Re: Who played the Ashbory bass?

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Posted by Matt Brown on May 13, 2000 at 10:23:34:

In Reply to: Re: Who played the Ashbory bass? posted by Frederick on May 06, 2000 at 03:50:15:

: : : Hey, has anyone of you ever played the DeArmond Ashbory

: Bass? It must sound quite strange (18 inch scale???,

: silicone rubber strings)...

: : Tony Levin (king Crimson)

: : did alot of Ashbory work.

: : there is a cool thread over on the Fender discussion page

: about the Ashbory.

: : You might wish to check it out there...

: :

: : Tim Schnautz

: I checked out the forum and thread you mentioned. You're right, it is interesting. As Johnny Carson would say, "I did not know that".

I owned one for a short period -- The Guild model. Great for projects, but not a practical bass to switch off to in the middle of the gig, I found. Also, even though I'm experienced at playing fretless, the scale was so small and the strings so fat, that the upper range was impractical to play in tune. helluva sound though, at a cheap price. Great for bluegrass, I'm told. Now I play a Godin A4 fretless, which has the same huge sound, a higher price, and is playable up the neck.

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