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Why do you prefer single cutaway basses ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kridrazil, Feb 15, 2003.


  1. kridrazil

    kridrazil

    Nov 10, 2002
    Why do you prefer single cutaway basses ?

    Does it affect the sound or the playability ?
     
  2. For me , it's just an aesthetic thing .
     
  3. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Granted I don't like all of them but the ones that are well designed to me are just plain cool looking. They are "different" and I just really like them...
     
  4. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    I believe it affects the stability and strength of the neck.

    AJ
     
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Most of them I don't like, they look a bit heavy and unelegant to me. But then there is the odd exception...

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    If I had unlimited funds I'd buy one of these Ken Lawrence Chamberbrase basses and just sit and admire it...
     
  6. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    About the only singlecut that's really made me go "wow" has been JP's Single cut, and one Stambaugh of which I can't remember, and don't feel like rooting around the site to find.

    I hate maple burl, and that's what most of the singlecuts I've seen have been made out of. Why? I don't know, but burled maple looks like some one puked on the bass.

    Now, a nice spalt woud look nice though...
     
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Some basses fall in between, e.g. Marleaux's MBass:

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  8. The singlecut neck through has ultimate rigidity and the neck and body becomes one reinforced piece of hardwood.

    This is great for clarity on a B string.

    I have an Elrick Singlecut Fretless 5 with an alder body and burled maple top:

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    It's not as grindy and mwahriffic as my MTD or Pentabuzz, but the B is incredibly solid all the way down. It's better than the E string on many basses.

    I was playing with a folk singer for a while and one song ended with a slow walk down to low C, which I held for 2 measures, alone. To hear and feel that note resonate in a big room was awesome.

    Aloha,

    Jonathan
     
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    This is Dominique Di Piazza playing a gorgeous Human Base ClassX 5-string:

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    It looks a little weird, but it's amazingly ergonomic, especially when playing sitting down (a la classical guitar). Sounds great too.

    www.humanbase.de
     
  10. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    This one simply feels just right!
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  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  12. Don't they also improve balance in some cases with 7,8,9 string basses?
     
  13. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
  14. Uh, oh, Anders is doin' some trash talking over here!!!! :D :spit:
     
  15. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Originally posted by Chris Brodowski:
    Uh, oh, Anders is doin' some trash talking over here!!!! :D :spit:


    Uhh, sorry. Not quite my style normally. :) Here's why!

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    I'm just jealous. Every single(cut) one of those basses is beautiful! :D
     
  16. Ah, ok.

    Your picture never comes up when I load the page....
     
  17. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    SC body style helps with the stability of the neck. It also transfer neck and string tonal vibrations into the body quicker. SC body’s styles aren’t always heavier; there are a number of SC basses I’ve had that weighed in less than 10 Lbs. One was reviewed in this issue of basses player (Benavente), also I’ve had a few Elrick’s that were very light weight as well. The SC is for sure not a tradition look, and don’t appeal to everyone.

    Brad those Brubaker’s look really nice!
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Thanks, Brian... and Anders;)

    The Elrick is indeed pretty light. Rob finds some very lightweight Ash.

    I got all of my singlecuts since last November.
     
  19. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    :rolleyes: :)