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Violin Bass for Metal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheBassmaster27, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. bolophonic

    bolophonic Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    When I saw Spirit Caravan, Dave Sherman was playing a Gibson hollow body bass. Not a violin style, but he definitely rocked it in a very distinctive way that made it entirely unlike a more conventional “metal” bass experience.
  2. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    How about a Marleaux Contra?

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  3. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    I guess the one peter steele played in Black No. 1?
  4. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Albany NY
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  5. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    I just returned from a very disappointed google search.


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  6. Lee Kirkham

    Lee Kirkham

    Jan 14, 2013
    Mesa, AZ

  7. Lee Kirkham

    Lee Kirkham

    Jan 14, 2013
    Mesa, AZ
    Try and find yourself one of these:

  8. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Use whatever you want--these are amplified instruments were talking about here!
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  9. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Weeeel maybe more Rock and less Metal, but it works here

  10. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Owner, John Fox Bass Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    Dealer for Adamovic, Alleva-Coppolo, Bergantino, Dingwall, Richter, Skjold
    You need a Marleaux Contra 5. It is the best bass for metal.
    End of story.
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  11. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Just harden your amps eq right and everything will be allright - trust me on this.
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  12. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Two words: diamond plate

    for both the pickguard and control plate.
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  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Those seem to be very well-made basses. Although, but for the F hole and slight cutaway up top, there's nothing "violin bass" looking about them. Looks totally modern.

    Not a bad thing, just not in keeping with (what seems to be) OP's intended goal.
  15. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Alain Johannes played a Rogue Violin bass live with Them Crooked Vultures when they toured. I know, not metal, but they were loud and rocking.

    You won't get the high end you might want if you're trying to cut through, but the low end is massive. It all depends on how the rest of the band is EQ'd.
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  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I don't see why that shouldn't work.
  17. Well, if a Gibson EBO through an SVT can work (see original LP version of "Blizzard of Ozz"). Bob Daisley made that combo fit perfectly!

    Don't see why a Hofner couldn't work. It would certainly have an original sound!
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  18. If you stick a BOSS METALZONE pedal in the effects loop I dare say you can use a washtub and a rubberband for metal.:roflmao:
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  19. Mister Boh

    Mister Boh

    Oct 23, 2016
    Annapolis, MD
    If you melt faces you melt faces. I mean it's not a Daisy Rock bass so I think you're ok.
  20. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    OMG absolutely not! That's right up there with wearing shorts onstage
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