Author Topic: Looking for a Hollowbody  (Read 1812 times)

veebass

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 274
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2017, 01:03:55 AM »
Love my ES 335 Bass, but probably more expensive than you are looking to spend.
Sounds pretty much like some Les Paul Basses.



« Last Edit: July 15, 2017, 01:24:01 AM by veebass »

4stringer77

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1246
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2017, 05:01:45 AM »
Dave, I brought up Kenny Rogers because he's been around for a long time and I noticed he's also playing the same local venue as Tesla when I looked to see if they were touring. Not on the same night of course.
Speaking of the ES-335 bass, it's interesting to see that Hofner uses very similar pickups on the long scale Verythin.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2017, 05:08:59 AM by 4stringer77 »
Contrary to what James Bond says, a good Gibson should be stirred, not shaken.

dadagoboi

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4074
  • huh?...HUH?
    • View Profile
    • CATALDO BASSES
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2017, 08:24:45 AM »
That EB-2 is beautiful, Carlo! And my first guitar ever was a Harmony that my parents got me, so I've always had a soft spot for them. I played a Harmony Reissue of some sort in a guitar shop a few years ago and liked it pretty well, but a new bass wasn't happening at that moment.
At the moment I'm using a Hodad with this band. We've been on a hiatus for a while, but are getting geared back up. While on hiatus my Cataldo has been living with Denis, but I frequently use it with them, too.
I don't know much about Hofners, can you point me to recordings of a Cavern? I've always liked the look of the two pickups close to the neck. Other Hofners I find attractive as well, but it seems like I rarely see them in the wild.

Thanks, Rex!

I have three original  H-22s at the moment and they all play and sound great.  Bob Glaub turned me on to them a couple of years ago.

Hofners have never been my thing so I can't give any advice.  The violin ones have always looked like toys to me although I like the big bodied Presidents, etc.

Another variety of semi hollow, '75 M-85.  A bit too heavy but looks cool, plays and sounds good.  Reissues are getting reasonable.




ilan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2343
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2017, 12:41:01 PM »
In my experience, semi-hollow (center block) and chambered are in effect 90% solid bodies. They have the cool look but most of the time they behave almost like solids, and are modern sounding. Unless, of course, Gibson has equipped them with the Seth Lover Sidewinder mudbucker, in which case... you know where this is going.

My own preference is for real hollow bodies. They have a very different tone from semis. Very old school. My Höfners sound like you have all the 60s British invasion at the tips of your fingers. Strung of course with flats - that's crucial - and played with a pick. It's really incredible and effortless. Yes they will feedback when played at rocknroll volumes. But they were not made for stadiums.

They also have a beautiful unplugged tone, they sound like little uprights. And you don't need an amp, they are the perfect couch basses. I seriously toyed with the idea of adding a piezo for that sound.

If you want to go hollow, my suggestion is - go for the real thing.

« Last Edit: July 15, 2017, 12:49:52 PM by ilan »
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

Dave W

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 17300
  • Got time to breathe, got time for music
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #34 on: July 15, 2017, 06:32:40 PM »

If you want to go hollow, my suggestion is - go for the real thing.

Especially Bulgarian hollowbodies with bizarre paint jobs.  ;)

The other two look great.

westen44

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1767
  • Old-School
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2017, 10:44:43 PM »
I'd be happy to help her out with that.  ;)

Sexy Scottish accent.  I wouldn't mind at all being on that stage playing bass. 

« Last Edit: July 18, 2017, 06:28:50 AM by westen44 »

tore00

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #36 on: July 16, 2017, 12:46:42 AM »
If you are lucky you can look for a bass like this


Or her De Armond version



They both play beautifully but the bisonic is really a plus.
You can find more about my Starfire here
http://bassoutpost.com/index.php?topic=10154.0

Maker of the Bad-Sonic Pickups

ilan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2343
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2017, 01:21:58 AM »
Especially Bulgarian hollowbodies with bizarre paint jobs.  ;)

The other two look great.

Okay fair enough... How about the '64 Gretsch 6070 then?

A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

Dave W

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 17300
  • Got time to breathe, got time for music
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2017, 02:18:49 PM »
That's better, Ilan. The Gretsch doubles as a handy weapon too.

ilan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2343
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2017, 11:04:42 AM »
I hardly ever play it because it's so huge and long and for hollow body tones the Höfners sound way better and are so much more comfortable to play, but I just don't have the heart to put it on sale. It's stunning to look at, that hasn't changed.
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

uwe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 15288
  • RRT (Resident Rare Talent)
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #40 on: July 19, 2017, 11:22:42 AM »
Sexy Scottish accent.  I wouldn't mind at all being on that stage playing bass. 



Her yank bandmates found her via an MTV clip where she sang for another band. This one here ...



Her older siblings must have had Blondie and Patti Smith albums!  :mrgreen:
It ain't no country until Dave sez it is!

westen44

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1767
  • Old-School
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #41 on: July 19, 2017, 01:59:33 PM »
She had a reunion with that other band several years ago.  Shirley Manson has made it clear that she idolizes Patti Smith.  Also, Garbage is currently on tour opening for Blondie.  Shirley Manson has also been known to appear in sci-fi.



I think the moral of this story is to be sure not to make any negative comments about Garbage vocals in or near the bathroom. 
« Last Edit: July 19, 2017, 02:57:53 PM by westen44 »

Psycho Bass Guy

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2188
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #42 on: July 19, 2017, 03:39:24 PM »
Shirley Manson is amazing! Her turn on "Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles" was superb. Fox was stupid to have cancelled that show.

westen44

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1767
  • Old-School
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2017, 07:03:23 PM »
Shirley Manson is amazing! Her turn on "Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles" was superb. Fox was stupid to have cancelled that show.

I think cancelling any really good sci-fi series is all too common.  The most recent example would be the cancellation of "12 Monkeys."  In my opinion, it was even way better than the movie. 

bassilisk

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 138
    • View Profile
Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« Reply #44 on: July 20, 2017, 04:09:37 AM »
I think the problem with that is that any good sci-fi series requires thought and an attention span lasting longer than the last explosion.

Almost all of the successful shows require neither.

Clearly, they are in short supply..... :rolleyes:
Stable....for now.    www.risky-biz.com