Ampeg AEB-1

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Postby (woodyng) » Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:59 am

those are both really sweet! personally,i like the look of the refinished natural one,for something different.i saw rick danko on a solo tour in the late 70's/early 80's? playing one of these and getting a great sound with it...a sound most bassists of that time didn't want....i think the eastwood looks cool,but it probably sounds nothing like the orig,sort of like epiphone's reissue of the nonreverse tb...
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Postby (lars) » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:08 am

Danko's was modified with p-bass pick ups...
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Postby (mgauction) » Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:02 pm

Boy, I wonder where that one is today, Lars.
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Re: Ampeg AEB-1

Postby (Aden72) » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:50 pm

I know the original posting is ancient, but I thought I'd contribute:

I owned a 1967 Ampeg AEB-1. The pickup is under the pickguard, it's called (not kidding) a "mystery pickup." It is a transducer and unique to these basses. It has a really cool tone. So--back in the day when this bass was designed, electric basses were still considered "new" by many in the industry. The engineers at Ampeg didn't see the future of electrified bass as a guitar, they conceptualized an electrified, horizontal upright. Originally, these basses used cat-gut strings. Yep, cat-gut. This why there is a scroll headstock and the bass as whole, looks rather funky. MCA, the bassist for the Beastie Boys had played one (say what you want about the Beastie Boys, but he is the only name I can recall ever playing one of these). These models were short-lived as Ampeg was also producing the Baby Bass, which was/is an electrified upright. Anyway--if you find one in a shop,know that they are a groovy bass to own and an investment. The pre-1968 models are worth more simply because Ampeg switched the electronics from a transducer "Mystery pickup" to a more standard magnetic one--hence the tone is different. The serial numbers for these basses are stamped on the bottom of the bridge, so you should be able to see it clearly when you look at the bridge-end of the bass.

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Re: Ampeg AEB-1

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Since I posted here, I have never gotten to play another one. I remember really liking it! I'd love to play one again.
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Re: Ampeg AEB-1

Postby (johnhall) » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:01 pm

Aden72 wrote:Originally, these basses used cat-gut strings. Yep, cat-gut.


Just to stave off protests from those that love their moggies, let's remember that this is a contraction of "cattle gut". Or, in other words, "cattle" is concatenated . . . Anyway, it's not really from a cat.
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Re: Ampeg AEB-1

Postby (johnallg) » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:54 pm

johnhall wrote:
Aden72 wrote:Originally, these basses used cat-gut strings. Yep, cat-gut.


Just to stave off protests from those that love their moggies, let's remember that this is a contraction of "cattle gut". Or, in other words, "cattle" is concatenated . . . Anyway, it's not really from a cat.

Darn! :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ampeg AEB-1

Postby (rickenbrother) » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:11 am

johnallg wrote:
johnhall wrote:
Aden72 wrote:Originally, these basses used cat-gut strings. Yep, cat-gut.


Just to stave off protests from those that love their moggies, let's remember that this is a contraction of "cattle gut". Or, in other words, "cattle" is concatenated . . . Anyway, it's not really from a cat.

Darn! :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hey! My moggies are relieved to know this!
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Re: Ampeg AEB-1

Postby (LenMinNJ) » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:46 pm

Over the years I've had both an AEB-1 and a Devil Bass. I liked the neck and distinctive look. Didn't care much for the sound.

Later on Ampeg replaced the mystery pickup with a P-Bass-style magnetic pickup, and moved the tailpiece up. That sounded more conventional.
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