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Small bodied basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slapped, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Slapped

    Slapped Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Queens, New York
    I love the look of basses with smaller bodies (Warwick Thumb, Cort Curbow, etc.)

    Is there any discernible tone difference between a bass with a larger body and one with a smaller, lighter one? Active pickups, and preamps that color the signal notwithstanding, the body shape/size itself?

    Also: post pictures of sexy smaller bodied basses. :)
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I've found that there's very little difference in the sound of basses based on their bodies unless they're hollowbodies. Others have said that they hear differences, but I don't.
  3. Slapped

    Slapped Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Queens, New York
    To get it started off.
  4. JayAmel

    JayAmel Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    Probably not the smallest body ever, but yet to me it appears to belong to the "small" category. And huge tone, so the influence of the size of the body into tone might be negligeable.

  5. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    Small bass (smallest playable bass I know of), big fat deep tone:

  6. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006

  7. Are these real, playable strings?! :eek:
  8. SoulMaim


    Dec 1, 2005
    Warwick Thumbs may have small bodies...but they're hefty as hell! They're comfortable to wear but feel like 100% pure beef. I love my Thumb BO...
  9. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    My Yamaha SBV has a small body, but the range of tones it can produce is amazing.

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    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I had the hardest time trying to play one of those.
  11. dwjazz54


    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
    I played an Ashbory once.
    Loved the sound.
    Hated that I couldn't play it in tune or in comfort.
  12. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    A friend of mine has one and I played his before he moved. At first it was odd, but then I began to really like it. I wanted one, and now kind of want one again.

    Really? Size wise?

  13. Here is my Gibson SG-Z. These SG style basses are small and light, some models have a short 30" scale such as the new SG bass series.
  14. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    As far as tone, it's really neither here nor there. Balance (i.e. neck dive), however, sure makes them a lot less tenable.
  15. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    The Ibanez MC888 bean Bass has a very tiny body, and its a 34" scale, unlike the Ashbory

    This photo is the DS bean bass ( dark stain )


    And just for reference, check its size next to a regula 'ol Jazz

  16. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    This is another tiny bodied bass, The Yamaha Motion B MBII

  17. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Roscoe LG series basses. This one is an LG-3005 fretless. Roscoes have INCREDIBLE tone.



  18. the thumb is probably the absolute best bass i've ever played, small bodied, screams neck dive and is really heavy, but the tone is well worth it, and its price tag

    HELLonWHEELS Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Do ritter's have really small bodies. It seems like, but i haven't played one or seen one in person.
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