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stick bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by William Mehan, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. William Mehan

    William Mehan

    Nov 10, 2005
    Who makes the electric bass that has no body and I think the tuning mechanisms are at the bottom of the instrument. Does anybody no anything about this? Thanks.
  2. GaryM


    Jul 28, 2006
    Dundee, UK
    The Chapman stick?

  3. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
  4. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I think you mean the Steinburger bass. Out of production, I think.
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    The Synapse basses are still in production. And I think you can get the licensed L2 styles still from MusicYo.

  6. GaryM


    Jul 28, 2006
    Dundee, UK
  7. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    There's a company called Phaedrus that makes a cool looking stick type bass with full tuners at the end.
  8. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    They only have stock about 2 weeks of the year though.

    William, if it's the Steinbergers you were asking about, check out www.steinbergerworld.com for lots more info.

    I also have an XL2A and a pair of the Hohner licenced maple construction ones so can answer some specific questions if SW doesn't get you the answers.
  9. war_n_peace


    Aug 9, 2006
  10. William Mehan

    William Mehan

    Nov 10, 2005
    Wow! Thank you for all those replies: Gary M, Mark Beem, bobba66, Lo end PUNCH, Dharmabass, war n peace. If any of you or anyone else has an opinion about these instruments regarding their playability or practicality or cost or action or electronics, I would appreciate all the feeback I can get. And thanks, so much, again.
  11. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    I had one of the Hohner B2ADs many years ago.. Great little bass, decent tone. Neck was rather chunky but not unwieldy. The hardware was all licensed by Steinberger and good quality. Overall a great bass for what it cost!
  12. war_n_peace


    Aug 9, 2006
    Playability is fine once you get used to the lack of having
    a full size body. I find it harder to play slap style on a stick
    bass though.

    Practicality wise is the main reason I think people
    use them. They are lighter than most basses.
    They also travel well and tend to stay in tune
    better with the headless design.

    They tend to be less than 40" long but have a full
    34" scale length.

    They were really popular in the 80's but have
    yet to make a comeback...

    The typical response you get from people is
    "where is the rest of it?".. and other silly remarks..

    The bottom line is you can put a Magnetic Pickup
    on just about anything and make it sound decent
    if you know how to play...

  13. Osprey


    Jun 20, 2005
    Have you looked at an Aria Sinsonido? They come with a sort of skeleton framework, but you don't have to use it. There was a big thread on here last year, with lots of appreciation. Nice light bass, full scale, good neck, mahogany body, fine tone especially with flats.
  14. arbarnhart


    Nov 16, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
  15. mheintz


    Nov 18, 2004
    Nice bass and cheap. I own a fretless, which I keep at work. For me, it's easier to play with the frame.
  16. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Harry Fleishman used to offer a bizarre headless bass. Can't find a picture right off hand but if I recall it had an obscene number of frets, single J style pup and a bridge-mounted piezo system. Used conventional style tuners. Hondo had some rights to the design and built a version overseas.


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