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General => Open Discussion => Topic started by: bcalla on November 21, 2020, 08:18:11 AM

Title: NSSHBD
Post by: bcalla on November 21, 2020, 08:18:11 AM
New Short-Scale Headless Bass Day!

I have had surgery on both hands, and I suffer from neck & shoulder pain. I can only play standard basses for a short time before something starts to hurt.  The bass I have been using most is a Hofner Verythin.  I've had it for a few years and it's great - it has great tone, 30.5" scale, looks stunning, and weighs 5.5 lbs. (I have 2 other basses that weigh north of 10 lbs.).  However, it has the standard Hofner bridge, which means tuning / intonation is always a compromise.  So I have been on the lookout for a bass that matched a particular set of requirements:

1. Light
2. Short scale
3. 24 frets
4. Intonatable bridge
5. Relatively inexpensive

A couple weeks ago I picked up a Hondo Alien.  It's a headless bass, very similar to the Kramer Duke.  My best guess is that it was made in the 80s, but I wasn't able to find a way to confirm that.  It has an aluminum neck and comes in at 6.25 lbs., slightly more than my Hofner.  It sounds great and is very easy on my hands with a 31" scale.  And, while weird, I think it looks kinda cool.   8)

(https://i.postimg.cc/t4cjc5H3/Hondo-Alien-Bass.jpg)
Title: Re: NSSHBD
Post by: Matmosphere on November 21, 2020, 08:30:20 AM
Awesome! Iíve played a couple aluminum neck Kramer basses and they are great. I wonder if this was made alongside the Duke in the same factory.

Good to hear that you found something that will work well for you.
Title: Re: NSSHBD
Post by: jimilee on November 21, 2020, 09:01:22 AM
Very nice, I remember Hondo from back on the day. They made very solid clones. Nice score.


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Title: Re: NSSHBD
Post by: Aentons on November 21, 2020, 04:53:52 PM
I really like headless basses. Good score
Title: Re: NSSHBD
Post by: EBK on November 21, 2020, 06:24:28 PM
Now that is a nice canoe paddle!

Definitely weird looking.  Definitely cool.
Title: Re: NSSHBD
Post by: jimilee on November 21, 2020, 08:18:39 PM
Now that is a nice canoe paddle!

Definitely weird looking.  Definitely cool.
The 80s was a weird decade for musicians.


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Title: Re: NSSHBD
Post by: Matmosphere on November 25, 2020, 02:26:26 AM
Now that is a nice canoe paddle!

Definitely weird looking.  Definitely cool.
The 80s was a weird decade for musicians.


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I was pretty young, but from what I remember it was weird for everyone.