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  1. 10 points
    And here are the finished pics As always, thank you all for your encouragement along the way - always greatly appreciated!
  2. 3 points
    I picked up the bass Wednesday night. Last night I was humping logs cut from trees felled, for 2-3 hours. So reviewing it last night was a bit rushed as I'm expecting to be passing it on today, as I know @gary mac has a gig Friday night. However, I've had a bit of time today. Messed about with the amp - I had it plugged into an input on the amp marked "Active". So now I have it in the "Passive" input the sound is much better. I've tweaked the Truss rod and lowered the nut. I play finger-style. I can't slap to save my life, but this bass is amazingly easy to slap in different ways and get a variety of slapped sounds from it. On finger-style, there's a good growl and there are some really good tonal variations available. The feel reminds me of a Wishbass I owned and did up years ago - and that is a compliment. The neck has a rustic feel that comes out of the thickness. It is a good bass. It would be good to have it longer. Maybe Gary will have to wait a day longer.
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  4. 3 points
    I was playing keyboard in a pop-reggae band a few years back (well, we thought we were reggae but really we were a rock band with a passing offbeat acquaintance) and one of the doormen round town booked us to play at his nephew's christening. He wasn't offering much but he was a nice lad and we already owed him a few favours for 'well-timed assistance' around town, so we hop in the van and troll down to Brum for a play. We rock up outside this old community hall about 6PM to meet Mustafa, and after a minute he comes out dressed in this incredible full-length black and red leather robe, which makes him look like something out of Star Wars. That was Red Flag No 1. Red Flag No 2 was the polyrhythmic music playing at punishing volume inside the hall. We go inside only to find ourselves walking into the middle of a traditional Ghanian christening ceremony (or whatever the equivalent is) and that was the point where we instantly realise we are not going to go down well. We're sat down over at the back of the room with the other men and given a plate of rice that nearly takes my head off (our singer causes a minor scandal by sitting with us instead of the women, but I think we got tagged with the 'musician' exemption) and Staf introduces us to approximately 350 members of his extended family, who are all absolutely lovely and just as totally baffled as to why we're there. The ladies are all sat in circle of chairs in the middle of the room with the kid in the middle, the men are sat around the edges, and the actual ceremony is being conducted by two MCs, one man and one woman, who will quickly become MC Tall and MC Short respectively. They're taking it in turns to shout through a PA turned up so loud it's become a fuzzbox; there is a second PA playing music at a volume where my eyeballs are vibrating; I do not recognise a single tune all evening. Every few minutes MC Tall or Short will double up on the shouting tempo and the women all get up and pull huge wads of dollars out of their pocket, which they then throw at the kid. The ladies are all stunning with incredibly elaborate hairstyles and the men are wearing the same leather robes as Staf - this is clearly a big occasion and everyone is putting on their best 'look how much money we have' display, which explains the throwing of the dollars. We are under-dressed, hungover, and trying to make awkward chit-chat at the top of our voices. Eventually the ceremony is over and we set up on the community hall stage, planning to make this the shortest set of our lives. We have a quick argument about what to play, which ends with us scrapping everything from our set that isn't the reggae material. Our singer is already nervous after the men's section faux pas and we've not been able to understand a single word of the ceremony so far so we have NO IDEA what is happening. We're gamely vamping away at our best imitation of an authentic roots band but are keenly aware that our material is aimed at a spot several thousand miles and a different hemisphere away from what the crowd is expecting, and it's just dropping into the abyss of stares. The crowd is polite but clearly expecting something which is not happening. Second song in and we're contemplating dropping the rest of the set and legging it. Singer is visibly wilting under the stares of an entire flock of matriachs perched to stage right; I'm getting extremely interested in the top of the keyboard, which I have never examined so closely before. My nose is scraping the flat keys at points. Suddenly MC Short is on stage with us and grabbing the mic off the singer. What fresh hell is this??? We're expecting to be cut off unceremoniously, but instead she starts shouting at the crowd with a variation on her earlier theme. This lady is about 60 and barely four feet tall, but she can shout for God and with the backup of the PA she is reaching pitches that are melting my fillings. Every dog in a twenty mile radius is starting to howl. At her instigation, the entire front row of (stunning) women gets up as a unit to start throwing dollars at us - I'm beginning to have some very complicated feelings indeed. After she feels the crowd are sufficiently harangued we get the mic back and play another few songs which are met with respectful applause if not much actual interest, so we take the hint and finish up. We've picked up about 600 dollars in ones and have to carry them in a basket along with our gear. As soon as we finish the party is back on and everyone is off their chairs and dancing; hundreds of kids have appeared out of nowhere to do the old church hall skidding dance which apparently transcends culture! Huge baskets of homemade fried fish and curried rices have started appearing round the edges of the hall and we eat as much as we can physically carry back to the table. It's all delicious but so hot my hair starts curling and I spontaneously develop sunburn, which the kids all find hilarious. Staf is crazily happy that we played as he seems to think we are megastars rather than the chancers we are, and we're just happy to have been asked to do it so we decline our fee and take petrol money instead, reasoning that the story will likely pay for itself in beer over the years. We donate the dollars to the kiddo as a gift because we're all fairly drunk on Star Beer at this point and getting them changed seems like hassle. Some of the stunning girls from earlier are starting to give us the eye but my daddy taught me never to hit on a girl when A) you're at someone else's family occasion and B) her daddy is roughly the size of a car, in the room, and giving you the death glare, so prudence becomes the better part of valour and we make a swift exit. In reality it wasn't actually that desperate considering we were playing to an audience who had absolutely no interest in what we were doing, but it was hell of a night at the time. Don't think I've ever felt so out of place before or since. The food sure beat the hell out of my family dos though! I'd do it all again just for another crack at that buffet, even if my fragile little English stomach meant I spent three hours glued to the toilet next morning...
  5. 2 points
    Arguably one of the very best gigging combos available today. This 2014 model, which I have owned since new, is in very good condition. It's been used (but not abused!) and very well looked after throughout, as you can see from the pics. I've never really had to dial it up to more than 6/10. Comes with a separately purchased fitted padded case. It's key features include: Bi-Amp Design two separate amps and drivers that deliver 500w of power to the main 12" speaker and 100w** to the smaller 1" tweeter that offers up a bright attack along with overtones. VLE or Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator to give the amp a more vintage tube amp like sound which in turn dials back on the response from the tweeter; VPF dial for a more mid-scooped sound. Speaker 12” Power Amp 500W (12") + 100W (tweeter) Weight 15.9 kg / 35 lbs **on this Mark I 2014 version (the later Mark II version has a 300W tweeter, but not something I've particularly missed having ) Collection from central London ideal and happy to meet half way; if insured courier required that can be arranged.
  6. 2 points
    Do as you wish! No problems with that. @Grangur aah feels good to hear. I don't want to throw myself flowers, but the basses I build are like "oh my god it is so bizarre" and when you play it a while, some things appears to be so nice... Weird, isn't it? Because it's made withe more love than skill 🤣 Anyway, glad you enjoyed it, for the passaround, do as you want, I don't mind some planning changes! Thanks Richard Cheers
  7. 2 points
    If you haven't already, you chaps should check out these lads from Argentina. Steve Hackett has been known to perform with them.
  8. 2 points
    Another thought is, I can have it back from you after you're finished, as I sometimes travel near Staines. So maybe I can drop it in to @TrevorR... besides, I've never played a Wal. No, no that would be far to presumptuous.
  9. 2 points
    Shouldn’t “ect” be “etc”? Oh no, I’ve turned into @NancyJohnson 😛
  10. 2 points
    I've just weighed all the parts and I think final weight will be about 3.4kg (7.5lb). Perfect.
  11. 2 points
    Currently being interviewed by Kyle from The University of Sheffield about my career and tips for new graduates 👍 I love Skype 😂
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    Magnets to hold the electronics cover on has got to be the best idea since somebody (Will??) chopped the corners of a square thing and mounted it to an axle.
  14. 2 points
    I had one of the first, if not the first, in this country, and that was fine, so its not an early batch issue. Ive sent it back and have another one coming from Guitar Guitar on Friday. Hoping its better. It is a very good DI out. The tone is strong and clear.
  15. 1 point
    Check this for the preamp : https://www.zikinf.com/annonces/dispannonce.php?annonce=1556006 The guy is British, so it'll be easy to deal with him. And he is a nice chap too.
  16. 1 point
    Yeah, this thing is the epitome of 6 string basses. But I've decided to go back to 5 string and just spotted something I'd really like to have..
  17. 1 point
    Some difference between the angles of the split components of a P pickup is to be expected. In the image supplied it does look like more of a difference than I am used to but as you have spotted, they follow the arc of the strings above the curved fretboard. It could be exaggerated by the photo angle or it may be that it works like that. You could adjust initially by sight and get reasonable results but the final adjustment is best done by ear through the amp you are using most often. I say that so that you are unlikely to diverted by characteristics of an amp you don't normally use. You make a good point by saying that the distance may be less for the G than for the E. Too close to the strings = fret pole clank and magnetic pull on the strings Too far from the strings = low output/increased noise from having to boost the output Just right (the goldilocks zone) = strong yet clean output making the most of the pre and power amplification down the signal path.
  18. 1 point
    They had one in TR Music in Walsall and when I heard their guitar tech playing it, I was sorely tempted (still am). Looks like a vintage Jazz, sounds like a P-bass with that added extra. I'm talking myself into it here
  19. 1 point
    Now that`s a coincidence, my previous faves were Rotosound steel rounds. Tone-wise really not much in it at all, when completely new maybe the Rotos were a tad brighter, but as us long-term Roto users know that doesn`t hang around for long at all. Under the fingers the Warwicks are slightly coarser than the Rotos if that can be believed, took a couple of weeks for my fingertips on my fretting hand to get used to them. But it`s the life of them, I used to get 3, maybe 4 weeks out of a set of Rotos as I need the fresh twangy sound, whereas the Warwicks are lasting me about 2 months, and this has been through the summer with the hot weather and sweaty gigs that come with it. They`re really good for the punk/Oi type material, get a nice twangy grind from them, like I say not much different to Rotos really.
  20. 1 point
    It is indeed. And it's very heavy...
  21. 1 point
    The fdeck makes everything nice for DB. What a lovely piece of kit it is.
  22. 1 point
    I'll send mine back then as it's straight lol
  23. 1 point
    Over here, the marketplace is way different to the US; we don't have chains like Guitar Center, Sam Ash (or similar), the UK marketplace is a handful of stores that combine mail-order and regular store fronts (Andertons, Guitar & Keyboard Centre (GAK)). A load of people would also consider Thomann in Germany for large orders. The main strings-only business is going to be Strings Direct - they used to be exclusively strings, but have branched out into parts and peripherals. I guess that any business trying to get product into these stores will probably result in abject failure - issues with minimum stocking requirements, sale or return, driving down of selling-in prices - plus bassists (at least) are fairly fickle; I think we've all gone through a ton of strings to find the ones that are ideal for us on a personal basis; don't get me wrong; I really like SITs, but it's taken me years to get to the point of playing Elixirs. The main issue you're going to get is the think globally thing. It's all well and good saying go to Amazon.com or buy direct from you, but you need to factor in shipping costs and the waiting time for stuff to arrive from the US...these are issues when you need string tomorrow, so you'll just resort to buying whatever there is available. There's always going to be this nagging doubt of actually whether the strings will make it here as well. We have a lot of high profile players on the forum, guys who are gigging constantly, guys who are doing studio projects (that'll be me), guy who have a ton of experience and some influence. I'd say a good deal of these guys haven't actually heard of SIT and are using the big brands (D'Addario, Rotosounds, Elites, Ernie Ball etc.). Maybe consider trying to win these guys over. Send some over and get a British opinion. Start the ball rolling.
  24. 1 point
    This one for me, love a bit of 'Arry
  25. 1 point
    Excellent, thank you. I’ve just subscribed and will be listening on my commute home this afternoon.