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    PRICE REDUCED TO £1,800! The bass cull continues with this genuine 'one of a kind' Status originally made & customised for TM Stevens around 26 years ago. For whatever reason he didn't end up with it & it was then owned by Ashdown for about 20 years and used for testing new kit. I bought it direct from them and it's been played at a couple of rehearsals and one gig since then. Apart from one small surface scratch down the bridge, and some small buckle rash on the rear, it's pretty much perfect - certainly doesn't look 26 years old! The surface marks should be visible in the pictures below - The volume control 'sometimes' has a little scratch sound right at the end of it's travel towards off position but you have to listen very closely to hear this. It may well go with a continued bout of twisting. Some screws and bridge hardware are showing some age but I felt this just added a bit of character It has no serial number and there has been some debate between various Status experts (all of them far more knowledgeable than I) about whether it's an S2 Classic or an Empathy. Rob Green thinks it's an S2 so that's probably a safe bet. Here's what Ashdown said about it: "This S2-Classic is the ultimate combination of traditional and modern guitar design. Made in the 80's built for TM Stevens and painted by a top German artist. TM Stevens never actually ended up with the bass instead it found its way into our possession around 20 years ago and has been one of our go to test basses. Woven carbon graphite and selected exotic woods are combined to create a bass which sounds even better than it looks. It has a wide, even frequency response with huge dynamics and sustain." Note that the artist signature appears to be Andi Graphic Art 94 - this would suggest it's a bit newer than the Ashdown estimate but that 94 may not be the date it was made and/or have nothing to do with that at all. Could just be the 94th piece of custom artwork etc. It has the classic Status electronics with the sweepable mid boost/cut switch and sounds just like a Status should - great cut through that sits in a live mix really nicely. Happy to post anywhere in the UK / EU at cost - probably £25 UK & £40 EU (both with insurance).
  2. 3 points
    2008 USA model just after the S-1 switch had been discontinued from the Precisions.
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    It strikes me this subject could form a good subject for a Scott's Bass Lessons mini course. 😁 We could have the Pino Palladino/ Joe Dart severe head nod; various choreographed ideas; Shadows walk; the Andy Fraser gentle head nod/rock to and fro etc etc 😏
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    In a world with Davie504 I think Scott Devine is quite palatable..
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    I don't find neck dive a problem on any bass. Depends very much on your dimensions, and your preferred position/height, so neck dive experiences and preferences are entitely personal to each individual. I had a play on a colleages HB dual pickup Stingray clone a while back. It was very, very, very nice, couldn't fault the finish or the sound. Active onboard electronics and it had a grear tone - not vintage (ypwhich a Musicman wouldn't give you anyway) and not super-clear modern either. A nice tidy in between, with nice highs but a touch of mud when pressed lower down. Even the setup out of the box was first class. If the HB logo on the headstock had been hidden I could have easily believed it had cost 5 or 6 hundred quid, not £160. Indeed, im not sure the entry Stingray Sub is any better for a lot more money. Loved it so much Mrs Bassfinger is buying me one for Crimbo. And thats what HB do - they're not the best out there, not without fault, but they bring levels of build, finish, sound and playability that most manufacturers cant match at three times the price. If you have more than 3 times the cash to spend then you can start to look elsewhere, but if you don't then theyre a viable alternative for someone who wants more from a new bass than they could otherwise afford. If you can afford a new or used MIJ Fender then you wouldn't be considering an HB anyway, so im not sure theres a comparison to be had there. Indeed, MIJ Fenders can vary so much in character with the model and year it can be tricky to make a comparison against each other. Thomannn also have a fair rep for customer services. Reports generally ageee that if one does arrive faulty then Thomman are usually pretty swift about swapping it. Compare that with the grief we hear of from owners of boutique or custom basses who try to get problems sorted, or even of cooking Fenders and the like. In summary, cheap, but with plenty of cheer. Those who like or even love them seem to massively outnumber those who don't. If you want classic tones look somewhere else. If you want something immaculately presented that will kick a Westfield in the nuts and steal its lunch money and which sounds nice in it's own right, then theyre for you.
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    Has he converted his toilet into a music room? Either that or he has the smallest living room ever! Some dance moves right enough.
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    I looked into this some time ago when refinshing my 'oil-finished Warwick'. I think something is lost in translation here, as when they say 'oil-finished' it is actually a beeswax and lemon oil mix that they use (there might be other bits in there too) - but they melt it to apply it (so that it penetrates further into the wood). This might be where the 'oil-finished' description comes from - as in that it was liquid when they applied it. It still doesn't go deep into the wood, as I got the old wax off with a bit of light sanding on mine. Ironically, I then re-applied the same finish Warwick did, in the same way (melt beeswax, add lemon oil, dip a cloth in it, apply to wood, run scalded hand under cold water), and it turned out absolutely beautiful. Of course, you have to occasionally (yearly?) clean and re-apply to keep it looking great. I preferred this finish to an actual oil finish as it's less permanent - if I want to change in the future, I'll be able to, whereas an oil finish is very hard to get rid of.
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    Some people would regard that as a good end to the gig 😉
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    Here is my contribution to the September 2020 Basschat Composition Challenge, inspired by a picture chosen by the previous winner: NickD..! Strange 'inspiration' this month, reflected in the title. The metaphysical Wild Ramblings of a Tree, faced with the Immensity of the Universe. What place for a Conifer in the Big Picture..? Is there reconciliation, or at least some comfort, in the vastness of the Unknown..? Superior Drums, Toontrack bass, Roland keys... All the rest is disparate samples, gleaned from my bulging folders and molded into shape, to fit pitch and tempo. Several instances of Ozone, for each genre, and a final spit'n'polish with Rich richness. Best played slightly loud (but not too loud, just the same..!) Thanks for listening, if you already have; if you're about to, enjoy.
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    Now Sold Fender US Deluxe Active Precision Bass, 2015 model. Condition is Used. In good condition, a couple of very minor knocks to the finish as per photos. Features include hi-mass bridge, thru bridge or body stringing, graphite strengthening rods in the neck for greater stability. Can be used in either passive or active modes: Passive mode - volume, pickup blend and tone. Active mode - volume, pickup blend, bass, middle, treble. Comes with Fender hard case. Will only ship within UK, at buyers expense.
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    My covers band are learning this little belter in the hope of ever getting out and gigging again. It's a proper 'crowd mover.' Then I just saw this performance, and this band are 1.) Achingly cool 2.) Far better dancers than I ever was, without an instrument. Now, I'm not a stand there motionless guy, I do move and that, but I just wondered if any of the BC massive can match this, better it or, if you have a story to tell? 😃
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    Beautiful. All the stuff about Chapman the bloke had totally passed me by, but I had seen a similar model in a natural finish online a while back and was intrigued as I'd never heard of the brand until then. The finish on yours is nicer!
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    I'd put them in a place similar to Gil Scott-Heron.
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    My Bitsa Jazz/MM fretless. Love it!
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    I have one identical to that with D'addario Flatwound Chromes 45 to105 on it,knock spots off my Mex P no exaggeration.
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    @stewblack was Hell Benton getting one!
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    Not really reggae but then where the hell do you put The Last Poets..? Stupid question really, you put them ON.
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    My seven string is strung BEADGBE for the same reasons the OP proposed. Works well.
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    I quite enjoyed that ! He's got far better moves than I have.
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    Saw one of these in Andertons and thought it looked gorgeous - that finish is a thing of beauty. Congrats! I'd definitely dump the Barts and gets some EMGs and a preamp in there if it was me though...
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    Give Simon a buzz at Big Noise Studio. I’ll be surprised if he can’t help. Tell him I recommended him. https://www.bignoisestudios.co.uk
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    I bought a (superb) Bass Fly Rig from Nick, a real pleasure to deal with and lots of tweaking help too, Cheers!
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    I don't know for sure, because I don't own one, but I was lead to believe that the Chinese made SUBs also have the updated preamp.
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    i think the preamp was a little hard to tame, what's informally known as being "hot", although this might be subjective. The ones with the large "SUB" logo are the ones in question. The newer models with the Sterling and Stingray decals have an 'improved" preamp
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    @uk_lefty If you are after a Jaco style thing, I know Vintage do one that's highly thought of, although I expect you're probably already aware of it
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    Makes the whole bass look so much more purposeful compared to the standard bridge. Nice.
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    "Angry luthier reacts badly to criticism"
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    I've had a bit of a fiddle, and just to keep Douglas happy I've done a fuzz-wah bass disco punk song containing lots of deep and meaningless shouting...
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    There’s a Dave Ellefson course recently added.
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    We may share the same choreographer...😁
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    Here’s an example of one of my charts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JUv9mUwF_gYEeZ7vZVZNfaWeT7sbSmKl/view?usp=drivesdk Black Cow by Steely Dan I try to keep the form/structure/layout as neat as I can. Always favour new sections starting on the left, as opposed to mid-way through a line. A lot easier to find where you are if you get lost, as you can just scan the left side of the page as opposed to every bar. Double bar lines at the end of each ‘section’. Labels of Chorus/Verse/Bridge etc. I mean I definitely am not an authority on writing charts - I learnt the same way you have. But after doing it for a while you pick up on little tips and tricks that help you - thinking in the way described earlier (what you’d want to be presented with on a gig) is a big help. The aim of reading is to make it easy for the player to play a tune they may never have heard, with little/no rehearsal time. You need just the right amount of information on the page. Not too much to overwhelm the player, but not too little that the player is left in the dark with how to approach a song they’ve never heard. Feel free to PM me if I can be of any help!
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    Scott was far more accommodating and diplomatic than I would have been, given the utterly crass behaviour of some in that particular thread
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    Reminds me of the Joke in OT, regarding an 80's soul singer and a bunch of old computers........... Lionel Richie and the Commodores
  41. 1 point
    All a bit deja vu this conversation. A couple (?) of years ago a similar topic was opened and Scott came on and posted a detailed and clear video explanation as to the reasons why he has to resort to the type of notifications and clickbait that may annoy/irritate some people. He said that basically unless he did it, his posts and content would be lost due to the way the YT algorithm works. He even showed how his hits had declined and what he had to do to bring them back up again. So, if you don't like his stuff, either unsubscribe or don't open them as they pop up. ( and yes, I do get a bit irritated when he has a closing date for a deal which then gets extended due to possibly spurious reasons!)
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    Effector 13 was the original name Devi used back in the early/mid 2000's. I think there was a brief period of crossover and maybe she kept the effector 13 name in Japan (where pedals are known as effectors) but she settled on the Devi Ever name in the late 2000's. Things get very complicated from there as she hit some financial trouble (that's a whoooooole other story) and licensed a lot of her more popular names and designs out to other companies - Dwarfcraft, INFANEM (who did a version of the improbability drive) and a couple of others I think. I didn't fully keep up with the rest but at some point she tried to get her names and designs back and had a public spat with Dwarfcraft, and got some but not all back. She started selling her own pedals again under the Fuzz Goddess name, but many without their original names. She can be a divisive figure in the pedal world - there's still a lot of animosity around the aformentioned financial trouble (it's a very long story but basically she took a lot of money for a kickstarter and didn't deliver) and if you asked this question over on talkbass you may get a very different explanation. Perosnally I think her designs were unique and sounded horrible in that very special way - others think she was an untrained hack who made abominations.
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    Thanks again chaps, I’ve borrowed a Behringer Xenyx QX1202 mixer and it does the job brilliantly.
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    I’ve got a photo of Scott playing my bass at the bass show a few years back. Thoroughly nice bloke. Exactly as he is on YT. Deserves all the success he has.
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    It's the rare mixer that would have too low an input impedance to use with a passive bass; inadequate gain is more likely. However, whatever the OP has for his backing track source could have a very low output impedance, 600 ohms or less, and that would be a major problem using a passive bass with a passive splitter.
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    have a redwitch titan delay and a fuzzrocius Cicada V6 to go on this and i kinda wanna bring the sy1 back aswell! but most of all boss can you please bring out a rv200!
  47. 1 point
    Played a secondhand one in Bass Gear a few years back - bland and boring, and not a patch on my Shuker which new had cost me about a third of the 2nd hand price of the F Bass.
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    Updates! Slow progress but progress no less! Firstly I've got the frets installed, this was a steep learning curve, I actually uninstalled the first set of frets I installed and reinstalled a second set as I wasn't happy with the end product, the second set however I'm happy with. I've levelled them and filed them flush to the fingerboard, now I just need to crown them and take all the sharps off. I got the pickup cavity routes done, and thankfully the pickups fit lovely. I also had the awful job of drilling from the control cavity in to the pickup cavity, luckily nothing went wrong. The bridge position was also triple measured and drill holes complete. Got the tuners installed, I wanted to string the bass to make sure I hadn't made any mistakes and again thankfully everything was ok there too. I quickly half screwed the bridge in place and strung the E and D strings on to the bass, everything seemed great, not going to lie had a little 15 minute play with the strings on, and the neck feels really nice. Next! Loads and loads and loads of final sanding, frets need dressing and prepared for final polish which will be done after the oiling of the timber. I think I'm on the final stretch of the build and can focus on the finish knowing there's no more machining to do! Just got to be patient and enjoy the sanding process.
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    Its a lovely bass although it feels quite 'new' still - my old '71 Mustang was much more 'comfy' and worn-in for want of a better phrase

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