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  1. Just thought I should share my great fortune/ honour in becoming the only the second custodian of an unmarked 73 jazz bass. Before I share the story, I know that the bass has the black scratch normally found from 74, but I've seen the original receipt from Carlsbro Sound in Mansfield clearly marked Sept 1973. So the bass is 100% original down to the case, original paperwork, inspection tag, owners manual and spare set of flatwounds ! Having saved his hard earned cash for years, the original owner, John B sadly passed away suddenly and his wife couldn't bring herself to part with the her husband's pride and joy, which has been sat under the bed until now. His wife decided to pass the bass on to someone else and I was recently invited to the family home to hear the story for myself. I have several photos of the John playing the bass in his band. I can't share them on here as they aren't mine to share but I can assure you the bass is visible clear as day, including John's initials on the lower horn, as was the trend in the 70's apparently and which are still on the bass now . . . . I promised I wouldn't remove them. Of course when I 1st saw the bass, apart from being floored by the stunning condition, I assumed JB stood for Jazz Bass! So an incredible, virtually show room condition beautiful jazz bass, preserved in time.
    32 points
  2. Precision body, Jazz neck Ebony board, Geezer EMG pickups, DR Black Beauties, rather black. Comes with a good non-Lakland gigbag (I will sell it £750 cash collected with no gigbag). Quite weighty for one of mine at 9lb 14oz COURIER, I will box it up, buyer to organise & pay for courier. TRADES, no thank you. Feedback available. Thanks for looking, Karl.
    16 points
  3. For sale or trade a top of the range ACG Uber 5 string. It has been said on here before, you would be hard pushed to beat the value of a second hand ACG and this one certainly backs that theory up. The DFM 4K pre and MC5 pickups allows really fine adjustment so it records really well. Listed price is trade value there is some room for a straight cash deal, just looking to get back what it owes me. Specs: Body Wood - Butternut Top Wood - Fiddleback Eucalyptus Accent Veneer - Wenge Neck - 5 piece Wenge & Black Walnut Fingerboard - Acrylic Impregnated Koa Scale - 34" Frets - 24 Pickups - ACG M5 Bridge - Hipshot Tuners - GB350 Resolite Preamp - ACG DFM 4K Nut Width - 46.75mm String spacing at bridge - 18mm Weight - 4.5Kg Link to ACG build page https://www.acguitars.co.uk/project/0156u-finn-r-type-5/ MC5 Pickup details https://www.acguitars.co.uk/pickups/ Hiscox hardcase included and I have shipping materials, with decent feedback from previous sales. Will only ship insured with cost to buyer or at their risk (to be agreed). Alternatively happy for halfway meets for handover (within reason). Open to trades, 4 or 5 string and addition of cash either way possible.
    16 points
  4. I don't really like any of of the 'big bass names' that get rolled out on BC. Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pasty-Riots, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, you know the ones. All very talented but tedious to listen to. I do love a good pop tune though. Maybe I shouldn't be here? 😁
    16 points
  5. It’s much better to learn the floating thumb technique for muting than relying on a rest.
    15 points
  6. Hand over day. Mark popped in today to collect his new baby. After quite some time I had to turn the amp off to stop him playing it, I think he would have done a full set given the chance. We both agreed it sounds like a "Wal" in a Zoot Boudica package.
    14 points
  7. This x 1000 Here’s a true story: A guy comes into my record shop and pre-orders a CD. Not a new one – a cheap re-issue. He’s super-excited. On the day of it's release, he’s outside the store when I arrive, almost hyperventilating with excitement. I open up and dutifully trudge to the back of the store (slightly peeved that this guy has delayed my morning coffee by 10 minutes) to retrieve his disc. He rips off the cellophane. His hands are trembling. And then he bursts into tears. Unselfconsciously, a grown man is so happy to purchase this music that he is weeping in front of a sales assistant. Being an Englishman, I have NO CLUE what to do in this situation, so I go to the other end of the counter and avoid eye contact while he gets it out of his system. Eventually (10-15 minutes later) he is composed enough to pay me and leave. The music that reduced him to tears was... ‘The Very Best of a Flock of Seagulls’. I have sold thousands of releases by ‘Good’ artists - everyone from Nick Drake to Radiohead, from Bach to Coltrane, but the only person who ever wept for joy on purchasing a recording was the guy who bought ‘The Very Best of a Flock of Seagulls’. I dare you to tell him he's wrong.
    14 points
  8. Another one. I could go all day on these but I'm trying to ration myself. Eric Clapton is the most overrated guitarist of all time. Absolutely dull as dishwater.
    14 points
  9. For Sale or maybe Trade , recently both this one Just Not For me nice Bass great playability .condition is Mint . For Trade maybe lakland USA plus cash or f Basses , Just try me If you Got Something else Specs Redwood top mahogany Body 3 pieces Maple Neck 34 Scale 24 frets Macasar ebony Board Ken Smith Pickups Weight 4,3 Kilo 17.5 spacing Original case
    13 points
  10. 18 May 2007 - joined latest incarnation of Basschat (having been a Member of various short-lived predecessors). Post Count = NIL. Zero. Not a sausage. Bugger all. 18 May 2022 - older, greyer, happier. Post Count = 13,897 So that's 2.54 posts per day every day for 5479 days. I've got it under control. I can walk away any time I like.
    13 points
  11. Played a really cool little bar last night (actually more early evening) here in deepest darkest rural Bulgaria. It's run by an English guy and they even have real English beer, which is a rare as hens teeth here. It's an old barn turned into a bar, with a decent sized courtyard out the back, and a decent PA system. Very cool little spot. I'd definitely play there again, or even go to watch other bands and have a few beers.
    13 points
  12. That would be me. Bought an early 80's LP Std about 1987. At first I thought it was great, then I slowly came to see its very many deficiencies. The only upside to that guitar was that one day a fretboard marker popped out so I looked up local luthiers in the phone book. 'Hang on... Tony Zemaitis lives round here?' Dropped it in for a repair, admired a lovely Zemaitis acoustic on the wall. 'Have a go,' says he, so I did. It sounded amazing and I said so. 'Yeah,' says Zemaitis. 'The owner's picking it up next week'. And that's how I got to play (one of) George Harrison's Zemaitis guitars.
    12 points
  13. Disclaimer: This is NOT a Fender, despite the Fender logo. 😉 £295 Posted. SOLD!!! I built this bass a couple of years ago, it plays and sounds great, and the reason I'm selling it now is because I need to downsize my collection because I have far too many basses, and I hardly gig nowadays. The body is made from alder, and is a lovely olympic white that is starting to yellow a little, you would have to look very hard to find any marks on it. The pickup is a Kent Armstrong split-coil which is the exact same specs as the Fender Custom Shop 62 pickups, I have the Fender Custom Shop 62 in my other home built P bass which is also alder body and rosewood board, so I have compared them side by side and they sound identical to me. I purchased the neck from someone on Basschat, I can't remember what the make was, but its very nice and it came with the tuners which I was going to upgrade, but they work and stay in tune very well, so I kept them in the end, the frets are nicely finished, and the rosewood board is quite dark and looks lovely, its a joy to play. The bridge is exactly the same as a Gotoh 201 but without the Gotoh name stamped on it. There is a small dent/chip near the E string tuning peg (circled in photo 5), its not really that noticeable unless you already know its there. I have uploaded a couple videos where I've tried to show how versatile the bass is, from JJ Burnel to James Jameson, the only downside is that it is me playing and not the great men themselves, so please excuse my poor technique and playing, the bass you hear is the actual bass because the tracks have had the original bass removed. Nice n Sleazy was recorded into Reaper where I messed around a bit to try and get the JJ Burnel sound. My Girl was recorded into Reaper with no effects added at all. Probably best to listen through headphones to hear the bass properly. You are welcome to come and try the bass out at my home in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Nice n Sleazy Hi Res).mov My Girl.mov
    12 points
  14. Gig last night. We all awoke yesterday to news thst our singer had gone down with a cold and ebola of the vocal cords. By utter chance, our singers neighbour is a singer in a different band and we all know him to at least say 'hello' to. A quick bit of grovelling and he agreed to cover, which resulted in a frantic 90 minute technical chat and practice. We made it very clear to the crowd - our home crowd - that he was an emergency backup singer in order to set expectations of any major musical clangers to come. Except he knocked it out the ballpark with nary a stumble. About half our songs he'd never done live and had to use an ipad clipped to the mic stand for the lyrics but you'd never have known, he was that slick. So many thanks to Simon from Band Substance http://www.bandsubstance.com/www.bandsubstance.com/Home.html for standing in and doing a truly first class job, and we hope Darren recovers quickly from his cold and regains his voice for our Jubilee gig. Although I may have accidentally told the crowd you were suffering from a nasty STD rather than a cold!
    12 points
  15. Greetings lovers of the low end!....Up for sale is my killer Elwood 5a, the bass is in first class condition and sounds amazing....no chips, dents or missing finish....specs as follows: 21 fret maple (quarter sawn)?? neck with graphite rods and ebony finger board....jumbo frets...you can't see fret ends, so maybe black binding.... Two-piece alder body ( chambered) with lovely Zircote top. Gold hardware with ets knobs along with individual bridge saddles Aguilar DCB pickups and obp3 preamp with pull passive and toggle for 400 hz and 800 hz midrange....bass / mid / treble 18 volt Bass weighs in at 8.5 lbs so not too light, nor too heavy and hangs well on the strap. Scale length is 34.25 and string spacing is 18mm Will include UK shipping in with the price at your liability, or you can arrange your own courier and have it picked up......NOTE, bass will be well packed.
    11 points
  16. Just played in my first concert since 2019 due to Covid. Mix of Grieg - Peer Gynt- and Gershwin.
    11 points
  17. For Sale or Trade Celinder PJ 4. Precision body and Jazz width neck. Got this from Funkle on here not too long ago. It's a very special instrument with probably the most sustain of any I've owned, it just rings. Celinder pre is everything people say they are and pictures speak for themselves. I've linked to the original sale advert as those pictures and description are better than anything I could produce! Specs: Ash body in translucent blue, flame maple fingerboard, and beautifully figured maple neck. Jazz width nut (1.5"), 19mm string spacing at bridge. Original CP3A preamp with dip switches, PJ pickup setup. Dual stacked volume pot - one volume per pickup - and bass/treble on the other pots. Electrics are in full working order. Nicely shielded cavity and easy battery access. Weight 4.5 kg, or so the bathroom scales tell me. Frets and neck in excellent order. I haven't had to adjust the truss rod since I first set it up in 2019 after buying it. Setup is with D'Addario Nickel XLs. E string is 5/64" at 12th fret going over to 4/64" at the G string 12th fret. It's a pretty low action, with nearly zero relief. Hasn't left the house since I got it so in the same 'player wear' used but not abused condition, see original advert for pic's of scrapes and chips. Comes with a road runner hard case. Shipping possible at buyers expense or happy for halfway meet (within reason). Trade wise no 6ers.
    11 points
  18. That's because they have more magnets.
    11 points
  19. No pic but we played another slot at a local pub just before the weekend. It was enjoyable but I didn't think it was worthy of sharing... However, yesterday I met by Dad in my local pub 8 miles from the gig and a very decent chap came up to me and said he recognised me. He then bigged up my playing in front of my Dad. I was really touched. (for context, I am a few months shy of 50, not a teenager!) 😸
    10 points
  20. Played a dep gig last night for a band. No rehearsal involved, which is always interesting, but fortunately they are rock solid so it went smoothly. I think we were last in a room together in the mid-80's, so getting on for 40 years ago. It was an absolute hoot and I'm doing all over again in a couple of months. Last together at the Thirst Aid Charity Day, The Castlemayne, Basildon ( '85 or '86 I reckon) Last night at The Papillon, Southend. I don't think we've changed much at all 😂
    10 points
  21. Absolutely yes! I’d definitely lend him your bass. I wouldn’t lend him mine though.
    10 points
  22. I don’t know if it’s an unpopular opinion but it’s caused a few ‘discussions’. There’s no such thing as good music. There’s no such thing as bad music. There’s just music you like and music you don’t like. That’s it.
    10 points
  23. Not sure on this - but Johnny Architect is nipping over to look at the extension plans next week and my wallet is sweating. Im 99% sure this is the second time I’ve owned this bass: they’re phenomenal. Desert gold, light weight (9lbs ish) and plays…well, not much effort required. It’s a 2004/5 - is showing some of its age - little nicks and the satin neck is shinier around frets 1-7. But it’s stunning. The typical little mark on the headstock (so many bongos get it) - but everything else is a stare at it for 10 minutes and spot it kind of thing. wearing new slinkies. no case - so need to sort something. £25 shipped no insurance £45/£50 insured or collection/tryouts welcome
    9 points
  24. Another beauty but need some cash... This is not the most recent listing but has a super level of detail and background info on the bass: Current pictures for perspective: Plays itself pretty much, a total joy. I've got the bass strung E-C at the moment with a medium action - enough to start the strings nicely but still quick. spacing is around 18mm, it will go a little wider or tighten if you choose. Has the Shuker preamp. It's very good - some 'give you flexiblity' but in reality you have to chase a few good tones and the rest suck. The Shuker pre just seems to augment the natural tone of the bass. Comes with a Shuker case but shipping is extra. Btw if E-C is not your thing I will happily set the bass up B-G if you would prefer that tuning. The nut is brass but is cut nicely so works with either tuning unless perhaps you wanted to use some really unusually string gauges. Anyhoo - pricing to sell so no offers or trades please. Cheers! Abd
    9 points
  25. You can't build a 6 skinner on a cd case, never mind a download! 😈
    9 points
  26. Not last night, but day before. Barking Bikefest, in support of the Tour Series 2022 cycling event. One of our singers blagged us the last (aka headline) entertainment spot of the day before the main event via his contacts with Amazon Key who are the main sponsor. Really nice small scale festival setup in the middle of a beautiful park. Played on a temporary bandstand with various street food eateries and other stalls around us whilst community cycle races went on around the park. We were down to a 4 peice from our usual 5. One of the guitarists is on holiday and our female singer came down with tonsillitis during the week. Luckily, our other signer handled it with aplomb. Provided backline was excellent (Ampeg PF500 plus Ampeg 2x10, Fender Twin and Roland Jazz Chorus) but unnecessary as me and the guitarist went direct via our Helixes (whatever the plural of Helix is). Quickest set up and break down we've ever done. Set went down well, especially "Park Life". When else do you get the opportunity to play that song in the middle of an East London Park on a beautiful sunny day?! No pay, but free food and use of a secure green room. Bonus points as we were invited to the Hospitality area with free booze, food and goody bags to watch the main event after. Really good fun. The American Amazon contingent who flew over for the even really liked us. We jokingly said... " if you need a band for your Christmas party at HQ in America...". I'm not sure if they were serious when they said, heck yeah, we'd love you over there for that.
    9 points
  27. Morning. Just wanted to drop a +1 review of BassBros on here. I bought a '75 AVRI jazz bass from Will on Saturday and the process couldn't have been better. Great communication throughout the week to arrange the appointment, and when I got there, the basses I had mentioned I was interested in were laid out ready to try through a really nice TC / Vanderklay rig. Will was really kind, warm and accommodating, making cups of tea, having a proper chat about what we loved about jazz basses. I tried three different AVRIs out, two in natural and one in 3TSB, and I left a very happy customer having bought the latter - picture below I immediately went off a gigged it twice through the weekend, and I'm very happy with it! Couldn't recommend BassBros enough to anybody wanting to purchase their next instrument. Nice one Will!
    9 points
  28. Gibson Les Paul Standard Bass LPB-3 Heritage Cherry Sunburst 2011 Mahogany body, solid carved maple top, rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays and twenty medium-jumbo frets. Two thunderbird humbucking pickups, each with tone and volume controls, and three way switch. This bass is in very good condition - there are no major scratches or dings, and it comes with the original Gibson hard shell case as well as the owners manual and certificate of authenticity
    9 points
  29. Oh trust me, this was not a situation of my choosing. Last time I was in the UK was 2016 and then we opened a service based business that couldn't function without me and that basically screwed any chances of coming back to the UK until COVID struck...and the rest is history. I never took the batteries out of the bass before putting it into storage because I didn't think I'd be away for so long...! Any hoo some pics are below. The original pickups gave out so the previous owner sent the bass back to The Mothership and had new ones installed. The rest of it is original and honest - finish issues and all and the facings are walnut IIRC. And one of it being played live:
    9 points
  30. I love the sound of bagpipes (played well), particularly if the sound is floating across a valley/loch or the Edinburgh skyline.....
    9 points
  31. It's ready! It'll be with me on Tuesday in time for practice.
    9 points
  32. In 1987 after releasing 'I got my mind set on you', George Harrison received votes for Best Newcomer in the Smash Hits readers Poll.
    9 points
  33. I think my band's pretty good. That's clearly and demonstratably an unpopular opinion
    9 points
  34. Nearly there... need to move the band gear in on Thursday and shuffle some stuff around to maximise space but it's almost good to go! Final pictures at the weekend!
    8 points
  35. New bass day! This is a 1975 USA American Vintage Re-Issue, made in 1999. I don't really know too much about the specifications that they used to make basses to in 1975, all I know is that this one feels really, really good! It's got the classic bullet truss rod, three-bolt neck attachment, 70s pickup spacings, and finished in this lovely three tone sunburst with a rosewood neck and mother of pearl block inlays. The best bass I ever played was a mid-70s jazz bass, and this one (whilst not 100% there) gets really close to the magic of the vintage one I played. I bought it Sat, and immediately went and gigged it that night with the original band (The Achievers - R&B, Americana, Blues etc), and then last night with a function band at a wedding. Both excellent experiences! Decent weight, nearly 5KG, so good but not compared to the originals. It's strung with flatwounds too! I know - curious for a jazz... I got this from Will at Bass Bros on Saturday, and the service I received there was excellent - can't recommend them enough. Pics below. Cheers for looking
    8 points
  36. As new condition Rickenbacker 4003S in the beautiful (and rare) matte black with certificate, manual, unopened dusting cloth, allen keys, case (with key) and bridge pickup bezel fitted (£46 from Rickysounds) and original bridge pickup cover. This finish is more like satin than matte and feels incredibly smooth, almost teflon-like and plays faster than either matte or gloss lacquers. The frets are unmarked and the case is also as new. Weight is 9lbs according to digital bathroom scales. RRP is £2,789, retail around £2,499 and The Bass Gallery has one second-hand at £1,935. I'd like £1,650 or near offer collected from or meet up near(ish) to Hertford. Thanks for looking.
    8 points
  37. Very nice short scale semi acoustic, currently fitted with chromes. collection only as I don’t have a case for this, however I work all over the place especially London, always up for the traditional service station meet. Not really looking for trades but I might be tempted by a medium scale jazz or an acoustic.
    8 points
  38. Blue Sadowsky metro RS4 string fretted bass for sale. Great player, can have super low action. Bought from the bass gallery about 2 years ago for £2300, selling for for £1400 as there are the usual played in dings on the body and the back of the neck (See pics). Great sound, can go from dark Jaco sound to bright metal / funk. Huge bottom end if you have a bass stack Spec: Alder Body Morado fingerboard Weight - around 9lbs - perfect weight for balance Sadowsky Preamps with passive tone control / active preamp bypass Colour: Sparkly Blue 34inch scale Chrome hardware
    8 points
  39. Interesting night. The UB40 tribute band got hired to play at a nice midsize venue, but it wasn't your usual gig: it was a birthday party for the owner of the place. There was another band before us playing for an hour, and then us. Our keyboard player had to rush back to Ireland due to family matters... so we were a little nervous: that keyboard plays a lot of very 'signature' riffs and sounds, plus he shares vocals with our guitarist. Still, we've done it before, and we manage alright with the horns helping cover a lot of the space the keys leave. Well, it turns out the band before us had a keyboard player who is a UB40 fan. So we invited him to play and he did wonderfully. Yeah, it was different and didn't have all the right sounds, but it sounded pretty good. He seemed to enjoy the additional pressure, and the additional praise from the audience We had to force him to take our money in the end (he was on stage the whole time, nearly 2 hours, and he made us sound better than without keys, so it's ony fair), which he refused initially... and now we may have a keyboard dep, which we had tried for a while unsuccessfully. Result!
    8 points
  40. To someone I don't know? Nope. Plain and simple.
    8 points
  41. This would be mine actually it is mine, for the past 32 years Only mods are the Schaller 3D bridge and scratchplate. New pots in 1991
    8 points
  42. I can't stand DJ's, and I find it utterly ridiculous that people would flock in their thousands to watch, what is essentially a human CD multi-changer flouncing around on stage like they're actually creating something.
    8 points
  43. I had a similar experience once in a rehearsal room. It was vile. Anyway, turned out it was actually one of our guitarists
    8 points
  44. Good morning everybody, nice to see you all...(stands up slowly and unsurely) My name is Simon, and I like The Proclaimers.
    8 points
  45. I got back in Sunday after a whirlwind two days away for this gig. What an experience!! Left home at 5am Friday and arrived in Amsterdam early afternoon. Taking guitars and cymbals on the Eurostar was so easy, far better than flying IMO. We arrived, had some food and a few drinks and eventually got ready for the gig. We walked into the venue, which was packed, and there was a band on stage (they do two bands each night Thursday to Sunday I think) and they were good. A countryish band with great backing vocals. The crowd enjoyed it.... We are nothing like that. After a v quick setup we were on. We spread out our set into four parts to fit the running order and to manage the churn of audience as people go bar to bar. Each of the four forty five min sets was a mini whole gig setlist with a "big one" at the end. We moved the order around a bit and played for over an hour in the first set to minimise breaks. My hands felt like sausages and I fluffed a few lines here and there but no clangers in the first forty odd mins. The place was full and the crowd were energetic, singing and dancing. We powered through and the place was heaving. In the second set I can't remember which song started it but bouncing around turned to gentle shoving and then a sort of mosh pit formed. A few songs later and I saw something I didn't like one bit, a lady was shoved by the back of her head, and stopped playing and had to say something over the mic. The band continued and I joined back in a few bars later. We gave a bit of a warning out on behaviour and shoving people who probably don't want to be shoved about. That sorted things and we continued. The energy in the place was amazing, loads of people genuinely there for the live music and bouncing around, singing along to every song. Overall it was an incredible experience. I never thought I'd end up doing something like this. Playing pubs can be great fun, but playing full music venues in a foreign capital city was just something else! The staff and the soundman loved the set, I think we will be going back!
    7 points
  46. For sale is my 2016/2017 MIJ JB75 in excellent condition, come's in the deluxe moulded case in new condition with all case candy Upgraded Fender high mass bridge , original will also come with it and a white scratch plate as well. Unused Fender strap Nut width is 38 mm Weight is 4.5kg's white block inlays Good action and loaded with fresh strings A straight sale as I have another Jazz and price is firm I will include delivery to UK addresses Thanks for looking and any question fire away
    7 points
  47. It is with great reluctance I am having to down size, so up for sale is my gigging rig. Band folded a few years ago and at 72 I don't think that another rock band is on the cards. Tolex on the cabs is a bit scruffy but to my eye it looks good. Sadly unwilling to post so collection from Weymouth or meet up within 50 miles. Bass guitar not included in sale (could be with some negotiation)
    7 points
  48. Ok, ok, you've dragged it out of me... I bought this... And NOT because I was a pathetic teenager who fancid Thereza Bazar, I actually quite liked some of their songs. Happy now? I've tried to keep that a secret you know? 😉
    7 points
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