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The 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 Bass Megathread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WarriorJoe7, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Banned

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY

    I just expanded them to 5 year intervals so there will be less threads.

    I have:

    we still need:
    Before 1950


    Each year should have its own thread so that we can see what was being made when.

    I opened 5 threads for years though I could have done more (1997, 1989, 1979, 1971, 1969.) Feel free to start your own year thread if the year hasn't been done yet and if you are/were the owner of the pictured bass for that year. So we will be waiting or the 1951 thread to open when someone here who owns one makes the thread... after that any pics of anyone's bass is fair game.

    A 1979 Sabre with a stingray neck. I've been trying to trade for a 79/80 sabre neck for years.






  2. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    1978 Rickenbacker 3001

  3. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    :) Well Joe, your wait is over .... :hyper:(Link to ebay auction ....)

    :smug: Shame about the $900 price tag, but maybe you can talk some sense into the seller ;).

    Anyway, (as per your PM, Joe ;)), here's my contribution to the latter '70s thread:


    1975 Fender Precison Bass.


    First up, my first ever "vintage" bass (assuming that vintage just means over 25 years old and not necessarily the finest year of manufacture :ninja:). This Fender Precision was born on 2nd Feb 1975 (IIRC) and is mostly original, with the exceptoins of; the pickup (it's a Nordstrand NP4 :)), the pickgaurd (the old one was badly warped and had some extra, spurious holes in it :meh:) and the thumb rest (original one was long since chucked away).

    It weighs a very "masculine" 11.2lbs and has a very bright and clanky tone - think, Bruce Foxton ;) (The Jam). As '70s Fenders often do, this has a very "utilitarian" feel to it - it's built like a tank, but a tank that was built quickly on a Friday afternoon :D. If ever there was a bass made for fending off drunken, would-be stage-divers, this is it !!! Sometinmes, I think that I should have a license to carry this thing in public :p. I think you get the idea ;).


    1976 Fender Jazz Bass.


    Whereas the '75 P Bass has a bright tone that makes it hard to wring the essence of that "warm, woody P" tone out of it, this Jazz Bass actually benefits from that same extra "zing", IMHO. I actually bought this bass purley as a piece of furniture, to sit beside my beloved black'n'maple '75 P (they make a great looking pair), but of course I intended to try playing it occasionally too ;). Boy, did I get a shock when I first plugged it in :eek:. I fully expected it to sound "brittle and nasty", lacking in any real bass, due to the fact that this ash bodied bruiser weighs a full 11.3lbs :eek: (heaviest bass I've ever owned)! Well, I was wrong :smug: - it's "King of the Keepers" for me :D.

    Also, this one is 95% original. The only part that's not legit is the thumb rest (again ;)) and the winding on the neck pickup, although you'd have to be some kind of "pickup deity" to tell just by looking at it, as it was re-wound recently with the original spec wire by a great guy called Spencer :smug:.

    This bass is not only directly on the money for all of that funky MM s*** :bassist: (when plugged into my outboard Sadowsky pre), but it also has a lot to offer when used for fingerstyle funk and I even sometimes sling it low on the strap, dust off my (one and only :D) plectrum, add some chorus and pretend to be Steve Severin (Siouxsie & the Banshees) or other New Wave bassist of my choice.

    What's also odd about this bass is that it feels a lot lighter and more comfortable than some other basses that I have, which are (on the scales) a good 10-20% lighter :meh:. I guess it's the offset body, which distributes the weight much better :confused:.

    In the perfect world, every bassist would be given one of these, F.O.C. :p.

    Fast Forward a year .....

    1977 MusicMan StingRay.


    I could write a whole book about this bass :D ... but nobody apart from me would be interested in reading it :bawl:.

    Suffice to say that the MusicMan StingRay bass has been an enigma to me, ever since I first learned of their existence in the mid-1980s. The tone that I heard from players as diverse as Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson), Paul S. Denman (Sade) and last and by no means least, Jamie Stewart (Southern Death Cult, The Cult) just spoke to me on sooooooo many levels. I knew that I would have to, one day, own one of these tone monsters :smug:.

    Long story made short ... I owned 3 others (1986, 1988 & 2004 Ernie Ball) before this one and they were all "nowhere" :spit:. Only this pre-EB one could give me EXACTLY that smooth, yet throaty "Smooth Operator" sound, as well as melting my face off with the treble cranked up 100% (and bass on 70%) to recreate the majesty of Death Cults' "Resurrection Joe".

    Some people (mostly those who have never owned both EB and pre-EB StingRays :rolleyes:) will write lenghty posts on TB about why the current ones are as good/better than the old ones, but IMHO there's a "warm and woody" quality in these nitro-lacquered oldies, which gives them a different tonal starting point (let alone the fact that the pickups and pre-amp are completely different to anything made after 1978, too :rollno:).

    Just feast your eyes on these magnets. They're so powerful that sometimes, loose pieces of cutlery fly across the room and stick to them :D.


    Anyway, I guess that I've annoyed most of you (who've actually read this far) with my strong opinions (although that's all they are ;)), so I'll leave it there.

    Thanks for the thread idea, Joe - I really felt like waxing lyrical about my little trio of "Junk Era" basses - amazing to think that I was just a kid in junior school when all of these were built :smug:.
  4. 82Daion


    Nov 14, 2006
    Here's my 1975 Alembic Series I. It's the 246th Alembic made. It was originally owned by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, and lent out to his touring bassists, until the previous owner bought it in 1980.

    It has a few flaws that I'll correct in time, but even so, nothing else does it for me quite like this bass. It's huge, heavy(12 lbs), and has the biggest neck I've ever played, and it's perfect. :D





  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    1978 StingRay

    1979 Ibanez Musician
  6. OldogNewTrick


    Dec 28, 2004
    Germany, EU
    my '75 Ibanez

    DSCF4029crop. IbanezNeckBody.


  7. Fender32


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    You have a lot of very fine basses, CdK, but that one's my favourite :hyper:!

    Think I'll save that .jpg to my "Bass Porn" folder, if you don't mind :smug:!?
  8. weissguy


    Feb 6, 2008


    This is my 76 Factory Fretless Olympic White-now yellow bass. All completely original.
  9. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN

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