What Popular Modern Bass Will They Laugh at in 30 Years?

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  1. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    I thought of this question when I was "muddied" in another thread by folks defending the virtues of the Gibson EB series.

    Turned out that -- with the exception of Mike Watt -- each EB slinger cited was notable for playing that dated an average of 30 years ago.

    So, which of our current popular basses will be largely looked upon as a quaint dinosaur in 2038?

    I have no idea. The Lowbrow plays only P-style, and has no experience to work with. Ooga booga. :bassist:
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I'm pretty sure that coffee table basses will look absolutely ridiculous in no more than a few years.
  3. Bongo
    I'm pretty sure Ernie Ball is already laughing.

    Before you start flaming, this is meant to be a joke.

  4. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Actually I would be inclined to believe that some "coffee tables" would gain historical value, and price speculation would raise their value in thousands of $

    what will happen when famous luthiers like Ken Smith or Vinnie Fodera pass away? (hopefully many many years from now)
  5. Bongo

    that Chapman stick thing
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Better to be a Coffee Table than a Toilet Seat!! :p
  7. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    nnot that of a joke, the bongo bass is a very specific type of design, in 30 years something like that could be as "passé" as some designs we laugh about dating back from the 80's.
  8. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
  9. Beautiful wood will never go out of style, just like fine antiques.
  10. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    especially when some of these woods can go endangered in years to come.

    does anyone remember that cool black wood that was used on upright scales?

    the elder ones called it "ebony"...

  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

  12. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City

    If "coffee table basses" is synonymous with "hippie sandwiches" (i.e., boutique basses made from multiple exotic wood laminates), I wouldn't be so sure: Alembic has been doing swimmingly since the early 1970's, & there's no indication that any more (or fewer) people laugh at them now than when they first came out.

    On the other hand, if "coffee table basses" is synonymous with "aircraft carriers" (i.e., extended range instruments with >7 strings & necks the width of a surfboard), then I'm with you on that! 30 years from now bassists and laypeople alike will look at a Conklin 9-string and just burst out laughing. In fact, 30 seconds from now I'm gonna check out a picture of those eBay 15-string pigs and chuckle to myself.
  13. The people saying Bongo are seriously misguided.


    People are laughing at them TODAY. :bag:
  14. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    How about the first Ergodyne basses, made from "Luthite"?

    The new ones out of real wood are much better, and the design concept is interesting, but that old "fake wood" stuff they made the bodies out of... :rolleyes:
  15. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    I'm guessing they'll be retriveing those exotic basses to rebuild a likeness of the rain forests.Disney will get the contract.

    "There behind the glass sits a single blade of grass, be careful as you pass, move along move along"
  16. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I think that '80s designs with pointy headstocks and flourescent finishes will always be laughed at, and had been laughed at since 1990.

    Nowadays there are no trends anymore; the market is nicely comprised of vintage-style basses and modern designs, and everything in between. 5+ string basses are here to stay, and will continue to gain ground, although 4-string will always be more popular.

    I don't think we will laugh at today's basses in 30 years, but cherish them and long for those "all wood" basses. . . "Remember when fretboards were made of real rosewood..." "Children, one upon a time, there was a wood specie called wenge. . . "

    I think we've been through every design cycle possible; Fender style, modern Fender style, hippie sandwich/coffee table, graphite, headless, and I think it's really hard to come up with a new radical that works. I personally think that companies like Sadowsky, Fodera, Alleva-Coppolo, Rob Allen, and MTD, to name a few, have taken it as far as it goes.

    Kudos to EB/MM for trying, and the Bongo has not been a failure, but I don't think it has revolutionized the market -- not that that was really its goal, though.
  17. buzzbass


    Apr 23, 2003
    Tenn. & NJ
    looks wise, maybe yes. as long as they keep that neck profile and that wonderful electronics package, I could give a crap what the rest of the bass looks like.
  18. Who knows? Maybe all the classic shapes will be taken over by something new and ergonomically vastly superior. We might be looking back at Precisions and Jazzes and saying how primitive they were.
  19. MHensleyJr

    MHensleyJr Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Redlands, CA
    +1, but I'm not kidding. That thing is ugly as hell.:scowl:
  20. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    Plus, they smelled funny.
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