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Posted by Andy Seed on June 20, 2001 at 00:00:43:
In Reply to: neck size posted by Nico on June 19, 2001 at 14:20:21:
: I have a old kay C-1 and I love the narrow neck that it has. I am wanting to get a solid carved bass with neck width like the Kay bass. I have played some Strunals and some Romanian basses and a German one that where in my price range but the necks were massive compaired to my C-1. I have small hands and need a bass that has a comfortable playing neck. Thanks
I found the same thing when I was looking for a carved bass, it seems all the "cheaper" basses have necks like treetrunks ! My ply bassis an old German one with a beautifully slim neck and for a long time I didn't think I'd find a carved bass with a neck anywhere near as good. It appears that the majority of carved basses are made with classical players in mind and they don't need ( in the majority of their music ) to be able to shoot around the neck at anywhere near the speed that a blues/jazz player like myself has to. I'm lucky in as much as I don't have small hands but,like you , I do like a slim necked bass.
In the end though I found what seems to be the ideal bass for my style it is hand carved by Michael Glas in Adorf , Saxony ( East Germany to you and me ) and has a neck to die for ! The body has a front made of very fine grained spruce with flamed maple back and sides . The neck and scroll are of "tiger - stripe" maple and the machine head are hand made by Johanus Rubner and are set into (not just screwed on ) the cheeks of the pegbox.All fittings are of very fine ebony and the whole bass is finished in a moderately dark reddish - brown varnish which fades to a rich deep amber colour on the neck.
The sound of the bass is to put it mildly FAT but with great tonal definition - I use a Rich Barbera pickup system ( I also have one on my other bass ) and go through an Acoustic Image Contra amp with an extension cab that has been modified to include an extra power amp -
- lots of sound.
I got my bass from Hamilton Casswell in Bristol (U.K) but although the shop is still running ,because Hamilton has retired now , it no longer sells instruments - they may be able to put you in touch with someone who does sell Glas basses though. Their address is:-
10 Perry Road,
(Phone number:-) (044) 0117-929-4642
Another dealer who sells Glas basses is Chas Foote , his address is :-
Chas E. Foote,
(off Piccadilly Circus)
(Phone number:-) (044) 0207-437-1811
Both of these dealers are in the U.K but with a bass of this quality for the price (around £3250) I'm sure you could find a dealer who would be willing to import one for you , they may (considering dollar exchange rates) even be able to get it cheaper for you !
If you would like some photos of this bass e-mail me with your POSTAL address and I'll send some to you.In conclusion I couldn't recommend this bass enough - it has a great neck , great build quality, great sound , great finish and even looks great.
I hope this may have been of some help to you.
Good luck in your bass search,
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