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THREE string bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by erik_hammarlund, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    I can play most of Rocky Mountain Way with one hand tied behind my back. No, really.


  2. Yup, it's a Laggan for sure. Played it a few times (live a few blocks from Low Down). It really makes you think a little differently in the way you play.
    Low Down Sound had it for a while, pretty cool actually. I believe it was a 30" scale with no tone controls.
    It sold a while back but I think Russ would be happy to build another! ;)
    Ryan at Low Down has a Jazz type built by Russ that is pretty cool. I think in a short period of time Russ Laggan will enter into the Benavente,R-Bass ect. class of builders. And his prices are reasonable.
  3. BrenBrenb7


    Apr 21, 2004
    not the complete story :D[/QUOTE]

  4. Man, that bass in SMOKIN'!!!!!!!! ;)
  5. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    About Tony Levin's bass

    His custom Musicman Three string was tuned D-A-E, it had no controls and was finished in "Harley Davidson" black with Red trim

    Luckily I always kept my old issues of Guitarist and quickly recovered the issue of 1994 in which they interviewed him and it shows the bass as it used to look.
  6. duncbass


    Dec 28, 2003
  7. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Tony's 10 answers to the question "why three strings, from Bass player may/june 1995.

    "1. Why 4 strings?
    2. I wanted a bass I could call a bass.
    3. Because they wouldn't make me a 2 string.
    4. Notes above staff are someone else's job.
    5. Hey, I pluck with only 2 fingers.
    6. G strings are for strippers.
    7. I've tried playing those high notes, and I like the low ones better.
    8. It's time to think about the environment and conserve.
    9. Because my string-endorsement deal is limited.
    10. Oh, are there only three? [Damn]"

    I know, I'm such a nerd. :rolleyes:
  8. mashed potatoes

    mashed potatoes

    Nov 11, 2003
    i know a guy who has a two string bass. It's all one solid piece. The name of the wood has escaped me, but I think it was purple something.... purple heart? I'm not sure. It was all one piece of wood, and fretless with 2 octaves on each string. He had it custom made. it's fun to play around on for a while, but I imagine having onle 2 strings would handicap you over time. He called it his "AC/DC bass" because you only need 2 strings to play AC/DC songs.
  9. Konabob

    Konabob Konaweb LLC

    Jan 9, 2004
    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
    <img src=http://www.konaweb.com/stick/bob_stick2.jpg?attachmentid=4228&stc=1 align=left>

    I have been playing a 3 string "electro-acoustic" upright for about 3 years now. I tune it to an open G tuning which means I move up and down the neck a lot, but rarely have to work across the strings. I have a mp4 movie on my web site if you care to check out how it plays. Note: In Hawaii, shoes are optional.

  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    HA! Here's my two cents:

    11. Because bassists should master the three-string before moving up to four. ;)
  11. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR

    I think that you should hit up Les Claypool... he loves things like this!
  12. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Personally, I love the idea of a three string bass (I'm sticking with my four string, mind you). It's a statement of aesthetic. it's saying "5, 6, 7 strings are a modern conceit of bass guitar that gets away from the original function of bass: support." and I love that. I can totally see how it would force the player to play in a more rudimentary style which is a total positive to anybody who doesn't read gear magazines (you know? listeners. civilians. Non- musos). They like bass lines that are simple, memorable and feel good. Bass players and college students like bass lines that move all over the place and stand out. I also think that it's fantastic that an astoundingly talented bassist like Tony Levin would do that- a guy who truly recognizes teh value of playing less notes, but playing the right ones at the right time.
  13. mnemonix


    Apr 27, 2004
    Many early double basses (18th century) were built as 3 stringed instruments so it's not a new idea.
  14. mnemonix


    Apr 27, 2004
    'less is more'
  15. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Less is MUCH more. It's one of the great zen lessons of playing bass: the less notes you play, the more everybody else likes your playing.
  16. very interesting, but i dont think i would even consider a three string bass as my next purchase.
  17. scatman


    Jun 12, 2003
  18. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Not that subject again please..enough Kung-Fu on that I think.. :rolleyes:
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The # of strings is irrelevant because the strings don't play themselves.
  20. Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Apr 14, 2002
    Helena, MT U.S.A 59602
    BEE basses, Morley pedals
    I have a new little yahoo group that many of you may be interested in joining at least on a temporary basis...


    by joining you will automatically be sent 8 mp3's

    each will come as a separate email ... so you will get 8 e-mails, each with a file attached ... the aforementioned mp3's

    They are samples of what I have been messing around with on my BEE 3 string...

    Stewart McKinsey has affectionately titled this particular bass, an LRB (limited range bass) however, I demonstrate many tunings and looped improvisations with the bass as you will get to hear if you choose to join the group...

    I suggest if you want to hear the stuff, join the group ... you can always leave the group as soon as you get the 8 file attached e-mails if you prefer.


    thanks for considering it,

    Gregory Bruce Campbell


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