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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fingerman, Oct 2, 2002.
Ah the 80s Big Hair some cool Basses
I immediately thought of B.C. Rich, but, since it wasn't included I didn't vote.
The Steinberger was obvious to me, from a bassist's point of view.
The NS-2 prototype came out in `79. Steinbergers just incorporated so many characteristics of the 80's bass revolution;
- radically new materials
- radically new shapes (or NO shapes in regard to the headstock
- minimalist, ergonomic, "Star Wars-esque" design
- active electronics
- black, black, and more black
Sting, Geddy Lee, Bill Wyman, Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), John Taylor, were just some big 80's names using them.
Of course, some big 80's bassists like Mark King and Billy Sheehan weren't but those guys were more about their technique/style than their "tools."
Always wanted a thunderbird, but didn't want a 4 string. And the epiphones don't count, cause the spacing is almost like a guitar!
One more for the original BC Rich basses, especially the Mockingbird.
The Steinberger always jumps to mind, it's that minimalist shape.
Right behind it, I always think of the Spector.
Guess it's something with Ned's designs?
The Kubicki X-Factor holds a special place in my heart as far as ultimate 80s basses are concerned.
they made basses in the 80s?
wow..lets just forget the 80's...pleeeeeeeeeze
The first bass that I thought of was the B.C. Rich Warlock. After that was anything by Charvel with p/j pickups. I guess I automatically think of big hair bands when I think of the 80's.
Impossible - too many life changing events: first j, first gig, first love, first heartbreak, first car, first car wreck, first solid-state amp.....oh I could go on....
I voted Spector... seems like everywhere you looked you saw a Spector. I didn't really know what they were at the time, but I thought they were cool looking.
No BC Rich? It's a shame. The old Eagle looked great!
The Steinberger and all its clones (remember the Westone Rail?). I still own a Yamaha BX-1, a headless from that era.
Where is the option for Kramer Basses? That is what first came to mind for me. I guess because I have never been able to get the Nelson Twin's "After the Rain" video out of my head.
Have to bow to the superiority of BC Rich, though. Ultimate 80's hair band bass. Go Bobby Dall!!!!!!!
We don't want anyone to have their feelings hurt, now.
BC Rich is now on the poll.
Not to rain on your parade, Mr. Fingerman, but I already had an 80s bass poll a while back. I can't retrieve the thread but somebody here sure could.
Anyway, my faves are Steinberger, Kubicki, Ibanez Musician, BC Rich Mockingbird, Aria II Pro, Spector, and the Yamaha... BB3000??
Actually we should include the Fender Jazz Bass Special, which was really a P body with PJ pickup setup and my favorite: black headstock with black tuners... mmm... mmm...
I voted for Hamer. Nothing says more 80's than hair metal with tiger stripe guitars, baby!
I actually own one of those Fender jazz specials...it's a fretless..it was pearl white but I recently had it painted with PPG harliquin..so now it changes color...and all the black hardware is now gold..had the finger board sanded and epoxied(roundwounds tear it up)..and it is equipped with EMG's...talk about cliche