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Thread: Bisonics vs Darkstars

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    Bisonics vs Darkstars

    I don't know if this has been posted before, but here's a comparison between the Guild bisonic reissues and Novak's Dark Star bisonics.
    I have a definite preference from this.
    Chris
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    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
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    Thanks for posting that.

    That's a nice looking and simple bass.

    I thought they all sounded good. Must be losing some hearing sensitivity here tonight.

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    The body shape reminds me of an early '60s, MIA Epiphone Wilshire I had back in the mid 1970s. Kind of Epiphone's take on the SG. Had a neck like a baseball bat.

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    I was surprised; I liked the Guild reissues much better than the Novaks. They seemed to have a clarity and chime while the Novaks seemed a little muddy.

    Of course, listening to a YouTube video on an iPad is always open to interpretation.
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
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    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/

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    It has been around before, but hey, if this gets a different audience....

    The video didn't really add new info for me but then I've had a year to play with "four" Bisonics. There is a growl that happens in a hollow body but not in the solid and the difference can be dramatic to my ear. I found, especially with either variation on the Novak, that rolling off the volume makes a huge difference. At full volume there is so much going on that sometimes "muddy" is a good word. Roll it back and it clears up. The '67 Bisonic behaves similarly but the effect is not as dramatic with the Newark Street.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

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    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

    LMG I, II, III

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    here is another video from the same guy with his "tractor" bass he built, and you can really hear the Guild reissue Bisonic. he sounds great (for a youtube recording). that is a nice bass he made!



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    Nice. This guy is doing some great things. Including this B90 pickup, which is relevant to the discussion here as well https://youtu.be/vI9U6NQUUw8

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    the bass player in Tedeschi Trucks band is playing a Serek with one of the Bisonics in this video. Theres a big bass solo after the drum solo


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