Eastwood Ampeg Bass

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  1. arts

    arts Super Member

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    I have always been a big fan of all things Ampeg,and have always wanted an Ampeg scroll bass.

    One of my biggest moments of stupidity and regret is not snatching an original Ampeg,absolutely mint, with case,single owner fretless that was on consignment at my buddy's music store. I decided to ''think'' about it due to the price,which was about 1/3 of what they go for today.When I called back the next morning,it was already gone. Clearly,I am an idiot.

    Anyhow,does anybody have any experience with Eastwood instruments,guitar or bass? Just wondering about quality and playability.I believe that they are made in China or Korea,so I'm not sure what to expect.

    http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/eub-1-sunburst/

    I'm also considering one of these; looks like a great short scale sofa-bass:rolleyes:

    https://airlineguitars.com/products/airline-map-bass-34
     
  2. marqueemoon

    marqueemoon Gimme indie rock!

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    Ha. Yeah, that Airline looks like it would balance terribly.

    I've played a few Eastwood guitars in shops. Quality seems decent. No idea how the Ampeg bass would stack up to the original though.

    The one thing I'll say is I owned a fretless bass for a while and it didn't get played nearly as much as I thought it would.
     
  3. arts

    arts Super Member

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    In my case the fretless would probably get used the most,as I've always been an upright player,and that's also what I learned on.

    Yep,that Airline looks unbalanced all right,but it might work for me,seeing as I'm rather unbalanced myself:) I'm a sucker for sea foam green too.....

    I just can't seem to find a review that doesn't stink of bias or some kind of affiliation with the manufacturer. Cripes,Jaco endorsed Guild at one time:crazy:
     
  4. louisjames

    louisjames AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I've had a couple of Korean Eastwood's and they are very good as far as build quality. Like most of these guitars (including the very well built Korean PRS SE's) a good setup, some fret detailing, etc. will do wonders as does swapping out the tuners and pots if desired. Mike Robinson, who does the Eastwood's has a site called My Rare Guitars and I bought some things from him back in the day. If you want the vintage or "wacky" look then I think they're a very good value and after a bit of love and care better than any "real" Airline I had or a Univox Hi Flyer which was my pals first guitar. Here's a link to the gallery on Mike's "old" site. Checkout that over-the-top Jap Mosrite (near bottom of the page) and also check out his vintage blog posts, etc. Good stuff. :)

    http://www.myrareguitars.com/affordableguitar.html
     
  5. jmela

    jmela Active Member

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    This guy has a nice product, if you've got the scratch. I once passed on a clean 1964 Fender P and Jazz set for $2k, so don't feel too bad.

    http://www.xstrange.com/index.html
     

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