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Offline sybersitizen

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A creepy bass (not a Parker)
« on: March 15, 2016, 06:03:10 PM »
Off topic, but I just happened to stumble on this eBay listing...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-String-Bass-Artisan-Bass-Works-Ansir-Pheonix-5-long-scale-5-string-bass-/251693100487?hash=item3a9a13edc7:g:8iQAAOSwLa9UVQZP

Rubs me the wrong way. I wouldn't want to hold that too close to my body.

For Facebook users, a similar instrument was listed for sale in September 2012 for about the same price...

https://www.facebook.com/ABWbasses/photos/a.336260513128844.79841.336254823129413/349022445185984/?type=1&theater

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Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2016, 07:39:51 PM »
They must be running out of shapes. Lol

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2016, 07:54:24 PM »
Kind of looks like they were really drunk and then tried to draw a fly.

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Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2016, 05:24:23 PM »
And people say Parkers look odd..... :-\
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Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2016, 08:56:02 AM »
Not that bad until you get to the lower horn.  :o

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Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2016, 10:36:34 AM »
For whatever reason, the bass community seems MUCH more accepting off off-beat shapes...

This ones not quite my style, but I don't find it awful or offensive. There are uglier basses for sure!

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2016, 07:31:34 PM »
For whatever reason, the bass community seems MUCH more accepting off off-beat shapes...

This ones not quite my style, but I don't find it awful or offensive. There are uglier basses for sure!

I've been looking at getting a short scale bass lately. (Inexpensive easy to travel with.)

Over time a lot of  bass players hate weight and poorly balanced rigs since most are heavy sumofguns and the reach on a 34" scale is loooong.

Different shapes allow for better fit and balance so an odd ball design often works for bass players.

Some very fluid lighter weight designs proliferate the bass community, much more than the 6 string gang.

Off subject I won't mention the 7-8 string plank neck behemoths now out there, gawd awful large slabs of wood.

How much does a Parker bass weigh?
« Last Edit: March 17, 2016, 07:34:19 PM by Mr303 »
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Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2016, 11:46:30 PM »
I've been looking at getting a short scale bass lately. (Inexpensive easy to travel with.) ... How much does a Parker bass weigh?

Just my opinion of course, but I would go for an inexpensive Steinberger Spirit XT-2 bass. Same 34" scale as the Parkers. I've played both the XT-2 and the GT-Pro guitar. I dig 'em.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2016, 07:22:58 AM »
I've been looking at getting a short scale bass lately. (Inexpensive easy to travel with.) ... How much does a Parker bass weigh?

Just my opinion of course, but I would go for an inexpensive Steinberger Spirit XT-2 bass. Same 34" scale as the Parkers. I've played both the XT-2 and the GT-Pro guitar. I dig 'em.

Hmmmm those may get a short list, it would be nice to test drive one.

Ashbory basses hold some allure as well for unique design.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2016, 08:00:43 AM »

Over time a lot of  bass players hate weight and poorly balanced rigs since most are heavy sumofguns and the reach on a 34" scale is loooong.


I know them feels, I have a Warwick Corvette 5 string fretless. I consider it to be the anti Parker in every way.

I totally get why bassists welcome odd shapes, but I don't understand why so few guitarists share the open mindedness.I should have worded my statement better; its not the bass players being more accepting, it's the guitarists refusing change! Les Pauls still weigh about twice what a Parker does and SGs still neck dive, no?

As far as the weight; I think the MaxxFly bass was quoted around 6 pounds. The original Fly bass was quoted around 7. I would guess they're actually closer to 8-9, but would surprised if either passed the 10lb mark.

Somewhat surprising to me, there's still a few MaxxFly basses for sale, 2 on Amazon and one on eBay. Might not be a bad investment, there can't be too many of them floating around...

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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2016, 08:08:09 AM »
***Just to add, the P series basses were quoted at 9 lbs***

I'd wager a guess that they're closer to 10, maybe 11. Even when KP was running the joint, weights were a little under-reported. Anyone found that 4.5 lb Fly Deluxe yet??

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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2016, 08:09:35 AM »
whoops, double post.

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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2016, 09:00:00 AM »
***Just to add, the P series basses were quoted at 9 lbs***

I'd wager a guess that they're closer to 10, maybe 11. Even when KP was running the joint, weights were a little under-reported. Anyone found that 4.5 lb Fly Deluxe yet??

Source: 2008 Catalog

http://www.parkerguitars.com/support/catalogs/pdf/PARKER2008Catalog.pdf

I have an FB-4 from 2003, it's never seen a scale but I can't imagine it weighing more the 7 lbs.
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2016, 09:33:08 AM »
Looking on the interweb for Steinberger headless Xt-2 and came across one ad showing a scale weight of 7lbs 15.1 oz!
Better but no light weight there.

Even my Hofner Shorty weighs in close to seven.
Forget the Ashbory bass too toy like, sorta Uke bass.

The Parker....save my money for the Parker....yeah that's it.

I weighed a 4lb 8oz hard tail Fly last Saturday but not a Deluxe since trem adds 14-16 ounces.
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2016, 09:53:25 AM »
And who has $3k-$7k to buy a Parker on amazon?