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Anyone else hankering for a travel bass?

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Augie, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Augie

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    This is something i've been thinking of for a while. Is there a travel bass out there that doesnt play like a cricket bat with strings on it and sounds worse? I have seen a couple that are truly firewood. I travel a fair bit for work, and camp a lot and would love to beble to roll up a bass in my swag to bash on of an evening. I recon there would be nothing better for this than a rockbass nobby, built in headphone preamp. Anyone else fantasise about a cheep well made bass that could travel easily, even be legal to take as carry on on a plane. but no so pricey that a bit of travel damage would be offputting Surely there is a market for such a bass.

    Nobby shape, maple neck, rosewood board, ash wings (or alder to make it more resonant with a small body) passive pups (TJ/P for preference ;))....all stuff already coming out of china with low price tags.
    Make it high gloss to make it durable and less prone to climatic shifts...Something you could travel with, but wont cost a fortune.

    Waddaya recon?
     
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    Get a ukelele with darklord strings on. ;)
     
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    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    Kala U-bass (or a Nobby, if you have the luck to grab one).

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    I had one of this from the late 80s, and I was actually very impressed by his sound. The only downsides on this are the lack of an adapter for "normal" strings (Mine didn't have one) and the pickup rings of the humbuckers, that make it kind of uncomfortable to play if you are used to rest your thumb on the pickup... But nothing serious since you can always buy the adapter and get the J/J or P/J version of it!
     
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    I owned one. I found it "player non-friendly" and also could
    never quite get the tone I'd hoped for ... and I am waaaay
    fond of piezo PU's [which mine had]. Also, the bridge bone
    had a chronic breakage problem.

    Now .... I have/had mucho plenty bo-koo headless basses,
    both paddle type and "full body". The Hohners are certainly
    well made structurally but tend to need electronic upgrade.

    The Moses VJB [under 2K USD for a 35" 5-string that uses
    both dbl ball and standard bass strings] is a grea travel ax
    with a very usable but unexciting tone. Nothing especially
    growly or burpy ... sounds a bit like left hand KB bass [or
    organ pedal bass]. Very useful, but no special character
    to the tone.

    The late-80's Bergers, with the dual mini-humbuggers, all
    sound cool and are easy to play ... both the all-graphite
    paddles and the wood-bodied "full body" models.

    My current faves are both FL: A Hohner B2A with dual
    minibuggers, and a Gibson/Berger Synapse with single
    soap bar and piezo bridge. I recommend the Synapse
    as most likely to please most players. BTW the Hohner
    uses dbl ball strings but the Synapse goes both ways,
    altho I happen to have dbl ball strings on mine.

    Depending upon just WHY one needs/wants a "travel"
    bass, another solution is a BO ax with brass inserts,
    Sperzel locking tuners, and a quick-load bridge [such
    as a Hipshot, or a Wick, bridge] Such an ax can pack
    smaller than a headless paddle type, but requires
    some [easy] reasssembly to be ready to play.



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