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  1. At the risk of sounding like blowing ones own on the most popular of bass forums, I bring you some news (which means a great, great deal to me) that I hope you will be pleased to read. I am super happy to have been invited on board and have joined the brilliant team over at Bass Guitar Magazine. To begin with I will be bringing you a column each month best described by BGM's editor in a recent social media post: "At the recent UK Guitar Show, a reader of Bass Guitar mag suggested that I run a monthly column devoted to solving bass players' problems, gear-related rather than connected to personal grooming or relationships, I should add. "A capital idea!" I said, and pondered who the right hack would be. Ideally someone who knows bass gear inside out, is an experienced writer, has the right facial hair and whose picture in the mag won't scare cows at 100 paces. I'm delighted to announce that the great Dan Veall is the chap who got the gig: you can read his first column on 10 Dec in Bass Guitar and 24 Dec in Bass Player. Round of applause for new bug Dan, team! "
    20 points
  2. Life has been hectic.. been setting up 2 new businesses and moderating on another forum.. Thought I’d pop in to say hello. Remember the fretless Uberhorn? After an epic repair job which basically involved a rebuild and refinish.. it’s on its way back this week as good as new..
    10 points
  3. Evening all I played this bass in a shop years ago (Chandlers I think), at which time I was still firmly in something of a Jaco phase. I loved it, and thought "I'll own that one day when I have a proper job"! It popped up for sale on Reverb earlier this year so I jumped at it. It's absolutely glorious, and pretty much sounds like it looks (and smells), open the case and plug it in and it oozes a 50+ year history of jazz/blues bars, sweat, nicotine and alcohol. It's obviously had a few changes over the years, but none detract from the fact that this is a fine example of a well played vintage musician's bass, and far closer I imagine to Jaco's than the FCS relic ever was (I've owned that also). But I sank almost £3k into a bass that I only play at home, which simply doesn't work with any of the bands I play in, and which I think I'd prefer to sell or trade for something more useful (I also have a Warmoth FL Jazz that works better for me having a 44mm). Photos below from the dealer's site, I can provide more detailed shots if needed. Cheers Chris
    8 points
  4. I still do too! My Shuker Guitars custom 7 string is indeed tuned that way! It has clocked up over ten years of service and still going strong. Yes! Though you are absolutely up against physics and some technical thinking is required to get the best out of these very low tunings. Only recently I was "chatting" to someone in a Facebook thread who wanted me to believe that their speaker cabinets (described in the thread) were easily capable of producing the fundamental frequencies of the low B string at a volume equal to the rest of the frequency range. I didn't respond to the comment but I did go in to great detail why that wouldn't be such a good idea on stage anyway. So, here's the thing - very few speaker cabinets (for bass) can even get anywhere near those fundamentals - speakers will just flap about wasting energy (as heat instead) with no real volume, clarity or.. point. So onstage, I get rid of all the sub frequencies - the 1st and second harmonics and the equivalent note over tones are where the volume is. You still "hear" the note as being that low, but you rely on overtones (that are contained within the note) to get the quality, timbre and volume. So, an HPF on my cabinets. I don't use speaker simulations in my signal path so, it's an EQ'd DI straight out to front of house which is left to do all the heavy lifting. My usual gig this year has included a great PA with big subs and that would have done a great job of dealing with the full breadth of sound that this bass can deal out. (it was designed especially for the job rather than just strapping low strings on any ole bass to see what happens.) Finally FOH, well, to sit in the mix the sound gets tweaked some more, but the net effect is some really nice low frequencies that don't boom but provide depth. The low string isn't about being louder or bassier than anyone else, just like my keyboard players left hand piano register. See above. Yes, when done badly, low tunings sound ghastly, mushy, incoherent and not at all adding anything to the overall sound. Done well, it's no different from hearing a piano player "go low".
    6 points
  5. Well, since i sold my TE Hexavalve, i have been on the nose for a replacement (or a aQuatravalve) as i missed it so much. A couple of weeks ago a Hexa turned up in Lille France. It turns out its my old amp! Im close to Dover so Ive skipped on a ferry to pick it up. Its the same nice fellow i sold it to who is meeting me in Calais. He was on the lookout for a Twinvalve which I have so we are trading with some €’s his way. I SWEAR i will never sell the Hexa again! Cheers! 😁
    5 points
  6. As part of my downsizing prior to moving: Sadowsky Metro UV70 Jazz Bass Ash body Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Sadowsky pre-amp with VTC. comes with Sadowsky semi-hard case. Collection or meet-up preferred No trades as need to buy short scale bass.
    5 points
  7. stinky poo on a stick. If that had frets on, I’d be right up poostink alley without a propulsion implement. Crimmeny and gosh darn it. Looks like you need an updated tetanus to play it, but I want it...and I don’t necessarily mean to play. I want to buy it dinner and impress it with my witticisms and anecdotes before a mucky fumble in the back of a hackney carriage.
    4 points
  8. Perhaps the seller meant it was made OVER the WATER in China
    4 points
  9. That’s right Quilly... but if the strings come attached to a lump of wood and machine heads you are out 😂
    4 points
  10. Oh yeah. Absolute brain [email protected] moment. I don't know what I was thinking. I told you it was a daft question. Oh well. I'll leave the thread here just for comedy value.
    4 points
  11. I was so pleased to see my old amp and olivier is such a nice chap too. He brought me some local beer!
    4 points
  12. She messaged me about my BB’s - thought she meant my Yamahas not my tumescent gonads. oh well.
    3 points
  13. Bet it sounded great over there too! More portable rig for this afternoons gig :
    3 points
  14. Affectionately named "Sally" by @Rich, this is my Shuker Guitars custom six string, enjoying over ten years constant service. I adore this bass! It has had a facelift and a fair amount of tweaking, but this one is always a joy to play. Other than my other Shuker bass I have, there are no basses that I have owned for so long. Insanely nice instruments and this one (and the other) are going no where!
    3 points
  15. Indeed, more F art than F sharp.
    3 points
  16. Sounds like a win-win to ms!
    3 points
  17. It's not that there's nothing I want. It's more that if I don't spend that money on getting the bathroom sorted I may very well find myself spending a lot more time with my guitars than I had anticipated next year.
    3 points
  18. Not sure I follow ... the Low B means that the step up to the E string is a 4th, the same as all the other steps. That's what makes a 5-er such a doddle to play.
    3 points
  19. At least he didn't call the book "Pegging".
    3 points
  20. Having recently missed out on a Hohner B2A, and not finding a backup to my Hohner Jack yet, I got these 2 on the left in the post today! Post your Headless guitars!
    2 points
  21. Imperial Matthew Garrison shape with custom specifications. 4000-4500 GBP is the ballpark amount of cash I would look for to be included in a trade with a fretted bass I am looking for. I am enthusiastic to negotiate part trades for your: early 1970s Jazz bass, especially naturally highly relic'd, not mint condition. Lakland USA Joe Osborn 4 string Jazz bass. Pre-EB Musicman Stingray. Moollon J5 Stunning single-cut bass made in the Fodera workshop in Brooklyn, NYC. This is not the Standard bolt-on model. 2009 build. Buckeye top. Walnut body. Ebony fingerboard. Fodera/Duncan singlecoil pickups with buckeye covers. Matching buckeye ramp. Extended B string. 26 'fret' positions. 34" scale. 19mm string spacing at the bridge. 48m nut width. Fodera premium padded gig bag. Excellent overall condition. Some minor surface bumps which are unnoticeable unless closely inspected. 3 band EQ with selectable mid frequency selector and coil tap switches.
    2 points
  22. Fantastic Fender Precision 50’s, This is a Mexican Classic Series, now discontinued, it’s in excellent condition, Has had a pro set up, plays like butter with a low action & sounds superb. Previous owner fitted a bridge cover so there were 2 small screw holes , I had them filled & touched in with lacquer so they are barely noticeable, you can just see in the 2nd pic, apart from that the bass is in mint unused condition, Comes fitted with Ernie ball flats & a fender gig bag.
    2 points
  23. Great bass! Not super heavy (cca 5kg). Alder body, spalted maple top, maple neck, rosewood board. Tuma Pickups, Bass mods electronics. Jazz Bass on stereoids, great low B !!! 35" scale, no case, price include shipping within EU. Mint! Trades options? Maybe some 5 string JB, Mesa Scout cabs or Subway, Green Boy cabs, Warwick Steve Bailey 5 freted, Warwick Starbass 5, Marcustico....etc. +/- cash ...thank you for looking Bass Mods K6.mp3
    2 points
  24. Just had an email arrive regarding this P bass. They claim it was made by Overwater but it's got Ibanez tuners, a Wilkinson bridge and they say they've removed a kg's worth of plastic finish! Has Overwater ever used these components on a bass? I don't think so. Anyone know more about this than me? The seller has 100% feedback! What gives here? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254446216243?ul_noapp=true
    2 points
  25. You're using a shared folder in Dropbox, so anything the owner copies into it gets copied to your Dropbox too. If your drummer just sends a link to the folder you can choose which individual files you want, and can download them or copy to your Dropbox selectively, and delete them when you want.
    2 points
  26. This... I use WeTransfer almost every day at work. It’s not let me down yet. It’s also a good barometer of how “desperately important” something is, when the recipient then asks me to resend it a week later when the link has expired... 😐
    2 points
  27. 2 points
  28. How big are the files? WeTransfer does most of my heavy lifting. Up to 2GB is free.
    2 points
  29. That's a good point as Chris had basses made up to show Tanglewood what they could do so its possible it was one of those early designs for Tanglewood. Still made by Overwater altho the seller does state it was a custom order with Overwater. Weird one. Dave
    2 points
  30. "Sigh!.." “William, William, William!..." It's quite clear what you must do!.. The band is asking that you play “Devil" music and this is simply not on!! I assume that you wish to reside in the “Good Place" for all eternity after you have fulfilled your quota upon this blessed earth... You must simply tell your fellow band mates the following; “I recognise the suggestion to cover the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's version of “Higher Ground". You are all welcome to your own opinions and I, being only a man, cannot judge thee... " “However, this is clearly a Stevie Wonder song so either play that or GET THA F*CK OUT!!"... " “P.S. I will consider learning how to “Slap'a da' bass" as I could never rightfully call myself a bass player should I not be able to hit and release the string in such a motion that might leave a percussive yet tonal nuance that is both intriguing and sonically pleasing to the ear." Should your band request that you start to perform wearing nothing but a sports sock upon your genitalia you will know for sure that you are now in league with “The One Who Shall Not Be Named".... ..... ........ ..... ...... “ Flea!!! "....... Seriously though, do WTF you want!!! If you enjoy playing it, play it... If you don't enjoy playing it, who knows?... You probably will start to enjoy playing it!!... If you can't play it... ... well get that sports sock on and start learning!!! “BA, ba-da, ba-da, BA-Ba-BA-DA!!!" (That's the notes for higher ground, just in case you need to learn it...)
    2 points
  31. It's written on the headstock, it's an Overwater Design, so maybe a bass predating the Tanglewood era...
    2 points
  32. The Rumble amp is very bass heavy, especially in Vintage mode. But the Mustang and Rumble are a match made in heaven. 👍
    2 points
  33. Not all Overwater basses have the truss adjust at body end. Looking thru Overwater Gallery there are some headstocks that look very much like it plus the neck on the P Overwater had a black nut from what i could see. Couldn't see any standard P basses on their gallery. They either had the full 3 band EQ or 3 pots rather than 2. If the seller has evidence that it was purchased from Overwater it should list all parts used. Overwater will fit any parts you suggest rather than their own. Its totally up to the individual I'd be surprised if Overwater made a mess of any finish, their basses are first class. I have 2 off them. Dave
    2 points
  34. She started liking my comments...thought to myself “yur, still got it...after all these years” 🙄😂
    2 points
  35. Also, Overwater Jazz and PB's have the truss rod adjuster at the body end. If it ever did start out life as an Overwater, there's precious little of it left beyond the body.
    2 points
  36. I saw that @Jack had an RCF 12" sub paired with two RCF 12" tops, in a for sale thread, which looked great. I'll leave Jack to elaborate on what difference the sub makes to their sound when it's being used vs if they go tops only.
    2 points
  37. Ok so this may well be up for sale since the Handbox arrived. Stupendous Aguilar DB751, which is possibly the best amp I’ve had and the sound is incredible. I won’t bore you with the specs as the info on line is readily available and probably more in depth than I can remember. Bought new and always kept in the carry case I bought to house it in. Collection and trial welcome at my house, biscuits and coffee are available too. Comes with instruction manual too 😂 No trades, I need nothing! No rush to sell either. I can ship and package well, it’s heave so may be a few quid. Cab not included of course.
    2 points
  38. Basses are tuned in 4ths. Which also why a 6 string bass has a top C instead of a B. I know a 4 string player who always tunes low C F Bb Eb. There are so many different tunings being regularly used these days that you can use which ever one is comfortable for you.
    2 points
  39. Mixed feelings about gig last night. First up the van i hired had an engine management light on that they said wasn't affecting the running of the van. Once on the motorway the power died every time we hit a hill. From 60-70mph down to 30-40mph. It did get us to the gig eventually. Torrential rain and extremely windy when driving a high sided LWB van. Once in the venue it appears the venue didn't promote the event so it wasn't very busy. Everyone that was there was really into the gig tho and we had them dancing from early on till the end. ( two 1hr sets ) Because the venue was not as busy as expected the promoter struggled to get the money to pay us the agreed price. At half time he told us and said he would pay us 2/3 and would sort out the remainder later. (Guys in the band know him and he's true to his word) He said if we wanted to pack up now he would understand. Obviously we said we would play the gig as agreed. End up he paid what he had and said he was starting with a new venue and would pay us the extra at the first gig we play there. Band sounded great last night. Bit of a boomy wooden stage tho but manageable. Promoter said we were the best band he'd seen in that venue so high praise. Lot of people asking for photos with the band at the end too so that was nice. (70's Glam covers band with full costumes etc) Back to trying to get the van home. Loaded up and about 15mins into the journey the dual carriageway was closed due to an accident. That held us up for about an hour or so. Once we got moving it was nurse the van home time. Finished the 2nd set around 11pm. Got changed, sorted out the money within the band as you do, loaded the van and headed off around 12:30. Dropped the drummer off along with his drums PA and lighting (only 2 off us loading and unloading the van at his house so that was hard going. Finally got home at 4am. A 75mile journey that i can do in my car in 90mins took us 3.5hrs. 3hrs later had to take van back to hire company before 9am with a few choice words on van. They didn't really care. Used my Sandberg VM4 with flats and still not sure about them. Was difficult to decide on them with stage being a bit boomy. Sounded ok out front at sound check tho. One thing i did find was that my fingers seemed to feel tight and quite stiff causing me to struggle with playing the exact bass parts in some songs. Had to miss out some notes on faster parts. Not sure if it was down to all the lifting of gear when loading the van or just the stress of a van that wasn't working properly. Could it have been the flats causing a problem moving across the strings ? No idea. Anyway i'm absolutely knackered today Dave
    2 points
  40. Made a start on Weekend Rockstars last night very enjoyable and well written, looking forward to reading my way through the others. I'd been looking for ward to something other than the usual stuff I read, this is a very welcome change. Keep em coming.
    2 points
  41. Doesn't look like an Overwater headstock to me. Wilkinson make decent, workmanlike gear, but I'm not aware of any higher end manufacturer fitting their gear as standard. It smells fishier than Mrs Bassfingers home made apple pie.
    2 points
  42. Well, if it was George playing, at least it would be a Wonderwall. Yes, I'm hanging my head in shame.
    2 points
  43. Hi Michael Nice to hear from you and I hope you're well. The Jazz didn't last much longer I'm afraid as I struggle with the body shape for some reason and always look line in shooting ducks when I'm playing one! I decided to replace it with a stunning 2014 Classic Ray which is in absolutely spotless condition. It's a lovely weight too. Not quite two matching pairs, but pretty close
    2 points
  44. Hello. I'm illy (or Ilana). I live in Oxford currently but I'm moving to Brighton shortly. I have two kids, 9 years and 4 years. Been playing since 1991... I'm old... I own two J basses and 2 Spector basses, all 5 string. I started playing 5 string 1992, first 5 string was a Charvel Fusion V. It's all I could afford at the time. I do being mum and music. Equally divided.......(I wish....) I use an EBS preamp into power amp and into two Markbass Traveller cabs. I also have an (Eminence loaded) custom 2x10/HF "Unicorn" cab. A Traynor SB500H for light, easy-handling if I do gigs and a TC Electronic BC208 and Traynor SB200H next to my bed, bedroom practice, of course. That's it.
    2 points
  45. The good news is that the neck has got to Nottingham! The bad news is that I have now had to pay the customs, etc … but actually, at £28, that was better than I was expecting So - in that I have to do further coats anyway, I've started looking at the black stain options and am in discussion with @scrumpymike whether he wants me to try a black/grey burst or just go with black. The stain is working quite well - I'm using Chestnut Spirit Stain. This is after a couple of coats. It would have more and the finish will also further darken it but - for notoriously difficult black staining - it's an encouraging start: One of the curiosities of black stain, particularly on Alder, is that the grain shows lighter than the surrounding wood - when using any other colour, the grain will always show darker than the surrounding wood. And the old trick of sanding down and reapplying doesn't work when black is the actual stain. This first coat shows what I mean: The reasons become clear once you start thinking about it. One for the family gatherings when the conversations go quiet over the Christmas period.
    2 points
  46. Bloody guitarists! Coming over here taking our jobs! Somebody should build a wall!
    2 points
  47. Herebe us handsome chappies
    2 points
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