Friday, 22 June 2012

Rarer sibling of the Ampeg AEB-1 "Scroll" Bass, 1966-vintage Ampeg ASB-1 "Devil Bass" on eBay now
Original Ampeg AEB-1 and (fretless) AUB-1 Scroll basses themselves so rarely turn up for sale on eBay, so to see this example of the even rarer Ampeg ASB-1 Devil Bass listed... well, I'd be failing in my Guitarz hosting duties if I didn't blog about it.

Features are more or less the same as the AEB-1, although with a different body shape. In common with the AEB-1, the Devil Bass - so called because of the pointy horns - has through-body sound holes, the same scroll-headed neck, and the same "mystery" hidden pickup (essentially a steel diaphragm over two magnetic coils set into epoxy) which allows use of nylon or gut strings if so desired.

I believe that Scroll Bass "expert" Bruce Johnson currently makes an updated version of the Devil Bass (or at least he has been planning to do so), and you can read more about the original Ampeg ASB-1 and AUSB-1 (fretless) Devil Basses on his website.

The Ampeg ASB-1 pictured here is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $19,500.

G L Wilson

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  1. Super cool, especially for 1966

  2. They could have turned the lights on when taking the pictures!



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