Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OrderingEntropy, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. OrderingEntropy


    Jun 17, 2005
    Does anyone here own/play a traben?
    I'm thinking about getting a tribal sun.
    Id you have an opinion on the quality, I'd love to hear it.
  2. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    I played a Traben Tribal Sun last week and it was an ok bass....but right next to it was a Dean Vendetta bass the totally smoked the Traben!


    Here's the specs on the Dean:
    Bolt On Construction
    5 Piece Maple Walnut Neck
    Rosewood Fingerboard
    2 Dean Pickups with active 2 band EQ
    Black Hardware
    Razer Wire Inlay
    Available in 5-String Version
    Trans Amber, Trans Red, Trans Black, Tiger Eye

    Now the Traben:
    Body Wood- Basswood w/ Flame Maple Top
    Neck- 5 Piece Maple and Walnut
    Scale Length- 35" scale
    Fingerboard- Rosewood 24 fret
    Bridge Design- Tribal Sun
    Pickups- Traben Custom Combo
    Pre-Amp- Traben T3 Active
    Nut- Chrome Plated Brass
    Inlay- Traben T and Abalone Dots
    Construction- Bolt-on, special Traben neckjoint
    Hardware Color- Chrome
  3. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    East Coast
    I own a Traben Kore 5. What's my take on it?

    Sound? Very trebly, very modern. I think it's an average sounding bass - not bad, not great. Once I got a Bongo, it became my back-up, back-up bass. I take it out occasionally at gigs because it's so interesting looking (I get a lot of compliments on its look)

    Heavy! It's a heavy mother.
  4. I bet if you stuck some EMGs in a Traben it would really cook!

  5. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Heh, maybe the extra weight is from the bridge; I mean they're huge! :p
  6. Techmonkey


    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    I'm considering sticking some barts in my Traben Phoenix once I've finishing building my five string... It's an awesome bass, I payed about £300 for the bass then about £50 for the hardcase, really low action without much buzz, very versatile too. Not very good at doing a smooth tone, and the bridge pickup distorts a bit with the mids turned up.
  7. hey guys, new to the forum, but i know how to search... didn't want to bring up a really old thread, so i figured i'd just bump this one.

    i've seen a lot of talk of the traben's being a good bass for the money ($500-$700 range).

    So I assume it'd be a great deal to get a Traben Torrent for $200? I'm replacing my first bass (got it from a friend when i wanted to learn to play). I can spend more than $200, but if this is a great deal, i won't pass it up.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
  8. Well, went ahead and bit the bullet after playing it in store.

    I really like it. The torrent doesn't have the huge flame bridge like the other trabens (which I admit, are pretty gaudy unless you're in a metal band), but it still has a unique look. but it also plays great! The neck really has a great feel, and it's sounding good.

    so far, i'm happy with my purchase, especially at that price.
  9. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    I just read Musicians Fiend are closing out the Traabens at a good price. Defintely not my cup of tea, but you youngsters may like em.
  10. ha ha. i'm not that young (27), but i definitely did not want to go for the overly gaudy trabens.
  11. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    +1 (IMO, of course).

  12. kkdpdn


    Aug 6, 2005
    Hey, I'm 50 and I kind of like the bridge on my Kore, but maybe I'm just going thru a mid-life thing - ya think?