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  1. Fender Player Series & Squier CV 70's (as seen on page 15) with Mex Fender neck.
    6 points
  2. Make a case table, that’s solved the storage problem with one bass 😁
    5 points
  3. Here we have what is alleged one of two only slab body Pre EB Sabre, re-built to Pre EB specs. Body, bridge, loaded control plate, string tree, tuners, battery cover, neck plate, strap buttons are all original. Refinished in the U.S.A. by Pat Wilkins, neck is a beautiful birds eye late 80s EBMM as are the sting mutes, pick guard is an aftermarket, pickups and pickup covers all hand built by the wonderful Veijo Rautia, assembled in Dublin by luthier Tony Thompson. Body has one small blemish on the horn (was that way when I bought it). Located in Ireland, shipping to be arranged by the buyer, I have all the necessary boxes and packaging material, it will be sold with the pretty beat up case as seen. Asking Price £1,550 within the U.K. or €1,800.00 within Europe
    4 points
  4. Thought that those of you of a slappy persuasion might be interested in this - pictured at Camp Bestival yesterday. Not sure if this is a permanent switch back to the Jaydees, but it's good to see it get an airing...:)
    4 points
  5. At auction I suspect McCartney's Hofner would attract the highest bids. Estimates vary from £3,000,000 to £6,000,000. After all, Ringo's Ludwig drum kit fetched £2,000,000.
    4 points
  6. My no1 Stained ash body, sanded Matt Freeman neck, hipshot hardware, tonerider Trp1 pups and a kiorgan loom... Sounds piano like 👌
    4 points
  7. I couldn't find this thread when I started gigging again, glad it's resurfaced. Played last night at a small local pub with a band I haven't played with for about 3 years. Good to see them again and play some songs I thought I'd forgotten but my fingers seemed to remember! That was my seventh gig this side of the Covid restrictions. Going along to a blues jam this afternoon, next gig is my daughter's wedding in a week's time.
    4 points
  8. Well I'm back on the horse. We did our first gig yesterday afternoon for a local dog rescue charity. It was, in fact our first ever with my new, all original material band. It was baking hot at about 35°c in the shade, so bloody hard work, but otherwise a nice chilled out afternoon. There were only about 40 people there, but the original material seemed to go down well, especially amongst the local Bulgarian population who have a really great enthusiasm and thirst for live music. Even if they don't always understand the lyrics 😆. We were also approached by another local band who, like us have about an hour's worth of original material, with a view to doing something together. So there could well be a few more gigs on the horizon.
    4 points
  9. Lakland and Spector in the sun.
    4 points
  10. In order to force myself to play more, and get some escapism from a demanding and all-encompassing job, I've decided to go back to transcribing. And if I'm going to do it, I may as well share it, for reading practice but also to provide some analysis of what's going on. To that end, I'll try to provide what should be a full transcription, so bass line and chords. Whilst a chart without chords would be a more pure reading experience, when I used to have to sightread (maybe fortunately), most charts had chords as well, which is a godsend for both keeping your position in a complex chart, and in case you have a temporary blank! I'm only going to pick pieces I see some interest in - not always that the bass line is notable, but if the harmony, or the song itself seems worth it. If I take in an interest in an album I'll try to do the whole album as it's good for both playing and reading practice. So - first up is a slightly unusual choice. Nik Kershaw's "The Works" from 1989. It' not really that good an album to be honest, but there are some decent tracks in it, some interesting writing, and checking the credits, some pretty tasty musicians (Vinnie Colaiuta and Jeff Porcaro on drums, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, Nadirah Ali, Siedah Garret and Michael McDonald on bass). It suffers from some programming and production that hasn't aged well, but ignoring that, it's worth checking out. Nik Kershaw was always a more interesting songwriter than his teen pinup status in the early eighties, with a quirky, individual style that I imagine would be a pain to busk as he is quite fond of multiple key changes. Some are more successful than others (see below!) Finally, it's a decent work-out if you have a 5- or 6-string as many parts go below E. So, without further ado... 1. One Step Ahead Several of tracks on this album have programmed bass parts. It's hard to tell, but this sounds very much like it's programmed and real bass doubled, but I reckon the line was written on a keyboard as it's quite tricky to play. It has a basic motif with a dropped lower note in many of the phrases. The chords are fairly straight ahead but there are some nice, slightly jazzy touches with the E/F# (can also be written F#9sus4) in the verse, the use of slash notation chords (e.g. the G/B in bar 16 of the verse - Nik uses a lot of inverted chords in order to add interest) and the Em11 at the end of the chorus. 2. Elizabeth's Eyes This is a cheesy ballad and the programming on this is rather over the top and jarring - a perfect example of just because you, can doesn't mean you should! The piece shifts between the keys of G, Bb and Em and contains a chord sequence that Nik also uses a fair bit - Bb, Bb/Ab, Gm. It's programmed but has some nice syncopation 3. Take My Place Again, a programmed line, but much simpler. There's some nice harmonic ideas on this track, with shifting chords over an A pedal, and some more twists and turns in the bridge, passing through Cm, Bb, Db and Ab. It's a fun line to play to and not particularly challenging 4. Wounded Knee A nice bass line on this, sounds like 5-string fretless (many of the played bass lines on the album are fretless). Sounds like a Roland D50 symphony on the keyboard parts, probably because it was released just a year before they started recording the album! 😄. There's some cool little touches on the bass, with slurred 5ths and a nice little run at the end. Chords flit between the keys of D and Bb. It also sounds like the bass was tuned down a half step as right at the fade out there are a pair of octaves including a low Bb. 5. Cowboys and Indians This one has a ton of chords and key changes - Ebm, Em, Fm B, and then the outro swapping between Em and Fm. It may be a touch too much, but personally I think it's quite cool, and certainly isn't something you get it most pop songs. A different, loping feel in 3/4 and another programmed bass line (But some nifty hi-hat work from Vinnie to keep things interesting). 6. One World An atmospheric tune with some very dated lyrics (I don't think anyone hits execute or sees black and green characters on a screen any more!) but another great bass line on fretless. Lovely chord progression with an open, suspended feel 7. Don't Ask Me The intro initially sounds a bit random and is on keyboards, but I transcribed it as a) it's quite tough and b) it's interesting and appears later in the tune. Unusually there's no real bass sound in the verse. Too much annoying programming and recording gimmicks but Nik's usual high standard of backing vocals. It also comes with the now customary twists and turns in the bridge. Not his finest hour! 8. Burning At Both Ends An interesting song with some middle-eastern elements. Bass line is again programmed (although I suspect some doubled fretless as you can hear some slides that don't sound like keyboard bass) and the chorus is surprisingly tricky to keep up with. 9. Lady On The Phone Another cheesy ballad, but this time I'm almost certain this was either written by someone else or the producers influenced him as it's quite a jazzy chord sequence with (yet again) many key changes - this time from Ebm to A to C to Gb . Nice solid groove with some tasteful fretless. A very commercial track, despite the key changes, and symptomatic of the poor decision-making around the album as One Step Ahead and Elizabeth's Eyes were the singles released, both of which disappeared very quickly. 10. Walkabout You could guess this was Jeff Porcaro even if it weren't documented. Another tasty half time shuffle! Bass has far too much chorus (another sign of the times) but again a good groove. The chorus is all over the place, modulating through E, C, Bb, F and back to Am. The outro has some nice licks and a subtle turnaround of the time in the last couple of bars. So, all in all I think underneath some of the dated programming, and the hallmarks that he didn't perhaps get his way with many of the tracks (apparently some of them were re-recorded as he wasn't happy with the results), there's a decent album. It must have had an impact as he didn't record again for 10 years. The final word comes from an online review I read, where it effectively said that this kind of sophisticated, interesting pop just wasn't of interest to the record-buying public and signalled the end of Nik Kershaw as a "big" name. Nevertheless, for some odd reason I prefer this to more acclaimed albums like The Riddle. Take a look at the transcriptions - feel free to point out any errors. All the chords were worked out entirely by ear so I don't guarantee they're perfect but the parts have been sequenced and played back with the track and seem to be OK. I hope they're of interest! 01-One Step Ahead.pdf 02-Elizabeths Eyes.pdf 03-Take My Place.pdf 04-Wounded Knee.pdf 05-Cowboys And Indians.pdf 06-One World.pdf 07-Don't Ask Me.pdf 08-Burning At Both Ends.pdf 09-Lady On The Phone.pdf 10-Walkabout.pdf
    3 points
  11. This is my Yamaha BB735a, bought from bass direct around Christmas last year and played about half a dozen times at home - when I was taking these pics I realised I hadn’t taken the plastic controls sheet off it as it has sat for so long in the case now. Comes with a pretty neat Yamaha gig bag. No issues or drama, just a seriously good instrument which feels very like the BB1025x I once owned - real solid build quality. Im playing four string at the minute 99% of the time and I’m gassing for a Steve Harris sig or a USA fender P; so this is sitting idle.
    3 points
  12. Selling my very unique Alleva Coppolo LG5 Custom. It is like new (besides one small chipped out ding mentioned below) and has the following spec: Spalted Alder Body - very lightweight, yet quite responsive, this is Jimmys most expensive body wood choice Amberburst Finish - looks less orange than in the pics Very nice Macassar Ebony board with binding MOP dots 34" 19mm spacing at bridge Jimmys proprietary pickups and electronics, pickups in 60s positions Built 2019, Weighs 3,9 kg (!) I bought it in new condition, but just today I managed to chip out a small piece of finish at the back of the neck joint - I will add a picture later. Besides that the bass is absolutely like new - even the transparent foil is still on the back cover plate. The sound is typical Alleva-like, so it tends towards the classical early Fender timbre - although the Ebony board adds some snap and opens the upper registers - if desired. I personally prefer the vintage models, but for players with a slightly more flexible and modern demand this Alleva would be a great find. Asking 4.900 EUR (4500 GBP) plus shipping, trade value is 5.400 EUR. Trades considered: Alleva Coppolo LM5/LM4, Ken Smith BSR Elite, Fenders until 1973, F Basses with nice tops, Fodera Elite 34" or less, LeFay Remigton Steele 6, Mattisson. .
    3 points
  13. Used the GR cab in anger for the first time today, rehearsing with a new band. As my Orange Terror hasn't arrived, I used my ancient (~1983) 150W Laney Probass. It has very complex sound shaping, I just lifted the low end very slightly and a small low-Q boost on the parametric at 400Hz. In the past, this amp has never had any particularly great praise, but today the guys couldn't stop praising the sound I was getting. Full, rich, lows, harmonics bell-like, great clarity for sounds up at the dusty end. I am expecting it to sound utterly mindblowing with the Bass Terror.
    3 points
  14. "more clamps is best clamps" -me, 2021
    3 points
  15. Here’s a thing. My Eldest Daughter turned 11 yesterday. I joined Basschat in the early hours of 1st August 2009, as I couldn’t sleep and was absolutely having a rabbit in headlights Moment at the prospect of being a dad. So...what does 11 years look like... I was annoyed yesterday - due to politics, it was the first time I’ve not had a photograph of her on her birthday taken by me. Ella’s 2nd Birthday was the first one I did solo; the band I was in threw her a party for that one 🤣 Shame I haven’t got photographs of 11 years worth of bass sales and purchases on basschat. I don’t think the servers could handle the upload. Anyhow...happy 11th Basschativersary to me.
    3 points
  16. My 4X10 has done a few miles. The paint on the grill had been scratched a bit and was a bit flaky showing rusty brown metal underneath. I'm absolutely not qualified to dish out DIY advice, but it turns out it is the easiest job in the world to take off the grill, tape over the badge, rub with fine wire wool and spray on a couple of coats of black metal spray paint from Screwfix. Grill has come up good as new. Used the cab on a gig last night and the Drummer commented how “good it sounded - looks like an expensive bit of kit”!
    3 points
  17. For those hunting down a case for the Stomp, I've picked this up off amazon for £11.99 and it's perfect. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07T8FCL91/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's obviously quite lightweight but more than adequate to ensure the unit doesn't get knocked about when popped into the front pocket of my bass case along with loose cables and all the other random bits and bobs. Enough space for the stomp, power supply, and a few other bits and bobs.
    3 points
  18. I had a good gig on Friday night at camp bestival. First gig for the band since around March 2020. Lots in for late this year into 2022. Felt great to get back on stage after so long.
    3 points
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  20. Looks much better with the black plate...
    3 points
  21. The Kickass saddles aren't painted a brass colour, they are brass. They also allow for string spacing adjustments, which the Gotoh doesn't. To me that's worth the $15. I have Kickass and Gotoh bridges on basses and they both do the job well.
    3 points
  22. Mrs T met nickleback. Sat and had lunch with them. I can’t remember how or why this happened, but it’s while she was at Edge Hill university. She just randomly came out with this story one night when we were talking about bands we automatically skipped (hers was the Smiths…) she said they were really nice blokes. one of the Rare occasions when you have no response. - just checked this with her now to check it wasn’t a brain fart. ”there was a Canadian guy on our teacher training course called Dave who was a bit older than us, a bit of a loner. We were talking about poetry and I said I’d written some pieces. He said he was going to meet some friends who were over from Canada. So as I wanted breakfast, we drove to Ormskirk and had a full English breakfast with his friends - are there 2 brothers in Nickleback? It was them… we had a full English and spoke about poetry…”
    3 points
  23. Thank you for the great advice, everyone. I think ultimately the solution is me accepting the things I'll lose, not caring as much about it and embracing the things I'll gain in terms both physical and mental space and hopefully concentrating less on fiddling about with the instruments and more on actual music. I will indeed: -Loan out the custom five string indefinitely to a guitarist in one of my bands. He'll definitely use it to record some low end ideas and I should've thought of it sooner. -Sell the Fender. Just like with my ex Gibson Thunderbird, it's a great bass but it's not unique and I could theoretically buy another one like it if for any reason if I really wanted to. As much as I'd love to have only one bass I'll keep the Limelight Jazz with rounds and the P (which is actually a Limelight PJ) with flats. And then probably buy more Limelights, lol
    3 points
  24. This thread is like a time capsule, it stopped when Covid hit, so I thought well, I would continue the other side (hopefully). Yesterday, after much faffing, we had our first gig since probably the one reported on here in march 2020. It was for a family that just take a complete campsite over to have a birthday party. Turned up to setup expecting like what we had a few years ago, a makeshift stage at the bottom of the field, but no, it was a full marque with a wooden stage part, very impressed. 6-9 with a 20 minute break. We had rehearsed enough songs for 3 hours. Seemed a bit stiff at the start and we made a few mistakes here and there, but the crowd enjoyed it and I really enjoyed it after a couple of songs trying to get relaxed. The guitarist said it was the best bass tone I have had. Same 2 TC 1x12 speakers but the ashdown ABM600 and Ibanez EHB1505ms doing their first gig (and the squier mustang for a few songs). Also I used the SY-1 more than I have before (including an impromptu happy birthday on holiday camp organ sound!). It has to be said the band sound was good overall - I also used a behringer sub I got as a b-stock and that really helps with the drums. Suffice to say we ran out of songs as the songs are faster gigging than practicing and had to rapidly search our lists to remember songs we hadn't played for the year, and my fingers aren't going to be doing anything today - its not the same gigging as practicing is it! Really happy though, can't wait for the next one.
    3 points
  25. Thanks, yes the logo is bigger and the correct shade of orange, thanks to @wateroftyne 👍🏼
    3 points
  26. Atelier Z short-scale Kenken signature model (that's the signature on the headstock). It was hand built in Japan, has a 30" scale, a lovely maple neck and is extremely light weight at 3kg/6.6lb. It has active EMG pickups/pots, Gotoh hardware, and has recently been setup with new D'Addario strings. It sounds awesome.
    3 points
  27. And here’s the finished thing…. New brown tort guard. I love it! Needs a new pickup selector tip though…. Forgot about that! 😁
    3 points
  28. My black bass, a Rickenbacker 4003S5.
    3 points
  29. Hi guys, this is the complete sound test of the new Squier Precision Affinity model 2021 born from the total restyling made by Squier for its affinity series. The sound test of the instrument was performed with its factory strings and without the use of effects or equalization. Recording was done using a Tascam Pocketstudio DP-006 digital recorder https://youtu.be/ePVtDtfrrxM
    2 points
  30. Hello everyone! I'm unfortunately selling my vintage 1978 USA Fender Precision Bass! I've had it for around 5 years myself and it's been a great piece of kit for me. I've since found myself not playing it as much and only really keeping it for the sake of it, so I'm moving it on to somewhere it may be more appreciated! I'm looking for £2,000! --- For full transparency, I also have it advertised for sale with The Bass Gallery in Camden so you can find the listing through there too if you would rather trust a purchase through them instead of privately with me! --- The scratchplate is a replacement, however I still have the original. It was purchased with a crack around the input back on the original scratchplate. It doesn't come with a hardcase but it will come with a spare Mono Sleeve Softcase I own. (Zipper on the main pocket is broken just so you're aware!) I'd prefer collection from Hatch End/Pinner. Message me if you have any questions! --- Pictures provided are high quality photos from the Bass Gallery website listing and one glamour shot I took of it when I bought it 😂. My photo shows the bass with it's original scratchplate. ---
    2 points
  31. Hi all, Up for grabs... Nemphasis Steam Bass - SOLD TC Electronic Flashback 2 - SOLD Emma Electronics Okto Nøjs - SOLD Darkglass Vintage Microtubes - SOLD Lekato Loop Station - SOLD TC Electronic Polytune - SOLD Neunaber Immerse Reverberator - SOLD Darkglass Alpha Omicron - SOLD EBS DPhaser - SOLD Postage is £5 in the UK, or you are welcome to collect from me in Derby. Any questions, or if you want more pics, just ask!
    2 points
  32. Full review to come, but I bought it from BassDirect on Friday morning, and gigged it at a wedding I was depping at on Friday night. It is spectacularly good.
    2 points
  33. She said it’s a result of bad stage monitors earlier in her career, plus a lot of clubbing. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57996035 I love KT, she’s an absolute diamond.
    2 points
  34. ...and then there were 3. I changed my strings yesterday on my Jazz type bass and tweaked the truss rod. The tension of the strings, new and old, were noticeably different and so was the neck relief. I ended up adjusting saddle height and intonation as well.
    2 points
  35. It’s hard to beat that black/black/maple look IMHO.
    2 points
  36. 2 points
  37. I mean, white, rw plus tort.. it’s a classic, innit?
    2 points
  38. 2 points
  39. Bit of Linval Thompson this morning
    2 points
  40. Not happening then. You are struggling because you are feeding yourself conflicting information. You have a favourite bass, a most versatile bass, an actually most versatile 5 string bass, and a best sounding bass. That's 4 basses that are all ''the best'' at something. If the storage issue is truly critical sell all of them and buy the Fender Roscoe Sig 5 in the classifieds. If there's room under the bed for three basses in cases. Keep the lot. The one that sticks out as surplus to me is the 'versatile' Fender 4 Jazz. The Limelight should cover there just fine.
    2 points
  41. Eeeeeeh. Nice. just came to say that. These new thumbnails on sale posts are like mega temptation
    2 points
  42. Donald Where's Yer Troosers? - Andy Stewart
    2 points
  43. I have way more than I use. I do like them though What a ridiculous state of affairs.
    2 points
  44. Latest addition to the family of black basses
    2 points
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