Silly Ibanez / Carol Kaye Comment/Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by unbridled, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. unbridled


    May 26, 2005
    Endorsing Artist-Compton Compensated Custom Bridges (for Gretsch 6ers)
    Dont you think that if you were a large company, such as Ibanez, and you had a bass legend, such as Carol Kaye, endorsing your basses, you'd make a decent looking string dampener so she wouldn't have to use tape and toilet paper or whatever it is she uses to dampen her strings?
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  2. I think that stems from her session days way back. She mentions she did it back then like that.

    She doesn't like too much damping pressure on the strings she doesn't use thick foam mute.
  3. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    They should just be glad that she plays their instruments!
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  4. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    You'd think that, wouldn't you? Seems like a ready-made marketing/selling point to me. So what would a Carol Kaye model Ibanez bass look like? A modified Talman? A resurrected RB-II series passive four stringer? The sunburst SR she's seen with lately?
  5. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    Endorsing is just as overrated business wise as scales are music wise.
  6. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    No doubt that Ibanez should merit a few changes on her behalf. If my memory serves me correctly the bass she plays is no longer produced by Ibanez. I think if she endorsed some of the current models they could be moved to make some changes. How active is she on the music scene these days at the mighty age of 81?
  7. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    Ibanez has shown that they make top notch quality instruments so it's no surprise that professionals like them. Like any company, they have to see how viable the artist is in the current market. There are many artist that no longer are endorsed (Ibanez) due to them simply moving on to other companies or retiring from music.
  8. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Definitely, especially since someone came up with this, and it's adjustable.

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  9. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Did she ask them to make one and they refused?
  10. unbridled


    May 26, 2005
    Endorsing Artist-Compton Compensated Custom Bridges (for Gretsch 6ers)
    Good point, but I think it looks like crap and would think they'd want their products to look better.

    Like I said, it's just a silly question, but one I think of every time I see a video of her.

    Besides, everyone KNOWS she didn't play on everything she claims to have played on and is just trying to steal credit from Jamerson. She probably has the Funk Machine hidden somewhere and is also the mystery seller of the Bass of Doom. She also was the one who had the Mothman bass built right after she fired the drummer and then rage quit. I do like that she gave Gene Simmons that lesson because he sucks. If she took that dampener off, it would be the best bass for metal.

    (The above paragraph is all just my attempt at humor and to incorporate as many hot topics on here as I could. I admire Carol and mean no disrespect to her or anyone that my humor may offend.)
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  11. matty1039


    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans

    Was that after she replaced Paul in the Beatles following his death?
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  12. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Replaced? She IS Paul. I mean, really, has anyone ever seen Carol Kaye and Paul McCartney together? ;)
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  13. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Sussex WI
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  14. Tommyc


    Nov 11, 2015
    Carol Kaye plays a model of Ibanez that is long discontinued and made it clear in some You Tube video still on there that she does not endorse any current Ibanez product.
  15. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    Generally people need to have an active project to be legitimately endorsed. That goes triple for sig models.

    Unless the person in question is deceased of course.

    It's not a matter of "this person is a legend they deserve a signature bass" it's a matter of "will this person's signature bass model be profitable."

    Except for Warwick who seems to build $7k sig models for bassists that could never be profitable....e.g. their Jimmy Earl model.
  16. Great question! I'm looking forward to the Carol Kaye signature masking tape / felt kit from Gruv Gear (or whomever).
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  17. Right on!

  18. matty1039


    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans

    Mind. Blown.
  19. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    She seems to me like the kind of lady who likes her goofy DIY mute.
    Now lets talk about the LACK OF AN EASY TO USE MUSICALLY MUTE KIT. I have a Japanese violin bass that has one that is one spring with a hinge that applies a mute pad to the strings whenever you want it to with a simple press of the palm. How about someone does that
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  20. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Toilet paper on a nice Soundgear definitely looks like crap, pun intended :D
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