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  1. 5 points
    Coming soon (about 3 weeks) a kind of upside down neck Thunderbirdish shaped thing. It's the same finish as the utterly stunning p bass I bought from Thomann a while ago...
  2. 4 points
    Indeed, turns a ugly, nasty, twangy, shrill, uncomfortable thing into an muffled ugly, nasty twangy, shrill, uncomfortable thing 😀
  3. 3 points
    Looks suspiciously like a tobacco product to me
  4. 3 points
    I am back to thoroughly hating my router. No major upset thankfully, but I had a kick whilst trimming my neck and darn well nearly took a chunk out..... luckily I literally just grazed the wood so it will sand out. Not much to show as I only rough cut the neck and still need to trim the sides properly, but I guess I can show you the trussrod and carbon rods installed.
  5. 3 points
    And so, as a post-script. P and his delightful wife arrived last weekend to pick up the Guitar Bouzouki. And I think he would be happy in me saying he loves it For me, that is a great pleasure and relief in equal measure! P was able to bring his standard Irish Bouzouki for me to have a look at and listen to and that was fascinating. We both agreed that the Guitar Bouzouki has a much richer sound (which would be hoped and expected) and a strummed chord just goes on, beating sub-harmonics all the way, for a long, long time. The neck between the two instruments was quite different, part designed and fully expected and part more of a surprise. P had requested it to be wider and shallower than his original which will always change the curves and feel, but the thing I noticed straightaway was that the 'V' on the original felt distinctly V shaped to the hand further up the fretboard than my build. It doesn't really show on the profile drawings but it does give it a different feel further up the board. Not necessarily a bad feel, but certainly a different feel. Changing that, if P's conclusion was that he wanted that tweaking, is actually a very easy fix and the sort of thing that can be done on a 'while you wait' basis. And there's a crazy coincidence (that I won't go into detail on) that might mean that finding a convenient time to do that would not be too much of problem. But, that said, even at first play, this is P showing how a Guitar Bouzouki should be played. Glorious! And particularly glorious through headphones
  6. 2 points
    Unbiased review: Sire U5 short scale (30" scale) P/J bass First Impressions: Straight out of the box I notice some flaws that shouldn´t have gotten past quality control, but I´ll get into more detail regarding that later.* The neck looks wonderful and the rolled fret board and fret edges, combined with the satin finish on the back of the neck make it really comfortable to play. The body on this one is finished in a nice tobacco sunburst with a white binding which just radiates class. The bass is nice and light with a total weight of just 3,78 kg. With the bass hanging low on the strap I could notice just a small amount of neck dive, but when strapped higher on the body it appears to be nicely balanced. The neck: As mentioned above the C-shaped, hard maple neck feels really smooth, the rolled fret board edges make this neck a joy to play and the fretwork is nothing but excellent. The nut is made out of synthetic bone and 38 mm wide, which combined with the shorter scale makes it very easy to play for people with smaller hands. The fretboard has a 9,5" radius, which will make Fender players feel right at home when playing this bass. The black dots on both the fret board and the top edge of the fret board make it really easy to navigate around the neck without getting lost. The shorter scale length certainly makes a difference, making it a lot easier to do those wider stretches and fast runs, thus reducing hand fatigue. The body: The body is made out of North American alder with a very beautiful flamed maple veneer top that pops up nicely through the see through tobacco burst finish. The back of the body has a see through dark red finish which shows the nice grain of the alder underneath. It is a slim carved body shape that feels very comfortable while playing both standing and sitting down. Factory set-up: Straight out of the box, the playability was excellent, it was set-up with a medium low action, and I was able to set the action even lower with just a few tweaks of the bridge saddles and the truss rod, making it play even better without any disturbing fretbuzz noises. The split coil Precision pickups needed some tweaking as the pickups were set higher under the E and the G string than under the A and D string,resulting in a lack of volume in the mids. The same problem occurred with the bridge pickup which was a bit too close to the strings on the treble side and a bit too low on the bass side, but after some light tweaking with a screw driver I was able to balance the string to string volume pretty easily, which made the pickups sound a lot fuller in no time. Neck pocket, tuners, pots and knobs: Here we get to some of the flaws i mentioned in the beginning of this review. On this particular test-model there was a noticeable gap in the neck pocket (as seen in the pictures), also there were some scratches in the black paint on the aluminium knobs. Everything worked fine though, the tuners feel solid and do their job, the pots turn smoothly and seem to be of a decent quality and the black aluminium knobs that are used for the passive tone controls (volume/volume/tone) are definitely a nice touch. The bridge: The bridge is a sturdy vintage type bridge with threaded saddles, with grooves underneath that keep the saddles from moving sideways. It´s bolted firmly into the body and it allows for both top-loading and string through body stringing. Although there´s a lot of discussion concerning the up- and downsides of both these options the fact that you can choose between top-loading and string through body stringing definitely makes it easier to find a suitable set of strings for your personal style of playing. Again I was slightly disappointed in the quality control of the Indonesian factory where these are made as one of the bridge saddle was completely covered in rust. Amplified sound: After raising the pickup height to my preferences I was able to get a nice Precision bass tone out of the split coil pickup really easily, the jazz pickup sounded nice as well and although it might sound a little thin compared to more expensive jazz pickups it certainly had a nice tone and it combines very well with the Precision pickup. Some of the people that are used to having the very versatile pre-amp that comes standard on most Sire basses might have the feeling that they are missing out on something on this bass with only having the volume-neck pickup, volume-bridge pickup and overall tone controls, but to me, being a fan of passive basses, these easy controls really made me feel like coming home as you can have a variety of tones at your disposal without having to worry about running out of battery in the middle of a gig and/or accidentally touching a knob of the active pre-amp and thereby possibly overpowering the gain stage of your amp. All in all both these pickups sound really good considering the price point of this instrument, especially compared to the pickups that are in some of the similarly priced alternatives like the higher end Squier basses and although I will probably replace the pickups by a set of more expensive after market pickups at some point I can easily understand that 99% of the people that buy this bass will see no reason to change them at all and are totally happy with the sound of the bass as it is straight from the factory. Acoustic sound: Even when playing unamplified you can definitely hear you´re holding a quality instrument, the bass has plenty of natural volume and the hard maple neck gives it a snappy attack with plenty of brightness and resonance which makes it easy to hear all the details of your playing when doing some late night acoustic practice. Pros: - Superb playability - Rolled fretboard edges, rounded fret edges, excellent fretwork - Compact and lightweight - Despite it being a passive instrument it is still very versatile and it has wide range of tones on tap - The stock pickups sound pretty good, especially considering the price point of this instrument - The flamed maple top, body binding and aluminium knobs definitely give the instrument a classy look and make it look a lot more expensive than it actually is Cons: - * QUALITY CONTROL! As mentioned above a couple of times there were a couple of issues on this particular bass that should have not got past the quality control. As shown in the pictures there is a noticeable gap on the top side of the neck pocket, one of the bridge saddles is covered in rust, one of the aluminium knobs has some scratches in the paint and also in the truss rod cavity I could see some scratches. I must mention that this could just be "a bad one" though as none of the other Sire U5 owners that I´ve spoken to so far encountered any of these issues. - The tone control could do with a wider sweep, so experimenting with other capacitors might be one of the mods I would suggest for this bass. - The U5 does not come with a gig bag or case, so it might take some time to find a fitting case or gig bag for this bass. - Not really a bad thing, but compared to my Fender Mustang and Medium scale Squier Jaguar the U5 is about 0.3 kg heavier, at 3,78 kg it is still a very manageable weight, but I thought I should mention it anyway. Conclusion: Even though there clearly were some issues with this bass, I´m really impressed with the playability and overall quality and sound of the instrument. As I´ve talked about this with other U5 owners that I know and none of them mentioned having any issues like the ones I found on this particular bass. I choose to believe that I just got unlucky by receiving a "dud" and therefore I mailed Sire concerning the issues I found on this bass, and they agreed to send me a replacement immediately. So, thumbs up for their customer service! Since the (those few issues I talked about left aside) overall sound, quality and playability of the new Sire U5 left such a good impression on me I´m definitely considering keeping the new replacement if it turns out to be a "good one" this time. In the long run I do plan to replace the pickups with Dimarzio´s and while I´m at it redo some of the wiring and replace the bridge saddles with Graph tech replacements, but that has more to do with personal preference than necessity as the bass is probably good enough as it is for most people. At this point I´m really looking forward to getting the replacement as I´ve already tried most of the newer short and medium scale basses on the market today and if this new one has none of the issues this "bad one" had, it could easily be in my shortscale top two next to the Schecter Banshee bass (which has a slightly better bridge, lightweight tuners, carbon rods in the neck, but is also almost double the price and comes with only one pickup) and it could definitely become "my go to bass" for quite some time. Some extra info about the Sire factories: The CEO is Kyle Kim, and the company is an offshoot of his company Dame guitars. Dame is big in Korea but could not break the international market, so they started the Sire company in co-operation with Marcus Miller with the goal of putting high quality, yet affordable instruments in the hands of youngsters and musicians on a budget. While Kyle Kim´s other brand Dame guitars (Sire/Dame, see the link?) is produced in both the Korean and Indonesian factory Sire has expanded it´s factory to China in 2015, having the entire Sire range being produced at both the Indonesian and Chinese factories.*** ***Quote from Sire: "Hello Bass Players! We would like to let you know that our factory has expanded to China. Before, we had only a part of our factory in China that makes other parts of our products. But with a strong demand for our products worldwide, Sire Guitars expanded its full product line-up in China as well. So right now, basses are coming from our Indonesian and China factories. The reason why we expanded our factory to China is that all the component, parts, accessories and the new technology for building better quality instruments is based in China these days. Those who are familiar with musical instrument production will understand this. China has a great potential and possibilities in producing high quality instruments. Such as high quality CNC, 3D printer, preamp parts, coils and all the good components which is necessary in building guitars. So in order to pursue our revolutionary vision, Sire Guitars decided to expand in China, and we will continue to produce quality instruments at an insane low price. We've heard some of our customers who are worrying that our China made instruments quality will not the same with the Indonesians. We at Sire Guitars assure our customers that this doesn't affect the craftsmanship and quality Sire Guitars is known for. Our factory is not an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and we only produce Sire Guitars both in our factories within Indonesia and China with the same high quality standards. For everybody's information, other major brands of guitars and basses are manufactured in a number of OEM factories. This huge OEM factories deal with more 10 brands under 1 factory alone. There are higher risks for quality to be low within that process, but we at Sire Guitars choose not to accept any OEM orders as this can greatly affect our high standards for quality control. (By the way, we had been offered to make guitars and basses for some of the top-notch brand that everybody is aware of, but we refused to do this.)" Ps: I will add an update to this review as soon as the replacement U5 has arrived. Greets & Grooves! Bassdude's Bassment
  7. 2 points
    Nobody musical in my family and my parents thought pursuing music was a terrible idea. I started playing guitar at 13, and after a few months on a borrowed acoustic, asked for an Epi Les Paul Special II for Christmas, on offer from Soho Soundhouse for £99. "Can't you find a cheaper one. It's not like you can really play it anyway" was my Dad's response. When I wanted to take music for my GCSE options at 14, the blocks were put on by my parents in collusion with the head of year "You can't read music now, there's no point carrying on studying it". Didn't stop me playing, and a few years later my shitty unsigned band ended up being one of the first shitty unsigned bands to be offered a headline tour of O2 (or Carling as they were back then) Academy venues. With my parents still nonplussed, I was pressed to stop chasing my dreams and ended up at 21 working with my dad at the same company he'd worked for since he was 15 years old, and the band folded shortly afterwards. Seven years of increasingly dull corporate misery later, engaged, with an infant son and a second one on the way, I took a chance, to my parent's sheer horror, and left the sensible job to make a living from music. Until COVID struck, I'd managed to sustain a career for eight years, although I do very little bass playing now and primarily work as a sound engineer and tour manager. I don't see my parents any more, but when I landed the biggest gig of my career last summer, touring as a monitor engineer for an artist who's music was always played in our house growing up, I finally got some acknowledgement, with a one word comment from my dad on a post on my company's Facebook page after mixing the main stage headline slot at Boomtown Festival - "Congratulations". That was it. I didn't feel compelled to reply!
  8. 2 points
    Hi everyone, This is a pretty reluctant feeler. If someone wants to bite my hand off for it, ill let it go but otherwise ill keep it. This started life as a Fender Pawnshop Mustang Bass, with the big old mudbucker rather than a standard Mustang Pickup. I found it muddy and indistinct, so replaced the pickup and pickguard. The pickguard started life a mirrored gold pickguard from WD Music and I scuffed it up to make it less reflective. The current pickup is a Aero Mustang, but formerly it was a Nordstrand NM4 (which i still have and can include in the sale for £50), the Aero is a little smoother sounding than the Nordy, but they're similar. This feels exactly like my MIJ Mustang did, I had them both at the same time and preferred this one so sold the MIJ. Its a fantastic sounding and playing bass but two Bass VIs and a Gibson as well as a 32" Squire jag, I've got about all the short scales i need at the moment. I think £700 posted to a uk mainland destination is fair. Payment via Paypal gift/friends and family is preferred. You'd be welcome to collect from Chesham, Bucks too for £660.
  9. 2 points
    Never look into a heat gun - you’ll burn your brows off and probably your face too
  10. 2 points
    Heft! (I'll get my coat)
  11. 2 points
    Round here? Throw a stick!
  12. 1 point
    Wonderful Fodera Emperor 5 Custom, built in 2017, ash body, birdseye fb, quilted maple top. incredible sound. Custom fodera dual coil PU. Perfect conditions, with original Custom case and tools.
  13. 1 point
    ***Please delete if outside EU is against the rules (I checked the faq but haven't seen anything about it) **** Up for sale is a decent 2004 Spector Euro with sold maple wings, EMGs and TonePump preamp. Great/excellent condition fresh setup/overal check and fresh Rotosound RS66LDs (Sept 17.) I will ship in the original hard shell case for the buyers expense. Located in Florida.
  14. 1 point
    My folks were rather Puritan in their approach to 'enjoyment' and such, and so disapproved (passively...) to any music. I think they'd tried to see what it was all about at some point, as we had a radiogram, with a 'My Fair Lady' and a 'South Pacific' disk, and another by Kathleen Ferrier, whom my mother liked for having died tragically young, rather than her (undeniable...) musical talent. My father (or was it Santa Claus..?) did get me a reel-to-reel tape recorder (Robuk...) one Christmas, which enabled me to play continuous and diverse music through the night whilst I slept. At no point, ever, in my various musical ventures, did my parents show any interest nor appreciation, certainly not by attending any of my performances. My father did, however, lend me the cash I needed to get my first 'real' drums (the Camco kit I've played ever since...), and I helped him make the beech and ply flight cases for the kit; needed when I moved to France. So... Little, or no encouragement, but little or no obstruction. They disapproved my path, but allowed me, grudgingly, to tread it. A fair enough deal, maybe, all things considered.
  15. 1 point
    @TheMaartian they are a great live band too (if garagey rock and roll is your thing)
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    With my new cab and head (still not decided yet!) incoming. I will have some surplus bass gear - heads and cabs. Rather than selling these I’m considering donating them. The only place I can think to donate them to is my old school - I don’t know if they would even want it, it’s been many years since I was there!. I want them to be used and looked after. Anybody know of any other good causes/organisations to donate this type of thing to?
  18. 1 point
    Our tour has been rescheduled again, this time to 2021, but the Industry is sounding pretty damn worried overall. Not many festivals going to be able to survive two years off and even fewer venues. My concern is that most of the older town centre venues are plagued with noise complaints at the best of times and only survive thanks to being grandfathered in before the surrounding luxury flats; if they disappear then that real estate will quickly turn into more flats or office space and it's going to be incredibly tough to find suitable new spaces to restart any kind of live club scene.
  19. 1 point
    I went from the RBH cabs to a Neo 212 and haven't looked back. I've no experience of the Neo410 but the 2x12 is quite mid forward so I have the contour knob on my 700rb at the midday position to counteract this. I really like the Neo 212, I always raise it to about a foot off the ground with a low fold up table; it's taken the place of my old 2x10 /1x15 setup with ease. My back gives me less trouble also!
  20. 1 point
    Sold a bass to Andy today, Great guy to deal with as we all know and paid on the spot. Enjoy the Bass Andy and see you around no doubt 😁
  21. 1 point
    Now don't this is a red light for everyone to start trying to unload their Mr Black pedals onto me. I'm made of much sterner stuff.
  22. 1 point
    The squelchfunk crown has been finally handed over to its namesake, Mr Black... 🙌
  23. 1 point
    Gig completed! My last with the band due to imminent baby. Back to work on the bass. My first job was to get the neck fitting better into the pocket. First, I used a smaller radius template (one I made for the pickups) to try and nibble away at the pocket corners. This was going OK, until the point where the template slipped and I took a chunk out I didn't want to. Bugger. I could either try nibbling away with the router, or take the lower risk path and sand down the neck heel, the downside with this option being the neck was already finished with tru-oil. I decided that a re-finish was the easier option and using a flat sanding block, re-shaped the neck heel until it was a much tighter fit. I'm hoping the body finish will be thick-ish, and narrow that gap even more. You can't see it in any of the photos, but the bottom of the neck pocket was a good 3-4mm wider than the neck. This is what happens when you use templates you make yourself. Anyway, I'd drilled the holes for the neck using the back plate as a guide, and used these holes to secure a straigh piece of scrap plywood, lined up with the edge of the excess wood. Then, the bass was flipped over and the ply used as a guide for my bottom bearing router bit to get rid of the extra width. This is post-route. A bit of sanding to neaten it all up, and we're golden. Now to fit the neck. First, let's make sure we're not going to drill too deep into the neck. Backplate on, I fitted the screws to maybe 90% tightness and then measured how much they protruded from the body wood. I measured to to part where the screw narrows tapered than the full depth, as I want some wood for the screw to bite into to make a secure connection. About 5/8". I normally work in mm, but the tiny markings on the cm side of this ruler make it hard to see and using the inch edge was just easier. Once done, I removed the screws and backplate and clamped the neck into the body. Then, using the 5mm drill bit I drilled the body holes with, I hand pushed the bit through each the hole, and used the pointed guide part of the bit to mark tiny holes into the neck heel. This gave me the exact centre of where the screws would come through in relation to the body. But rather than drill exactly here, I used an awl to mark a further hole a fraction of a mm closer to the body. This is where the holes will be drilled, the idea being that the slightly offset screws will push the neck towards the body more than if they were lined up perfectly straight. The drill bit (4mm this time, again to give the screws more wood to bite into) was then marked off at 5/8" with masking tape to ensure I didn't got too far into the neck. The holes were drilled, and the neck screwed onto the body. Apparently, the heel isn't perfectly flat as there's a slight gap between the body and the neck. That can be fixed with sanding. The neck seems very thick, and protrudes about 1.7cm from the body. A lot of that is the fretboard wood, so I'll need to make a jig to use the planer router bit to take a good amount of material off quickly and as flat as possible. I already made an attempt to radius it with my radius block, but even with 40 grit paper it took an age to remove any noticable amount of the thickness so that's not an option. To give you an idea, the tallest bit of my P bass is about 8mm + the scratch plate thickness (about 2.2mm assuming it's .090" thick) from the body, so there's almost 5mm that needs removing. Shouldn't I have thicknessed the fretboard wood before I put the neck together? Yep! My other options are to make the pocket deeper, or to attempt something similar to what Andyjr1515 did with his 6 string build for Eude and do an L-shape tenon in the neck heel (see about halfway down this thread on page 2). Or indeed, some combination of these options. I think I'll see how the router planer jig goes before I think about anything too drastic.
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    REALLY love mine - great for 4/5 string electric, upright/KK and EUB
  27. 1 point
    Just a detail, anyway what do you need the post for? It's only got two strings! Clearly a design feature - a weight saving, and to compensate for neck dive!
  28. 1 point
    My own active BC12 cab project has also been stalled due to other priorities and my repair business is now starting to pick up again and one of the items brought in last week for repair was a Mackie TH-12A active speaker. Why is this of any interest or relevance? I found that the DSP input module had failed and being SMT and not repairable I my only realistic option was to buy a complete upgrade kit for £139 plus £6.99 postage. This kit includes all the electronics ready assembled including; balanced input board with level control, 3 way parametric equaliser with bypass switch, active crossover, input EMC filter, SMPSU and dual amp module with 300W class D LF amp and 50W HF amp. The PSU and power amp are mounted on an alloy heatsink/ mounting bracket and the preamp boards stack on 4 spacers. All Fairly lightweight and compact. It would just need an input panel and mounting inside the cab. I wonder how well the active crossover would match the BC12 design? An alternative would be to use just the LF 300W amp with full range input and use the existing passive crossover design. Here is the link to the supplier: https://sbsav.co.uk/shop/59588-mackie-thump-th-12a-digital-to-analog-rework-kit.html Any thoughts?
  29. 1 point
    Lovely. I have the exact same. No intention of ever selling it. They are brilliant.
  30. 1 point
    You can't keep a great track down @molan - little bit of a conversation on this one and Althea & Donna a couple of months back. Always good to hear again though.
  31. 1 point
    Good idea. A new set of strings and a little setup can work wonders, and breathe new life into your bass.
  32. 1 point
    yes, although I have to use a lightning to 3.5mm adaptor for iphone.
  33. 1 point
    Also, don’t discount the Revelation bass vi. They’re stupidly good for the price they can be picked up for (got mine used for about £220 from memory) and are a very capable starting place.
  34. 1 point
    I'm on the lookout for a quality gig bag but I'm a zillion miles from Dudley unfortunately!
  35. 1 point
    Indeed, a beautiful thing. Well sorted and Dave's a lovely guy to deal with. Good luck.
  36. 1 point
    I reckon that the offending router did you a favour, those new, wooden covers finish the look perfectly.
  37. 1 point
    This should have been gone ages ago. Folks have generally missed the boat on this. Old school heft loses to class d. I’ve two amps which have hefty old power sections and I don’t mind the weight. The richness from either makes the carry worthy it. I ogled this 2 yrs ago and still do now! The sheer flexibility yet all we really need are a couple of killer sounds which this does in spades!
  38. 1 point
    I hear The Vaccines have canned their Christmas Album too....
  39. 1 point
    +1! There are a zillion variants on neck shapes but the chart below is a useful guide for the most common traditional shapes. Assymetrical neck shapes are also available and can look similar to your drawing.
  40. 1 point
    What I love about these amps is they always sound a bit pushed even at moderate volumes . They can still get surprisingly loud.
  41. 1 point
    Vox Standard 25. Been my number 1 six string for over 35 years!
  42. 1 point
    Whilst this is true, for the pedals @mik900 has described I’d just use a One Spot (or similar) daisy chain. Seems a little overkill to get a full blown power supply just for a Sansamp and a tuner.
  43. 1 point
    For years I have used the scissors on my mini Swiss Army knife rather than clippers. I find I can use them with my left hand as well as my right. It lives on my key ring so always available.....
  44. 1 point
    Washburn Status with a rare rosewood fretboard
  45. 1 point
    Anyway, you know the answer when the conversation starts wandering off into technical areas I don't fully understand - just throw in a few gratuitous arty-f**ty photos : P picks it up at the weekend
  46. 1 point
    I did a gig! Finally! My covers / function band had our first run out last night, at a pub / arts centre in SE Northumberland. The venue have really got their act together - numbers are limited, there were perspex screens around the tables, and an easy-to-use app to allow people to order from their tables. It felt more subdued than usual, but having a no-dancing rule will do that anywhere. Still great to be back, though. I just hope it's a viable approach in the long run. Incidentally, the limited numbers thing is a funny one - it's OK for this band, but one of my other bands which is a bigger draw, it's problematic. The venues can't pay the higher fee 'cos they won't get enough in over the bar. We're going to have to stick to ticket do's for that band.
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    Just to round this out and say thanks for all the input, I went better-the-devil-you-know and bought another Snark. Although I was tempted by the TC stuff, but as @Hellzero pointed out not in stock most places. Oh, and found a can of pink spray paint which will hopefully mean it's less likely to end up on someone else's instrument without being noticing 😂
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    Nice move Jack. There's even an update for the software which changes ... absolutely nothing. 😁
  50. 1 point
    NOW €1600 Absolutely stunning and mint condition (Sander) de Gier Origin Deluxe bass. Hand made in the Netherlands. His basses are used by Marcus Miller and Richard Bona as well. Absolute top line quality. It has Nordstrand pick-ups, an Aguilar OPB-3 pre-amp, A5 quilted maple top and Wilkinson tuners. It comes with a very luxurious leather gigbag! Located in the Netherlands, shipping is possible!

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