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Violin Bass for Metal?

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

  1. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    The Price Tag on the Contra is the most Metal thing about it....
  2. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    what if you play a daisy rock but you play it ironically or angrily?
  3. fingerguy

    fingerguy Inactive

    Aug 2, 2016
    Throw on some distortion and chug!
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  4. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Greco made a solid body violin bass in the '70s. It had two 'rail' humbuckers and a high mass bridge.


    This would work for metal.
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  5. I would love to own a solidbody violin bass, but they are sooooo rare now. My friend actually owns one, but he won't sell because was a "gift". He doesn't even play bass lol.
  6. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    The Hofner HCTs are practically solid bodies due to the sound block. They are a well built instrument and sound great. There are a few on ebay and reverb right now. I own one alongside an Ignition and two German hollow bodies.
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  7. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    they do have a fat low end. that can work for anything. not much grindy top end a la rickenbacker or fender jazz, but as long as you go into it expecting that i think it will be fine.

    also some originality is nice - a black Hofner with gold hardware in a metal setting, i'd be super into it.
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  8. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    Rare but occasionally out there:
    1965 Vox Model V-232 Solid Body Electric Violin Bass Guitar 100% Stock w/ohc
    Ibanez Violin Style Bass Guitar 1960's Sunburst

    Here's a (not necessarily complete) list:
    violin bass gallery

    The turn-of-century Epiphone EB-1 may pop up a little more easily than others; the Eastwood EB-1, as mentioned above, is in production:
    NBD-Eastwood EB-1 (and the rest of the thread)
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  9. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    And Ringo shouting out "I got blisters on my fingers!" at the end.
    One guy I know still insists it's John!
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  10. fermata


    Nov 10, 2015
    Hmmm...not so sure about that. CTs are certainly less hollow than the fully hollow models, but I think the sound (playing experience) has more in common with a hollow bass than a slab. I'm sure the floating bridge is a significant factor, too...not sure exactly what to attribute to the bridge vs. the semi-hollow body, but at any rate, even the CTs have a lot more air in the tone than a typical slab. (The real benefit of the center block is no neck dive on a strap.)
  11. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    That hasn't been my experience, but that's okay. Also, I don't usually have neck dive on my hollow body Hofners. When I use a nylon strap I do, but not with leather straps.
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  12. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    What's the best cello for metal?

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  13. Mister Boh

    Mister Boh

    Oct 23, 2016
    Annapolis, MD
    I don't know about ironically but angrily might help. I think, in order to make a Daisy Rock metal, you would have to do the following:

    Strap it to a zombie, impale the zombie on a big spike, then, as it thrashes around, come up from behind and play it while it's on said zombie.
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  14. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    what if you paint the daisy flat black with a few obvious bloody streaks and add black hardware? I'D play that for metal :D
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  15. KB5


    Sep 28, 2012
  16. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    Yeah, that's a great deal. I've bought a few of the handmade German pedals from them annd they're great!
  17. descendent22


    Jul 29, 2015
    Tommy stinson likes the violin basses but in interviews he CLEARLY STATES he never used them in Guns N Roses because they don’t have the proper tone for the music. Also in the days of The Replacements he didn’t have the Hofners yet. He used a Ric early on and switched mainly to P basses for most of his career. And in recent years when the Mats got back together he used his ESP signature vintage 4 basses. He only uses the Hofners for certain recording purposes
  18. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Never said he used them on stage with a particular band, just that he's used them from time to time. Thanks for the clarification though.

    On a side note, Alain Johannes (touring bassist with Them Crooked Vultures among many other things) has been known to us a Rogue VB100 on stage with that band.
  19. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    That sounds like the best/most unlikely Canterbury/California mash up ever

    Have you met Uncle Angus? 90aacbb5b292bea24def971c6f8589c3.jpg
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  20. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    Multi-platinum rock stars can wear whatever the " " they want
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