barker Musical Instruments, maker of the Barker Bass, No Longer In Production.
    Pete's unerring measuring ability has been borne out again; they are a smidge and a half under 2". I checked the site and the best side shot is under "features." Check the one on the bench, hovered over by the hairless craftsman.

    Lee