DeArmond Ashbory? What is your take?

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by dorfmeister, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. dorfmeister

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    I've not had the pleasure of playing one, but have heard cats in pro acts play them and they sound unbelievably good. Well, the old Guild ones did, and my guess is the DAs are in the same ballpark. I believe you need to use some talcum powder on your fretting hand when playing 'em.
     
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    I have one. It sounds AMAZINGLY like an upright bass through a good amp. The intonation is off - I improved it by rescrewing down the bridge a bit further back. Its hard to play complex lines on. If you want something cheap that sounds like an upright and not playing anything complex its great. Could have been much better if they made the scale slightly longer and paid more attention to detail and a bit better material and workmanship. As it is still worth the price of admission.
     
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    I have one also. I completely agree that intonation is a challenge. The dots that indicate frets are pretty much useless. Because the scale is so short, a slight wiggle of the finger can make a big difference. Using open strings and simple lines are what works for me.
    The sounds can be wonderfully acoustic - it uses a piezo pickup. But it's like any under saddle pickup, very sensitive to touch. Talcum powder does make a difference for hands and strings. Stings will last forever if you don't nick 'em - talc helps with that too.
    All in all, it's a great little instrument that looks but doesn't sound like a toy. But plan on spending some time with it to sound good.
     
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    Toy

    I own one..I consider it a toy
     
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    I owned one for a while and ended up selling it. It actually had great tone but as mentioned above, a bit difficult to play. Since I couldn't really see my myself playing one at a gig I would have to put it in the toy catagory.
     
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    A difficult to play toy, eh?
     
  8. Frater B

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    doc and Tweeker are right on the money.

    FWIW:
    On the King Crimson release Heavy ConstruKction,
    Trey Gunn plays one on the song Cage. There is
    video footage on the third disc.

    I have played the model pictured.
    It is really small with big strings,
    strange but.....

    IMO, Useful Instrument.

    I have heard that the originals sounded better,
    the strings are different now and the pickup too.

    As far as it being a toy, I would gladly
    play any toy at a gig that made the desire sound.


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  9. Bassomatic

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    I remember seeing Tony Levin playing one in a local Woodstock club in the very early 90's. He sounded amazing.
     

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