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  1. I did the Shuker build course back in February and thought I should should share my experience with any Basschatters who aren't sure if the course was for them. I haven't done any woodworking since high school, so picked a nice simple build. The specs were: Ash Jazz body (classic), stained black and rubbed back to highlight the grain Maple neck Fretless ebony fretboard Musicman style humbucker Passive electronics with stacked volume/tone to keep the front cleaner, but at Jon's suggestion a 3 way switch was added to be able to run the pickup in parallel/single coil/series for a few extra options Schalled elephant ears tuners and Gotoh bridge in black If you don't feel like reading the whole thread, here's the end result! Day 1 The 2 piece ash body had already been glued and planed, so once the centre line was found and the body outline drawn, it was onto the bandsaw for a rough cut. Then a template was used to guide a router around the body, removing about 2-3mm of material each pass until something that looked a bit like a bass happened. Once that was done, the forearm slope was cut out with a hand plane, and the stomach contour was done with a saw rasp. Then lots of sanding, starting at 100 grit paper, then moving on through 120, 180, 240, 320 and finally, 400. I'm a puny man and my arms were so gone by the end of the day I couldn't raise them horizontally, and had to buy a hot/cold pack from the train station Superdrug on the way home to try and get them ready for the following day's work. I decided I was going to take breaks if needed to make sure I got through the rest of the week. As it happens, that was the worst of the physical side of it, but I did get a good excuse to pet Jon's new dog lots, 10 month old Lily. Lily enjoys head scratches, singing the songs of her people and chewing everything, including my shoes, while I was still wearing them.
    6 points
  2. Got asked to join a very busy heavy blues rock band (very flattering but bit too busy for me, absolutely every fri, sat & some sundays & some midweeks too) I'm not the most technical or musicianly player but the band leader told me that "I got it across the footlights, with energy, attitude & passion". I took that & was very pleased with that compliment.
    4 points
  3. I bring... More pedals than the guitarist.
    4 points
  4. But not when I'm playing it!!
    4 points
  5. Why oh why oh why would a band want to do tunes that are the best known and loved songs by various artists to a crowd who want to hear covers of the best known and loved songs by various artists? What a head scratcher! Can't fathom it at all...
    4 points
  6. Day 2 Body routing for the control cavity, pickup and neck pockets. I was terrified of routers before doing the course, but by day 2 I felt very confident using them and the woodworking possibilities seemed vast with them. I figured with a good enough router and the right templates and jigs, you could build the vast majority of a guitar with a router. The body roundover was also done and you can see the scorch marks on the edges where I lingered too long. Nothing too drastic that wouldn't sand out thankfully. The neck was also done in much the same manner as the body. A channel was done down the centre for the truss rod and a hole drilled at the heel end for adjustment. Once the rod was inserted, a strip of wood was added and glued into place to cover it, which was then planed back until flush with the body. The ebony board was cut to rough shape, glued and clamped and day 2 was over. Things were coming together nicely!
    4 points
  7. I made a reggae remix of a song off the new Billie Eilish album.
    4 points
  8. Selling as no longer needed as part of my set up. Lovely head, light for an all valver. Runs down to 2 ohms and very straight forward. I've got a cover for it with red piping as well. Not looking at posting I'm afraid, but based around rushden, Bedford, stevenage area. Any questions drop me a line. Happily discuss sensible offers. Cheers
    3 points
  9. I just knew you had a Ric for some reason. Couldn't quite put my finger on why Should you not have had them facing the camera or are they shy Dave
    3 points
  10. Best wishes to you butty. (with the op' and the new bass) 👍
    3 points
  11. 3 points
  12. I picked the Stella up 😁. I've spent most of this afternoon acquainting myself with it's many features! I like them all. The build quality is excellent, the pedal has a really solid feel and is a fair bit smaller than a Boss pedal, for instance. I had a message from Becos saying that mine was arriving with premium aluminium knobs "as a way to say thank you for placing a back-order for a new BECOS product". The basic compressor functions work as described and I really like the sounds available and the control they give over the waveform. The tilt Eq is really nice, and not overpowering. Clockwise from centre gives a more aggressive tone I feel, but I will probably use the added fatness to the left of 12 o'clock. I love the tone of both the hard and soft knee settings and will probably use the side chain filter switch in the L position although all the positions sound great and my opinion may change as I become more familiar with the pedal. The timing switch sounds good in both automatic positions but I will probably use it in Manual and use the attack and release knobs. The threshold knob has to be set fairly low to light up more than a couple of the Led's with my passive basses plugged directly into the Stella at around 4:1 on the ratio knob. This will allow plenty of adjustment for any extra gain when used in a chain of pedals though. The tape saturation circuit will probably be of more use to me when recording as it sounds good with flatwound strings to get that slightly distorted Jamerson tone that sits nice in a mix. I decided not to remove the LoCut jumper as recommended as that affects the whole of the dry signal not just the saturation and takes away a bit from the Parallel compression feature when not using the saturation. To summarise then, a fantastic full featured transparent compressor with added bells and whistles. Sounds punchy with regular compression settings, great for slap and fingerstyle. Sounds really good as a limiter too with the Ratio set higher. When set at unity gain it adds a discernible improvement to the same basic tone. I'm really pleased.
    3 points
  13. Thanks all for the responses. Think we're going to find a dealer in the south who stocks the RCF 735/745 and give them a test run
    3 points
  14. I just want to say thank you very much to @stoo, I have just build my own midi controller for my HX Stomp based on your code and wanted to show the result. I used different board, layout and libraries but it all started with your post. I have attached my code but I would try to keep it update on github: https://github.com/yeraym/vulcano_controller vulcano_controller.ino
    3 points
  15. Day 5 I'd saved a lot of time by not having frets, so I'd jumped ahead of the other 2 people on the course by about Thursday afternoon. But Friday was the scary part; drilling holes into all my hard work for the week and hoping I didn't make any mistakes. There was a lot of nervous butt clenching, which wasn't helped by Jon telling us stories of people who'd got to the last day and then made mistakes like drilling tuner holes all the way through the headstock! After the control cavity was lined with copper tape, it was onto the drilling for the neck pocket, front controls, bridge, tuners and anything else I've forgotten. Having most of the day for this, I took my time and thankfully there were no mishaps. The electronics were wired up and installed, and then the hardware and neck screwed into place. A bone nut blank was cut, filed down and polished once the strings (Rotosound flats, 40-100) were loosely installed and then glued in place. I quit eating meat at the start of 2018 and wish I'd asked about another material rather than bone, but didn't think about it until it was too late so just went with it. I might install a Graph Tec one in it's place at some point. Strings on, it was time to set the bass up. 1st fret height was fine, but the neck required a very slight shim to get the action low. A piece of veneer cut to shape was all it took, a slight adjustment to the truss rod and the height could be lowered sufficiently for easy play. Bridge saddle adjustments sorted the intonation out and everything was done! A quick blast through the shop amp ('Music for Chameleons' and 'Every Time You Go Away') checked everything worked as it should (apart from my intonation). The only cosmetic thing I don't like is the amount of the fretboard material that extends behind the nut. I wish I'd taken it back by 5mm or so, but that's really my only issue. Other than that, I'm extremely happy with it. I was worried my lack of woodworking experience would be an issue, but Jon and the man helping him on the first 3 days (none other than Tim Lever, former keyboard player for Dead or Alive) were both amazingly patient and all round great teachers and the whole thing was pretty painless.
    3 points
  16. Hi there - heard about this event from my teacher. I'll be coming along with my Ibanez SRF700, and I can offer a lift if anyone is struggling to get in from the Frome-ish area.
    3 points
  17. I am definitely more minging than most so I bring a greater opportunity for the rest of the band to score
    3 points
  18. All of the amps on the Stomp, for me at least, had the drive controls too far up and sounded too muddy on the presets and when the amp is selected into an empty block. There is a chap by the name of Jon Willis who has done a lot of work providing bass patches and settings for the Helix series within a couple of groups on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/669957523419623/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/145604946038429/ If use you Jon's settings in the images below - for which I take no credit and that are available via the first group above - the amps are much cleaner and it's possible to work from a more useful starting point. These 'clean' settings come into their own, I've found, at proper volume through an amp (via the FX return) and cab.
    3 points
  19. When I get to an audition I aim to: have done my homework on the band, the material, the gigs; be honest with them about what I can or can't do, in terms of both playing and commitment; and be the solution they are looking for, not another potential problem.
    3 points
  20. Up for sale is my very rare Fender Short Scale Modern Player Jazz Bass in Candy Apple red Fender High Mass Bridge has been refitted now --( Not Gotoh that is shown in photo's ) There is one extra screw hole hidden under each of the original tuners from when I had Hipshot's on! Now fitted with D'addario Flatwounds. Weight is 3.9 kg. I sold this a couple of years ago and promptly bought it back again, but on the very rare occasion that I gig these days I tend to use one of my Mustang's! Comes with a good quality well padded Thomann Gig bag. Any Trial more than welcome! --- Collect from me in Leeds very close to Motorways and A1
    2 points
  21. SOLD Trade fell through, now I need to sell so no trades 🙄 To get things moving I’m throwing in for free an Encore limited edition P with Warman pickup, so you’ll be getting twins!! Surprisingly nice bass, set up with low action and flats. It has the same “Finder decision bass” logo as fretless but not lacquered on, so looks a bit grubby. Photo off internet as I’m at work, but same as this but with logo as described. Bitsa Unlined Fretless P bass. Unknown Body bought off Beedster of this here parish. Unknown unlined Fretless neck bought off eBay Warman pups Schaller large plate machine heads Brass saddle bridge New jack socket. Has a cheeky “Finder decision bass” logo, lacquered over. Nice bass if you want to have a pop at fretless without breaking the bank (I’ve gigged with it) One issue to point out is there must be a tiny hump round about where 5th fret would be on the A string which means the note can “choke” or “buzz” if pressed too lightly. It’s slightly above D note, so it didn’t bother me. It doesn’t happen anywhere else on the board or any other string. But thought I’d point it out. Probably something that could be sanded out. So 2 Ps for £250 No case with either so it’s collection only, or meet up within reasonable distance of Bath/Bristol Any questions feel free to ask.
    2 points
  22. It's cool, looking like a good move to be fair. 🙂
    2 points
  23. 2 points
  24. And just so that your box is not feeling too lonely, here's what arrived on the Krow doorstep this morning too 😀😂
    2 points
  25. Funnily enough, I had my 5 guitar (£15) stand delivered today: From R to L - a black J and a P and a Ric' (obviously). Never mind the blue shortscale J (I might give that to the kid next door), or the Fender acoustic (I am not a folkie!). And never mind what may or may not be behind and/or under various sofas. Therefore I have space for a couple more! 😀
    2 points
  26. Great set of basses. You could cover any style from that collection. Very nice sir. Dave
    2 points
  27. OK, first impressions. Loud, gnarly, distorted, gwaaaaar. And so on. My initial preference is for the Alpha side...it just sounds more controlled. I'll have a play over the weekend and report back. I would say that I tried it with the Barefaced Big One, lovely, but with the Aguilar SL112s it didn't procure such a happy result, so I suspect these will appear in the For Sale section over the weekend (don't worry mods, I'm paid up); it's simply not a happy pairing, they're simply not aggressive enough and I just feel that they're trying too hard to smooth things out, so there's little point in keeping them. I'm hoping at some point to try these out with a pair of Barefaced BB2 courtesy of @Graemeross More later...
    2 points
  28. Dear friends, I’ve started to build these 2 basses in 2016.... end of that year my life has changed & I wasn’t able to finish these basses... now in 2019 I felt that the time was come to finally finish these 2 basses ... many thanks to all of you for your comments !
    2 points
  29. was gonna add that myself, bit fiddly they were, like old rolf......😵
    2 points
  30. With the flexibility in the helix you can put it in any order. I actually put it in an effects loop and move it around to suit.
    2 points
  31. I bring.. Inappropriate use of disco octaves, and slap in Motown tunes.
    2 points
  32. Hi all! Just bumping an old thread to say that Tommy's been ill and had to down tools for quite a while, but happy to say he's back in the saddle...
    2 points
  33. Day 4 The front of the neck was done, so Jon took the body away for a couple of layers of clear coat so that the staining could be done, and I got to work on the back of the neck. The heel and the headstock ends were done first, then I worked in to the middle using a flat file, a rounded file/rasp and a saw rasp, checking regularly until I felt like it was a shape I liked. Then lots of sanding and crossed fingers that no major re-working needed doing. There wasn't! Lots of detail sanding was done too. The holes for the tuners were marked out and drilled out on the drill press using a forstner bit. The body was stanined black with some stain diluted with acetone, being careful not to rub it in too aggressively and take any clear coat off. Once done, Jon's assistant rubbed this off until just the grain was black. Then more clear coat. The lion's share of the work done, Friday would be about installing the hardware and setup. I'd been travelling from Sheffield on the train all week but my fiancee and I decided to make a trip of it and stay at the Old Hall Hotel down the road on the evening of day 4 for a pub dinner and a sleep in a 4 poster bed.
    2 points
  34. Perfect for those covers of 'Tequila'...
    2 points
  35. Not having that mate, classic tune!
    2 points
  36. Yeah not bad. Think the star should be a slice of lime instead
    2 points
  37. Bury is good - not too far from my bit of Essex. Depending on dates, I could be talked into this (probably quite easily in fact).
    2 points
  38. Currently sitting at four, which is about average for me. I would like to get down to two, a main player and a backup, but every time I sell one, I see something sparkly, that I don't really need, but like a magpie, want and before I know it, I'm back up to four
    2 points
  39. And he produced, amongst others, some Little Feat records.
    2 points
  40. A really common thing to do in mixing land (yeah I know, but bear with me) is to eq signal hitting the compressor and then eq it again after that. George Massenburg (massive 'hero' of mine) explains this sort of thing so well in this video:- If you are still interested he does something interesting with eq and compression in this one too:- If you are wondering who the hell George Massenburg is, he literally invented the parametric eq, legend or what!
    2 points
  41. Nah, we're about to start kicking off dude, ever since he brought my mom up in the conversation, I mean, that stinky poo is unforgiveable
    2 points
  42. That's a wise choice Blue. I find opportunities are much harder to find if you're not active and you're out of sight and mind. My take is that 'something' is always better than 'nothing'.
    2 points
  43. My last ‘audition’ went like this... “Phil says you’re the best bass player he knows? Are you?” ’yeah, but Phil only knows 3 people in total...’ the guy laughed, and we did about 5 years together. Phil lasted 3 gigs - still friends with both. Everything else I’ve done has been stuff I’ve started.
    2 points
  44. Ten years ago: - fully prepared and learned the songs; - enthusiastic; - willing to bend over backwards to meet other people schedules; - always on time; - always bring a Fender Precision 'coz that iz wot the PROs play'; - keen to play and explore as many genres as possible; - always keen to come up with songwriting ideas, but equally happy to play exactly what is requested when required. Now: - I have a car.
    2 points
  45. Not possible to test one in your local PMT? Appreciate it won’t be at gig levels etc but it should give you the flavour... Also if you’re anywhere near our HQ in Essex and fancy a trip out you can blast one as loud as you want for as long as you like.
    2 points
  46. OK - all bagged up and ready to go: One final job before I did that was to pop some spare strings on to do an initial setup so that @fleabag has at least a head start. So that means MORE PHOTOS! Forgive the self-indulgence:
    2 points
  47. Amazing skills and attention to detail.
    2 points
  48. There won't many who can name the guy that cut down the tree their bass is made from!
    2 points


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