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Why now are so many basses featuring the "whale hump"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vindibona1, Aug 24, 2019.


  1. vindibona1

    vindibona1

    Apr 18, 2015
    Why now are so many basses featuring the "whale hump"? Fodera Emperor, Ibanez BTB 8446SC, etc? It it just now "a thing"? It seems to me that it's just extra weight from a chunk of wood. Is it just new design to look cool? What?
     
  2. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    Whats a whale hump?
     
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  3. You mean a singlecut?
     
  4. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I think it's cause some of the boutique, hand-built companies started making single-cutaway basses with the upper bout exaggerated to get the strap button positioned so they'd balance. That style of bass became associated with high-quality so eventually the larger makers came up with similar designs to cash in on the trend.
     
  5. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    I agree with the OP... whay can't everything look like a P-Bass!!!
    Gosh dern millenials!
     
  6. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    What hump?

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  7. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I call them “mutant earlobe” basses, but some are quite beautiful. Supposedly all the extra attachment length of body to neck stiffens the neck....or something, but I think it’s really just an aesthetic choice. I’ve seen some cut like a cello body (one by @Jisch comes to mind) that are gorgeous. A matter of proportion I guess, I’d like to try one someday.
     
  8. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
  9. blowinblue

    blowinblue Blue in name only. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Because many environmentally responsible builders are trying to remind us that many whale species are endangered. It's working with me. That's the first thing I think of when looking at that particular style of single-cut. :thumbsup:

    M. M.
     
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  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    A brand new 50 year old design.
     
  11. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I have no idea, but here's a picture of a whale baculum anyway.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    The mind cannot erase that baculum image fast enough. Though it tries.
     
  13. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    Many of the single cut (whale hump) basses have at least five strings. The more string tension a neck has to deal with the more likely it is to encounter problems, or have any existing weaknesses magnified. I think it's a matter of reinforcement, not so much aesthetics.
     
  14. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    I don't know...I think it's pretty much an aesthetic choice. Haven't heard an abnormal amount of stories of extended range basses having neck problems because of tension.
    Folks my have back luck with a bad piece of neck wood, but that's probably pretty rare.
    But also you may be right haha
     
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  15. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2018
     
  16. lancimouspitt

    lancimouspitt

    Dec 10, 2008
    dayton Ohio
    And so it was the term " Whale Hump" became only second to "carrots" among the Talkbass community.
     
  17. brbadg

    brbadg

    Nov 10, 2006
    Timonium,Maryland
    So really,how about a picture.What the hell are you talking about?
     
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  18. stratoclutter

    stratoclutter

    Dec 28, 2007
    [​IMG]
     
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  19. 4dog

    4dog

    Aug 18, 2012
    other whales
    ?
     
  20. bobba66

    bobba66

    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Baculum would be a pretty cool name for a bass.:woot:
     
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