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« on: January 18, 2017, 08:48:17 pm »

Hi guys,

I'm borrowing a friend's bass, and it is really a great little instrument. Just wondering though... It's got a weird little threaded hole on the back, whats it for?

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2017, 12:28:25 pm »

Nobody? :/
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2017, 01:30:50 pm »

Have no Idea.
Wild guess for a table or fold away stand?

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2017, 08:30:35 pm »

Have no Idea.
Wild guess for a table or fold away stand?


I think u right, someone mentioned lapsteel stand as well, mystery solved I think?
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2017, 09:26:16 pm »

Checked the net and the toob. not one of the examples for sale had that strange threaded bar on the back. I suspect it was added post production as a mod for some or other reason.
With the tail end being square would a whammy like bar not fit this socket to be used as a guitar stand? Huh?
Looking at the profile definitely not average guitar stand friendly... Roll Eyes
Good hunting on the mystery Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2017, 07:11:51 am »

It's odd, nothing on talkbass about that kinda mod- I'd take out the insert and check if the paint is original. (If it's a post production mod then paint shouldn't match)

My two guesses :
1. Was a factory/dealer mod to have the guitar mounted for display/demo purposes (like for a NAMM show)
2. Was a user mod to attach the bass to a stand for hands free operation (like that korean guy playing two guitars at the same time).

My money's on 1...

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2017, 03:21:50 pm »

Is it not for a guitar strap, allows you to spin the bass?  Both sides of the strap attach to a single point in the back of the guitar.  I have a vague memory of something like this deep in my beer battered brain

Something similar to this?

http://www.mundomusicgear.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/pain-free-guitar-strap.jpg
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2017, 07:48:29 pm »

G-Man, is the bass body by any chance one of those odd rectangular jobbies?
It could be for the strap pivot - I can't remember my photobucket account details to post a pic, but the first picture in the second post here is what I'm thinking of:

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/hohner-b2b-headless-4-string.291667/

If I'm not mistaken the point of the pivot is to extend the upper horn for balance when standing and playing (there should be a strap button on the end of the plate), and to (ahem) pivot 180 degrees to form a lower bout so that the bass doesn't slide off your knee when you're seated.

Or I could be completely wrong, in which case I'll retreat to my self-imposed exile
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