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  1. So, in a few days my big brother turns 40. We played in bands together for years, and him having guitars in the house was my gateway to playing bass. Recently he’s expressed frustration that he’s not playing as much anymore and wants to get back into playing. When we were kids, I had an old yamaha bb300 and he got a matsumoku Westone Spectrum ST. Spoiled really - both of us playing really decent quality beginner instruments. In an ill-advised (probably cider fuelled) bout of “I want to be Kurt Cobain” he started sanding paint off and cutting bits off the westone. Eventally, the bits all ended up in a skip as he absolutely destroyed it. That was about 1998. I came across this at a lovely little shop (Marvel Guitars in Timperley, Altrincham) And away we go…
    12 points
  2. It's finally here and it's absolutely beautiful. Plays like a dream too!
    10 points
  3. What's better than learning bass with your metronome, drinking coffee and watching your toddler get up to mischief? Not much! Thought I'd post a positive post, sure why not.
    8 points
  4. This is my ACG (AC Guitars) Finn SC R Type five string, commissioned by me in July 2015 with Alan Cringean, build completed in April 2016. It has a 33” scale, 24 frets and currently strung for E-C tuning. It has an Indian ebony fingerboard, 5 piece Maple, Wenge neck, wenge top on a black walnut body with 0.6mm maple accent. Front of headstock is matching wenge and rear of headstock matches the black walnut of the body. Extremely low action with flat fingerboard radius. Active circuitry with two FB humbuckers in matching enclosure/ramp with ACG DFM 4k pre-amp (I’ve added a picture which explains this). Weight on my bathroom scales was 9lbs and 5oz (or approx 4.2kg). To build this new on the Custom spec calculator on the ACG website, it seems it would be around £3,150. No trade offers please. Happy to meet up locally within a reasonable distance of Durham/Newcastle area too. Any questions, just ask! https://www.acguitars.co.uk/project/0244-finn-r-type-5/
    5 points
  5. But does it mute the sound differently to, say, turning the volume off on your amp or bass? I find the point in the signal chain at which the sound is muted has a massive effect on the type of silence produced.
    5 points
  6. Played a final gig with the old band last, a fundraiser for local hospital radio at the hospital social club. A real blast. There was another band on before us playing 80’s/90’s stuff which they pulled off really well. They then stayed to watch us - really supportive, nice people, lots of musicians chat and beers shared before we all packed up. It’s good when that happens.
    5 points
  7. Well after my debacle with the Zoom B1four packing up recently, I have experienced a slight mishap today, whilst recording something today ,my take on (Strange town ) I got carried away and the Focusrite 2i2 2nd gen I was using to record with was dragged off of my recoding bench onto a carpeted floor. So after quickly re plugging into my PC using the USB cable nothing happened, no power going to the Focusrite .Oh no i thought ,I haven't knackered this up as well I thought .Anyway after some deliberation I decided to give Focusrite a call, and I can honestly say their customer service was second to none, it was 5.30 pm this evening and they answered the Phone,i told the customer service guy Andy what had happened and he immediately pointed me in the right direction as to why i was not seeing any power going into the unit .He went on to say that the problem lied with the actual USB plug in the machine which was damaged during the drop, a common occurrence he alluded, and he ordered me a new plug FOC there and then ,Now I'm not one for doing reviews but i can say with all honesty that this chap was great with me, so with that in mind I'm giving Andy and Focusrite 5 stars for customer service. Well done chaps, I will report back back if and when the thing is fixed.
    4 points
  8. Just to merge the two topics and play devils advocate. Is there a possibility that top luthiers are also artists and choose their materials according to their own tastes, experience and skill, including the wood as they know what they are trying to achieve. The audience are probably just teenage dorks and middle aged duffers talking twaddle on the internet?
    4 points
  9. Love it when someone reveals a previously unknown musical talent. I've never heard of Ian Fergusson until now but as well as doing the weather on a local BBC station he likes to smash his favourite Ernie Ball's back door in in his spare time. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=919436542006592 Apart from Martin Bashir are there any other well known bass player broadcasters?
    3 points
  10. So recently I decided to make a return to my rosewood roots, and have bought a few really nice Precisions (US2015, Mex2014, Squier Affinity) to fill this void. But last night at rehearsal I just found that I was "missing" my maple fret-board. I suppose it`s because for years I`ve only played maple fret-boards and I`ve just got so used to them, but I think it will have to be the maples for me from now on. Although I like the rosewood boards I just feel more at home on maple. So as usual a few basses will be moved on (all black/white/rosewood in case any eagle-eyed spotters decide this is what they`re after). It`s good fun buying new basses & trying things out but I think I`ve finally reached a point where I know exactly what the right gear is for me and maybe I should just acknowledge that and try and only buy new strings from now on (when the old ones die of course).
    3 points
  11. At my last gig I trod on my cable mid-song. That created a more effective and profound silence than any pedal.
    3 points
  12. Thanks Pete. No worries, I'm used to dealing with Adrian Maruszczyk! 😐
    3 points
  13. After having a couple of false starts with short scale I have finally picked up a beauty of a bass. A 2005 CIJ Fender Mustang in Fiesta Red. It arrived earlier this week and the first thing I did was put some TI Flats. It has a great vintage tone and is a joy to play. The neck is really nice and feels like a jazz bass. I had a JMJ for a few days before returning it due a to a few little issues. I think the JMJ had the slight edge in terms of tone output from the pickup, that is a very special pickup. But I do prefer the finish and neck on this instrument over the JMJ. It is such a fun bass to play with a lovely tone. This one is a keeper for sure 😀😀
    3 points
  14. What’s going on @neepheid @Reggaebass @RhysP? Proper measured, tongue in cheek, friendly interaction? Where are the bared teeth, shouting and machetes at dawn? Shame on you
    3 points
  15. Break out cables = cack.
    3 points
  16. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell you that you're wrong.
    3 points
  17. What sells well? Looks pretty? Their customers think sounds best? Years of experience? Is rare and exotic? What they have in the lumber room? CITE? Habit? Convention? Independently refereed scientific research?
    3 points
  18. In he's case it won't work. But if I tell him that there was someone at the bar asking about that Bb%#[email protected]%7min chord he took in the bridge on that song we are safe.
    3 points
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  21. Well more like not sticking to it and then realising! he even had a jazz bass phase a few months back!
    3 points
  22. This one looks fantastic, I’ve seen it on Google I think, what model is it 🙂
    3 points
  23. As promised some updates that John kindly sent me this evening...
    3 points
  24. Could i disagree on not updating the design... I love how Jaydee and Wal have maintained their brand and designs , they have included new designs like the series 3. I really dislike all the new status basses and prefer the original series 2. Also, look at fender, alembic etc most bass guitar brand dont update their classic original designs - thank god!
    3 points
  25. Hello BC, I'm selling my 1983 Squier Bullet bass. All original. Perfect working order for a near 40 year old instrument. SN SQ 17xxx A pro setup is programmed begin of december by Tao Guitars (http://www.taoguitars.com/) Perfect weight (3,87 kg) and balance on a strap, a lightly flamed maple neck to die for, super resonant body and this naso-throaty sound typical of single coils, reminiscent of 50ies P basses. 50/50 shipping cost split. Sorry NO trades. 850 Euros. Comes in a very practical Ritter gigbag
    2 points
  26. On hold! Never thought I'd be doing this but needs must. Had this built for me when the waiting time was 2 years. Some extra's matching headstock and drop-D tuner. Asked Paul to make this as light as possible but still so that it would balance properly. It's in very good condition, some wear on the back of the body from use, no dings or nicks. Looking for a European sale only. No trades at this time thanks. €7000 ono.
    2 points
  27. Here's a very nice Kala u-bass in great condition. The model is FS and I think it's from about 2010-2012. It matches what it is says in this review: "Note that the pickup system is completely passive: There’s no preamp, no volume control, no EQ knobs, not even a passive tone—just plug a cord into the endpin jack, fire up the amp, and you’re off." I've had it a couple of years. I bought it with the intention of replacing my battered old countryman uke. it's great but I've barely played it. I have a sentimental attachment to the battered old one so I may as well move this on. Comes with spare strings and a strap. Price includes postage to UK mainland. I won't send it outside the UK. Not interested in trades. If you want to collect I'm in south London (Brixton-ish) or can meet Brixton or central London.
    2 points
  28. I can't find a thread on Sivcak Basses and I don't own one but am keen to so my question is - are they as good as they look? https://www.sollerguitars.com/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=category&cid=28:seria-ndhs&lang=en
    2 points
  29. NEW YEAR, NEW PRICE!! £1650 This Bass was built for me in 2009. Ebony board, Spruce top and Canadian Maple Back and sides. Selling with a decent soft case, a bow and even a Fishman Piezo Pickup. It stands at 2m tall with the pin in, so its a big boy! But it has a huge sound thanks to the extra size, compared to all the 3/4 sizes you see about! Have a listen to this video (with headphones or through speakers) to get a sense of the tone. Ideally pickup, but will happily drive to a meeting spot.
    2 points
  30. No one has mentioned Jason Momoa (Aquaman) yet. I think he even managed to get on the front cover of bass player magazine some how...
    2 points
  31. 5 Drawers 2 Cupboards The Shed The Garage All full of crap. Oh, I almost forgot, I’ve got a load of stuff stashed in my mother’s loft from when I moved house 4 years ago 😳 At some point I’ll have to face it and clear something out. Will probably start with the smallest drawer 😉
    2 points
  32. My mate Rick owns it. It’s a brilliant little shop - he’s quite acoustic heavy, stock wise…but has the odd used Gem in. He’s also better on string prices than a lot of places. I try to order/buy bits from him regularly - he’s got about 10/15 basses in - and occasionally some nice used bass gear.
    2 points
  33. I think I said in many more words than necessary that the aesthetic is the only consideration as far as my sausage fingers are concerned.
    2 points
  34. Probably not. DL16S runs on master fader 5 which is a ground up rewrite and been plagued with bugs since it’s release. The XR18 is defo more feature rich than the Mackies - however the Mackies interface is far more accessible than the Behringer one. I still run a pair on Dante connected DL32Rs - but on MF4 - and they are solid. However, I don’t think The 16S supports MF4 (MF5 was introduced with the new range of mixers). Like the XR18, the Mackie inbuilt WiFi is rubbish too. Id probably recommend the 1608 if you want to go Mackie - and run MF4 on it! Or look at the RCF M18 which has a more simple interface than the Behringer also. But first of all, check out mixing station as above. You may prefer that app.
    2 points
  35. My tuner has a definite sound change when i put it in line to the amp. It mutes the sound when tuning Sorry just couldn't resist the obvious plus its almost time so i'm happy. Dave
    2 points
  36. You must have been able to hear that you were more in tune, surely..? 🙂
    2 points
  37. Tonight, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, final date of the tour.
    2 points
  38. After a few comments here , out of interest I tried seeing if there’s any difference in the sound using a tuner between my bass and amp, and there’s none 🙂
    2 points
  39. There isn’t a day rainy enough for me to decide to sit indoors and sort out mine. I think we are up to three drawers and a flightcase full of junk in the garage so far.
    2 points
  40. Looks like he is giving a salute to Satan too. He’s a wild one that Whittaker.
    2 points
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  42. What I've done with my last 2 basses is to buy Squiers then replace the pups, electronics, bridge and nut. It comes in cheaper than a fully blown Fender but I have exactly the hardware I want.
    2 points
  43. Tuner pedal for silent tuning (and changing over basses if necessary). Put a fork in me, I’m done.
    2 points
  44. @wright/watt oof, that delta metal Arpege is tasty! My corner of Vigiers is looking not too shabby lately either. My go to is still the Glover Signature Excess. it just does something special for me. If i ever come across a delta metal Excess, it's definitely game over for my purse...
    2 points
  45. Keeping things simple here for some rocky, post punk tunes. Shout-out to @Berserker for sending me the Sansamp so quickly! The FS-4 offers a great deal of flexibility and everything goes straight into the front of my ABM600. Underside and all the grizzly bits not looking too bad either. Everything's securely in place with a bit of give. I don't like it too tight with too much pressure on jacks etc. Cheers!
    2 points
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