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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass since '73, Jan 9, 2017.
I'm looking for a Shergold Modulator bass - can anyone help?
are you still looking and how much would you be willing to pay? can I also ask why in particular are you after the modulator?
There's an 8 String at Bass Direct in the UK: https://bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Shergold_Modulator_8.html
unfortunately mine is a four-string, though why you would need an 8-string I do not know looool
Because with an 8 string, you can make that incredible "Thwrang" hammer of doom sound. Why else?
Didn't Shergold make those bolt-together interchangeable double necks Mike Rutherford played in Genesis? I'm pretty sure I saw him playing one in the 70's after he retired the doubleneck Ric. I think it was a 12 string guitar/4 string bass assembly, but you could swap out 1/2 bodies. Must have been heavy as hell, but Mike's a big guy, looked small in his hands.
I picked one up this past Christmas all I can say they are awesome. mine came with module 3 and 5. I have no use for an 8 string but if you are able buy it do so. these basses will become major collector items in the future. I have never seen one in the states, bought mine from a collector in Italy. it is the first year they were made 1976 # 10. maybe we should start a shergold club?
This was my bass . I bought it new in 1981 and it was sold end of December 2017. I wonder who bought it ? I keep looking in case the new owner posts any pictures
Seller's remorse or simple curiosity? I couldn't blame you either way. It is gorgeous. I'm not entirely sold on the Hayman/Shergold uber-utilitarian looks of the modular 'tronics block (reminds me of vintage industrial machinery or '60's sci-fi), but within the context of this bass and its beautiful burst it just works. The headstock is perfect, its outline and the stringpath-straightening bolts. Overall the instrument is very elegant.
(I know, rubbing salt and all...)
How did it sound?
Oh, have you already tried asking on basschat.co.uk?
No remorse because I had not used it for 30 years . I went back to Bass Direct a couple of times before they sold it and found that what I missed was not the bass but the smell of the case !Looking back I don't know why I bought it but I suppose it was unique . I played it finger style so it sounds like a 4 string with that slight extra tone . You mainly hear the low string with a "hint " of the extra octave . It actually sounded pretty good when slapped where both strings are more equal ,although it did not stay in tune for long . If you play octave chords ie 4 strings you can get really powerful sounds .
You probably need a pick for it's true sound but I was not a pick player.
You are correct in your comment about elegance although some features are questionable such as the huge Perspex bridge and the module . Also "ye old English script on the scratch plate and head stock . But it is well made and finished , the styling is uniquely Hayman / Shergold like no other bass. Without asking directly it would be fun to stumble on a post about it .
Just don't get sick on it...
Doesn't look like they make them anymore, sadly. Loved the sound of Mike Rutherford's (Genesis) but that was a double neck, which doesn't suit me. They should make a 4 string that sounds like that bass! Maybe like this?
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