Whackiest mass-produced basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doctor Roberts, Apr 12, 2024.

  1. Doctor Roberts

    Doctor Roberts

    Oct 22, 2007
    Let's not consider mods.

    IMO, and in no particular order:

    Roland G77. The "sustain bar" (black hanger) is even more peculiar than the MIDI capability:
    ROLAND G77.jpg

    Ibanez Ashula. I am certain Jaco would fiddle with this:

    Ibanez SRKP4. Integrated Kaoss Pad:

    Any bass with a tremolo. Here is the Washburn Bantam Whammy:
    Bantam Whammy.png

    What else?
  2. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I've always thought that basses with a handle cut into/through the body looked kinda dopey. I know this is a guitar, but it's the quickest example I could find. lsornuaudb2c1.jpg

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  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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  4. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
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  5. Doctor Roberts

    Doctor Roberts

    Oct 22, 2007
    Rickenson/Jacksonbacker. I remembered this jewel after seeing the post by @Killing Floor

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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Yeah that was always a weird design decision but they still make them decades later. The top end Jem guitars are really great players and honestly that hole is the reason I never got one.
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  7. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I don't know if they ever reached the heights of being "mass produced" but you have to give a nod to Basslab.


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  8. SubHuman


    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    1985 Ovation Hardbody Bass with Kahler Whammy Bar. I own one just like it and don't use the whammy bar (except for fun) but that is one massive bridge! It has a nice looking headstock and routed body too. I put a set of Quarter Pounders in mine. Sustains really nice too.
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  9. JC Nelson

    JC Nelson Supporting Member

    May 30, 2015
    The Westone Rail
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  10. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
  11. IMG_9783_a408d62a-f95f-4b25-a698-e9831e94249c.jpg in the 90's, my buddy had a Steve Vai Gem Ibanez. Going for $3,000+ now. He might still have it---he is still playing with Rusted Root.
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  12. E2942


    Jan 25, 2022
    I think Danelectro basses look extra kitsch, like some sort of psychedelic '60s thing.
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    Danelectro longhorn basses are in a bunch of shops, used around these Texas parts.
  14. KeepItMoving

    KeepItMoving Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2018
    Man - I came in thinking I’d mention the Nordstrand Acinonyx, but the examples above make it look vanilla!
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    CF Martin (yes, that Martin). I’ve played one. Super heavy, “odd” ergonomics, “cute” headstock.
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  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a Warm Puppy and a Great Bass Supporting Member

    '72 Gibson Les Paul Triumph Bass. Not too sure about 'whacky', but definitely different.
  17. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a Warm Puppy and a Great Bass Supporting Member

    '82 Gibson Victory Artist. Cool but definitely different.
  18. Italia basses have some funky designs:

    Klingon Marlin is super odd: