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I'm cooking up something in my mind that may become some kind of custom build, maybe. I love 80s music and have an 80s band starting up. I've owned the Hohner B2A cricket bat bass, I've got an 84 Aria Pro II SB ELITE-1, but what other bass designs from the 80s are very much of their time? There's a Yamaha bass with pointy bits, the Kubiki X Factor bass... Others? 

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I think I'm quite 80s so far... Although the Warwick fretless and the Hohner are no longer with me. 

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Those big trapezoid headstocks used by Westone and Aria

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From memory the Jackson and Charvel brands were popular and Explorer and V shapes were common in rockier bands. The headless design was also popular but even the traditional staples like Jazz, Precisions and Music Mans were still in use.

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6 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

Those big trapezoid headstocks used by Westone and Aria

Those Aria headstocks are from the late 70s.

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Just now, el borracho said:

Roland G77

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Doesn’t get more 80’s.

Needs to be pink sparkle with a lightning bolt decal...

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TBH this is probably the most iconic bass instrument from the early 80s...

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22 minutes ago, AndyTravis said:

There...Ave some of that

That was the Yamaha I was thinking of! Love the shape!! 

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21 minutes ago, el borracho said:

Roland G77

If a jazz bass and a Spectrum ZX were to have a love child. 

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Posted (edited)
19 minutes ago, BigRedX said:

TBH this is probably the most iconic bass instrument from the early 80s...

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Not one of these?:
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25 minutes ago, Cat Burrito said:

From memory the Jackson and Charvel brands were popular and Explorer and V shapes were common in rockier bands. The headless design was also popular but even the traditional staples like Jazz, Precisions and Music Mans were still in use.

True. When I bought my Stingray I didn't think it would be out of place in an 80s setting. 

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56 minutes ago, el borracho said:

Westone Rail

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I wonder how this would go down in the tonewood thread... 🤣

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57 minutes ago, bartelby said:

Not one of these?:
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Not in the early 80s.

When they came out no-one wanted them because they sounded thin and weedy, as well as being less than intuitive to program. My synth band tried one and decided we'd wait for the recently announced MC202, which looked to be easier to program, had two channels of sequencing and a full SH101 synth built in.

Come 1988 it was a different story...

(Of course much of the classic TB303 sound comes from what happens when you clip the output rather than the unit itself.)

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1 hour ago, AndyTravis said:

Wal mk1 fretless or MIDI but...who’s got £8000+ spare...not me

Forgot about Wals, I do t ha E expensive tastes! The whole concept of Midi just melts my brain, I don't get it, I just know string go twang. 

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8 minutes ago, kendall said:

I still want one of these.

I have a mate who builds trumpets - he is/was good mates with Mr Lado. There was talk of me having a (non unicorn) one made but it never happened.

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Although the bassss probably originated in the 70s I think you need an Ibanez Musician and a single pick up Aria as well to be really early 80s - maybe a Jaydee Supernatural. 

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