Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ampeg Big Stud - a 1970s Japanese take on the Precision/Telecaster Bass
We recently looked at an early 1970s Fender Telecaster Bass which itself was a reissue, or rather, a reinterpretation of the original pre-redesign Fender Precision Bass. Here we see another 1970s interpretation of the same design by the Japanese, marketed under the Ampeg brandname. This particular model was named the Ampeg Big Stud; there was also a Little Stud model fashioned more in keeping with the traditional Precision bass.

When I first saw this bass I did wonder momentarily if it was a short or medium-scale bass, but it does indeed have the full 34" long scale length. I think it must be an optical illusion created by Ampeg's choice of a smaller 2+2 headstock.

Notable users include bassist Senon Williams of Cambodian pop/psychedelic band Dengue Fever.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £375.00.

G L Wilson

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