Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Pilgrim » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:51 am

I've had the Univox for three years or more, but never played it at a gig. Well, I did last week - and it sounded so good I left my '63 P in the case as a backup. I also took a digital camcorder along. I set it up at one side of the stage and taped the performance. I was frankly impressed with the quality of sound it captured. I was closest to the camera so at times I'm out of the shot, but that's OK. Also, there's no stage lighting in this place...but it was a fun place and the acoustics worked out just fine.

Enjoy these clips I've loaded into YouTube:

Walk, Don't Run: http://youtube.com/v/u3Icp0oLxz0

Wipe Out: http://youtube.com/v/pUPbaxH7qUk

Pipeline: http://youtube.com/v/_f01NWETUDc

Secret Agent: http://youtube.com/v/5HEgcBoxiyI

Rumble: http://youtube.com/v/PIqPnZjY81M

Peter Gunn: http://youtube.com/v/Yg2G7bA6GJ8


Comments welcome.
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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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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Funkster » Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:04 pm

Very Cool,, That Uni was thumpin!!!,What rig were you pumpin it through?, I love seeing clips of fellow badasses...
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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Pilgrim » Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:22 pm

The Univox has (I think) GHS flats on it, and the amp I used is an early 80's Fender Bassman 120 with a single 15" speaker. That bar isn't very big, and the Bassman was plenty loud even set on 3.
- '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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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Rob Francis » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:45 pm

Nice soundin'!
It has a certain "plunk" top it that was really great on Peter Gunn!
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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby nolabass » Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:56 pm

There ya go. that's the kind of tones I go for a lot of the time. It's wonderful under the band with a little distortion. Coooooool daddio.
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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby drbassman » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:26 am

Very nice thump from that vintage rice rocket! Wow, it sounded great. I love that tone. That's what I'm looking for myself when I play. Pretty clear and tight for a hollow body! Nice job holding down the bottem there, too! Thanks!
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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Golem » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:41 am

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Mine remains a practice mule. I have a 30" FL of similar design [Ovation Typhoon] so it's handy to have a fretted kissincuzzin for practice. I don't gig it cuz it's just too susceptible to noise broadcast from Ms Diva's rig [she specializes in such rigs]. I'm using a 20lb "Line Cleaner" box for the AC power, and it's not line noise. I can even limit the noise by turning 90 degrees but that is awkward in our tiny house band set up.

Have you done anything about shielding/grounding, or are you just blessed ? Odd thing is that the Ovation is perfectly giggable, noisewise. The Univox is great at jams, but not for my regular gigs. But there's no decent jams around here anymore, so it's a practice ax. Maybe it's that jams have drumbers and geetards [and drunken patrons]. My Univox is NOT horribly noisy, but our duo is not a noisy scene, so I really notice the hiss, plus it's an old building where none of the available AC "grounds" are real :-(

Away from RF noise sources, it's a sweetheart with TI flats, well broken-in. I also putt Schaller tuners on it cuz the OEMs were from hunger, the worst of vintage hardware. The Schallers are great, with that olde skool look [same as on a metal neck Kramer] and I gotta believe thaey add noticeable phat mass to the headstock [no dive with a short scale].

Enjoy yours. Great to see one actually used to entertain the public !

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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Pilgrim » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:13 pm

I haven't had any problems with RF noise at all, so perhaps I'm "blessed", or the wiring is properly grounded inside the bass. At the gig in question, I was also using a VHF wireless rig made by AKG. No interference there, either...and it was darn nice not to be tethered by a guitar cable. Since I also tend to be the PA tweaker, it's nice to be mobile.

I have used Caig's DeOxit on the pickup selector switch, and I've pulled the volume and tone pots to hit them with tuner cleaner. After it sits for a while I also have to run one of the volume pots up and down a few times to eliminate crackles, but that does work.

And I now have a channel on YouTube with 12 total cuts from that gig:

http://www.youtube.com/colocoug
- '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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Re: Played a gig with my Univox hollowbody last Friday

Postby Pilgrim » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:26 pm

Update: for those who care, the strings on that Univox are Rotosound jazz Bass 77 flats. I got confused as to which strings.... [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]
- '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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