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Singlecut Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I see that singlecut basses are getting very popular. I have never seen much advantage in them. It seemed that they would harder to access all the strings on these basses, however, I just read a review in the new Bassplayer of a Veillette Retro Singlecut that said it is very easy to play on. I want to hear your guys opinions about playing singlecut body basses.
  2. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Unless you're fretting on the top side of the fretboard it makes no difference in playability. I personally prefer many singlecuts based on looks and that is it.
  3. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    There is nothing about the top part of tht singlecut that limits my access, in fact it keeps me from doing stupid things with my thumb that would normally impede my playing. Notice on mine how the bottom horn is what out of the way, EASY acess to all the frets.

    BTW, my singlecut is the champ of champs. For me.

  4. hippiesandwich


    Aug 29, 2003
    San Jose
    Affiliated with Looperlative Audio Products
    What Lamar said! :cool:
  5. I think one of the advantages of the singlecut design, particularly if one's playing fretless is that there's a bit more resonance in the instrument because you have the upper horn connected to so much of the neck.

    when I was a kid I thought they were hideous, but now I own one!



    from the lows,

  6. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001

    I like the SingleCut-looks and bolton basses...
    Mmm! I think my next bass will be a bolton SingleCut.
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I can't think of a single disadvantage playing a singlecut. In addition I can't say I've heard much if any sonic benefit to them either.

    I like the esthetics. Here are some bolt-on SCs. I also have neck thru SCs.

  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    I'm not a huge fan of Singlecuts other then the Telecaster guitar... But If Chris keeps this up, I'm gonna end up breaking!!!

    Lookin Good Al!!!
  9. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Really, it all boils down to the aesthetics of the body design. Yes, a singlecut might have just a very slight amount of additional wood to it, but not much.

    All things being really equal, a singlecut bass is just a body design / visual preference.


    I like `em, too!
  10. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I've played Hippiesandwich's Benavente that is pictured above. The upper bout does not interfere with playability at all. I do have an issue with the looks of single cut basses, but that is my own prejudice.
  11. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Not only is that a beautiful, beautiful bass, but that's also the first time I've ever seen someone playing anything above a six who doesn't look like they're "wrestling" with the instrument. He looks so calm, cool, groovin', etc. I mean, his bass is way bigger than my fours, but he's a big dude so it looks totally natural on him.
  12. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España

    hes also a great player ive seen him at anamm show
  13. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I love the single-cut design... I'll have one soon.. ;)
  14. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I like Chris' "J" models:


    and let's not for get the Elrick NJS singles:

  15. +1

    i never liked them when i started playing bass, i thought they were ugly. However now i think they are the best looking basses around. Some still dont' agree with me, but thats how it goes.

  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don't think I'll get one any time soon, but they are growing on me also. I especially liked that Viellette in this months Bassplayer.
  17. some day.. i'll own a jp... untill then i will be making one hopefully soon for my next project.
  18. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    i love nordstrand's singlecut, specially that with evony top and birds eye mapple neck
  19. OwO


    Apr 23, 2004

    For me, the best singlecut i've ever seen .. i'm getting one soon :bassist: :hyper: :bassist:
  20. man, Carey makes a sweet bass!