S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

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S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby Godfather » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:14 am

Hi folks

I was recently gifted with an S.D.Curlee, an incredible sounding bass with 2 DiMarzio P's.....I found the web site
for the new S.D. Curlee/Birdsong, but am also hoping to connect with others who have had experience with this
unusual piece

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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby GonzoBass » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:58 am

Post up a pic if you can.


Did a quick Google search here this morning
and the ones I saw looked a bit like an old Oakland bass...
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:33 pm

I had one, I couldnt play it. The scale is really weird... Makes a nice carving board though.. lol.. Just kidding..
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby felig » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:39 pm

I first tried one in the '80s & hated it--gave me the creeps. A few years ago I scored one for almost nothing & loved it. Nothing changed except me.
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S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby ghiadub » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:04 pm

How are these related to birdsong?
"Play the music, not the instrument"

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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby Godfather » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:59 am

The fellow who owns Birdsong made some sort of arrangement with the original stakeholder(s) to
use the name and designs.....I believe he is working at making some advancements where there
were questionable design choices...
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby nolabass » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:37 am

Godfather wrote:where there
were questionable design choices...



That's what i remember. I thought they were just odd and never warmed to them. Always seems kinda Tinker Toy-ish.
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby Godfather » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:32 am

No more than a Fender - some pieces of wood slapped together and fitted with frets and electronics....
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby nolabass » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:06 am

Fender, to my eye doesn't look as much like a basement experiment as this. I remember them well in the 70/80s and a lot of them looked like an attempt to stand out but never played, felt or sounded to my liking.YMMV
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby Godfather » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:12 pm

Sure to each his own, of course.....

I prefer the feel of a P body myself, but have never had my hands on one that played or sounded like this....
the double Dimarzios are just incredible, and the shorter scale (32") feels good to me.....maybe I should pull them out and drop into a cheapo P !
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:52 am

SD Curlee = A fender? Um not even close. Other than 4 neck screws... Thats like saying a Ferrari and A Yugo are the same because theyre both European cars with 4 tires..
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby felig » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:32 pm

Godfather wrote:Sure to each his own, of course.....

I prefer the feel of a P body myself, but have never had my hands on one that played or sounded like this....
the double Dimarzios are just incredible, and the shorter scale (32") feels good to me.....maybe I should pull them out and drop into a cheapo P !

Kevin, maybe a better analogy would be a comparison between Steven Spielberg (Fender) and Ed Wood (S.D. Curlee). I generally enjoy everything by Steven Speilberg, but sometimes I got to get some Ed Wood viewing time.

If the SD Curlee is something that you feel comfortable playing & it sounds good, then leave the Dimarzios where they are. If you change your mind, let me know & I'll send you a box of Dimarzios & a cheap Fender in trade!
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Re: S.D. Curlee owners past and present ?

Postby MANZ » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:06 pm

Here's a scan of an old (Sept 98) article about medium scale length basses which does have a pretty good S.D. Curlee photo & about a paragraph long description of the company & their bass(es) for any of those of your who may be interested. Please-to-enjoy:

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