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Parker Models => BASSES => Topic started by: sybersitizen on March 15, 2016, 06:03:10 PM

Title: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: sybersitizen 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

(https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/s960x960/415107_349022445185984_356905880_o.jpg)
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: TinMachine on March 15, 2016, 07:39:51 PM
They must be running out of shapes. Lol
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: neilderemer on March 15, 2016, 07:54:24 PM
Kind of looks like they were really drunk and then tried to draw a fly.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 on March 16, 2016, 05:24:23 PM
And people say Parkers look odd..... :-\
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Paul Marossy on March 17, 2016, 08:56:02 AM
Not that bad until you get to the lower horn.  :o
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: resettheconsole 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!
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 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?
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: sybersitizen 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.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 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.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: resettheconsole 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...
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: resettheconsole 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??

Source: 2008 Catalog

http://www.parkerguitars.com/support/catalogs/pdf/PARKER2008Catalog.pdf
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: resettheconsole on March 18, 2016, 08:09:35 AM
whoops, double post.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: syncopa 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.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 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.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: TinMachine on March 18, 2016, 09:53:25 AM
And who has $3k-$7k to buy a Parker on amazon?
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: resettheconsole on March 18, 2016, 10:03:50 AM
And who has $3k-$7k to buy a Parker on amazon?

7K is extreme, but honestly I don't think $4,000 is out of line. If I were a gigging bassist, I'd be considering it at 4K.


Have you seen how much a Fodera bass runs? The deposit for one is $1000, and won't cover 25% of even the most basic model.

These are world class professional level instruments we're talking about here.  :)
(Ignoring the QC issues of USM, of course. Truly unacceptable is the cheap hardware/electronics they used, especially switches)
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: sybersitizen on March 18, 2016, 10:14:52 AM
I've been looking at getting a short scale bass lately...

Even my Hofner Shorty weighs in close to seven.

You already have a travel bass? Or is that the Shorty guitar?

I think 7 pounds is fairly lightweight territory for basses unless you want to go true minimalist:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=travel+bass&_sacat=0
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 on March 18, 2016, 04:17:45 PM
Hofner Shorty is a single coil six string.

And yes almost 8 lbs is light for a bass but still heavy to my now spoiled Parker neck and shoulders.

I've noticed short scale basses tend to be <10lbs and since it's just to mess around with I want a lightweight.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: sybersitizen on March 18, 2016, 04:31:28 PM
Hofner Shorty is a single coil six string.

It's also a 4-string bass, but I guess not light enough...

(http://www.notreble.com/buzz/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Hofner-Shorty-Bass.jpg)
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: TinMachine on March 18, 2016, 04:34:02 PM
I'd rather buy 2 $2k basses as opposed to one single $4k bass.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 on March 18, 2016, 05:21:43 PM
Hofner Shorty is a single coil six string.

It's also a 4-string bass, but I guess not light enough...


Ok!.... I didn't know that these were made.

30" scale 40" OAL  ~7lbs.    perfect for my needs....the forum comes through again.
Root beer.

Reverb $199+   

 $50 more than a six string. 
I've had the six string for five years and it's a decent tag-along rig for car travel especially.

Thanks for the heads up Syber.

Be careful if you carry it in the gig bag it looks lethal to the untrained eye and most city folk.


Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: sybersitizen on March 18, 2016, 05:32:20 PM
Thanks for the heads up Syber.

My pleasure. A matched pair of Shortys sounds fun.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: Mr303 on March 18, 2016, 05:49:28 PM
Quote

My pleasure. A matched pair of Shortys sounds fun.

That's what I'm thinking.
I'll sew both gig bags together with closed cell foam sandwiched between for a tidy travel duo.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: TinMachine on March 18, 2016, 06:11:39 PM
Ibanez makes a double gig bag. I think Peavey too.
Title: Re: A creepy bass (not a Parker)
Post by: TinMachine on March 18, 2016, 09:12:29 PM
There is a nice 5 string Parker bass on reverb for $1600. I be all over it if it wasn't red.