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The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:42 pm

Hi guys!

Just want to show you something cool and hopefully useful, my new Bassolian(seems like a pretty ok name)
A tin-can blues bass, folks!!!



Bell brass resonator bass, a note cannon, hehe!

I figured my Highway 49 tenor guitar could be modified into the perfect travel size bass and it sure did! :lol:

I couldn't decide on 3 or 4 strings but my bass playing buddies told me that 4 strings actually worked despite the narrow string spacing.. :wha:
At the nut it's slightly wider than a standard Fender Jazz bass but at the end of the fretboard it's the same width, haha..
But it works just fine after some thought!!!

It sure takes some adaptation like when you play the travel sized Republic reso, Highway 61 compared to a standard full scale reso..

But hey, this little one barks loud with a surprisingly fat acoustic tone!!!
I'll also install a pickup on this one soon, will be useful on stage..
Not to mention acoustic street performances or small gigs.. :mrgreen:

So, what do you think? Good idea or not so good?
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:43 pm

Some pics, just added a pickup on this one..
Too wide I know, but it fits perfectly under the string and it sound great!!
Got a clip coming up so you can hear it..

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The metal job is really good these days on these chinese guitars, really nice!

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Not too high, fits nicely..

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I'm really, really satisfied with my bass modification on this one, hehe!!!
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:37 pm

Well John,
an interesting experiment, just like with your Tuba playing buddy.
But no way I would grab that resonator instead of my Michael Kelly Custom Club acoustic fretless bass. With black nylon tape wound strings, it gives a sound very close to a stand up bass, plus an on board Fishman pre-amp. I can play fabulous sliding notes and slap style, I can even do 1950's Cool jazz and sound like I got a stand up acoustic bass.
Actually, using a Tuba for bass is valid for blues and jazz. I've been recently hearing contemporary Mexican music with a tuba for bass, so it's still popular.
I would ask you to do more research of 4 string tunings, with slide. Cigar box players use 3 and 4 strings, and they sound great. That resonator is wasted as a bass.
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:39 pm

This is by far the coolest bass I've ever come across, haha!
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:37 am

bottleneckjohn wrote:This is by far the coolest bass I've ever come across, haha!
OK John, but you know it's not designed for bass.
Now this resonator is:
http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Tone-PBB-Res ... B0041T4DHC
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:58 am

Yeah, those have been around for some years now, but the spider bridge don't give the acoustic volume and tone of a biscuit cone.
Plugged in they sure can sound quite ok! :D

There's also some metal body biscuit reso basses out there but they don't have the cool tricone/singlecone mix in their looks.

I'm not a bass player at all but I do feel that my new little travel size Bassolian look better than the other "real" reso-basses. (to me, that is..) :wha:

That's the whole point for me, to have a cool reso-bass to bring on tours when the double-bass just takes too much space in the car, lol!!

And, it sounds just right acoustic and plugged in, I love it already! :mrgreen:
I'm really pleased with the mod, I'll get back with more on the matter after a few gigs down the road..
Gonna be interesting!! (for me at least)
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby Joe Sustaire » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:31 am

Works for me John, I think you did good!

It does the job it was intended to do,
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:56 am

Joe Sustaire wrote:Works for me John, I think you did good!
It does the job it was intended to do,
Joe


Thanks, it sure does!! :mrgreen:
After a few gig I can give more info but for now it seems it has great volume acoustically and plugged in the tone is like on any other bass, kinda..

But most importantly, it looks cool, haha! And there's not one more like it anywhere, that's a bit fun as well... :D
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby Neal » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:21 pm

You have my full support! Not financial. mind you, but psychic!
Pretty cool, and nicely inventive.
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:08 pm

Neal wrote:You have my full support! Not financial. mind you, but psychic!
Pretty cool, and nicely inventive.


Thanks, Neal! :mrgreen:
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneck » Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:18 pm

it does seem pretty loud for such a small instrument!!!

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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:08 pm

It is quite loud, yes!
Actually, tonight was the first time ever we tried it out live!!
It matched my voice and reso-guitars well, played with a pick it had the tone and volume needed to work properly as an acoustic bass!! :mrgreen:
Still haven't tried to plug it in live..
I'm really proud and happy for the idea, we're gonna use it more on stage and post some clips soon so y'all can see and hear it..
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Re: The Bassolian - Bell brass resophonic bass!!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:47 am

Anybody else who have done this mod to get a cool reso bass?
I've used mine on a number of gigs now and it's really, really useful!!

Must make a live clip featuring the Bassolian.. :mrgreen:
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