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  1. 7 points
    Well, this has been quite a project. A little over two years ago I bought my first Precision. I wanted a shoreline gold one, but since those only came in unaffordable price brackets, I bought a Mexican P with the foolish idea of refinishing it myself. Having had prior experience with utterly destroying a guitar’s resale value, the one good idea I had was deciding to build my own body (with help) and finish that instead. So far, it’s already had a pretty rough gigging life, but it’s my absolute favourite guitar ever. After swapping out pretty much everything else, I decided to purchase a lovely carbon-reinforced neck from a builder in the south of Holland. So, after an agonising period of waiting and having to miss my favourite bass - at long last - here’s the result. On the right is the old bass, and on the left is what resulted from changing pretty much everything about it to my personal preferences. It’s frighteningly resonant and it has ridiculous, Tufnel-esque sustain - even if it turned out a bit heavier than I imagined... Anyway, there are many P’s out there, but this one is mine. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with the old one.
  2. 6 points
    Drill and grime are as close as we can get to a modern day version of punk. It’s made by angry kids, often from poor areas, with no musical training, and on a low budget. Old people hate it and ridicule it, and they don’t get it. Just like punk, it’s a generational thing. Rock music for the most part sounds tired and full of cheesy clichès, and it reminds most people of fat old guys in leather. Doesn’t mean it’s dead, but it’s definitely boring and lifeless compared to music that’s made by angry 19 year olds. Ultimately it really doesn’t matter, if you’re in a rock band and you have fans, don’t worry about it. I play jazz, which is the deadest genre ever, but it’s not dead to me, I like it. Whether it has social relevance is another argument, but if you’re a 58 year old guy in a classic rock pub band, social relevance is not going to be high on your list of priorities anyway. Enjoy playing the music you like and let the kids invent their own entertainment.
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    From the Jam were playing last night at a Festival close to mac towers Had the pleasure of listening from my garden. His playing and tone sounded so good. Sounded like a Ric, although I think these days he plays a P bass. Anyway, it was a great sound, every note could be heard perfectly and I could enjoy a cuppa sat in a comfy chair, just the way music should be enjoyed
  5. 3 points
    This is definitely true, but there are still many artists - especially grime artists - getting relatively rich through music. The difference is they're not doing it solely through the established route of gigs and record sales, they're getting paid through social media, licensing, guest appearances and cameos etc. They're having to work harder and have a more consistent output for less cash than the old bands, which also explains why the music - especially grime - is made and recorded using the most basic equipment, usually by 2 people rather than a whole band in an expensive studio full of engineers followed by pressing plants / managers etc - and released for no cost in next to no time, but still attracting an audience of millions in a matter of days. Basically to make money in the current environment, you have to have minimum personnel, simple equipment that gives you instant results, zero production cost, zero manufacturing costs and endless confidence, energy and enthusiasm. Genres like grime fit into that format perfectly.
  6. 3 points
    More of my wood basses, these are the ones I bought. Naked. A piece of wood that's a bit more special (sandblasted, way before Fender invented it!). Even though it's painted the grain is very clearly visible (and feel able). Wood underneath a burst or clear colour.
  7. 2 points
    I like the way you've gone into so much detail about the pros and cons of the bass. Too often we see ads with "62 Jazz" (or whatever), and the description is optimistic at best, with very little detail about the "non-62" parts. Wish more sellers were like you.👍 GLWTS.
  8. 2 points
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh, You don't have to go, oh oh oh oh oh You don't have to go, oh oh oh oh oh You don't have to go
  9. 2 points
    It's hard not to concede the point for having nothing more to say, though. ...*puts on best Basil Rathbone voice*... Get yer rocks off, get yer rocks off, honey Shake 'em, now-now, get 'em off downtown Get yer rocks off, get yer rocks off, honey Shake 'em now-now, get 'em off downtown. Now that's the finest pondering of the human condition right there.
  10. 2 points
    I made one. It's self adhesive strip foam stuck to an ice lolly stick. It works brilliantly. The mute effect is quite strong so I'm going to experiment with different width of foam. Might even angle it so the D and G have less muting. $40 for a Nordy one can sod off. I've got enough foam and sticks to make about 50 of them for about £10
  11. 2 points
    Surely it's just turned in for an early night!
  12. 2 points
    Here are my natural beauties
  13. 2 points
    Maybe rock has nothing more to say for Bobby Gillespie - as a jaded, millionaire rock 'star' whose band (who I have dearly loved) haven't produced anything interesting for quite a while. His statement might have more to do with his lack of relevance than the real state of music. I seem to remember hearing that someone from Decca Records told the Beatles that guitar music was 'on the way out' in the 1960's; that rock had become jaded just before Nirvana and grunge hit the airwaves; that guitar bands were passé, then along came The Arctic Monkeys et al. New types of music will come along, and this is a good thing, but that doesn't mean that styles of the past (jazz, rock, country, classical, disco etc...) die out - they continue to evolve. RAWK RULEZ!
  14. 1 point
    This bass has been a fantastic companion over the years. Mike Tobias has rightfully built up a huge reputation and this bass is testament to it, however it's not getting used as much these days and I'd like to fund some other things (both bass and life stuff need cash and bass direct have pretty much the exact bass I'm looking for on order). I bought it brand new from the Grooveshoppe in 2009, made to order (the build diary will be around here somewhere!), and have been the only owner. This is a wonderfully constructed bass, and plays brilliantly. This wood combinations can generate a fabulous growl, but I think this bass really shines in a lower gain setting - the brightness of the wood combo and rich mids really glow when playing with others. It is a great "all round" bass and can do a great job in pretty much all situations. It hasn't seen too many gigs in all honesty - I was always worried about taking it out of the house - and has been carefully owned and kept in the official leather hard case. It is in as new conditions and I can't find any dings on it. Specs: 2009 build (USA) 35" scale 19mm spacing Ash body Burled walnut top Ash neck Birdseye maple fingerboard (21 fret) Buzz Feiten tuning system with zero fret Bartolini PUs Bartolini preamp Hipshot hardware Matching truss rod cover and pug head Original paperwork etc included. Would be happy to supply any more photos as requested. As I said, this is an amazing bass and I'm not in a huge rush to part ways with it - I'm happy to wait for the right offer, though all will be considered. In terms of trades I'm looking to fund a 6 string Dingwall so any trades for these/6 strings in general will be considered. Also looking for an Origin Effects Cali76 (original large one) and an Axe Fx II (XL/XL+) so would consider a trade + cash for them. Happy to answer any questions as best as I can, would much prefer to do a meet rather than trusting this to a courier though can arrange that if desired. Cheers! Ash
  15. 1 point
    Excellent cab in very good condition, with huge power handling capability at 4 ohms. Configuration: 2 x10” Neodymium drivers +1" tweeter variable tweeter control from 0 - 10. Power: 1200 Watts RMS Impedance: 4 Ohms Size: 59 cm x 50 cm x 41 cm Weight: 20 Kg / 43 lbs Freq. response: 40 Hz – 16 kHz Sensitivity: 101 dB 1W @ 1m Comes with VK fitted cover - total cost would currently be £875 new from BD Collection or happy to drive a reasonable distance to meet up half way.
  16. 1 point
    MusicMan stingray 4 Bass 3 Band EQ is in excellent working condition barring a few minor cosmetic marks as shown in photos. Matching headstock and Musicman hard case.
  17. 1 point
    Rock may have nothing more to say but that hasn’t stopped people asking to hear it again. Look at Guns N Roses doing their Not in This Lifetime tour. And many eagerly awaiting the anticipated getting back together of Brian Johnson and AC/DC. Sure, nothing new but so what, if fans of great live music want to hear it, well that’s the important thing.
  18. 1 point
    I'm from the Netherlands and found it difficult too to find an expeditor that takes larger size parcels (like a bass in a case). I used to ship through UPS, but they changed their sizes recently. Recently I got a bass shipped from the UK that I bought here on bc, using eurosender. All went great at a good price and full insurance. Last time when I had to ship a bass myself, GLS appeared to be usable but have various price restrictions mentioned on their web pages. So I went to the parcel shop to hear they couldn't take it... So I checked eurosender if they also arrange shipping from the Netherlands. And they do! It is possible to ship a bass from about 35 euro's on, depending on the height of the insurance. That's cheap imo. Eurosender is a company that uses various delivery companies for their business. My parcel went with dpd (can't book large size parcels with them as a private customer) . It was very easy to book the parcel and plan the pickup. All went smooth, their information is complete and clear, and the parcel was delivered in a few days. From my 2 experiences, I would recommend them. Beside all the plus points I already mentioned, they are about 50% cheaper than when I had to use UPS, and they have more options for insurance.
  19. 1 point
    +1 for this ^^^ What a lovely bass and a "player" too. Perfect really 👍🏻
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    Update - was offered the SWR in Yorkshire for 280 (may have got it down to 250 even) but too far away. Also all I can find on the SWRs (in the U.S. mainly) seemed to say the 10 was a better sound and the 12 might be a bit muddy (might not of course). Anyway, found this - it's slightly over brief being a 210, so 24" x 20" x 15", and about 28Kg. Had a liking and respect for the GB gear for ages so it was hard to resist. Again nothing I could find in the UK but a real fan-base in the States. Collect Monday if all goes to plan - will give it a blow and let you know
  23. 1 point
    I was so busy drooling I didn’t even realise they were left handed
  24. 1 point
    I blame Simon (effing) Cowell and the brainwashed British public who sit on their backsides and lap up whatever garbage he dishes up to them on a Saturday night. The demise of live music is in direct relation to the rise in Saturday night 'talent' shows.
  25. 1 point
    My favorite bass here on the classifieds. Wish I have 2K to spare. Bump. 🙂
  26. 1 point
    Real. if you were faking a hofner violin, you wouldn’t fake the budget model...
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    OI! I resemble that remark. My radio is permanently tuned to Planet Rock on DAB and Radio 4 on FM. I have much gratitude to Planet Rock for bringing things I'd missed to my attention - especially Phil Alexander for introducing me to High Tide and The Monks (60s American one) as well as encouraging me to buy Slade's first two albums. I was going to claim to being bang up to date by liking Muse and Clutch... That said I enjoy house and trance more than sludgy-death-core-djent-trash-gore-metal; but that's because dance music hits some of the same buttons as, say, Space Ritual for me, not because I want to dance to it... The big question for 'rock is/isn't dead' debate is the Greta Van Fleet question. Let's skip over Josh's appalling re-interpretation of hippy fashion; the big issue is that (despite now getting fed up of the consequences and rowing back a bit) they are the first band that has shamelessly established itself as a pure Led Zeppelin pastiche. Yes, back in the 70s lots of bands owed a huge chunk of their sound to LZ, but they were all overtly try hard not to be Zeppelin. GVF have (had) no shame having all the appearance of a tribute band playing the tracks that fell on the cutting room floor. What this means raises some interesting issues: Just what are tribute, pastiche, imitation and inspiration? You could argue that what GVF do to LZ is more original than what SRV did to JH... Does rock music have to innovate to be valid? Are we old farts right to get upset because a new generation are cl;aiming our heritage and serving it up again in their context?
  29. 1 point
    It's only finished when there's nobody left who wants to listen to it. Can't see that happening for a very long time.
  30. 1 point
    Great band covers great song with disastrous results
  31. 1 point
    DD is correct, you get what you pay for. They are Thomman's House Brand for PA Gear, (speakers and power amps), just as As Harley Benton are their guitar brand, The Snake their Cable brand etc. etc. Regarding warranty, they should have 3 years the same as most products supplied by Thomman and in my experience with them, they are great at handling warranty claims. Anything i have had an issue with they have paid the return postage.
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    I don't know how young they were, but at 09:37 on the 25/05/2019, at least 28,472 had listened to drills. The extended compilation album seems popular. Eight hours of drilling, and very varied it is. Is Power Drill the new Power Rock?
  34. 1 point
    Just a heads up, the Transit has been reduced to £55 for the tan and £59 for the grey: https://www.gear4music.com/Bass_Guitars/Clearance-Accessories
  35. 1 point
    Having briefly heard some drill music I think at 53 I’m the right side of 50
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  38. 1 point
    Yeah, Madonna wasn't great on Eurovision, was she?
  39. 1 point
    In my day, we had to listen to good old acoustic hand drills, and it goes without saying that this ::waves finger about:: was all fields. 😛
  40. 1 point
    Good advice, thanks 🙂 I tried both last night, and it's a bit easier in D. I think I'll stick with that until we get into the studio.
  41. 1 point
    He sounds like a good place to start. I don't know what your musical tastes are , but if I was going to learn drums I'd start with anything on the Stax and Atlantic labels. It's straightforward, great groove and deceptively simple, to start with.
  42. 1 point
    The thief was... lulled into a false sense of security. I’m so sorry.
  43. 1 point
    If you’re playing an unlined fretless, then you are (by default) a superior musician to all others in any band situation. Therefore all other instruments are out of tune with you. This revelation has helped me enormously and haven't bothered setting up intonation or tune my fretless for years. Let the peasants fret about that. 🧐
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    Many of you won't have even heard of these but I'm certain that my Veillette Citron is an absolute classic waiting to be recognised. Used by Bjorn from Abba and Tina Weymouth amongst others, it is reported that only about 260 basses were built by the two owners. From the net: Starting in 1976, luthiers Joe Veillette and Harvey Citron built and sold VC basses and guitars which were made of the finest woods and wired with revolutionary electronics (staged pickups and truly floating pickups) entirely handbuilt (except for tuners and knobs!) and beautifully crafted and balanced instruments. Each one is unique and today they are quite rare as total production of all basses and guitars was 530 instruments with somewhat over half, perhaps as many as 300 being basses. Their creations were played by Tina Waymouth (Talking Heads), Kasim Sultan (David Bowie), John Sebastian, The guitarist from the Good Rats and many other notables. By 1983, due to the cost of production and difficulty tooling up to meet demand, VC went out of business. Today both Harvey and Joe build amazing, custom made instruments and are located in Woodstock NY. As a bassist and collector of vintage basses, I have owned over 20 VCs - again, each is unique, but the one commonality they share is they are phenomenal players - thick ebony fretboards that have a unique and rich sound, never go out of tune, and the pickups- oh, the pickups... If you are not familiar with VCs or have never played one, do some research. They are much sought after and quite rare. http://www.veilletteguitars.com/press_citron.shtml
  46. 1 point
    Paul responded to a wanted ad I'd posted asking for the packing foam for a helix stomp. He posted the foam off free of charge (i covered the postage costs) and it was with me within a couple of days. That's a big thumbs up from me 👍
  47. 1 point
    To be honest, probably bugger all. I had no problem with the 3-point bridge but I just feel more comfortable with the extra adjustment options and the fact that I haven't got a whacking great gap between the strings and the body. I suppose the added mass can't hurt
  48. 1 point
    Thanks for your kind words. It is indeed a wonderful bass. If I did not have the Warrior it would be staying. It plays and sounds so close to the Warrior it really shows what good value the Milan is. The Warrior retails at £6000.
  49. 1 point
    [quote name='Emanew' timestamp='1397217885' post='2421883'] Really cool all black. Bravewood can do splendid relic instruments. Mojo inside A Inca Silver Fender Japan JB65B (dots & binding) [/quote] Needs lollipop tuners! VERY pretty. I love dots & bindings
  50. 0 points
    He played a P bass 'back in the day' and it can be really hard to 100% attribute certain tones to a Ric or P.

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