Bass Porn

Gretsch Signature Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird bass

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But it will love you long time

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I actually saw an old clip of KISS today on some old youtube show, and Paul Stanley played that guitar.
If it is a signature from KISS, it is not surprising if it is intentionally phallic shaped.
But I am not sure if it is his signature or comes from elsewhere.

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Warmoth Gecko

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ESP Grassroots Wanima

(Wanima is a band here)

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Wow. That’s gotta be one of the most rare basses I have seen an ad for yet.

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They had that bass at Eco-Town, cross between Pawn shop and Department store, but have a pretty big music section.

Them must be Japanese owned / Japanese importers, cuz most all the “New, Old Stock” are all Japanese brands of ESP, like Edwards and GrassRoots. The pink one I saw was an Edwards however, I remember cuz it was the first Edwards I ever saw. I thought, this is a really well built P bass, but man, what a ugly bass. I have pretty loud taste, and roars even a bit loud for me.
I would still probably rock it, Er I mean Punk Rock it!!!

EDIT: pretty sure it was a P bass, maybe a Jazz, with J or P-J pups,. But It was for sure that finish, but not the same configuration.

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Pretty sure it was a double-buck because that’s what the dude plays. Here’s the Edwards versions:

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I came across one of these VOX Sidewinders today at a local shop. Had never heard of it before. It was in really bad shape with lots of issues and some electronics issues but even so man o man the tone was out of site. It has onboard distortion that has a sound all its own. I see really good examples selling for $3000-$4000, so nothing I am buying anytime soon, but it might just be my dream hollow body for one day. I was able to also try a vintage Guild and cherry vintage Gibson EB2 as well. The VOX was by far my favorite, even in its terrible condition. And they really look cool.
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Oh to add to the kookiness of this bass, it has a built in “G tuner”, which plays a G pitched tone to tune your strings to, the distortion I mentioned, treble/bass boost control, and 3 way pickup selector. The nut is aluminum and has a zero fret as well. The back of the body has a snap-on pad that protects the body from ‘belt buckles’ and other wear. It also has just about the thinnest neck on a bass ever made, was geared towards guitarists. Never heard of it until today but now fascinated.

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that has to be the skinniest bass neck in the universe.

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i have always really liked this bass.

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Yeah it oozes cool. That thing and a pair of Ray-Bans would go a long way.

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@John_E, I wonder if the circuitry module they talk about at http://www.voxshowroom.com/us/guitar/sidewinder.html is good on yours? From what they say at the end of the description, it sounds like the module hasn’t been available for over 20 years. Otherwise, a very nice looking bass!

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Oh I didn’t buy it.
The electronics had some issues, but worked. I would guess some contact cleaner and everything would be fine. The bass had a lot of other issues thought so I did not consider it. From what I have read, there are some that have ‘sealed’ electronics and some that are open and can be repaired. If sealed, and they die, you are done.

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I think I have mentioned Ikebe Gakki here orders custom Warwicks a lot and sells them. Here’s a few.

Their back room looks like it is full of goodies too.

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BC Rich Mockingbird Masterpiece bass in Dragon’s Blood Red… :heart_eyes:

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Your teasing us Howard @howard,
Cheers Brian

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Ikebe opened a new store in Shibuya this week so I went and took those pics. My wallet also did not leave unscathed itself. More on that in another thread :slight_smile:

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Love me a Mocking bird. B.C. rich makes some sick instruments, high quality, but mostly made to order now.

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