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  1. Here’s my new baby soon to be shipped to me. #8554 Pelham Blue NYC Satin.
    10 points
  2. Dreams do come true!! I've finally received the bass I've ALWAYS wanted but never dared believe possible..... a stunning super-Rare US Spector NS2X 'Spectorbird' complete with 9v Haz preamp!! Just "Wow........"!! 😍😍😍😍 Solid 5A quilted maple body, thru neck, US 9V Hazlab preamp, Abalone inlays, heavy duty gold Spector hardware and Gotoh lightweight tuners.... It's almost 7 years old and in absolutely mint condition! Perfection...!!
    8 points
  3. As part of my clearout of gear, I've decided to move this on as I no longer use it. I'm giving it away, so would be good if it went to someone who needs a little home practice combo or a school/pub jam room etc. Specs can be found online. It works fine and is in pretty good condition. Plus... It's FREEEE! Collection only really as would probably cost too much to post. Thanks
    8 points
  4. In recent months, The Star in Guildford, a venue I've both frequented and played at several times, was subject to a noise abatement case bought about by the occupants of an apartment block adjacent to the venue. The apartments had been converted from an older office block, the new tenants had taken residence, failed to do their due diligence and get this, din't like the noise emitted from the venue, so a legal case was brought against the venue by Guildford Borough Council. Happily the matter has been quashed; it appears moreover that the GBC case was fundamentally flawed and the judge threw the matter out. It's a moral victory and a victory for sensibility. It's a wonderful venue and so geared up for live music; killer PA system. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/live-guildford-star-pub-court-16511558
    7 points
  5. I couldn't listen to too much Grime but then it's not aimed at me (old bloke). But I can appreciate how it appeals to "the kids". There was a great article in The Guardian the other day about Fight The Power by Public Enemy (30 years ago) and I remembered how it sounded to me at the time but I'm sure it sounded pretty discordant and noisy to a lot of middle-aged people. I think it's also worth making a distinction between music that has a bit of actual creativity to it, versus the safer, blander stuff that you get in all genres. The Grime that I've heard does seem to have something new (sonically at least - I don't really listen to lyrics). In general, I'd rather live in a world where people are creating new types of music even if I personally don't listen to them
    5 points
  6. That's a quote you want to keep amongst friends.
    4 points
  7. The difference I think was that Lennon write his own songs and could carry a tune in a bucket
    4 points
  8. I did a year teaching music in prisons. Best fun I had was learning reggae from a couple of Jamaican “import/export professionals”. I was supposed to be the educator, not a chance, these guys showed me how to jam every week. Ive played most styles I think, but never played “metal” to my knowledge. Maybe I should try sometime but I think it’ll be too loud for my liking.
    4 points
  9. *New (lower) price £1250* Hi all, I have decided to go short scale (apart from my upright bass). As a result I am putting up for sale my stunning surf (or is it seafoam) green '62 reissue Jazz from the Corona factory in 1986. I have only ever seen one more like it for sale in Europe (at an eye-watering €3750 in GuitarPoint in Germany https://shop.guitarpoint.de/en/search?page=search&keywords=1986+jazz ). Mine weighs about 9.25 pounds, has a fair few dings and scrapes (see pics) but plays very well and is currently wearing D'Adddario black nylon flats (for a Herbie Flowers type vibe). Comes with what I assume to be the original case but there is no case candy and I should highlight that the chrome covers are missing. £1250 collected from London (SW, near Hammersmith). *No trades thanks, sale only*
    3 points
  10. Continuing with my long-scale bass clear out ... this beautiful piece of luthiery was originally made - around 9 or 10 years ago I think - by the super talented Alan Cringean (of ACG Guitars) for Kev Hopper (aka Spoombung, bassist with the wonderful Prescott and formerly with Stump). It has carved walnut facings (the only one of its kind), an ACG filter preamp, piezo bridge pickup option, and detuners on the E and G strings. Currently wearing LaBella black nylon strings so it can do an upright/Rob Allen fretless sound as well as more modern fretless sounds, courtesy of the very sophisticated Wal-like preamp. It weighs 9.5 pounds and played by someone with talent (not me) it sounds fabulous - Johannes Leitner of BC owned this once and here is what he could do with this fabulous bass: I am after £1400 (to include new semi-rigid Gator case) collected from SW London (south of Hammersmith) or post at cost on top. I have a short scale ACG Recurve which is a wonderful instrument. Alan really is a genius when it comes to basses and this is a total one-off. Specs here: American Black Walnut body with a Native Walnut top. Deep set neck made from Wenge/Bubinga/Flame Maple. Acrylic Impregnated lined Ebony board. Hipshot Type A with piezo and FB neck pickup and SB bridge pickup, ACG EQ01 pre-amp. Hipshot extenders on the E and G string. *Sale only, no trades thanks*
    3 points
  11. Marcus Miller Sire V9 4 string bass in swamp ash with quilted maple top and translucent pick guard. 1st generation bass, 2 months old. Mint condition with a little bit of superficial wear to the pick guard. Beautiful sound, great action. Decent gig bag included in price. PRICE DROP £375 🤩 No trades cash only! Prefer pickup or meet halfway, based in Wigan. Thanks for looking 🙂
    3 points
  12. In excellent condition, no dings just a little rash on the back and some play swirls on the front, 1 small ding on rear of neck. Metal work all good, and in full working order. Active bass so requires 2 9v PP3 batteries. Shipping £15 UK.
    3 points
  13. After a blooming long wait, I finally took delivery of a FSR Mustang, made in Mexico in Seafoam Pearl with a maple fretboard. The pearl finish is absolutely lovely. Nothing fancy about the maple board, but I'm pleased that the front is gloss whereas the back is satin. This'll probably be my number one bass for gigging with Stray. I was torn between a standard MIM and the American Performer - I was edging towards the US one for various reasons, but I'm a sucker for maple boards so when this came out I jumped on it. Its not mega light for a shortie - weighing in at 8.4 lbs - she seems to balance ok but I won't really be able to tell until she's gigged. The intonation was out a bit which I've sorted. The action was medium and neck relief just right - I've since got the action pretty low and she won't need any fettling. Sound wise, I've played with the pickup heights and been able to get the volume of the bridge pickup loud enough not to be dwarfed by the neck one so happy there, but I'm on the lookout for a SD quarter pounder set to drop in. Fret ends are all good so nothing else to do now except play her. I might replace the strings with TI flats but I'll give it a good playing in with these on first. I'm one very happy bunny!
    3 points
  14. Please note that the white marks on the pictures are reflections and not scratches! Up for sale or trade - see below for trade options - is my used Sandberg TT4 Bass guitar. I bought this new from Bass direct in 2015 and have been the sole owner in that time. The bass is one of the last Fender shaped ones made by Sandberg, it is passive with volume, pickup blend and tone controls and is finished in a stunning red colour with black hardware including lightweight machine heads. The fretboard is ebony with white block inlays (I've no idea if these are Mother of Pearl or not!). The pickups, I believe, are Hausell's which offer a huge punchy sound, kind of like a cross between a Jazz and precision bass on steroids! The bass is in excellent condition, the only marks I can see are a small <1mm nick to the end of the headstock and a ding on the back of the body around 3mm long that has unfortunately gone down to the wood. Weight is 4.1 Kg, which is exactly 9 lbs in old money. The nut width is 38 mm. The only trades that I'm interested in are short scales of around 28 to 30" ish. Something like a 30.75" Warwick Corvette or a Fender Mustang Performer would be perfect but let me know what you have - as long as it's no more than around 30". I've a damaged nerve in my left had meaning that I can no longer play 34" scale basses for any length of time before getting fatigued. Demos are welcome at my home near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. Collection is preferred from near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. However I can post at the buyers cost and risk.
    3 points
  15. 3 points
  16. Can you explain what I'm looking at in this photo please? I'm trying to understand how you are choosing the best matching grain. The piece at bottom left is an almost perfect match for the worktop. 🤣
    3 points
  17. Yes indeed ! Congratulations ! That one was the very beginning of my life long Smith love. Sold it due to financial trouble and regretted that sale immediately. Tried to get it back years later and now it popped up here at TB... A very good BT5 ! I love that fine Koa grain. Thanks for the pictures. That helps a lot.
    3 points
  18. I spent 26+ years in a KISS tribute, wearing many kilos of body armour, 7" stack heeled boots, a mahogany and maple bass, wig, make-up..... I breathed fire and had flames and pyrotechnics going on behind me. All my movements had to be BIG and exaggerated to fit the part I was performing.... Our shows were regularly 2 hours and I used to get VERY hot under such conditions - as you can imagine. I drank copious amounts of water to stay hydrated but I wasn't (still am not) particularly fit - however I have a 6ft 3" solid build and my body is reasonably strong. I was SERIOUSLY knackered after ever show though..... lol!
    3 points
  19. Now I'm the wrong side of 40 this is definitely high on my priorities. The only problem then, of course, is inevitably needing a slash about 20 minutes in!
    3 points
  20. With his strangely tiny right hand?
    3 points
  21. It staggers me to this day when stories like this hit the media. Irrespective of the tag you want to apply to these people (SJW/Snowflake/Strawberry/Me-Generation etc. etc.) SURELY if you move to an area you do your diligence don't you? Man alive, go out in the evening and investigate the area. Guildford is a reasonably nice area, The Star is literally at the bottom of the High Street, about 50m from a church. Did anyone complain about the bells ruining anyone's lie-in on Sunday morning? Nope, because music venues are easy game.
    3 points
  22. SUMMERFEST 2019 The world's largest music festival. Wednesday July 3rd ULine Rock Stage 5:00 Maple Road 6:30 No Quarter 8:00 Tom Fuller 10:00 Lover Boy I'll let you guys know how it goes on Thursday. I'm anticipating we'll be playing to a crowd of 2,000. Blue
    3 points
  23. Well, it doesn't look like I've done much but have been sanding, checking, sanding some more to get the neck how I want it. I've finished the neck profile and neck joint, now to radius and finish the headstock. I'm also having a third go at making the control cavity cover as I just haven't been happy with the first two. The original one didn't match well enough to my eye and the second one had a slight bow to it. Third time lucky....
    3 points
  24. Sycamore is lovely to work with and finish. This is sycamore and wenge and another from a few years ago that I still haven't finished...
    3 points
  25. Herebe our latest offering, from our 4th album which will be released on 01 Aug 2019:
    2 points
  26. For sale 1981 Tokai hard puncher. Schaeller Bridge upgrade.(original included) Original receipt thingy and key for tightening the tuners when changing to heavier grades. Really good condition. Slight line where you can see it is a two part body thru the paint work. (Paint has sunk) 40mm nut, truss works as it should. Postage included in asking Price.
    2 points
  27. FENDER AMERICAN STANDARD PRECISION BASS (2016) SOLD!!! £950 (Including Shipping) or £925 Collected I purchased this bass BRAND NEW a year ago from PMT. It has never left the house and only been played a handful of times in my smoke-free home. It is in fantastic condition and comes complete with the Fender hard case. It can be seen and tried at my home in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. NO TRADES
    2 points
  28. Not silly at all mate, I’ve had a couple of roadworns and there’s a reason they don’t generally ding up the neck! I found myself laying mine down gently on a table at a jam night last week - had to give myself a stern talking to.
    2 points
  29. I've been spraying two of the triplets mostly today but I had a fiddle with the twins I fitted the bridge and put the earthing wires to both parts, I also put the machine heads in place but I haven't screwed them in place yet, I thought I'd ask opinion on the angle of them. I think they should be square as they are but it struck me they could look good angled too, what do you guys think?
    2 points
  30. I particularly like the mural of the man with the funny legs with socks on.
    2 points
  31. I was wondering who'd be the first to spot that.
    2 points
  32. SOLD Hi all, I acquired this some months ago from here for a tribute project which has since fallen through, so I'm back to using my P/J predominantly. These sit alongside Tokai and Greco for beating Fender at their own game in the 80s; good build quality and value means these punch well above their price. Nut: 42.4mm Weight: 4.1 kg depth at 1st fret (from fingerboard): 19.7mm See a demo here of the same model: I've tried to capture the dinks and imperfections as best as I can - please do ask if you would like to see more. I'd be happy to do a video walk-through if you decide to buy remotely. . All original hardware and electronics, frets in very good condition (re-dressed I think). Fitted with worn-in (but not worn-out) D'addario NYXL strings. Action is a pleasant 2mm which is great if you play with a fairly light touch, and has that rasp if you dig in. The case is an old, compact hard case with a busted lock (other latches work fine) - ideal for transporting or postage. No offers thanks; I'm not skint and am more than happy to keep hold of this as my go-to 'function band' instrument Possible trades for the following with cash either way: - decent rosewood Jazz neck (P as long as it isn't too deep) - non-reverse T Bird / T bird clone - P bass - NOT sunburst, with maple neck if possible. No-commitment tryouts in Bristol most welcome! Thanks
    2 points
  33. It seems to be a modern phenomenon, if there's something you don't like/it annoys you/etc, instead of simply ignoring it and moving on, to publically comment about it on an internet forum. If people simply moved on to something better, then the bad ones would get fewer views (I believe the YouTube platform also monitors how much of a video is watched, not just if it were clicked on eg accidentally) and shuffle down the list of suggested videos (you know, the algorithm which puts suggestions on the home page or along the right hand side). People are intelligent too (well, some) and clickbait is fairly easy to avoid - or if not, shouldn't take too long to realise and not watch the whole thing. If the rubbish wasn't continually stirred up, it would settle at the bottom.
    2 points
  34. No problems for me (55 last month) 😀
    2 points
  35. That's the danger with me too! Drinking enough to keep you hydrated but not too much so an hour long set is a problem. We all take water onstage with us, and some get through quite a bit. I just use it for when my mouth gets dry after doing a lot of BV's. Gigging certainly doesn't get any easier as you get older, that's for sure. The main members of my band are all in their 50's and 60's, and although we're no gym bunnies we manage to stay reasonably ok. Our singer did have a heart problem a couple of years ago, but (touch wood) we seem to have got over that setback. With us, it's not just the gigs (2x60 min sets) but also the travelling that can take it's toll. Doing 300 odd miles like we did last weekend in 30+ degrees and then setting up / doing the show / packing down etc makes for long days with little respite. Doesn't help either having The Stones back on tour, with 75 year old Jagger still doing his thing like a man half his age....😄
    2 points
  36. I've seen a fair few people on YouTube and not had a massive problem with any of them. If I don't like their style, I simply move on. The great thing about this thread is 1) I hadn't come across any of these guys and 2) I avoided clicking the links! I don't know what I am doing right but hopefully I will keep on doing it.
    2 points
  37. Yes, there are some excellent UK woods. Sycamore is related to maple and has very similar workability and look. English walnut can be spectacular and is good to work. Poplar is sometimes more plain, but burl poplar can be stunning. Yew has to be used with care - it is quite poisonous - but is a stunning looking wood. Elm - spalted or plain Oak tends to be very heavy and is very hard so probably best avoided. London Plane tree can be spectacular. I'm sure there are loads of others. Supply-wise, one of the main things is buying from someone who can be trusted to verify that the timber has been fully seasoned. Proper timber merchants or specialist instrument suppliers (although the latters can be very expensive, the wood tends to be in a more immediately usable form in terms sizes and finish) are usually the most reliable but will be more expensive. Or, as @Jabba_the_gut does, reclaimed wood takes for more careful searching but has got great merit...
    2 points
  38. Blimey - is this a video for the hard of thinking ? Surely even a drummer could work out how to adjust a strap
    2 points
  39. A friend of mine is a bass player in a heavy metal band , and has said I can step in and play a few tunes if I want, I might try it just for the experience 🙂
    2 points
  40. Oooh, I'd forgotten about this thread. Here's one with the rockabilly band:
    2 points
  41. Honestly, in my opinion, "full-on" on the 2EQ is awful. The treble completely takes over the bass control and it's a complete glass cannon with only high frequencies. Very harsh and sizzle...but if that's your thing, you do you. 2EQ is tricky to get but once you get a nice sound you can make small adjustments and it'll sound good.
    2 points
  42. Yup. Ive got a Smooth Hound and a Line 6. I even use it in the house. Stops cable related arguments with the wife!
    2 points
  43. I like a rehearsal where the drummer turns up in a foul mood cos he's had an argument with his Mrs, then the guitarist turns up drunk with no leads. After I've helped the drummer set up and lent Mr Guitar some leads I'm then most gratified when the drummer starts taking out his frustration by hitting every drum as hard as he can, with GuitarMan playing his best Hendrix impersonation at a different speed at absolute full volume. To be perfect, the singer should then turn up saying they can only stay for 1/2 an hour, at which point guitarist nips out for a 10 minute smoke break, coming back smelling of skunk and unable to stand. We'd have time to play 4 or 5 songs, but wouldn't get past the first one because: a) the singer thinks it should be faster b) the drummer thinks it should be slower c) the guitarist is sick on my pedalboard
    2 points
  44. IMO The Fatback Band need more love around here especially hugely overlooked/underrated bassman Johnny Flippin. Most of their songs have cracking basslines. Have some of this off the People's Music album
    2 points
  45. I saw the link to these on here the other week and despite being a Mustang fan I thought it looked a bit meh. I then saw one in the flesh in Dawsons and completely changed my mind. Looks lovely!
    1 point
  46. Very nice. Congratulations on hunting down your particular unicorn. 😉
    1 point
  47. I agree with most of what's been said here - however the mid range control on the pre 2018 Stingray 4 is not the equivalent of a 2 band when on centre detent - you need to cut it significantly to get towards that - the other advantage with the 3 band is giving you more control in a room with difficult acoustics, or to remain audible in a saturated mix (either live or recorded). Pity you're not down south as you could borrow my USA Sub 5. Sound wise, I think you'd be immediately smitten - it really does sound great. The white textured paint job and checker plate pickguard I absolutely love (probably because they're different from my regular Stingrays) - the neck with its painted finish, feels a little like my Bongo 5 (less a few frets!!)
    1 point
  48. That would make a great album cover. You could call it "Couldn't Get In Through The Locked Door".
    1 point
  49. Did a dep for a local metal covers band at a bike clubs 30th Anniversary. Ampeg SVT3 Pro Ashdown ABM 6x10 Korg Pitch Black Tuner
    1 point
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