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gafbass02

Holy Moly! Look what LukeFrc found! Now with real life 'mojo/relicing' ;)

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http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/bass_guitars_detail.asp?stock=px-G15ES2401

Only a bloomin' bassmaster Funk' !!!!
For those of you that don't know I've had one of these for the best part of twenty years, kept it through owning over 60 other basses including many four figure warwicks, statii, stingrays etc, and still use it regularly. Folk always want to borrow it for the sound :) It's one of the best sounding and playing basses Ive ever ever come across at any price, but has always been a total mystery. As to who made it, where it came from, why so few etc.
I bought mine long before the Internet and mine doesnt have the 'T' on the headstock like all the others I've come across.. (all three of them, including this one) Also mine has much smoother contouring than this from the looks of the picture. I'd remembered a tiny mention in a guitar magazine years ago that tanglewood would be releasing these 'high end' models, but they never really materialised, so I'd always figured that's probably what it was. A prototype perhaps. Once the web came long I looked high and low for them. I've been contacted twice by other owners doing the same. They both had just the T on the headstock, and no writing This one has both the 'bassmaster funk' logo and the big T.
Oddities it seems!
Mine...
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As you can see mine has been pimped and battered but I'll never ever part with it. Amazing set up and nice ageing along with a mid p/j width neck and the most piano like neck pickup you'll ever hear and the most burbly, burpy bridge.
The both on sound is powerful and modern and although they look the same as Epi tbird humbuckers, trust me. They sound nothing like.
One of the greatest basses ever ime, IMHO etc
If anyone has £300 kicking around if it's as good as mine you'd do well to snap it up!!

Edited by gafbass02

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THink if you went in there with £300 in your pocket you would come out with change- they are good in that store- gave me a free tecamp amp once... but thats another story :D

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Just looked at it again. The pickups are different, a different size and shape, as is the bridge and the routing around the pickups and extended neck joint looks a bit rougher than mine too.
Weird

Edited by gafbass02

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Mine now :)

Was looking for a modern sounding bass, and this will do very nicely. Went through to Glasgow this morning, tried it in the boot, loved it even though the neck isn't my favourite shape, haggled a bit, and walked out witjh a fair bit of change...

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Nothing at all mate, just that It's a tanglewood and it has recently appeared in the shop. I'll take it practice today to put it through its paces

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I think it sounds almost exactly like a Spector, which is not a bad thing for me :)

I found out it's got active pickups, but not active eq. The neck is made of two pieces of maple dovetailed and glued together, it's rather comfortable to play, with a little more neck-dive than other much bigger basses I own. I'll try it with reggae on wednesday night practice :)

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Mines all passive With a one piece neck, my truss rod cover is different too. Is the electronics cover recessed on yours? Mine sits proud.

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The electronics cover sits up above the cavity! just four screws, and very few wires in there. Surprised to see a battery, to be honest. I wonder if it is an aftermarket job... The pickups look original, and from the lack of wear and cleanliness, i'd say the former user was a pick player.

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I had a play with my iPhone camera last night and the bassmaster happened to be on the sofa. Thought id stick em here.
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[IMG]http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d115/gafbass02/bfcf4a84.jpg[/IMG]
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[IMG]http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d115/gafbass02/7fd68d4c.jpg[/IMG]
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All real world gig wear.

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I'm going to gig my recently acquired one on saturday, and then i'll decide what to do with it...

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LukeFrc sent me over here and i'm really interested to find this thread.

Seems there's more than a few weird but wonderful Tanglewoods out there.

I've got a Tanglewood Baron bass (according to Tanglewood it's one of only 120 made) circa 1995 which has been pimped with an East U-Retro pre, but otherwise everything is as stock and my, what a bass! Like the OP I've owned and sold some 30+ basses and the Baron always stayed. Seems to be a cross somewhere between a Spector, Warwick and Ibanez. That said, I've put it up for sale due to financial issues, much to my chagrin.

I wonder how many other unusual Tanglewood's there are out there?

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Good job the B in the headstock name inlay hasn't been lost.

ASSMASTER FUNK would be most unfortunate.

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Look what the kind people of Tanglewood sent me!

[attachment=108469:TanglewoodCatalogue.jpg]

The bass was in production between 1991 and 1996.

Edited by razze06

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