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Baby Bass
USA1962-detachablehollow body fiber glassscrollfretlessno
 notes: This is definitely not a bass guitar but an upright bass in the shape of a cello. It is only mentioned here because its scroll head was model for several violin basses. Originally conceived and designed in the late ’50s as the Zorko Mini Bass, the company was bought by Ampeg in 1962 and became the Ampeg Baby Bass.
While the early Zorko was made from wood, the Ampeg had a fiberglass body in the early days, later made from synthetic plastic with an internal aluminum frame and painted from the inside. It was available in white, red, black, turquoise, and “mahogany wood grain.”


Zorko vs Ampeg: