(Semi)Hollow Body suggestions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FingeringAm, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Artcores are pretty cool. The Epi Jack Casady is a popular item as well, and Dean makes one that's reasonably priced, as well as DiPinto and Waterstone. If you want to get into the higher end, there's Gretsch, Chandler, Fritz Bros., etc. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
  3. http://cgi.ebay.com/1970s-Univox-Ho...oryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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  4. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    thanks for the quick reply as i need this by next saturday :S
    i looked at the waterstone and the quality seems to be lacking(in the stock photos anyway :D)
    ill check them out on my bi weekly trip to GC and see whats what.....
    i really like the gold top of the Casady but does the single P'Up affect the sound?
    gretsch get outta my price range but they r defintly on my radar for the future as i absolutly LOVE the tone of (semi)hollow bodys

    EDIT: awowaweewaaahhh!!! that looks amazing don but im ALWAYS so skeptical of buying off ebay ESPECIALLY instruments but dam its got me GAS'ing :hyper:
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I don't know about all that...the Waterstone may look cheap but it's got some high-end fans, like Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick. I would rather have a Waterstone over an Ibanez any day of the week.

    As for the Casady, I have only played one once and didn't plug it in. It was too heavy for me and I put it down (at the time I was in the market for a super light hollowbody, not a heavy solidbody). But Justin Meldal-Johnsen says he's played it and it sounded too "modern" for him, which makes sense because the pickup is fairly close to the bridge which gives it a brighter sound.

    Oh yeah, forgot...if you like the Beatle bass shape, there are a lot of excellent cheapos in that style, like Jay Turser, Epiphone Viola, and of course the HofnerIcon and Contemporary basses. I went with the Turser myself and I love it!
  6. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    thanks for the follow up ill definitly give the waterstone a go at GC

    the only problem i see with the hofner style is that im a rather big guy (no joke 6'5 190 pretty "lanky") people actually say my arms look like hofner violin series :D but i know when u play good u could be a pile of skin so ill add that to the list aswell but down the road i definitly plan on getting that type for personal use...

    second question would this peavey small stack go well?
  7. Ibanez has a couple of new semi-hollow's, but I like the look and sound the the Epi Jack Casady.:)
  8. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Lots of good choices out there. Don't overlook the Lakland Skyline HB. It's very nice. The Epi JC Sig is also superb. There are also some good deals on the discontinued Gretsch G6072. It's a MONSTER!

  9. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Since you're 6', 5", a long reach to first position shouldn't bother you too much, so I heartily recommend the DiPinto Belvedere. With 34" scale and the upper strap button around fret 16, it's a long reach to first position compared to most solid-bodies, but the neck has excellent playability and the tone simply rules. It has some "air" and "thud" like a hollowbody, but good sustain, clarity, and loads of vintage punch.

  10. watspan


    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    epiphone alan woody signature rumblekat
  11. kasbrey


    Aug 23, 2002
    York UK
  12. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Not really. It has a pretty good range of tones using the Versatone rotary switch. Here are some samples: http://www.basstasters.com/basses/Epiphone_Casady.html. FYI, I'd have to guess the samples were made at a pretty balanced setting. The song sampler from Casady's solo album will give you a feel for the bass rolled back a little more: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Factor-...bs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1214936105&sr=8-1.

    Frankly, the Ibanez is a good choice, overall and at a good price. It's a good player and sounds to me like a "true semihollow" in that, eyes closed, you are not going to be positive it is not a solid body, but it does sound woody. Also, since you are open to short scales, the Alan Woody Epiphone is a fantastic player and sounds great, too. It's been my back up bass for a while and sounds absolutely giant. :p
  13. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    i know i jsut love the gold top on the cassady!!
    those r kinda outta my price range but ill definitly keep them in mind for a few years down the road

    hmmm....i like the look and price but with both P'ups up by the neck would i lose sound since i mainly pick down towards the bridge? it could be adjusted tho so ill add it to the list for tommorow
    they look beautiful but where would i be able to try them out? i havnt seen them on GC/sam ash or musicians friend...

    thanks for that website but whats the difernece with the preamps...which one comes stock?
    all of them sounds really nice so ill prolly try that one out first...i called GC in my area and they were out of the Allan Woody atm...
    the ibanez art core is defintley on my radar aswell

    thanks to every1 who posted and swayed me one way or the other :D ill post back after i make my trip tommorow afternoon
  14. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    They are all external preamps. Basstasters combines this bass, with that amp, etc. It is a bit confusing, but the bottom line is that the Casady is passive, so - no preamp.
  15. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    What about Lakland's hollowbody?
  16. FingeringAm

    FingeringAm Inactive

    Jun 28, 2008
    So Cal
    pretty far outta my price range atm but ill definetly look into them in the years to come