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Tung Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TimothyGroovy, Apr 4, 2006.


  1. TimothyGroovy

    TimothyGroovy Commercial User

    Aug 3, 2000
    Hong Kong
    Owner: Uni••Sound Endorsing Artist: La Bella Strings
  2. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    I've played one of the USA ones. Super hot!. When did they start making them in Japan?

    Bassconbeatz
     
  3. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    ^Basscon, as far as I know they never built them in Japan, this one just found it's wya to Japan. They were all built by Mr. Tung, less than 100 were made in entirey, I believe. JM has 2, I think.

    Cool.

    Tung's are interesting.

    Any idea who other than Myung has used them?
     
  4. tripb19

    tripb19 Camel - Camel

    Jun 18, 2005
    Melbourne, Aus
    I want one.
     
  5. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    AFAIK, Myung owned 3 Tungs, all maple bodied with white ash backs: A Spalted-maple topped Wingbass II Bolt-on 6 that was his "main" bass and can be seen almost all live performances from that era ("5 Years In A LiveTime"), a Orange Sunburst Wingbass II Bolt-on 6 that can be seen in the vast majority and on the cover of his "Progressive Bass Concepts" instructional video, and a Spalted-maple topped Wingbass II Hybrid 6 ("half"-through construction) with a birdseye maple fingerboard that's used during the Metropolis Pt. 1 tapping breakdown in the video.

    That last one? I'd seriously consider manslaughter for. :eek:

    Our own Yvon used to own this beauty:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I'm pretty sure John owned a 5 string Tung bass that he used on Images and Words, and I'm pretty sure that before Awake, there was 6 six string basses on DT albums, but I could be wrong.

    Anyway, that Yellow Tung is a jaw dropper, I'm not so much a fan of the sunburst but the yellow one grabs me, I love it!

    If only Nicholas would come back to building basses and keep the restaurant on as a sideline...
     
  7. mvw356

    mvw356

    Mar 2, 2006
    Brussels
    michael porcaro played them in the early 90's.
     
  8. willkt6

    willkt6

    Sep 27, 2005
    JM used a 4 string spector (euro i think) on images and words DEFINATELY he switched to 6 strings exclusively on the tour and went from tobias to tung to yamaha.
     
  9. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    My wife said she could see tears coming from my eyes when i just saw that picture.
    It was a really nice bass. I wish I could buy it back.
     
  10. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Tung basses aren't being made anymore, are they?
     
  11. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada

    No Nicholas Tung only built about 100 basses and he stopped making them and opened a restaurant in Tx
     
  12. Pete skjold

    Pete skjold Gold Supporting Member

    May 29, 2004
    Warsaw Ohio
    I didn't see it stated in this thread yet , but I believe Tung basses came out of the crew Michael Tobias had just before Gibson took Tobias out of burbank ( Nicholas being the main guy ) . I always liked these basses and they influenced my designs .

    I would love to own one some day .


    Pete
     
  13. greg

    greg

    Jun 1, 2004
    Austin,Tx
    Do you know where in Tx his restaraunt is??
     
  14. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    The guy I sold my Tung to was able to contact Nick Tung. But unfortunatly I lost his E-mail.
     
  15. RSchuster

    RSchuster

    Jan 27, 2006
    Alexandria, VA
    I wish John Myung would go back to playing a Tung . . . the Yamaha he uses now sounds so crappy . . .
     
  16. OffTheClef67

    OffTheClef67 Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Tampa Bay Area, FL
    Here's a pic of mine, along with a couple of my Tunes and my Carl Thompson:

    Bass Pix CT Tune MM Tung 023.
     
  17. Thunderwood

    Thunderwood

    Mar 20, 2007
    Delafield, WI
    Nice Thompson man, that from the 70's? I dug his more minimalistic work back before he got real crazy with laminates.

    Sorry to get off topic.
     
  18. OffTheClef67

    OffTheClef67 Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Tampa Bay Area, FL
    S'ok. Serial # is 3-24-80, would make it March 24, 1980...

    The Tung was made in '93.
     
  19. TimothyGroovy

    TimothyGroovy Commercial User

    Aug 3, 2000
    Hong Kong
    Owner: Uni••Sound Endorsing Artist: La Bella Strings
    Your Tung look really F-influenced!! I love it... :rolleyes:
     
  20. OffTheClef67

    OffTheClef67 Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Tampa Bay Area, FL
    Thanks, Tim...much appreciated. :)

    I played an F-bass Alain Caron Signature, and there really isn't much difference between the two. The Furlanetto (F-bass) was heavier, much heavier...
     

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