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I remember 10 years ago when Cort released cheaper versions of the Axe and the Punisher basses.

Part of me wishes they would have done the 1977 Spector bass as well
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I like the Pedulla in the Reason To Live video.

They make a similar-ish Punisher, but it's not quite as cool...and not 7k cool.
http://www.genesimmonsaxe.com/meet-gene ... ass-models

I think it would look better on a white bass, like the Pedulla, though.
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The 2nd Spector bass as seen on KMtPotP and used in the early eighties is my favorite.
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Gene's little used Gibson EB-O from the Paul Lynde show is super cool. Or the first Spector.

Generally not keen on the Axe. Cool in it's own way but not as cool as his 'regular' basses.
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Still like the old LoBue the best.
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Dr Borgo wrote: Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:07 pm The 2nd Spector bass as seen on KMtPotP and used in the early eighties is my favorite.
Yep, as synonymous as the Iceman is to Paul.
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He should really get Punisher to make a replica of it if they ever do get to play again.
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Grabber.
Punisher.

The Axe was always too cheesy for me. I preferred the original version.
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I always liked the EB-0 - I'm another one that isn't really a fan of the Axe.
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Here's the EB-O for those not familiar with it...

https://www.vintageguitar.com/3353/kiss-able-gibson/
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I’ve always been surprised about how long Gene has pushed The Punisher. I never thought it could compare to almost any basses he had. In particular the Spectors and EB-0. Honorable mention to the Thunderbird in 78’
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joma5477 wrote: Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:29 pm I like the Pedulla in the Reason To Live video.
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The Spector 77 bass with the metal studs.

I also thought he looked cool with the Gibson Thunderbird bass (in Phantom) too.
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That EB-0 is sweet but I have to go with the Grabber.
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The one with his makeup face really was damn cool (in the 80’s). But overall, yes hands down - the Axe; in whatever form. Probably the coolest bass guitar in rock music period.
Besides the EVH stripes, just about the only thing that could come close to Gene’s Axe would perhaps be Ted Nugent’s “DEPICTED” shotgun guitar on the “Weekend Warriors” cover... but that never actually existed; it was a drawing.
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Spector II, Last seen on the Rise to it Video, where is it now?

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The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.

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C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:54 am
The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.
That prototype is awesome. Maybe there were issues with using the exact shape if BC Rich were involved in the design?
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The early symmetric one that he had.
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BC Witch wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:39 am
C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:54 am
The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.
That prototype is awesome. Maybe there were issues with using the exact shape if BC Rich were involved in the design?
Yes it is! Super mean design!
No, BC Rich was involved in the "current" design as well

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Another variation, current body with early binding
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It will always be the Gibson Grabber.
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C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:44 am
BC Witch wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:39 am
C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:54 am
The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.
That prototype is awesome. Maybe there were issues with using the exact shape if BC Rich were involved in the design?
Yes it is! Super mean design!
No, BC Rich was involved in the "current" design as well

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Another variation, current body with early binding
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Cool info! Thanks. The Punisher is a such a great bass, in all iterations, but that Black Widow version is really great.
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When I clicked open this thread, my first thought was...it's the Punisher. We all know it's the Punisher...but after skipping down memory lane..

You know... I have no idea.

The other thought that occurred to me is that Gene, unlike Paul and Ace, looks weird with normal guitars. Even when he's in out of make up, playing in civvies, or whatever, he has to have an odd guitar.

Guess it's because he never used normal ones. He always used guitars that most folks didn't use or odd customs.
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BC Witch wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:56 am that Black Widow version is really great.

it's so mean! it was recently auctioned for not much, around 5K i read
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I don’t really follow what instruments they play but always thought the one that is shaped like an axe was cool looking.
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C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:54 am Spector II, Last seen on the Rise to it Video, where is it now?

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The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.

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Why do you call it “Black Widow”? First time hearing that.
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C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:22 am
BC Witch wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:56 am that Black Widow version is really great.

it's so mean! it was recently auctioned for not much, around 5K i read
That's a pretty good price just for a custom made BC Rich let alone the Gene prototype angle too.
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Soylent Gene wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:36 am
C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:54 am Spector II, Last seen on the Rise to it Video, where is it now?

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The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.

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Why do you call it “Black Widow”? First time hearing that.
Because it's the first time I actually call it like that, to make a difference with the regular one hehe
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BC Witch wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:26 am

That's a pretty good price just for a custom made BC Rich let alone the Gene prototype angle too.

True, not sure why maybe they got into a private bidding after, now it's in hands of a KISS guitar collector, he scored it nice!
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I always liked the one that had the studs on it, 1977? I believe it was/is a LoBue bass.
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pepperkitty wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:21 am I always liked the one that had the studs on it, 1977? I believe it was/is a LoBue bass.
He added them http://axeology.com/LoBue.html#LoBue1977
So weird how he lost it
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C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:48 pm
pepperkitty wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:21 am I always liked the one that had the studs on it, 1977? I believe it was/is a LoBue bass.
He added them http://axeology.com/LoBue.html#LoBue1977
So weird how he lost it
That’s a great site!
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LoBue hands down. I think it actually looked equally cool in it’s original finish before they repainted it black.
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C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:19 am
Soylent Gene wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:36 am
C wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:54 am Spector II, Last seen on the Rise to it Video, where is it now?

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The 1991 Black Widow Body prototype punisher, auctioned last year
Super aggressive design, can't understand why he changed it.

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Why do you call it “Black Widow”? First time hearing that.
Because it's the first time I actually call it like that, to make a difference with the regular one hehe
So you just made that up and we’re supposed to just assume we know what you’re talking about? Bizarre.
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I asked Gene at the vault if he had to choose, punisher or axe. He answered immediately Spector.
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Soylent Gene wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:01 pm
So you just made that up and we’re supposed to just assume we know what you’re talking about? Bizarre.
Not bizarre at all, there is a picture just below where I named it, you easily can associate it, not much effort at all.
Because it's not the only prototype, there are other prototypes as well.


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Nothing can beat the Axe. Not saying it's necessarily the most beautiful, but it sure is a classic with a distinct vibe.
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gene therapist wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:04 am Nothing can beat the Axe. Not saying it's necessarily the most beautiful, but it sure is a classic with a distinct vibe.
Which one do you like best?
Kramer or Jackson?


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C wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:02 am
Soylent Gene wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:01 pm
So you just made that up and we’re supposed to just assume we know what you’re talking about? Bizarre.
Not bizarre at all, there is a picture just below where I named it, you easily can associate it, not much effort at all.
Because it's not the only prototype, there are other prototypes as well.


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Again, YOU made up the name. It’s not the official name of the bass. It’s a Punisher prototype. Period. Ya follow? 🤪
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Soylent Gene wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:54 am

Again, YOU made up the name. It’s not the official name of the bass. It’s a Punisher prototype. Period. Ya follow? 🤪
As a reference for this post, on this board, nothing else, not a big thing.
It is what it is. Just a post and a reference.
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C wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:37 pm
Soylent Gene wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:54 am

Again, YOU made up the name. It’s not the official name of the bass. It’s a Punisher prototype. Period. Ya follow? 🤪
As a reference for this post, on this board, nothing else, not a big thing.
It is what it is. Just a post and a reference.
By that logic, what do you think of his Pirates of the Caribbean bass?
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C wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:13 am
gene therapist wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:04 am Nothing can beat the Axe. Not saying it's necessarily the most beautiful, but it sure is a classic with a distinct vibe.
Which one do you like best?
Kramer or Jackson?


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Uh, I didn't even remember there were two versions, though I surely "should have known" it. The difference is obvious in the headstock and the knobs. I pick the Jackson for personal nostalgic reasons!
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Yes axe bass is a brilliant design and really fits his personality

but I did also love that lean Spector and the Punisher too
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Soylent Gene wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:44 pm

By that logic, what do you think of his Pirates of the Caribbean bass?A4CEA8C6-3CF7-4B00-8DE6-0C4DA3B9D076.jpeg
I love it! After 10 years he finally used it on Hide your heart
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gene therapist wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:54 pm
C wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:13 am
gene therapist wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:04 am Nothing can beat the Axe. Not saying it's necessarily the most beautiful, but it sure is a classic with a distinct vibe.
Which one do you like best?
Kramer or Jackson?


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Uh, I didn't even remember there were two versions, though I surely "should have known" it. The difference is obvious in the headstock and the knobs. I pick the Jackson for personal nostalgic reasons!
Me too, he still has it around in his office!
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The original Axe bass
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There was a sunburst bass Gene used on the Revenge tour that I rather like ... although, it seems he rarely played it.
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Or the 1979 axe bass
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