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So, what do you guys think of Traben stuff?


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I love Traben stuff. Hanser music has a real winner on their hands here guys. I own a Traben Chaos Obsession 5-string fretted bass, and it... ...is... ...awesome!!

 

Neck thru, maple/walnut neck, paulonia body wings, striped ebony lam top on body and peghead, passive Rockfield soaps, active Traben EQ circuit (that is actually tuned correctly), and a great bridge design. The bridge isn't spread all over the top of the bass like most of their guitars, but rather utilizes an internal bridge system. Plays great, sounds great, and tracks amazingly in the studio. LOVE, THY NAME IS TRABEN!!

 

If you guys have any Traben experiences, opinions, or whatever, post it here. I'm interested to hear what other bassists are saying about these basses.

Josh Senic

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By the way, if you want to hear my Traben 5-string Chaos Obsession, check out my website. I am not an official Traben endorser (though I'd like to be), so there's nothing in it for me if you guys like Traben or not. I just don't know any other bassists that own Traben stuff. :)

Josh Senic

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I like my Neo 5 custom just fine.

 

My wife, OTOH, sold her Tribal for about $50 more than she paid for it (we bought them both from a Florida shop that catches Traben's B-Stock and sells it dirt cheap) - but the poor guy that bought it ended up trying to hock it at a local pawn shop, and they only offered him $50.

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I tried the one with the metal bling around the bridge that looks like flames at the suggestion of a guy at the local GC. Sorry I don't know the model. It was pretty nice and sounded ok but I really didn't care for the big metal thingy. It was a little gaudy. Just my opinion.

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'Oh, mediocre, it's in there between good and bad,

 

and once you've been, you won't believe

 

what an average time you've had..."

 

I think that about sums it up. Not horrible, not wonderful.

 

 

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I really don't like the way they look--sort of like a Klingon weapon or something. This aspect of the Traben instruments has kept me from even playing one.

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Erik

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I really don't like the way they look--sort of like a Klingon weapon or something. This aspect of the Traben instruments has kept me from even playing one.

 

The one the OP listed actually doesn't look like the rest of the lineup. Personally, I think it is hideous anyway. But that is just me.

 

Glad the OP likes his. For the money, I would look at the G&L Tribute lineup, a good Mexican Fender, or an Ibanez.

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Ah yes, I just had a look at one... still pointier in the headstock than I prefer, but definitely not as bad as the others with the wacky tribal crap around the bridge.

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Erik

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Ah yes, the huge metal bridge thingys...

 

I agree with you guys -- I like the concept of the big bridge, but I don't like that big bridges spread all over the bass body.

 

My Traben has a new bridge design that incorporates a more traditional style bridge with an aluminum block attached underneath. This internal bridge system creates the mass that the big ugly bridges have, but with a "normal" style bridge. Check out the links for an idea of what I'm talking about:

 

The bass: http://www.trabenbass.com/chaos_obsession.php

The bridge: http://www.trabenbass.com/chaos_bridge.php

 

I wasn't crazy about the look of the other Traben's either, but when I saw this one, I loved it! Great look, great tone, and a really cool bridge design. And yes, this extra mass really does make a difference. :D

Josh Senic

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http://www.wix.com/pocketgroovesgso/official

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I understand the "knock off" aspect but, how many of you own basses that aren't somewhat "traditional looking". Maybe that is why a lot of basses look like each other. I really like the new Schecter Riot series.

Lame.

 

There are a billion Fender clones out ther because of the company's history. When you have an original body and headstock shape, there's no excuse for coping it.

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Yeah, and the Conklin ones don't have much appeal for me, either. I'm not into those swoopy shapes. I'm sure there's some kind of ergonomic reason for them, but I don't care. Meh.

 

I guess I'm old-fashioned.

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Erik

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Like I said, there are tons of Fender clones because Fenders were the first made, became iconic and Leo made the mistake of only trademarking the headstock (not that that stops many companies). This one doesn't look like a direct ripoff but I was merely commenting that it reminded me of the Conklin design (and as a side note, while I don't really dig the look of the Conklins, I think they pull it off better).
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I understand the "knock off" aspect but, how many of you own basses that aren't somewhat "traditional looking".

 

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This particular model is not visually offensive to me like most of the Traben line is. It's all about the craptacularly huge bridge... t'aint my cuppa. Still, I may test drive this one but I'd lean toward a G&L if I was looking for something with double buckers.
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Looks like a knockoff of Conklin's Groove Tools basses.

 

I can kind of see that. This bass feels better than the Conklin though. Personal pref, of course, but I like the Obsession a better.

 

I dunno... but when I was 14 I woulda dug the hell out of this thing

http://www.jakesguitars.com/ekmps/shops/jakesguitars/images/lrg_array%5Bekm%5D972x300%5Bekm%5D.jpg

 

Those are pretty cool. I don't think that particular model sounds that great though. Then again, I'm not a big fan of basswood as a body wood for bass, so I'm sure that has a lot to do with my decision. Plus, even though I agree with Traben's bigger bridge philosophy, I don't like the huge-normous bridge spread all over the top of the body.

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http://www.wix.com/pocketgroovesgso/official

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Meh. Bridge mass on a bolt-on bass should not have a measurable effect unless the bridge is insanely heavy. The physics do not work out. Most people who report better response from a bass when they upgrade a bridge (from say a stock Fender to a Bad Ass Bridge) is usually due to improved bridge construction, especially at the witness point (where the string and the saddle meet and the string "breaks" over). Or they are just trying to convince themselves that they actually received a useful upgrade for the money they dished out.

 

Adding mass to a headstock is a different matter, as the neck is generally much lighter than the body and the leverage by adding mass to the end of the headstock affects the vibration of the neck much more than adding mass at the bridge.

 

It is great marketing, though.

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Traben "instruments" are awful. There are no redeeming qualities about them. Definitely none that make up for their ridiculous ornamentation that tends to adorn everything they make.

 

Tone? Yeah no.

Construction? I've played several out of curiosity and all look and feel like they were made by a retarded walrus.

Design? Maybe a 13 year old would think they were "cool looking".

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