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Radically new concept of bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stainlesslav, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. I’m an engineer who decided to become a Bass Designer on the side.

    The bass guitar is my passion and hobby. I have a lot of fun channeling my effort into researching and creating my designs. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who can play the bass (as I can design but I definitely still struggle to play well!)

    Just recently I have introduced to the public my new, and rather progressive design of the bass. At the same time I’m conducting ongoing tests with a various players and collecting opinions from those with an open mind who are willing to try it out.

    Here is the link (below) to check it out. I would love to hear some feedback and first impressions! Thanks – Stan

  2. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    Pretty cool. Probably not a big market for a 2" radius fingerboard, though.
  3. That radius looks like it would mess up my left wrist going to the G string. There is a lot of wrist bending going on.

    If that could be addressed I'd give it a shot - only if it is a 5 string though.
  4. I really dig it. It is refreshing and progressive. It would take away all the arguments over the best woods for basses, and would bring a whole new way of thinking about the bass to the masses should the bass be largely distributed. Not to mention it would look cool in a sci-fi music video!;)
  5. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    I never saw an electric bass with lower radius like a DB. a reason for that ?

    also the front shape isn't that far from whar we normally see. I like the aluminum construction like the Spalt Bass, a mix of aluminum and wood.
  6. PseudoSpaceman


    Jul 5, 2009
  7. MonkeyBass


    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Just curious. What is the reasoning behind a round fingerboard?
  8. The radius is to accommodate playing with a bow. Most guitars don't have an issue with that.
  9. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales
    Interesting design. Like all basses it will find a niche audience. I am not sure that the slippers would like it. I would give it a try.
  10. Thank you,
    The radius is 1.5". It is quite comfortable to play.
  11. Than you,
  12. 8liter

    8liter Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Wow, that looks cool. I love the body shape. I'd give on a try in a heartbeat.
  13. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    I'd imagine your right hand would cramp from twiddling right next to your thumb for long. Needs bigger spacing.
  14. IPYF


    Mar 31, 2011
    I like it; I think it's really inventive and sounds very good for a steel instrument. Great job trying something completely different.

    One thing that struck me though is that it doesn't look like a comfortable lap instrument. Since I do most of my playing sitting down I get the feeling that regardless of the light weight any more than 30 mins with that bottom edge digging into my thigh would be a bit much for me. Why not invent a contoured cushion or detachable plastic rest for the bottom edge of the instrument?

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    That's pretty kool.
  16. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Wow, unique!
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    And it would finally put to rest the age-old question..... What's the best bass for metal? Because it IS metal! (That's kind of an inside joke around here and not meant to offend you or your design at all.)

    Cool design. Got to listen with ear buds and I even like the tone. Best of luck with it.
  18. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Excellent concept. Your on your way man!
  19. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    It is certainly a beautiful, well made instrument. It sounds fine too but the appearance is unique while the sound is unremarkable in that it is just another point somewhere in the middle of the bass guitar sonic spectrum. I doubt that it could be priced at a point where I could be convinced to buy one. Assuming that it was somehow I do have major concerns over the fingerboard. There is nothing comparable that I could try to see if it would work for me. It is necessary but not sufficient to hear that other bassists find it comfortable. I would have to have one to play for a few weeks before I would be convinced that it would work for me.

  20. exidor


    Jul 10, 2011
    Thanks but no thanks.but what do I know.