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The Swamp Bass

Postby noahvale » Sun May 07, 2006 8:18 am

I've been looking for a very lightweight five string for a long time. When I saw this bass advertised I had to check it out. It had a Roland V-Bass pickup and electronics when I got it. I removed everything and the just filled the control holes with wood filler. Not perfect, but this is a great sounding bass and I don't think I could part with it long enough to refinish it. It's finished in tung oil and feels great. The Dingwall pickups are fantastic. I got it late Friday evening and used it at a festival Saturday morning. The sound man who is a really good bass player himself told me I had the best bass sound of the day. That's easy with a great system and a bassist on the board! Just turn everything up and play hard...

Very lightweight Warmoth swamp ash body
Douglas fir neck with rosewood board
Dingwall dual coil pickups
Two passive volume controls with pull for series mode, tone control, ebony knobs
Hipshot ultralight tuners, brass Hipshot bridge
Weighs 7 pounds even

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Postby nolabass » Sun May 07, 2006 10:49 am

Very nice. I love the sound and feel of toungue oil.
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Postby randall » Fri May 12, 2006 12:38 pm

No strap buttons? [smilie=confused-smiley-013.gif]
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Postby nolabass » Fri May 12, 2006 12:50 pm

randall wrote:No strap buttons? [smilie=confused-smiley-013.gif]



It's a swamp bass....in the swamps. The natural gasses released from all the decomposition holds it up man. Don't you know nothin!?!?
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Postby noahvale » Fri May 12, 2006 2:01 pm

Recessed Dunlop strap buttons.
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Re: The Swamp Bass

Postby noahvale » Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:08 pm

I got that bass from Marcus Willett. He used to tour with Cindy Lauper and was the long time musical director and bassist for Andy Williams in Branford. He is currently touring with the Texas Tenors. Super nice guy too..

Anyway he told me a long time ago that if I ever wanted to sell it to let him know. I decided that it just wasn't getting used like it should be, so I contacted him and we worked out a trade (see the ad for the GB amp).
He just wanted the body and neck. I kept everything else including the unobtainable Dingwall humbuckers.

He got it rebuilt and refinished. Here is what it looks like now:

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Very nice and still weighs 7 lbs. even
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Re: The Swamp Bass

Postby GonzoBass » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:49 pm

I liked the look better before the refin.
...but that's just me.
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Re: The Swamp Bass

Postby noahvale » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:32 am

I always liked the body look but to quote a carpenter buddy of mine "it looks good from far and far from good". It desperately needed a new finish. Now if it had a maple neck that would be a killer look. I like the darker body with the rosewood fingerboard. I bet really looks great up close.
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