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Rick Turner Model 1 Bass -- Sounds Fantastic......

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr_O'B, Nov 17, 2017.


  1. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I was blown away by the tone of this bass. I would love to hear opinions about the bass
    and it's tone.

    The great bassist in the video is my friend, Trevor Lindsey!
    He is a first call LA studio musician and master luthier, so his opinion carries a lot of weight with me.
     
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  2. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Nice! I had one of the early production ones,in a satin mahogony finish,back in the late 70’s.
    It did not have the piezo,and the single magnetic pickup actually rotated to emphasize different tonalities from the strings.
    It was a very clean active sounding instrument,much like an Alembic.(go figure;))
    I only kept it for about a year,as it had a skinny neck,and iirc,a 32” scale,and i preferred something a bit more full size. (Think i went to a Modulus basstar after this).
     
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  3. That bass really does have an interesting voice, I like it a lot. Super organic sounding and at the same time punchy and extremely fat. I always remember my Hofner Beatle bass I had around 69'. Loved the tone, the ergonomics not so much. Still a bit of a one trick pony. (Don't flame) This has similar ergonomics but way more versatile tones. I could see playing this a lot.
     
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  4. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I think it has a unique voice and is worth owning if you have the money (not cheap)!
     
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  5. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    That's cool! I just found out about them a few days ago (so many builders out there!).
    Nice analogy comparison to Alembic basses. The go to basses of the bassist in the video are Alembic basses!
     
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  6. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    The one i had looked like the bass version of the guitar they made for Lindsey Buckinham.
    I went through an “active phase” with this,and a few other basses way back then.(including a first-year Stingray),but have stuck with passive basses for the last few decades.
     
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  7. Don't forget, you should stay active in your later years!
     
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  8. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    :D
     
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  9. Sounds excellent! A nice blend of electric and acoustic tone.
     
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  10. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Amazing how our taste can change over the years!
     
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  11. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I also think so!
     
  12. Still looking for one of the really nice older ones in medium scale like this, but YES - Rick's stuff and the Model 1 in particular is amazing! One of the kings of the piezo pickups and I love that he kept the new Model 1's medium scale. Not a big fan of magnetic pickups on these.

    turner1_lores2.
     
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  13. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Nice! :)
     
  14. nixdad

    nixdad

    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ahhhh, it's always good to see Trevor!
    Please tell him I said hello.
     
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  15. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Will do! :)
     
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  16. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    Hi. Here is what I thought of my former Model 1 bass:



    And here are some TalkBass search results, though admittedly nearly all public comments about Turner Model 1 guitars and basses are only either aspirational or conjectural (because so few people ever played one):

     
  17. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    :laugh:

    Good one, Kirk. It took me a minute. :D
     

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