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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hevy T, Jan 22, 2017.
I read it on the internet, it must be true!
I didn't read it anywhere. I didn't make any claims. I was just wondering.
I'm not sure what your point is.
Yup the OP endorses this post lol
I thought I wanted one and I borrowed an ACG single from a friend and I hated it. I do use my thumb and I guess my technique is what it is but I have my thumb over the neck past the 12th fret more than I thought and it just was plain in my fng way.... FWIW
If you play in tough clubs, your body armor doesn't always cover everything you want to protect. A singlecut helps cover that area.
single cuts make balancing a heavy multi string neck easier and allows more frets with better assess to the upper register and minimize neck dive. In a neck through it also give the neck a lot more stability
In that case, I'll take my singlecut in reverse, please.
Modern Peavey basses have pretty long upper horns like that.
All of which would explain why most of the singlecuts I've seen have been neck throughs with at least 6 strings and long or extra long scales. Now I understand the relationship. Thank you.
Here's a link to a good interview w Anthony Jackson about the invention of the 6 string. He also talks about the single cut. Initially conceived for neck stability. I don't know anything about single cuts from personal experience. But I thought this was a really interesting interview for anyone interested in the history of electric bass:
Well I'm not sure fixing neck dive was the primary goal. A lot of these high level builders are having to add single cuts to their lineups in order to stay fashionable, and any functional benefits are sort of nice side effects.
This is pretty much the documented genesis of the popular single cut design. I might be wrong, but I recall Ken Lawrence offering a type of single cut design called the Brace Bass prior to Fodera. However, the SC didn't get traction and gain acceptance until Fodera introduced the design with a highly respected and visible player praising it. Anthony Jackson asked Fodera if there was a way to increase rigidity and strength of the neck without resorting to use of a graphite neck or composite reinforcements. The result was the single cut design, which Vinny Fodera designed himself, and AJ didn't immediately accept it as a workable idea.
In this instance, weight, fret access, neck dive, or sustain weren't concerns at all. In AJ's case, he already was satisfied with the sustain he had from double cut designs, and the other things weren't important to him because he only plays seated.
They look like open mouth whales. It's for the Moby Dick crowd.
Humor. Look it up.
Sounds like you won't be buying one, then.
No thanks, I'll pass. Toodles!
That made me just realize why I like my BTB so much in the lower notes. 35" 6 string neck through. And on that Ibanez, the rear has been designed with those sexy curves where the neck meets the body, it is a pure pleasure when your hand reaches down there and the thumb just sorta glides into that groove.
Good thing talkbass exists. Otherwise I might not see this stuff.
I don't have one but it sure looks like fret access is their strong suit. That's not due to the single-cut, but I suppose the single-cut makes the neck more stable when there's such a deep cut for the lower horn. Elricks look like the extreme case.
I'm not a big fan of Fender-ish lower horns that prevent me from easily getting to the top 2-3 frets. If my Fender bass had 27+ frets, I'm pretty sure I could get to at least 24 of them.
A BTB sperm whale model is on my bucket list if I ever get my finances sorted out. As a fan of Blood and Thunder, whales don't bother me one bit. David Bowie said Ziggy Stardust was "to be played at maximum volume", but times change. For me the go-to album for maximum volume is Leviathan.
It's definitely greater neck stability due to the amount of contact with the body.
My single cut has better sustain and neck stability than my double cut basses. Its also free of dead spots on the G string.