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BunnyBass represents: Turner Electroline basses.

comment by Rick Turner, February 2003:

RT: 95% of the Electrolines we're making now feature two of our "soapbar" pickups. This seems to allow more emulation of both P and J bass sounds when using just the magnetics. Along with that change (though I'm happy to continue to make the diamond pickup available) we've started using a dual concentric tone pot which gives you separate treble roll off controls for the piezo and magnetic circuits. A sound I really like is rolling off the highs on the piezo and leaving them full up on the magnetic(s). This treats the piezo like a reverse woofer, and as the piezo low end extension is pretty amazing, you get this smooth, thick, and very quick low end with a nice mild midrange and sweet trebles...Now I sound like a wine writer!

correspondence between Rick Turner and BunnyBass, February 2003:

RT: ...we're just about to finish up our first Electroline 6 string bass. Working up final details on the pickups this week & then routing a body for them & then into finish...

BunnyBass: Hi Rick, Very cool. If you haven't noticed already I like your Electroline instruments a LOT, so I look forward to any expansion of that particular line. Actually, as I was taking a walk this morning, I was thinking of unusual variants of the Electroline basses. Two of them in particular were very very pretty (!), though they were both very different from each other. Just a thought - would you ever be willing to do "fancy" or otherwise unusual versions of your Electroline instruments, or is the whole point of that line to have a more production-oriented instrument with as little variation as possible?...

RT: Jon, Actually I'm making a koa topped EL for a customer right now, and so that is definitely possible. But you're right; my original intent was to be able to put the sonic attributes I was after on a relatively inexpensive but really good sounding chassis: swamp ash body, graphite reinforced neck. I might have erred in trying to make this a kind of stealth high-tech instrument, though the people who own them just absolutely love them. Aside from my own two year or so vacation from really putting the Electrolines out there, I think they may too easily get lost in the crowd of high flash exotic wood basses. Anyway, the intent is to deliver very high musical performance in an everyday package.
     Even the basic shape and feel was very deliberately "Fenderesque." Tim Shaw, former Gibson VP, old friend, and now with the Fender/Guild Custom Shop in Nashville once said to me, "If you want to sell a lot of basses, it should be made in such a way that any bass player can close their eyes and find F# in an instant." Well what that really means is that almost every bass player has a body muscle memory bank with "Fender bass" etched deeply in that body/mind system. So starting with fairly Fender-like ergonomics is a very good thing. Not the only thing by any means, but it's certainly a great starting platform for modernizing the instrument. Hence the Electroline bass.
     All by way of saying, "Yes, we can tart them up with the best of them!" I'd like to stay with the basic ash body core, but then we can do all the wild woods as we do with the Renaissances and Model 1s. I have made a couple of mahogany bodied ELs, but to me the swamp ash is the best sounding of them...

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