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V-Shaped basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CrazyArcher, Sep 21, 2004.


  1. CrazyArcher

    CrazyArcher

    Aug 5, 2004
    Israel
    Do they exist? I'm prety sure they do, but I've never seen anyone playing them (on the contrary to V-Shaped guitars)
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    They exist, but the balance isn't very good (at least worse than with guitars), a lot (almost all) of Gibson shapes (e.g. Les Paul shape) work as a guitar but not as a bass.
     
  3. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Wallington, NJ
    Epiphone makes a 1958 Flying V Bass. I don't know anything about them, though.
     
  4. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I've had an Epi Flying V bass for several years, gig with it a lot, and the balance is perfect. So I don't know what you're basing your statement on, how often have you played one?
     
  5. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I've just bought one, always wanted a V-shaped bass, plus a shortscale to put tapewounds on and ran across this one on eBay - I bought it because it's not black, it's antique white, and I've never seen another this color. This is def. gonna be the beater bass I need to haul to seedy gigs.

    BTW, It used to belong to guit*rist Paul Gilbert :smug: (didn't make it more collectable or pricey, just an interesting fact - confirmed by the man himself in an email.)

    Pix when it arrives on Friday on the big brown truck.
     
  6. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
  7. How about a mini-V - check out a Steinberger XP2.
     
  8. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Dave, like this one? I want one like this too, and the natural Korina one. I have the black one but it's the finish I like the least. The other two are hard to find.
     
  9. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    IATBM - yes, exactly like that one! I'd really rather have the natural as well, but as long as it wasn't black I was cool with it. I've considered looking into getting the white one stripped, but dont know what it looks like under there =0)

    J-raj - yeah buddy, that Conklin would get my cash if it had the "normal" headstock and not the uber-Jackson look =0)
     
  10. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Dave, it's funny you mentioned refinishing, I just got the new Entwistle book and I love the photo of his white Gibson Flying V bass. I was thinking of getting mine refinned in Olympic White.
     
  11. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
  12. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    ...yea, that might be, but isn't it the nicest V you've seen?
     
  13. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Meh... not really... I'm not a fan of "V" basses..

    :bag:
     
  14. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    HAHAHA!! I love All American Rejects. thats my favorite guilty pleasure band.
     
  15. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    Another style of "V".

    [​IMG]

    TD
    :cool:
     
  16. byrdsfan

    byrdsfan

    Feb 9, 2004
    L.I.
    What is that, an Eastwood?
    I just saw one in NY Music on Long Island. They have all kinds of funky vintage type basses there.
     
  17. Its a hallmark "sweptwing" I beleive...
     
  18. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto

    Correct, it is a Hallmark SweptWing Model VS-4.

    TD
    :cool:
     
  19. Thornton davis,
    Nice bass!
    How does it sound and play, the neck looks THIN!
     
  20. Wow!! That conklin is pretty ugly, I generally like V Basses only for their shape, the short scale that most of them have is a bit "odd" and takes a bit of getting used to, and you can't play them sitting down.

    Still, theyre very cool on stage, so I can see the appeal.

    Dan