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Who has the oldest bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by garretibanez, Apr 2, 2009.


  1. garretibanez

    garretibanez Guest

    I have offen who on TB owns the oldest bass? please if you have a bass that was made in the 40s 50s 60s please tell me about them or post pictures.
     
  2. Considering the Fender P bass wasn't produced until late '51, I doubt you'll see many '40s basses unless you hit the DB forum.

    I'm pretty sure this has been covered a couple of times already though.
     
  3. garretibanez

    garretibanez Guest

    really? I just started using my TB account so I wouldn know.
     
  4. garretibanez

    garretibanez Guest

    i suppose this theard is no good then so who won anyway
     
  5. Captain_Arrrg

    Captain_Arrrg

    Jan 23, 2008
    Mountains of Colorado
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    Someone has forgotten Tutmarc.

    If any one has one of these, let us know!
     
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    I think people with old electric basses love to show them. Heck, I will be back later with a few recently discover pics of my '55 P. That is if FTP will behave. :cool:
     
  7. No, didn't forget about Tutmarc, but you very seldom see them.
     
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    My sweet old '55 in a view I haven't posted:

    IMG_0230.

    Headstock for completeness:

    headstock21.
     
  9. garretibanez

    garretibanez Guest

    sweet zombie jesus
     
  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Now now, no need for oaths. There are plenty of older basses just waiting to be summoned. But I suspect you need to keep asking, and it never hurts to have detailed honest questions about stuff.

    In any case, I presume your reaction is favorable. The instrument and it's restoration is discussed in detail here:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=325380
     
  11. garretibanez

    garretibanez Guest

    its one of my favorite quotes from futurama and its a very B-E-A-utiful instrument
     
  12. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    Sorry ,but I had to run this again. Speaking of Tutmarc...

    To answer a couple of questions off of the old post: I never found out who it went to, Gruhn's is very big on confidentiality. As for how it played and the sound: I didn't get the chance to set it up properly and the strings were ancient, it didn't play all that great the way it was. As for the sound, It actually had somewhat of a deep tone (played through a Hartke kickback 12), though very dead sounding due to the strings. I would of loved to actually had the chance to set it up correctly and put a decent set of strings on it. It would be my guess that it is probably in the same condition today as it was when it left Gruhn's. It was purchased as a collectible investment and not to be played(once again, just a guess). One very cool bass, I was just in the right place at the right time to get my hands on it.
    Moonshine (www.moonshineguitars.com) :bassist:
     
  13. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Cool to see another Audiovox 736 exists.
    There's one at EMP in Seattle. I've only heard the soundclip of it and it sounds pretty big.
     
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    +1

    Great to see this one again!
     
  15. funkybass4ever

    funkybass4ever

    Dec 12, 2007
    another brilliant beautiful bass probably never to be played again,what a pity! If that bass could talk it would scream play me:bassist:
     
  16. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    I couldn't agree with you more. I've been fortunate enough to have played a lot of vintage basses over the years and it could just be me, but a bass that has spent it's entire life gigging and shows it, sounds (and definitely feels) better than one that has been kept stashed away under somebody's bed. I'll take a beat to death, road warrior any day of the week. That being said, I would love to find a mint fiesta red pre CBS P bass...Go figure!
    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  17. i wish that i could have that audiovox just once in my hands...
     
  18. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    It was a very cool experience to be able to play it, let alone disassemble it. I took a lot of photos (as well as Gruhn's documentation) of it for that very reason. here's one more fun shot. This was my Gruhn website photo for quite awhile.

    IMG_0004.

    I remember this photo because I was growing my beard back after all the repair guys had a contest for growing a "70's porn star mustache". Had to throw in a shot of that in as well!

    IMG_0012copy.

    I should of used this for April Fool's day! What a bunch of clowns! In reality, some of the most talented guys that I have ever had the pleasure to be around. I consider myself very blessed to have been able to work for George Gruhn & co., definitely a class act all the way around.
    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  19. meatwad

    meatwad Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    That's an awesome bass, Moonshine! Hey, we even met once in person, btw. It was at Gruhn's of course, and we spoke about StingRay's for a bit... I used to go there fairly often, but it's been awhile now.

    But now I'm torn. Does this mean Leo Fender in fact did not invent the electric bass? I know he gets credit for the first mass-produced electric guitar (Broadcaster), instead of inventing it (as many used to claim), but now I'm learning this about the electric bass? :confused:

    Oh well, I'll take perfection (StingRay) over invention any day. ;)
     

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