That new Ampeg bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BWB, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. BWB


    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    Anyone bought one of the new basses that Ampeg
    came out with earlier this year? I saw it at the
    Nashville NAMM show, picked it up and thumped on
    it for about 5 seconds with no amp, and then put
    it back on the stand. If you have (had?) one,
    what did you think, how much did you pay for it,
    and how would you describe the tone?

  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    What "new" bass?

    They reissued the Dan Armstrongs a couple of years ago and then followed up with the Armstrong-like "Crystal Cut bass" that gives you a Duncan MM pickup, adjustable bridge and wood body. But it's not new, been out a few years already.

    The Crystal Cuts list for about a grand, online dealers are asking $650-700. I've never actually seen one in a store. Ampeg has been blowing out the guitar models recently (delaers dumping them for $300), maybe the basses will be next.
  3. RedGrange


    Jun 11, 2000
    Denver, CO
    I got one off ebay for 350 with a case... They are so fun to play... but I'm sure I'll get lazy from playing a short scale
  4. BWB


    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    I went and looked at Ampeg's web site - it's
    definitely the Crystal Cut bass that I played at
    the NAMM show. They had a big sign on it
    "new for 2001" - and not being a gear junkie I
    didn't realize it had been out for some time
    already. Still, anyone here own one of these?
    What's your reaction to it?

  5. I don't own one, but I have played one in the store. I didn't really care for the feel. They're heavy, plus the bridge is closer to the neck so there's some body back there, so it's hard to get used to. I didn't plus it in so I don't know about the sound.