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  1. This post will come as a surprise to Andy, as he does not know me. But I owe him. A couple of weeks ago, Andy sold a Yamaha BB1500A and described it as doing the Marcus Miller thing. This came as a surprise to me, as my 1500 had never come close to that sound. But after absorbing that ad, it now does it very well, better I’d say than the MM signature Fender I once had. It’s true that I tinkered with the mid-cut preset to good effect, but I can’t believe that alone could have made all the difference. Is it all in my head? Or is my playing style now inspired by the faith that we CAN do the Marcus sound? Or when Andy Travis speaks, do all bass guitars obey? Perhaps he would say something encouraging about the Squier Jaguar?
    5 points
  2. Here we have my faithful and treasured USA SUB with a Status Graphite Fretless neck. Has barely been played since I had this done a year ago (at great expense) and is being sold due to this. Black with 2-band preamp. Black Musicman tuners. Used with my Boss OC-5, this thing is pure Pino! Also comes with original wooden neck. Body is 8/10 condition wise. Has a nick on the upper bout, but nothing else really of note. Neck is 9.5. Currently strung with flatwounds, so the board hasn't been chewed up and looks new. Weight is 4.2kg Located in Moreton-in-Marsh. Which borders Warwickshire,Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Will not ship. However, as those who have dealt with me before will attest, I'll pretty much drive/meet anywhere to facilitate pickup or drop off. Price is £750. No offers.
    5 points
  3. For sale is my tribute to the Fender Phil Lynott Signature Precision. If you don’t have £10k+ to buy a Fender Custom Shop Phil Lynott Precision, then this is a very decent alternative. 1993 Squier Silver Series Japan Precision. Glossy black body, naturally aged nitrocellulose amber maple neck, with a dark rosewood slab fretboard, recently lemon oiled, and large white dot inlays. Mirror pickguard. Finger rest. Knurled flat top knobs. The original pickups ouput was becoming weak and tinny and were replaced with Fender Alnico pickups. Through my Marshall stack the sound is “Live and Dangerous” all day long, with a thunderous low end and tight highs. There are numerous marks, scratches and dings commensurate with age. 42mm nut. Weighs 8.3lbs. New Rotosound RS77LD flatwound strings. £385 (No trades or offers please). Buyer welcome to arrange a courier, I will package and box up the bass very well, ready for a courier to collect.
    5 points
  4. I was at the last Stonehenge free festival in 1984 (rather aptly). I remember seeing burnt out cars. I remember seeing The Poison Girls I remember seeing this tent I remember nothing after that.. 😁
    5 points
  5. Justice must be, not only done, but seen to be done. A bit late, but here's your Certificates ... BC_Chal_Cert_2022_06_1.pdf ... which look like this (but bigger, of course...)...
    5 points
  6. For sale only a nice Squier Mustang FSR. Great condition, fitted with a set of medium scale Chrome flats, better quality tuners fitted, 3.4 kg or 7.5 lb`s. Collection from me in Paisley or local meet up. I will not post so please don`t ask.
    4 points
  7. 2247 is how it would be in the US, but backwards. The sale price must therefore must be £74.22. PayPal Friends and Family OK? 😎
    3 points
  8. Random course correction image.
    3 points
  9. I’ve slowed down now… oh, no…no I bought one last week….
    3 points
  10. He shall henceforth be known as "The Bass Whisperer".
    3 points
  11. Played a beer festival in Llanmaes. Bloody awesome, went down a storm.
    3 points
  12. There's a lot of talk about boutique amps and a lot of money that can be spent on tubey stuff, but despite owning at one time or another the most expensive all-tube amps that both Mesa and Ampeg produce - silly money in the case of the former (north of £3000) - as well as loads of top end hybrid/non-tube gear by Aguilar, Mesa, PJB, Markbass etc (and don;t get me started on how many expensive cabs I've owned), without doubt the best bass tone I ever had was from an early 70's WEM 15" combo that cost me £300 🤔
    3 points
  13. Well nearly got it.. Was initially looking at a P Bass but there just not my thing tonally. So looked for a 4 string Jazz to go with my Atelier 5 without spending £thousands.. This fits the bill. Have heard great things in as much as build quality etc. Didn't want to mod it, just pick it up and play.. I really like gold and white, not sure about the gold pick guard so will change that out for a dark brown tort maybe. I think these may be sought after in years to come maybe.? Got it fairly cheap too. Ill take it to rehearsal and see how it sounds through the Aguilar.. 😎
    2 points
  14. 2017/18 Fender FSR Limited Edition 70s Jazz Bass. I believe there was only 250 Fender FSR Limited Edition 70s Jazz ever made. These were £899 new, and this one has £250+ of upgrades added. They also have another Fender quirk of having a 2017 serial number, but being released in 2018 only! Solid glossy natural ash body, maple neck with black block inlays, bone nut, bullet truss rod cover, and a 70s Fender logo. This bass has a few upgrades including a set of (£200) Fender Ultra Noiseless Jazz Vintage Alnico pickups (the same ones used in the new £2k Fender Ultra Jazz bass), electrics with Volume/Blend/Tone, and a solid hi-mass bridge. Has some marks on the pickguard commensurate with use, but overall excellent condition. 38mm nut width, weighs 9.8lbs. D’Addario strings. £699 (No trades or offers please). Buyer welcome to arrange a courier, I will package and box up the bass very well, ready for a courier to collect.
    2 points
  15. Here we have my MTD KZ5. Bought new from Bass Direct 4 months ago. In unmarked condition and weighing an incredible 3.3kg. 35" scale, with the *BEST* B-string I've heard. Dual split coil pickups. 3-band MTD preamp. Burl Maple top with Mahogany core. Super tight, modern tone. Absolute clarity and bite in true MTD fashion. Located in Moreton-in-Marsh. Which borders Warwickshire,Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. No shipping. However, as those who have dealt with me before will attest, I'll pretty much drive/meet anywhere to facilitate pickup or drop off. Price is £650.
    2 points
  16. The Portamento isn't truly unlined, it has stub lines. Which is really handy above the 12 fret, but slightly defeats the object of being unlined.... whatever that is
    2 points
  17. Important customer announcement: I have several relatives in the US and tomorrow they are celebrating Independence Day (i.e., celebrating America's declaring of independence from Great Britain, not celebrating the movie :- ). Well, I thought that's a good occasion for a special one-day only flash sale for a US made bass. So, from midnight today until 11:59pm tomorrow, there will be a significant price reduction (and looking at the new price you can then guess why I chose that specific price :- ). After that, the price will go back to £2799. Even if I come up up with some future flash sales, none will be anywhere near as big as this one! So, it's really now (well, soon) or never 😎
    2 points
  18. FYI, I got a refund from the seller. And he's getting a refund off his seller.
    2 points
  19. It's a hard life lesson for us, eh? 😁
    2 points
  20. They do… you just say “pssst … hey fender/Yamaha/Gibson/rickenbacker bass … wanna come and live at my house ?”
    2 points
  21. Nothing like having the correct tool. However, someone here said a paint can opener will do the same job. At just £1.80 from B&Q (other diy stores are available) I thought I’d give it a go. The tip needed a little more angle and a a little filing for a better fit, but it works really well.
    2 points
  22. Welcome to the real world.
    2 points
  23. I’ve always called them ‘fretless trumpets’, which clearly makes zero sense. Except in my mind, where, like many things, it makes perfect sense. 😂
    2 points
  24. Stewmac do a truss rod wrench, a big phillips doesn’t fit because it’s a cross slot and there’s no hole for the point if you know what I mean, I’m guessing if you’re good with metalwork it probably wouldn’t be too hard to make something
    2 points
  25. They're a solid sheet of aluminium (I guess), similar thickness to the normal pick guards but with 90 degree edges rather than beveled. They have a visibly brushed finish that I thought would feel horrible but actually doesn't. Think I prefer them to plastic now, I'd assume you can get them anodised any colour you want too.
    2 points
  26. There’s a trace Elliot ah1200 at my practice room. That thing has it’s own gravitational pull. I’d hate to drag that to any gig! Most A/B heads are fairly light though - an Abm 600 is around 12kg, handbox r400 is even lighter I think and as much power as anyone would need. If you’re driving to a gig, I don’t see it as too much of a hardship to use a class a/b head if that’s what you prefer.
    2 points
  27. My cover’s blown! Thank you very much, greatly appreciated. Genuinely intrigued what other bassists would do in the above situation. On the Myles Kennedy tour, I used an Ashdown ABM500 Evo 3 and an ABM 4x10. Front of house was fed with a mic to the cab (if we had time) and the SansAmp. The set up worked well. It was nice to have some control over monitoring by way of the amp rather than leave it to someone else (granted, every sound engineer we came across was outstanding and a true professional in every way, but sometimes it’s nice to control your own volume rather than asking mid set). The SansAmp did the heavy lifting for the PA, and the Ashdown helped out with everything. Good results.
    2 points
  28. My ABM combos are supposed to weigh about 35-40 kg but I reckon they're snacking between gigs as I am sure they're putting weight on!
    2 points
  29. 2 points
  30. I saw Chic in Cork on Tuesday, excellent as always. A staggering setlist delivered immaculately.
    2 points
  31. I like it when the technical side backs up the circumstantial or qualitative. We knew something unique was happening with the electronics and it seems that this is indeed the case.
    2 points
  32. One night I went to a gig at a local pub, the band being known to me. The vocalist said shortly before the gig started "our trombonist's trombone has arrived but he hasn't. Does anyone want to play the trombone?". Well, I'd had a couple of pints by then, and I knew what embouchure meant, so I volunteered. I think I played brilliantly (I'm sure I hit at least one note spot on). Since then, I have had occasional thoughts of trying playing trombone again. Maybe even doing an interesting recording of trombone and fretless bass (definition of a minor second: a trombone and fretless bass playing in unison).
    2 points
  33. It’s ok - the wal preamp is two transistors and 3/4 of a 4opamp IC that’s not in production any more and crazy hard to find
    2 points
  34. I had a Selmer T&B 50 valve amp from the mid 70s until the mid 80s - never left me down and always sounded great.
    2 points
  35. mrs nekomatic once got the kids a pBone for a bit of fun (as they already both played piano and violin) and for a further bit of fun got someone she knows to give them a couple of lessons. Somehow a couple of lessons turned into a full on third instrument, kid 1 let it drop after a while but kid 2 recently got his grade 7, on a King we inherited from my late uncle who used to play in an amateur orchestra in Belgium. Kid 2’s teacher is now trying him out on some jazz, much to his initial reluctance but last lesson while I was working upstairs I could overhear him taking solos on Watermelon Man to a Jamey Aebersold backing track, and I may coincidentally have got something in my eye.
    2 points
  36. I don't think Turner and Drinkstable are necessarily comparable - Turner was far more impressionist and Constibule more idealised. Neither of which apply to Mrs Moloko. Dali, however, was surrealist in a "that's fookin' mad, that!" sort of way, whereas Ms. Murphy was only surreal in the same way that someone might say "that's surreal" when actually they meant something else entirely. In her case, the sort of art I'd compare her to is this amazing restoration:
    2 points
  37. When you are trying to sell some otherwise terribly put together piece of crap.
    2 points
  38. Beautiful!! Almost a roasted look, I love that. I can’t wait to hear if it makes a difference to the sound of the build, as I hope. @Bass Culture’s build was fascinating to see and the sound clips/videos he did recently were interesting to me. Mainly because I still thought the sound he got out of his Wal clone was cleaner/less low mid heavy than I expected, even with all of the attention to Wal-like detail. (Sounds great BTW) This raises the possibility again of the sound mostly being the pickups/preamp, as alluded to by many on this thread. Alan @skelfwas clear to me that he thought the Wal sound mostly was in the preamp. I guess this is how R&D goes. At least I can share what I find publicly…my successes and failures… The chaps working back a Wal Custom preamp schematic from my photos tell me the topology is different to what has been generally thought. I quote them directly from a recent message: ’The thing that struck me the most was the filter topology used in the original. Most people on the net assume that the Wal uses a "state variable filter" topology. This type of filter is a bit more complicated (more components), but can easily change cut off frequency and Q factor (boost at the cutt off freq) independent of each other. From what I can see, the original uses a Sallen-Key topology - which isn't that flexible at all. It has fewer components, but gain, freq and Q can't really be adjusted independently, maybe to a degree and with some wild twists. And the original Wal is using all those wild twists. The Attack function is also very interesting - a signal is taken from one of the pickups (I think it's the bridge pickup) and passed through a high pass filter, leaving only the high end of the raw pickup signal. Then later at the end of the signal chain, that signal is added to the total mix for the attack effect. Really clever idea!!!’ I briefly note in passing Alan’s use of a similar idea for adding treble back in for the ACG EQ-01. Though his lets you pick which pickup to take the signal from. I attach a draft very early version of a preamp schematic, though without values or second pickup yet added, for your pleasure.
    2 points
  39. £325 collected from Bristol. Sale only - not interested in any trades. I can post within the UK for £20. This is a great Precision bitsa in beautiful vintage white, with (removable) pickup & bridge chrome covers and tug bar completing the old school look. With its flatwounds strings, I've been enjoying playing Motown on it - but a Precision suits most musical styles. Body The body is from a 2013 Fender Squier Matt Freeman Precision. Colour: Vintage White Body Material: Basswood Hardware: Chrome Bridge: 4-Saddle HiMass Bridge with Brass Saddles Misc: Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs, Tug Bar. The original electronics developed an intermittent crackle, so they have been removed and a KiOgon loom was installed this week. This has a solderless pickup connection, so it's very easy if you did want to experiment with other pickups. Having said that, the stock pickups sound great to me and I never felt the need to change them. The bridge and pickup covers were imported from America (due to the HiMass bridge being a slightly different size to a standard Fender bridge). The tort pickguard is a replacement; I don't have the the original black one. There is a small scratch by the G-string side of the bridge. There are some paint imperfections near the neck join. The chrome pickup cover has some wear on it - only visible from some angles. Neck The neck is from a 2021 Fender Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision Bass. Neck Material: Maple Neck Finish: Tinted Gloss Urethane Neck Shape: "C" Shape Scale Length: 34" (86.36 cm) Fingerboard Material: Indian Laurel Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm) Fret Size: Narrow Tall Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm) The tuners are the stock ones; however there are alternate screw holes underneath where third-party tuners were previously installed. Misc The neck join is ok but not air-tight (this is cosmetic). Strung with new Adagio flats. Weight on digital kitchen scales: 3.975kg (8lb 12oz) without the chrome covers. Happy to answer any questions so please just ask if you need any more photos or information.
    2 points
  40. Any shim that raises the neck enough to give you access to the truss rod adjustment will require you to also raise the bridge by an unfeasible amount. You are much better off routing a slot in the body at the end of the neck pocket to give you access. And TBH unless you live somewhere with extremes of weather (I don't think Croydon is quite there yet), or you regularly change the makes and gauges of the strings you fit, once you've got the relief right you should never need to touch the truss rod again.
    2 points
  41. You only have to check my avatar to know how highly I rate this instrument; if this bass was a ring it would be the one ring to rule them all
    1 point
  42. Fab re. the Citronix! At least I bought it in a shop (in Bognor Regis) and it was only £150 (NOS).
    1 point
  43. Coming on for twenty years ago, I had a Trace Elliot 4x10 combo. It was, er, very heavy, so heavy that I think one of the girls I know (she was a 2m ex-blacksmith before the operation) would have had problems with it. I later finished up with a Tecamp Puma 900 and Barefaced BB2, which had the advantages not only of being lighter than the Trace but sounding better too. I've only played one gig with the current combo, a GR Bass carbon fibre combo at 9.5kg for 500W, so I have yet to confirm that the sound is as good but it was promising.
    1 point
  44. The what ? People spend time talking about that ? Everyone knows it’s rubbish … or is it ? :🤔 🍿
    1 point
  45. Love my tube amps I have a bunch of them in different flavours, not tried one of these though, yet 😄
    1 point
  46. I did already know about this - and I envy the lives, free from related mental and emotional scarring, of those who do not.
    1 point
  47. Weird question I know. How flat is the neck set into the body? Is their a big distance between the strings just after the neck to the body or is it quite flat? Also, any idea of age? (I'm reasonably local by the way)
    1 point
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