For those who aren't familiar with this, Joey DeMaio is the bassist of Manowar. I'm having a hard time finding a good photo of his 'Demon II' bass, but you can see it in many youtube videos.
It's an instrument loosely based on the Rickenbacker 4001, but with a smaller body, four super hot pickups, one volume control, no tone controls, twin outputs (like the rick) and an ultra thin carbon fibre neck. The neck is the same width all the way down. The strings are very close together, and the instrument is not meant to be played fingerstyle.
Tone wise, it's naturally lacking some of the lower end of the spectrum, as it's not designed for thick strings. It's definitely aimed more at bass notes, as opposed to frequencies.
I'm sure everybody here would like to at least try out such an instrument, but could anyone see themselves using one on a regular basis?
Like any of the ones on this page? http://www.dawksound.com/manowar.html
I wouldn't play one. I don't care for Rickenbackers or basses designed to be like them and that neck pisses me off!
You do realise that you're contradicting yourself?
Just out of interest, why do you ask? Are you working on building one or planning to sell one?
I hate that rolleyes thing goddangit!
All I meant was that thicker strings would produce more of the lower end freqs, whereas thinner ones would not. Sort of like the way when you change between neck and bridge pickup on your guitar, you are picking up different harmonics.
No I ain't building or selling. Just curious!
Only wimps and posers, my friend, would not be familiar with him.
Joey gave up on proper bass as we know it near the late 80's. He's got his own style going on, wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but you can't argue with what he does. He's pretty much the lead instrument in Manowar and that instrument reflects that, it evolved over a long period of time from a 4001 into what he plays now.
Personally, I find it awkward to play anything less than 18mm spacing, I'm all about the fingers
Personally I prefer my basses to be ummmm bassy...
True words brother, hail & kill! hehe
Yeah I quite like it. He almost completely drowns out the others on some records, but it seems to work! Certainly makes for an instantly recognisable sound.
Good pic of bass (too big to post).
Fair enough I suppose!
Ridiculous looking, and the bass is awful too!
The neck is too small for me, but other than that I'd have no problem with one.
As for the light strings, I used to play with TI Jazz Rounds, .89 E string, so that wouldn't be any trouble either.
I'm assuming this one is tuned to standard bass, and not a picallo, like his SG with the Floyd Rose?
Yeah, a step down. DGCF
Cool, thanks man.
I think it would probably suit a guitarist more than a bassist because of the string size and spacing.
would i have to wear leather pants too?
i'd find that weird...