Most unusual hollow body bass

Most unusual hollow body bass

Postby drbassman » Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:23 pm

OK, who has the most unusual hollowbody bass? I think I have a most unusual one, a Gibson EB-650 from 1992. No one knows for sure how many were made and we think they only lasted 2 years or so. It's a 34" scale with chrome T-Bird pups.

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Postby Bart! » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:38 am

OK, with all of you out there, this seems allmost not as unusual as it is; my Gibson Les Paul signature. Apparently 600+, made between `73 and `79.
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Postby drbassman » Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:02 am

That's a cool bass too Bart. And yes, they are more rare then the EB-2s and other HB basses floating around out there! I just picked one up a couple months ago and I love it. The neck on the LP Sig is a bit thicker than my EB-650. It has a nice slim neck and plays very easy, as does the Sig. Nice looking bass!!
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Postby noahvale » Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:21 am

According to this article, 627 where made:

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Postby drbassman » Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:50 am

Thanks for the article Noah. So, do you interpret 627 basses as a few in the overall scheme of things or a lot? It sounds pretty limited to me
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Postby Templar » Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:22 pm

Not vintage, or out of production or anything, but kinda uncommon I guess. Pretty big sound in a lightweight package. Spectorcore 4 semi

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Postby noahvale » Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:25 pm

627 is very few. They are awesome instruments that just came out at the wrong time in history. It's great that Jack Casady got them noticed again.
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Postby Bart! » Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:46 am

drbassman wrote:That's a cool bass too Bart. Nice looking bass!!

Thanks! About the 650, I seem to recall they were in either the red or in a blue finish. Correct?
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Postby drbassman » Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:22 am

Yep, I had heard they came in red or blue transparent finishes. I've only see one blue one in a picture. Seems some country player/singer used one. Art Greenhaw. He has a web site ifin yer interested!

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Postby drbassman » Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:35 am

Templar wrote:Not vintage, or out of production or anything, but kinda uncommon I guess. Pretty big sound in a lightweight package. Spectorcore 4 semi


Hey Templar, I've always thought those Spectorcore basses were nice looking. The most modern looking bass I own is a new T-Bird, but I've been tempted a couple times to grab one of these of eBay. I'd love to see one in black or red. Can you get these with a maple board? Does this one neck dive?

The other HB bass that I find attractive is the ASAT (love that tele body shape) but they are real neck divers.
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Postby Templar » Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:09 pm

"Can you get these with a maple board? Does this one neck dive?"

I don't think maple boards are an option.

Not a neck diver, despite the fact that it weighs 7lbs, 7oz. The upper strap pin is at the 13th fret, which keeps things fairly well balanced.
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Postby drbassman » Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:55 pm

Yeah, I checked their web site, no maple but a reasonable $899 MSRP.
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Postby DaveyG67 » Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:09 am

Well, pretty rare & unusual... My Azola Nouveau #02 (#01 was the prototype). I bought this from the man himself, Steve Azola, at the winter NAMM 2002.
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Postby Pilgrim » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:03 pm

Just joined at the invitation of the Hon. Dr Bassman, and I really enjoy the pictures of the basses in this thread. There are some super instruments shown! I thought I'd show off my 1960's Univox 335-copy bass. This was acquired from the estate of a gent in Laramie, WY after his death. He evidently just played it at home, and it came with the original hard-shell Victoria Luggage Co. case with yellow velour lining. After having a tech level the frets (one was high, causing a 4th fret buzz) it's a very nice playing bass. The 'burst has no sun fade at all, and the colors are brilliant. The wood is also quite nice. the the instrument is scratch-free. A replacement pickguard is in the works, made from a tracing of a matching Univox bass.
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- '63 Fender P
- Midnight blue MIM J
- OLP M22, Metallic Blue
- P/J fretless
- Epiphone EB-0
- Univox 335-copy hollowbody
- Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass
- Turser JTB-401 '53 P replica
- Applause AE-40 ABG
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Postby drbassman » Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:27 pm

Welcome AL, great to have you here! your bass is a real beauty. Some folks like to bad-mouth Univox basses, but yours is in fantastic condition and a good example of Japanese craftsmanship that only got better over time. Hey, if it's hollow, it's gotta be fun to play!
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