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Would this old design fly in the 21st century?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tim Barber, Jul 6, 2004.


  1. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    I posted about this bass before in the "blast from the past" thread. It's one I built in the 70's that recently resurfaced. Now I'd like your opinions on this question:

    I'm thinking about resurrecting the body style. Would you buy a bass that looked like this now, in 2004, or is the look too dated to be of interest? I think if I were to make more of this style I would at least have to lengthen the upper horn a bit, as it neck-dives enough to be irritating.

    Thanks for your feedback. :)
     
  2. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    SPOKANE WA
    change the pickup layout and the upper horn and you have a winner!
     
  3. I like it.
    But im always a fan of the more older styles than alot of the new stuff you see being produced nowadays.

    I love the style..headstock, body and everything...however only thing i would think of changing is the pickup style..for some reason P/J just doesnt look right on that bass (IMO)
    Put some kind of humbuckers on it however...and i think it would be really rockin.
     
  4. I really like that style too. Humbuckers would be awesome on that bass.
     
  5. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    something like this?
     
  6. That looks great IMO. :hyper:
     
  7. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Almost has an Alembic look, i think it would work as is or with some horn adjustments.
     
  8. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I like it alot. I'm not a fan of cream colored pickups, but if you went with black pups, I'd like it alot. I agree with the person that said this has an Alembic look to it. Instead of changing the horns, would a 32" scale change the neck enough to avoid neck dive?
     
  9. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Not a bad idea. Also some Ultralite tuners would probably help a lot. The old ones are massive Schallers that weigh about 1/4 pound each.
     
  10. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    That body shape looks oddly familiar...

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    I say go for it. Move the pickups, cut the headstock off, add a trem bridge and you're all set!
     

  11. Nah, you gotta keep those massive frying pan like tuners..they rock. :cool:

    Id definitely be interested in a bass like this. Very cool idea. :)
     
  12. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Sweet, yea, I think you could have a real winner here. I just bought a 32" scale 6-string this spring and I've got to say that I love the feel of the shorter neck. I know that longer is better for sound, but I haven't felt that 32" has had a negative impact on my bass.
     
  13. Kavorka

    Kavorka

    Mar 28, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    Oh man, 32" scale and I think I want one! The bass looks like an alembic with a touch of the old Kramers (450B, 650B), which I really like!
     
  14. quallabone

    quallabone

    Aug 2, 2003
    31.640" is where the party's at my friend.
     
  15. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Since you're asking, I do think it's dated, and dated or not, I never liked that kind of taper on horns. Or the headstock. It does look better w/ the soapbars, due to position as much as anything else, probably. Just my taste.

    Just so you know where I'm coming from, I'm not a fan of the small-body Alembics, the old shape Smiths, Carvins, or of those Steinberger Spirits.

    As you know, I really like that last amber bass you did, though.
     
  16. Kavorka

    Kavorka

    Mar 28, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    I saw that was the scale for Fury basses. How does that sound on the E string, especially when you use the D-tuner bridge? I'd love to try one (own one?).