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DeArmond Ashbory Bass   

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Guild created the original Ashbory Bass in the 1987, and now De Armond offers its authorized version and is making the strings readily available once...Read More

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The most innovative bass guitar in years!

Guild created the original Ashbory Bass in the 1987, and now De Armond offers its authorized version and is making the strings readily available once again to all Ashbory Bass owners. The 18" fretless scale and super light weight of the Ashbory make it easy to create the round tone of an upright bass. It features a patented transducer and unique silicone rubber strings which make it an exceptional instrument in the recording studio and a treat to play on stage.

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  • Unique silicone strings are easy on fingers
  • Super light and easy to hold and play
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DeArmondAshbory Bass
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not For Everyone

I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years. I bought my Ashbory on a whim and I haven't been sorry. Judging from some of the other reviews I think some folks don't...Read complete review

I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years. I bought my Ashbory on a whim and I haven't been sorry. Judging from some of the other reviews I think some folks don't realize what they are getting when they buy one of these. I think you either love it or hate it without much in between. I use my for recording and couldn't be happier with it. It has it's faults, i.e. string breakage, intonation, etc. But if you want a bass that sounds equal to an upright, you will put up with the quirks of this bass. I played an upright bass in a college jazz band in the 60's and I can tell you, this little Ashbory has that sound nailed. Just tune down your strings before putting it away and use talc when you play it. it's pure simplicity and a joy to play.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A novelty at best, a travesty at worst

I used to be a bass tech for one of the big session and live bass players who's initials are JMJ. Good ol' Justin (oops, that was a giveaway) had a huge...Read complete review

I used to be a bass tech for one of the big session and live bass players who's initials are JMJ. Good ol' Justin (oops, that was a giveaway) had a huge selection of basses at home and at our warehouse. One of his basses was a lonely bastard child that went by the name of the De Armond Ashbory Bass. It never went on sessions, never got played, had a broken E string... it was the proverbial red-headed step child. One night I decided to give the poor thing a try because I don't believe anyone should be alone on Christmas. I plugged it into one of our best '69 Ampeg SVT head and 8x10 cabs and let her rip! It had the depth, but not the punch or growl that I would have preferred. Then again, I knew that it was not built for that kind of sound. In the end I concluded that anyone serious would not pay the $300 price for it and anyone joking around would find it too expensive for a joke not everyone would get. Bottom line; it's not a serious instrument. For the money, you can get so much more.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Developed by Guild? I think not.

By Nick Riffed

from Norfolk. UK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I really hate it when you start a header with an inaccuracy.
    The development of the Ashbory bass had nothing to do with Guild in 1986, when mass production started. By the time it went into production with Guild it had been produced on a small scale be the inventor, Alun Ashworth-Jones and his Luther partner, Nigel Thornbory for a year or so.
    Guild picked it up after Martin Guitars had decided not to take up production.
    The Guild Ashbory is a different beast to the DeArmond or Fender version.
    It has a shorter scale, the tuners are worse than both the DeArmond and the Fender but it sounds more like an upright bass.
    Tuning can be a nightmare if you don't know what you're doing.
    Strings need to be stretched before fitting and then pulled through the tuner until nearly at the correct tension before looping through or knotting so as not to build up loads of winds and putting stress on the rather flimsy tuners.
    The will take ages to settle.
    You also have to give yourself time to adapt your playing style or you may as well not bother.
    If you get all these things sorted you will find that you have a very special little instrument on your hands.
    As for a flat sound, play with the pre amp, play with your EQ on your main amp.
    If you still aren't happy, buy another amp and cab.

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    5.0

    EXCELLENT

    By Balkan Fantasy Orchestra Band

    from Serbia - Croatia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Bass Instrument
    • Fantastic To Play
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Very Good Quality

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I am professional musician over 45 years ! I owe American Fender Jazz Bass 62 , American Fender Precission Vintage , Personaly I owe Ashbory Bass 5 Years. Its Excellent !

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    "I can't get started with you..."

    By chazmo

    from Marin County, california

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    Basically, the instrument wouldn't tune up at all;
    the strings wouldn't tension and the gear on the "E" string tuning machine failed-the strings simply
    wouldn't get tighter-apparently the instrument I got
    was a fluke, but I've been playing guitar, bass and mandolin for 45 years and I've never seen such a poor design on a stringed instrument; seems like the tuning gears should be much bigger

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    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A novelty at best, a travesty at worst

    By Matt-aQ7c3

    from Hollywood, CA

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I used to be a bass tech for one of the big session and live bass players who's initials are JMJ. Good ol' Justin (oops, that was a giveaway) had a huge selection of basses at home and at our warehouse. One of his basses was a lonely bastard child that went by the name of the De Armond Ashbory Bass. It never went on sessions, never got played, had a broken E string... it was the proverbial red-headed step child. One night I decided to give the poor thing a try because I don't believe anyone should be alone on Christmas. I plugged it into one of our best '69 Ampeg SVT head and 8x10 cabs and let her rip! It had the depth, but not the punch or growl that I would have preferred. Then again, I knew that it was not built for that kind of sound. In the end I concluded that anyone serious would not pay the $300 price for it and anyone joking around would find it too expensive for a joke not everyone would get. Bottom line; it's not a serious instrument. For the money, you can get so much more.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    i started out with this bass

    By bagofpoo7

    from oki

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    its not that bad really! i used it on a guitar amp before and it sounds pretty funky!id rather get ibanez gio bass (what i have now) but yeah,if you have money,GO FOR THIS BASS!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer Bass

    By Gigmaster-d_D8o

    from Cleveland, Tn.

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I've had my Ashbory for a while now, and I won't hardly play any other bass. I am a pro musician, and I use this on all my gigs. The sound is like a good upright bass, only better. You can dial in more punch with the tone knobs if you need it.If you loosen the strings when not using the bass, they won't break so bad (I have yet to break one), and use Cornstarch, or Talc when you play. I've never had any intonation problems with mine, but if you do, it's not that hard to tweak the bridge and get it dead-on.I'd recommend this bass to anyone, without reservations.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for the money

    By John-uBM1V

    from Ohio

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I normally play a ukitar (a 6 string guitar tuned ADGCEA, a 4th above the regular guitar). When I read the reviews of the Ashbory, I decided to try tuning it ADGC, a 5th below the normal bass. Now, the high string doesn't break, and I have a really nice rumble to the lower tones. This is a great little bass. It's a lot harder to slam on, but it's a lot easier to tap on. The strings are very expressive. If you have small hands like I do, this is the perfect bass for you. It's a lot easier for small hands to play. In short, I love my Ashbory and play it quite a bit, even though I am normally the lead guitar (on my ukitar) and/or melodica player for our group.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not For Everyone

    By Iowa-Bassman

    from Central Iowa

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years. I bought my Ashbory on a whim and I haven't been sorry. Judging from some of the other reviews I think some folks don't realize what they are getting when they buy one of these. I think you either love it or hate it without much in between. I use my for recording and couldn't be happier with it. It has it's faults, i.e. string breakage, intonation, etc. But if you want a bass that sounds equal to an upright, you will put up with the quirks of this bass. I played an upright bass in a college jazz band in the 60's and I can tell you, this little Ashbory has that sound nailed. Just tune down your strings before putting it away and use talc when you play it. it's pure simplicity and a joy to play.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Tuners

    By William Garringer

    from Florida in Winter and Ohio in Summer

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    The tuners are (Crap) I had to change them before I could even tune it. The brass gear teeth broke off.They were hard to turn and would not turn enough to tune it. I had to take the post from them and put another gear and knob on them. Hope you have better luck than I did. And the G string broke before I could get it to pitch.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A seductive little treat

    By Hawlywood

    from Southeastern Washington

    Comments about DeArmond Ashbory Bass:

    I'm a keys player who likes playing bass on occasion, so I'm a very simple player. I love this silly thing (and you will look silly playing it, it looks it was made by Fisher-Price), and will never sell it. It's just too pleasurable to play. The neck is so short, you barely have to move your hand to get where you need to go, and the bizarre rubber strings have a sensitivity to touch that make them extremely expressive, especially in the softer end of your playing range. The idea of being able to stow this near your recording rig (because it's so tiny), and have access to such an interesting range of bass sounds (very warm and acoustic-sounding) by just reaching for this little thing -- well, that's just some kind of heaven for certain bass nerds, I guess. The first time I changed a string, it was a little unnerving -- I was so sure I was going to break the darn thing well before getting anywhere near in tune. But I didn't. It just hangs in there, sounding all sweet and adorable. I played it all night long at a musician friend's birthday party, and it was one of the most effortless playing experiences of my life -- I really could have gone on forever.

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