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Agile doubleneck bass / guitar.

Number 40. The very last one?
If I was not going to buy any more, I had to finish off with something rather ridiculous.
Actually it could be very useful. Should this be on the guitar page or the bass page? I dunno.

Ian Edmundson


Aria ZZB deluxe bass

At one time, I wanted to be John Entwistle. How would you ever have guessed? I got this around 1981 and still use it today. I should take it out more. I'd still like to be able to play like John Entwistle, by the way.

Ian Edmundson

Artisan acoustic bass

I know very little about this one. It was pointed out to me as 'a possible' just before we had a theatre date supporting The Quireboys in 2010 and we were obliged to do it as an acoustic show. As it turned out, I just used a normal Rickenbacker electric bass. Later on, I went and had a look anyway. I got it 'for a song' (a bargain, considering how I sing!!) and it sounds very good. Thank you, John.

Ian Edmundson. Getting in touch with hos feminine side


Avon EB-0 bass

My very first bass guitar, bought in 1976 or thereabouts. A basic entry-level copy of a Gibson EB-0. I wanted to play something a bit more like Jim Lea of Slade in 1975. A couple of minor upgrades were made to it along the way, to make it into a slightly better bass. I learned to play bass on this instrument and so did my daughter, 25 or so years later.

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John Birch SCDR bass (1976)

Quite rare Rickenbacker-styled bass from the very respected Midlands luthier who made some great custom guitars for Black Sabbath, Slade, Roy Orbison, Roy Wood among many others. The Hyperflux and Magnum pickups were handmade and engraved personally by the late John Birch.

Ian Edmundson

Burns Bison (reissue) bass

I bought this one from a shop in Blackpool while doing a weekend there with an old band. I walked past the shop and it was there in a dark corner with lights on it. Oh God, it just looked gorgeous. This very retro bass looked just the part for the 60's vibe of the group and so I called in, as soon as I got a chance, to try it out. I wasn't disappointed at all with what I heard. It has just about every variety of tone built in that anyone could need. This bass is great for the studio. It is featured particularly nicely on 'I don't wanna talk about it' which is one of the slower, more atmospheric songs on the first Kerbcrawlers CD.

It's great for live use, too and the only thing that could be considred a 'drawback' is the emormous body size. It weighs a ton!! The neck reach is the longest that I've ever had to use. You want neck dive? You got it. Only an idiot can't control (or complains about) neck dive, though. It sounds more like a Rickenbacker should at times than any of my 4 Ric 4003's! 

Ian Edmundson


Cort Violin bass

I saw it standing there. A lovely present from my wife. My over-loud Beatles homages are just that tiny little bit more convincing, now.

I don't get on with Hofner violin basses for two main reasons.
1)

Just because Paul McCartney used one in The Beatles doesn't make it worth what they started charging for them.
2)

The build quality of the Hofner is said to be generally crap. They are fragile, sound 'boxy' and go out of tune if you look at them.

This bass has none of these problems.

Ian Edmundson

Danelectro Longhorn (reissue): 

Steve Priest from The Sweet had one of these and so I always fancied one when I first started off playing. After all, I am a pure, undiluted product of early 1970's Top Of The Pops.

The company stopped production for many years, making them quite hard to find and then did a brief spell of production again. This has to have the most primitive bass bridge in the bass world, using a piece of cork! .... and it also has quite cheap looking tuners. Despite these indisputable low budget production values, this bass has a great, solid, growling sound. Its short scale makes it very easy to play. The action is nice and low without having to fiddle with it. It also weighs nothing at all!

Ian Edmundson


Dean Rhapsody 8-string bass

If 12-String basses are quite unusual, then so are 8-string basses. They never really caught on, despite being used by a few major stars. This one has a really big sound, coming from a pairing of regular bass strings and octave strings. I got this one from Gian Rothwell, bassist with the excellent Badger.

Ian Edmundson

Eastwood Classic 4 bass

I tracked down this marvelous double cutaway Eastwood Classic 4 bass and bought it in a private sale from a chap in in Derbyshire. It's a lovely match for my Gretsch White Falcon guitar.

Ian Edmundson

Epiphone '1958' Flying V bass

I bought this because I either watched too many Marc Bolan videos one day, or possibly because I have a stupid and almost-sexual attraction towards pointy guitars. Perhaps both.

The very best thing about this bass is that it once literally gave a wuss I was playing in a cabaret band with a migraine, as the look of it didn't fit in with the 60's look of the band, according to him. It's based on a 1958 Gibson Flying V, which dates it from around the earliest period of that old group's music.The arrival of the V bass heralded the end of my playing career with the be-suited merchants of 60's cheese, so I now have even more of an extra-special fondness for it. They also objected to a 5-string Fender Jazz Bass... because it had 5 extra notes on it. Dullards. When liberated from silent serfdom and abject misery with the 60's band, I bought as many basses that I considered that they would have found repellent as I could find! All part of my slow rehabilitation to the real world and real music. Cheaper than therapy. And pointier, too.

Ian Edmundson


Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV bass guitar:

Ian edmundson Epiphone Thunderbird


Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV bass guitar

Ian Edmundson Epiphone Thunderbird


Fender '08 USA Jazz Bass in Candy Cola Red:

Bought in Boston, USA and thoughtfully lost by those great and famous baggage handlers at British Airways in transit between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Manchester on the way home. Fortunately, it turned up.... or I would have killed someone. Affectionately nicknamed 'AJ', after our lovely relative Audrey in Boston, who helped us to get hold of this bass. A black scratchplate now replaces the original stock white one.

Ian Edmundson



Fender '60th Anniversary' Precision bass:


Originally, I waltzed into the shop looking for the cheaper Mexican version of the 60th Anniversary P bass in a lovely blizzard pearl finish, but they very cunningly flew this gorgeous (and stunningly more expensive) USA sunburst model in from elsewhere in the country the very same day and fed me lots of very strange drugs that made me buy it. Thank you, Sound Control. It's had its white scratch plate replaced with a nicer tortoiseshell recently and I think that makes it look even more attractive.

Ian Edmundson


Fender Precision Lyte Bass (Toffeeburst):

I bought this bass from the now-gone Doctor Rock in Bury, for an excellent price in 1995. It has been my main bass for most of the time since then, although a couple of other basses have overtaken it (use-wise) more recently. Anyone who I have handed it to has been impressed with it, even though it's not the most obviously eye-catching bass I own. If a musical instrument can be said to be anybody's 'soulmate' then this one is mine.

Ian Edmundson


Fender Precision Deluxe Bass:
I bought this brand new in September 2017. A bit of a techno set of switches for sound. Lovely chunky bridge and noiseless pickups. Should be interesting.

Ian Edmundson


Fender Squier 50's style Classic Vibe Precision Bass:
Cool as f***.  Fantastic for the money. It's just gorgeous. A lovely eye-catching finish, marvelous smooth maple neck and a great sound.

Squier CV 50's P bass


 

Fender Squier 'Vintage modified' 50's Precision bass:

People have looked at it and pretty much spat out the word 'Squier' in disgust then have heard it cranked up and have revised their opinions. This one comes with a matte finish neck and a large mudbucker pickup by Fender. Little in the way of twang, but a great, solid  bottom end that is just right for a trio.

I'm always happy to take the Squiers out as my main basses for the night.

Squier VM 50's P bass


Fender Squier Precision Special Bass:
The Bargain of the century?I got this rather lovely red-sunburst Squier P-special from a shop in Bury who obviously didn't know what it was worth. Equipped with USA pickups, as it has the tiny 'Standard' logo on the headstock, it sounds great. Nice to play and very striking looking. Squiers have a reputation of being 'cheap and cheerful'. I kid you not, the better Squiers can keep up with USA Fenders.

Ian Edmundson

Framus Nashville Deluxe bass
I had been looking for one of these - to replace the dearly loved one I originally owned in the late 70's / early 80's - for some years. I bought my original from a shop in Blackpool because Dave Hill from Slade used the guitar version. After a long time searching, two turned up in rapid succession on EBay. This one dates from about 1974, like my first one. The deluxe model I've got now has edge binding, whereas my original didn't.

Framus Nashville deluxe Bass Guitar

Gibson SG Supreme Bass:
I lusted after a Gibson bass when I first started to play. 30+ years later I got one. One of only 400 made in one particular month with this unique finish and it's simply gorgeous to play. More toppy than the normal SG or EB-style bass, due to the maple top. Nice, nice, nice. All the deluxe Gibson features you'd want. The only Gibson bass I've ever played and liked.

Ian Edmundson

Gordy XR Custom fretless bass
I spotted this one-off bass at the now-closed A1 Music shop in Manchester and I couldn't resist it. It has the lowest string action in all of the known Universe. Effortless to play. It's not used very often on stage, as the case is bigger than the group van (!) but I took it into the studio for use on The Kerbcrawlers version of 'Need your love so bad' and it was just the right bass for the job. 

Ian Edmundson

Hamer B12 12-string bass

Pretty much my trademark bass, though I don't take a 12er out to every gig that I do. These basses have a sound that has to be heard to be believed. More about them here.

Ian Edmundson

Ian Edmundson


Hamer Chapparal 12-string bass:
More here.

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Peerless Standard Smoked Bass

I'd been watching this one in a local shop for quite some time. They hadn't sold it at the original asking price and as time went by, they reduced it a few times. I finally got it at an excellent price. The controls take a bit of getting used to (Blend / Vol / Tone), as does the 10lb weight. Too tall for a normal guitar stand, too. Very distinctive looking.

Ian Edmundson


Retrovibe RV5 5 string bass

Another naughty Rickenbacker-styled bass. This time it's a 5 string. The pickups (which are more in the MusicMan style) are quite far removed from the trademark Rickenbacker sound and are twice as powerful as a Ric. That really doesn't make it any 'better than a Ric' and if you want a Rickenbacker sound, you'll not get it. But it is a very nice, playable, solid sounding 5-string bass and very eye-catching.

The bottom end on this has to be heard to be believed. I find myself rolling off an amount of treble on the bridge pickup, to get a nice deep thick sound. Very precise and definite notes on the bottom string. It makes me want to hunt down an RV4 4-string bass. They are out there.

Rickenbacker used to make 5-string basses, but gave up on them, allegedly because of issues with the pickups and string spacing. The 5 string Rickenbacker would certainly sell by the thousand if they reintroduced it, but I'm sure John Hall knows exactly what he's doing. Conversions are available. Only EIGHT of these RV5 5-string basses were made. I was very lucky indeed to get hold of one.

Ian Edmundson

Retrovibe  Renegade 'Rickenbastard'

How could I pass up a shot at this one-off bass? It originally arrived with a plain black scratchplate and the black Renegade truss rod cover, so I had new ones made to replace those. I opted for a mirror scratchplate and the new TRC as below, as well as genuine replacement Ric volume and tone controls. I have no intention at all of passing it off as an actual Rickenbacker. Rickenbacker - to my knowledge, anyway - never made a bass like this!

Rickenbastard

Rickenbastard


Rickenbacker 4003 in Fireglo finish:

I bought this one when I was playing with a club / cabaret band doing 60's music, to try show a bit willing and to try to fit in with the lead guitarist, who had a similar looking Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. The 60's cabaret band turned out to not work out for me for various reasons, but the bass certainly did, so that's alright. They are great to play and gives a quite good variety of sounds. If the 4000 series basses were good enough for Paul McCartney and for The Jam's Bruce Foxton - two of the best bassists ever to pick up an instrument - they're certainly good enough for me!

Ian Edmundson


Rickenbacker 4003 in Blue Boy finish.

The 'Blue Boy' colour option at the time was a very limited edition run (although Rickenbacker later did release a number in it as a 'colour of the year' edition). This one is a lot more rocky sounding than the fireglo. It has a lot more mid tone to it, though I have no idea why, as I have set them both up pretty similarly. The neck feels a bit thicker than my first one, which may have something to do with it. The Blue Boy colour is known to eventually go a bit green after prolonged exposure to lights, etc. Mine hasn't done that yet, some years on. Touch wood......

There's a good story about this one. It was a Christmas present. I had been burbling on that I quite fancied a Blue Boy bass thinking that it was going to be Navy Blue. I saw a bad photo of one on the net and it looked awful - almost green (they do go a bit green if you are unlucky). Lynda and I were looking at a (Sonic blue) Fender Strat in Salford that was the colour of the 'awful' one on the net, so I said I had gone right off the idea of one. Lynda went quiet.

We came home and Lynda went straight back out and when she returned, she put the bass case on the sofa and said "If it's wrong you can change it". I looked at the case and thought what is she on about, thinking it was my red one.

I opened the case and immediately fell in love with it. It was not the crappy colour I had seen. It is sky blue and really hard to photograph. Lynda still probably doesn't believe that I like it.
It was a total shock to me. The bass was the limited edition 'Colour of the year' that year, so was pretty hard to get hold of them.

Ian Edmundson

 


Rickenbacker 4003 in Midnight Blue finish.

This is the one of the three plain finish Rics that I find that I go to the most. It just has that sound to it and it feels to me to be the most comfortable of the three to play... not that the others are hard to play at all!

The bass colour looks different under different lights and this spectacular result is a result of a special combination varnish. A number of the Midnight Blue guitars and basses that Rickenbacker released have been subject to an unfortunate 'bleeding' problem, where the blue paint goes into the white binding. Mine too. Unfortunately, my warranty didn't cover this as my bass was imported into the UK. It is still my 'favourite' player of the three.

Ian Edmundson


Rickenbacker 4003 in Walnut finish.
The most playable Rickenbacker I have ever touched. Lovely fast maple neck and fingerboard..

Ian Edmundson

Rickenbacker 4003W



Warwick Streamer 'Chrome Tone'
This bass hung unloved and unwanted on the wall in a Manchester shop for a fair old time. After seeing it there several times, I thought I'd ask to have a go on it. If it had been a regular wooden style Warwick Streamer, nice as they are, it wouldn't have got a second look from me. It's a very 'glam rock' type bass and that was what made me look at it.

All the Warwicks I'd ever picked up had thick necks like tree trunks and this one initially seemed to be no exception. Because of the rest of the attractions of this bass, I was prepared to give it a serious try and see if I could make myself love it. Fortunately, the neck width was not such an insurmountable issue and it's nice to play and sounds absolutely solid.

Whenever the band I am with plays as a three piece, this is very often my main stage bass. It's very punchy and precise and every note rings out loud and clear. No 'dead spots' anywhere on it. And the girls like it...

Warwick Streamer chrome Tone Bass



Warwick Custom Shop Thumb NT bass (gloss walnut)

A one-off unique bass from the Warwick custom shop. It probably doesn't look like it, but this is the most valuable instrument I own. The finish is a one-off gloss walnut. The bass has a 26 fret neck, though I have never used the full extent of the higher notes on the neck, being a proper bassist. Slips into passive mode if you pull out the volume pot. Impressive active tone boost and cut. A beautiful instrument - lovely to play. No dots on the front of the neck. You have to know what you're doing. The neck-through construction is clearly visible from the rear. The woods used are gorgeous.

Ian Edmundson



Westfield 'Precision bass' clone.


I bought this as a bargain specifically for other people to use at the jam nights that I am involved in. However, it has turned out to be an extremely pleasing bass to play, with a comfy, 70's style neck and lovely low action. A definite keeper and far too nice to take to the jam nights!!!

Ian Edmundson


I do not officially endorse or recommend any particular commercially available guitar / bass / amplification products at the moment. However... if any guitar or bass manufacturer would like to send me something that I would like to use, I'd be pleased to say lovely things for a freebie.

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