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Unique old basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Phil Bonk, Jan 9, 2018.


  1. Phil Bonk

    Phil Bonk Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2015
    IMG_20180108_214348259.jpg I came across this picture of my brother's Hagstrom 6 string bass, so I now have it as my profile picture. I first played this in 1972. I believe it was made in the mid sixties. It follows the string configuration of an electric guitar, but an octave lower.
    Does anyone else have pics of their weird old basses?
     
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  2. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Picked up this old Kalamazoo KB2 a few months ago.. Sounds killer!
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  3. ukulelelab

    ukulelelab

    Apr 14, 2013
    Very nice and rare hagstrom coronado. I have the 4 string version.
     
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Oooh! Look at those 6 string BiSonic pickups!

    Not mine, but I'll throw in this unique old bass, the Yamaha SB-5A Flying Samurai:
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  5. foal30

    foal30

    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    I have nothing to add except I was born in 1972
     
  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    So was this:
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  7. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    As do I. It's a rare bird indeed, though I have been coming across Coronado IV's with the smaller single coils vs Bi-Sonics.

    Nice old Haggy there!
     
  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    neat stuff!

    how about a thread for unique old bassists? oh...we already have those........sorry!
     
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  9. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    There was a lot of art that was going on in music and musicians embraced it. It was my love of some of these old beautiful creations that brought me to TB a couple years ago. Specifically this one used by Pete Overand of Mott The Hoople. I still would like to find where this beauty rests these days.

    1e62c613a283ac325a80c5c7edb2f1bf.jpg There
     
  10. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    Wurlitzer 7771, '69 only, Italian. Built as a bass like the Hagstrom, I have it strung as a baritone now. Another one of these was the first bass I ever played onstage. I have the bridge cover as well.


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  11. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
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  12. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Oh, man! Blast from the past. That was my first bass, except it was red.

    My recollection of the sound was that it was pretty muddy. Had I known about different strings back then, I might have different recall. Unfortunately the headstock on mine snapped off. Thus, started my relationship with Fender basses.
     
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  14. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    first 2 are ampeg little stud and big stud. violin bass is a Pan (think it was univox factory) dearmond version of guild Jet and burns bison
     
  15. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Fingerstyle can bring that great subby Motown vibe in spades but it's amazing how sharp it can get with the help of a pick & a few choice pedals & preamps!
     
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  16. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource

    Dec 28, 2012
    I love the giant Bakelite switches KACHUNK KACHUNK
     
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  17. Phil Bonk

    Phil Bonk Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2015
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  18. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    When I was living in Seoul in the mid 70s, some of the bar bands were using those Yamahas pictured above.
     
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  19. It don't get much weirder or older than my 1963 Regent (Canadian market Guyatone)
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  20. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I love the "mother-of-automobile-bumper" chrome on the pickguard... ;)
     
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