Thor Bass? Anybody have one of these?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dave Grossman, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. Fliptrique


    Jul 22, 2002
    Szczecin, Poland
    Endorsing Artist: Mayones Guitars&Basses, Taurus Amplification
    the sample song doesn`t sound too good to my ears :meh:
  2. From the looks of it, they seem well made, but I don't think I'd even want to play one, for two reasons. To begin with, the Norse theme is a bit silly IMO (and where I live, Norse symbols are often used by movements whose ideas and political standpoints I definitely don't agree with), and secondly, the Thor basses are not very aesthetically pleasing to my eyes. So, I'll pass, which leaves more for those who like them!
  3. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Not too keen on the shape...
    And that bridge is quite interesting, so to say... how do you adjust string height?
    Oh, and 3 p-ups with 2 vol knobs?
  4. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Out of my mind, back in 5 minutes! Supporting Member

    No contouring on the body - if you were playing a long gig that would certainly leave you "thor!"

    Sorry about the pun - nice woods, the bass just doesn't do it for me.

    Dan K.
  5. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    If it's not an Alembic bridge, it's a copy of one - no individual string height adjustment, it is made to have the same radius as the fingerboard, and you raise & lower the entire unit with an adjustment screw on either side.

    I'd be a bit interested in how well the lacewood/wenge neck holds up....wenge is VERY stable and strong, but lacewood is not the most structurally sound choice for a neck. :meh:
  6. mbulmer


    Nov 25, 2002
    Feeding Hills, MA
    Wouldn't surprise me if that's why it's selling.

    Also the uncontoured body is another tribute to Alembic.
  7. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I'm familiar with the screws on either side - Ws have this, too, but they also have adjustment for each string. The bridge still looks funny to me...
  8. Son of Magni

    Son of Magni

    May 10, 2005
    Builder: ThorBass
    Hi everyone, just thought I'd chime in here and clarify a couple things. Starting from the top...

    I hate the look of basses where the contour intersects with the laminations, so I don't do body contours unless requested.

    You don't like the sample "song"? You mean Shon's tune? That's 4 one-take tracks that he did just for fun, not intended as a audition, sheesh.

    The Norse theme. Well, if you consider my name it might seem more logical. I am aware, though, that the shape is pretty much love it or hate it.

    About the bridge, yes the functionality is equivilant to the Alembic bridge. Adjusted at the ends and the saddles are designed to match the radius of the fingerboard. Unless there's something wrong somewhere else on the instrument you shouldn't need any individual height adjustments.

    Two volumes for three pups. Too much to go into here but I believe I explain this on my site.

    The neck. With the amount of Ebony (not wenge) in the neck, stability is not an issue.

    The reason the bass is on ebay is that word of mouth is a slow way to get the word out. It is not a used instrument. And thanks for your interest and all your comments. I'm always interested in what people think about my work, positive or negative.
    - Karl
  9. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Sounds good to me, not exactly "my" fretless sound but then it wouldn't be "my" sound if everybody had it. Like to hear one with frets.

    The 3 J pickups isn't the most aesthetically pleasing to me. Overall the bass looks cool. Very Alembic, but then again not, at least it's not another expensive Jazz clone! Always like to see somebody doing something different. I personally like individual height and spacing adjustments, but it works well enough for Alembic so I can't argue with that. The only problem is when a previous owner has filed the E string saddle down WAY too far and thrown it out of whack with the other strings! Ask me how I know. :mad:
  10. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    yeah, I would not worry about the lacewood in the neck; those ebony stringers are huge.

    The work looks beautiful, even if the overall design isn't really my style. There's some serious attention to detail in what he's doing.

    Karl, the hollowbody on your site is beautiful, kudos!
  11. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    I bet Tombowlus at least likes the theme for this one. :)
  12. Son of Magni

    Son of Magni

    May 10, 2005
    Builder: ThorBass
    Yeah, if someone files the saddle down too far then you just have to make a new one...

    And yeah, the hollowbody, it was hard to part with that one. But I know it's in a good home and I still get to play it once in a while :)
  13. BlacktotheBlind

    BlacktotheBlind Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    i dig them, if i could afford one i'd give it a shot.
  14. Interesting, I always thought that this was the whole point of having laminations. :)
    Nothing wrong with selling new instruments on eBay. Definitely a good way to get the word out. Worked for me! :D

    - Dave
  15. Son of Magni

    Son of Magni

    May 10, 2005
    Builder: ThorBass
    Well I guess I should be more clear. When the edge contour is uniform all the way around the edge, then it's nice for it to intersect the lams. But a comfort contour, for your right arm for instance, creates the effect I don't like. Just my personal preference...
  16. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    You are saying that you dont like nordic symbols only because some stupid white nationalists like them? :eyebrow:
  17. JDGA fan

    JDGA fan

    Oct 9, 2003
    I would guess that he is saying is that if you have a bass or otherwise display certain symbols that are associated with a certain political movement, then people are going to start making assumptions (rightly or wrongly) about you and your beliefs.
  18. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Nice looking bass!
  19. I love the shape. If I were in the market for a custom bass I'd consider one.