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  1. People are quick to moan, but I also like to be quick to praise where it is due. All sorts of grief with the DHL (Damage Handling Loons) over the delivery of my new Fender Precision after a phone dall from DHL to tell me theyd damaged it. George at Andertons was cool, told me not to worry, they'd sort out any damage. Just get it delivered then make an assessment and let him know immediately and he'd sort it. Fortunately the hard case and bass within were fine, it was just the packaging that DHL had mullered. I phoned George back to advise the bass had arrived undamaged, and thanked him for his reassurance. I mentioned that G had been cut a little short and as I tried to tune it beyond F it just slipped round the capstan. Well, not 20 hours a later a full set of spanking new Fender 45's drop through my letter box, fortunately delivered by a different company who didn't manage to drive a forklift over it. I'd have been happy with the one string, but a new set was a very pleasant surprise. Even better as I actually quite like Fender rounds. So top marks to Andertons. Reassuring on the phone, poised and ready to help refund/replace if the bass or case had arrived damaged, and super generous with the strings when I only needed the one. Well done. If anyone from Anderton's is reading this, thank you. You'll be top of the list next time I get a tax rebate that the missus doesn't know about and I go bass shopping.
    26 points
  2. So, yesterday, this arrived. Before we get to the photo, if anyone doesn't like pointy things, leave. There is nothing here for you but pain. I ordered this in 2021. How has it taken so long you ask? There was a thing called covid if I recall. Also, there were also hilarious parts problems on backorder for ages. Enough of that nonsense. What is it and where is it made then? Grainger basses and guitars are up near Peterborough, and around the time of one of the lockdowns they posted a bass in this shape that had a mad blue acrylic top. The cogs started turning. So, my idea was to have this wired like an Alembic Series 1 bass and it is. After chatting to Nuno at Lusithand about it I bought some filters off him (his stuff is great by the way - check out his site) with the caveat that it might not work. Undeterred, I sought the advice of the basschat massive and many thanks to @Hellzero who provided the Jack wiring diagram. Basically, the bass can be used stereo or mono with different jacks (like a Rickenbacker), but it's active with a filter and volume for each pickup also a pickup selector. So there's 2 jack outputs. I also got Darren and Gavin to make the bass modelling the neck on my own Alembics. They've done that amazingly precisely. Top and back is flame maple, body is walnut with headstock facings and neck strings. There is a touch of neck dive, but I've not used a wide strap yet. The bass is quite light as the upper wing is chambered. Naturally, I've got a hipshot on it for drop D and there's a brass Warwick Just a Nut too. Bridge is Babicz mono rails to accommodate the narrower spacing. Inlays are mother of pearl. Pickups are Nordstrand Zen Blades wired in parallel to keep as much top end as possible. The reason being is that Lusithand Filters go to 4kHz give or take, whereas Alembics go to 6.6kHz. So, does it sound like an Alembic? In a word, yes. If you want that John Entwistle 1982 Who bass sound, you'll get it. Or if you want a great clean sound it'll do that too. Darren, Gavin and Nuno were fantastic throughout this especially when there were wiring issues we had to resolve. If you're looking for a custom bass made by a British company (or anyone actually), then Grainger do really exceptional work. Also, Nuno at Lusithand makes really good preamps and pedals which are well worth checking out.
    22 points
  3. Ok so my GK MB112II combo is loud. Weirdly loud for such a small unit. But when I’ve taken it out the house it’s too small to be able to hear it properly as it’s firing along the floor. So I bought an amp stand. Which didn’t work as it was designed for a guitar amp which is shallower. There might be better ones which work better for my amp but I didn’t have time to find one as I needed one for last night. So I bought a £9 bit of wood, 22mm x 144mm by 1800mm and made one. I cut a 90 degree angle in 2 identical length at the same time so each side was identical, then braced it together with various bits of wood until I got bored. I just tried to get the biggest tilt on the amp with the 144mm wood width - no audio science here. The width is determined by the space inbetween the (rather large) amp feet. Glued and screwed together and sanded all over and it was done. So the amp fires at me direct when it’s maybe 2m away approximately, it’s super solid and quite light and easy to pack away with my other gear. I might varnish it, I might not! Anyway, I’ve not seen anyone else with something like this or even seen one for sale (I didn’t really look to be honest I just needed a solution fast!) but it works perfectly and costs so little!! if you need something like this have a go at making it yourself, it’s not hard and doesn’t need any special tools.
    21 points
  4. Got a call from a friend yesterday afternoon asking if I could dep at a local social club last night. They have a rock’n’roll night on Wednesdays which is quite well attended, and I’ve depped there before. Just a 3 piece band (guitar, bass, drums), and when I arrived I found out it was a dep drummer too, who turned out to be an old mate who played with me in the same band years ago. Had a cracking gig, both musically and socially. Two 45 minute sets, nice people and well paid! Used my Danelectro Longhorn into a Fender Rumble 500 combo. Home before midnight too, so happy days. Tired today though, and got 3 more gigs this week - tonight at my local pub with the acoustic duo, then Redditch tomorrow / Shrewsbury on Saturday with the ELO Experience.
    20 points
  5. I am well chuffed to have taken delivery of this ACG Graft 4 today.
    19 points
  6. Started using a new luthier recently and he takes a while but is really great! Old Stingray looking and sounding brilliant.
    18 points
  7. Nice gig at Leicester’s Donkey music venue with my blues/soul trio the Andy Wales Band. First outing for my recently-acquired Ashdown ABM500 head too, which sounded beefy and fat - apart from briefly leaning my bass against the front panel which pressed the switch to turn off the EQ (why would anyone want that?) leaving me wondering for a few songs where my lovely sound had gone…. Lesson - always know the position of your knob. Good turn out tho including interestingly various punters who’d paid for a nearby blues festival but didn’t like it and instead spotted this gig in the listings and came along (and seemed to enjoy it!)
    18 points
  8. Popped into Bassbros yesterday on the hunt for a nice 4 string Precision and this was just begging to come home with me. It appears to be a bit of a case queen with barely a mark on it anywhere and even the case is as new! It was a bit of a toss up between this and a Yamaha BBP34 but this won in the end. I have been playing mainly 5 strings for the last few years and the feeling of getting back on a 4 is just amazing! It has taken a really low setup and surprisingly the stock pickup is really nice. It might still get a Nordstrand or a Fralin at some point but let’s wait and see.
    17 points
  9. Our acoustic duo played another gig at The Lookout on the Pier in Scarborough last night. Usual full house and dozens of requests, this time including ‘The thrill is gone’, ‘Moon river’, ’Unchain my heart’ and even ‘Waterloo’ which I don’t think I’ve ever played before. Nice bassline too, although a bit more limited due to dropping the key so two blokes could sing it! We have one more gig there at the end of this month before a bit of a break until July. Picture taken as we were loading out, a beautiful evening over the bay.
    17 points
  10. Owen has a problem with his neck! Or more correctly, Owen has a problem with one of his necks. Or to be utterly precise, Owen has a problem with a G&L 5-er neck that has a snapped off truss-rod end. Getting fretboards off in one piece always carried a risk - but I haven't lost one recently and so it is worth stacking up the odds a little further and giving it a go. It's a very nice neck - but those edges are mighty thin, with the fret slots almost fully through to the maple: And so there is the possibility of ending up with 22 rectangles of fretboard rather than one whole one. BUT, it's a case of taking that risk or scrapping it. Most fretboards (but not all) are glued with heat-softening wood glues - and so you basically heat the fretboard up with an iron or similar (I use a travel-iron) and then ease a blade, and eventually a thin steel sheet slowly, slowly, slowly along until it's off: And it's still in one piece! You can see that the truss rod was fully tensioned when the adjuster-end snapped off. Interesting, though, that only one half of the strip is bowed. Sort of defies physics - I've never seen that before but maybe this is why it wasn't doing the business: Should be a pretty straightforward replacement as long as I can get a rod that fits properly.
    15 points
  11. Van's been found by the Police in a lock up. Gear was nearby...
    15 points
  12. Second two of 4 gigs this week for me. Thursday was at my local pub with the acoustic duo. Got there at 7pm to find it full, mainly diners. Plenty of requests, including ‘Man who sold the world’ and ‘Starman’ - they still like Bowie round here! Free drinks for us, so as I walked to the gig I availed myself of a couple of pints, unusual for me. Home before midnight, and another gig arranged there later in the year. Last night I was at Redditch Palace Theatre with The ELO Experience. A small Grade 2 listed theatre with a modern facade but original(ish) auditorium, first opened in 1913. Capacity of 420 so a sell out gig. Great appreciative crowd as always here, most people up on their feet for the second set. Since I sold my GK 1001RB amp last week, I used my GK800RB head and it sounded fine into my GKNeo410. Small very raked stage meant not much room but we managed ok. On to Shrewsbury today for a gig at The Severn Theatre tonight.
    14 points
  13. GORGEOUS shell pink p bass originally from walshy. Alder body, slab design with a very light relic (I believe by Dave Wilson). This was my first proper p and it’s wonderful. I did make some changes: Original neck swapped for a Nate Mendel. It’s worn but in a good way and suits the bass much better imo. tort plate one of the badass saddles developed a problem so I replaced with hipshot kickass saddles. Gives the advantage of adjustment to the spacing as well Weight is a tad over 9lbs. Pickup is now a Nordstrand NP4A. Cts pots. Really wanted to keep this as great rock/funk machine, sadly repair bills on my double bass necessitate extra cash flow Shipping is an option….
    14 points
  14. Saturday (so not quite last night, sorry) was the very first ever gig for my new project Pop Punk Prty. It was, in my estimation, a little too early to be 'out there' and we all felt very unrehearsed. However, it was better than I expected! If we play like that on our 5th gig I'll be annoyed, but for a first gig I'll take it. Rig was my trusty (and suitably pastel green) SB-2 into my HX Stomp. Everyone on IEMs apart from me (I have soundman duties) so I've got one of my QSC wedges. To complete the rig there's genuine 00's baggy jeans that were sourced by my wonderful friends at Tender Hooligan. Gosh I'm fat.
    14 points
  15. Back on "The Rock", at Starr Sports, Canvey Island on Saturday. A very enjoyable night. We've played there a few times, but for some reason, this was the most fun I've (and we've) had there. I don't think I stopped moving and bouncing around all evening while playing. Everything fell into place, set up was easy, as was sound check, with a receptive audience with people dancing from the start and kept going all night. I spoke to a couple of people who said they had seen us before elsewhere and came to this venue especially to see us... which is nice. Obligatory "tonight's office" pic attached.
    14 points
  16. Final one of my four gigs this week, played last night at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. Opened in 2009, it is situated right on the riverside and holds around 640 people. One of the best theatres we visit, it has a great sound, superb backstage facilities and staff as well as being in a lovely town. We got there early after only driving up from Redditch, so had chance for a wander round. ( I had probably the best pizza ever at a place called Dough & Oil in the town centre, highly recommended! ) Gig went really well, one of our best for a while. Apparently Limehouse Lizzy were playing in the smaller adjoining theatre, so lots of people around. Long drive back home, got in around 2.30am so glad I’m not gigging tonight. My last two gigs with the band this coming week are in Ipswich and Birmingham, so hoping they’re as good.
    13 points
  17. Completed a week of Me and My Girl at the Swan Theatre in Worcester for the ever excellent WODs. Properly old school show, which included the running time, full 3 hours with the interval and long sections of dialogue so concentration after the day job wasn’t always easy. This coupled with the fact the chart pretty looked the same for every song, every conceivable root fifth octave it felt like in every key. Love playing with the band though, great players and camaraderie, will be back for the youth show in August which is Addams Family. Obligatory gear shot- G&L LB100 with chrome flats and nordymute, little mark tube and db 110 cab, one trip to the car!
    13 points
  18. Up for sale is Ped's Celinder J-Update £2500 Please see his advert (with his kind permission) for good photos and sound samples. I will get some more pics at the weekend, condition is unchanged. I've raised the action a fraction at the bridge and changed the strings. Only used by me in home studio. It is a beautiful instrument but hasn't usurped my go to 5's. It's too much bass not to be getting used and I'm trying to avoid getting a collection (again!). Happy to listen to trades. Amp wise only a Hellborg Warwick Pre would tempt. For me to add funds it would be for a Smith BSR 5 or Lefay 5. Part trades just let me know what you have got. I'm based either near Bury St Edmunds or Oundle/Peterborough. Happy to meet for hand over, comes with hard case but courier would be at your cost and risk (I'd need to sort a box too).
    13 points
  19. A bit late, but my new blues band played our first couple of gigs a week or so ago (Tapestry in Bradford on the Thursday & Venue 23 in Wakefield last Sunday), supporting Mick McConnell's (guitarist from Smokie) new blues rock band at both gigs. It all went really well for our first gigs and went down very well. It looks like it's going to be a good band with some top players. Just need to get some more gigs booked now...
    13 points
  20. Hi All, After a week of waiting I finally received my Ibanez SR655e and I couldn't be more happy! It feels like the body was moulded just for me. As a bonus it also came strung with flats so I get to try flats! Excuse my poor photography it's not my forte
    13 points
  21. Deadlight Dance had our album launch at my local pub. I was mostly on the mandocello with occasional mandolin and three songs on my bass vi. We sold a few albums to a respectable sized crowd and my absolute highlight was we got sketched - the picture is to be framed in the pub wall! I thought we played well and I particularly like my growing confidence in the bass vi.
    13 points
  22. Weight 8.97lb. The bass is in superb condition, especially considering its age, with just a few very light marks to the body edge (see pics, although they look worse than they are under the camera flash). As far as I can see, the wenge neck is spotless. The bass comes with a sturdy hardcase, so I can pack it up for a courier at buyer's cost and arrangement. I'm also happy to meet up somewhere within an hour or so's drive. Pics from the previous seller as they are far better than mine, but the bass is in the exact same condition as I've only had it out of the case a couple of times.
    12 points
  23. I recently bought back this stunning 99 streamer LX after having pined for it back for 15 years!! But … my circumstances have suddenly and unexpectedly changed and Im gutted to say that I need to move it on again The good: It’s stunning!! It’s set up well and plays beautifully, I’ve owned several Warwicks and this one is special - there’s just something about it. It’s snarls and pops and slaps and bites and it’s just so comfy to play. It has songs in it. There’s a hipshot extender and Schaller straplocks and brand new EMG pickups with an EMG preamp - a month ago! New barrel jack fitted too. Everything works as it should. Including the truss rod. The neck is beautifully figured with a lovely holographic depth to it. But I can’t capture it in a photo. The No so good - and the reason for the cheap price! It’s had a knock - meaning the top is cracked around the knobs. See the pics. It’s visible up close, but it’s totally sound. You can’t move it or push it etc. it’s still perfectly solid and sound and seems to require no repair etc. it’s fine. It just looks rough up close. Also, there’s some buckle rash on the back - hard to picture though Hence im selling this gorgeous, well set up bass with brand new EMG electronics at just £750 ovno collected only from Cheltenham.
    12 points
  24. 11 points
  25. Great gig last night at the Service Station in Hull. The staff and crowd entered into the 70s Glam theme bigly. Bar staff dancing on the bar at the end…. Definitely will be returning in ‘25. The on stage sound was pants though, too loud and undefined (sounded great FOH though), could hardly tell what I was playing all night which led to the odd guff. Must sort out some in ears sooner rather than later.
    11 points
  26. Afternoon its been a. While since I did a NBD thread! Been waiting for this for a while as they don’t come up for sale too often Fender AVRI 75 jazz 5 1/2 hr round trip this morning to collect this, well worth it Owned from new by previous owner and looks like it just came out of the factory, all covers included as is the original bridge serial number dates it to 2005 Currently sat in my lounge whilst the trusts settles down Tony
    11 points
  27. Hello For sale my amazing Maybach Motone P bass Year 2024. Gigbag and certificat. Rare bass on market. The best PB i have test. The sound is crazy. The confort is perfect 👌 very balanced bass. Only 3,7 kgs ! Alder body Indian rosewood fretboard Maple neck Lollar pickup !!! CTS Gotoh Res-O-Light tuners - Very light Shipping possible Price in Euros : 1800€ My videos : Photos :
    11 points
  28. Played at The Pit at McCann's Rock and Ale bar in Newport last night. Really good fun. Good setup with cabs and drum kit provided, so you just need to rock up with heads and breakables. We hit everything a bit too fast, which we haven't done previously. Need to work out a signal to slow it down a bit. I dropped my pick twice as well, which doesn't usually happen, so that was annoying. Still, good fun and people seemed to enjoy it! We played with a death metal band called Cremulation and a another doom band, Damek, who we're hoping we can arrange for them to come to Bristol at some point. This was the setup. We're Hora, and the gear I used was my Dingwall into my GX-100 and then my ABM-600.
    11 points
  29. Beautiful walnut finish SB1000 in great condition for an instrument made 43 years ago. Plays incredibly even over the neck with minimal relief and a nice low action. Iconic 80s honking tone that excels in cutting through the mix. A few dings and wear in some areas but otherwise pristine with everything working as it should. Specs: Ash body, with a maple and walnut laminate neck and ebony fretboard. String spacing is 16mm with a nut width of 45mm. Weighs around 5kg. Will ship at buyers expense.
    11 points
  30. For sale is my Roscoe LG3000 (LG4) Custom. Outstanding bass in excellent condition and only 7Lbs/3.2Kg! I bought this bass here nearly 3 years ago as I needed a quality lightweight bass with a good flexible preamp for the band I had just joined. It certainly didn't disappoint. My time with that band has come to an end and this bass just isn't being used. The build quality and finish is right up there with the top stuff. If you're aware of Keith Roscoe basses you'll already know! These are special. Body is Spanish Cedar with Box Elder top. Neck is Maple/Purpleheart/Maple and the fingerboard is Paduk. 18v Bartolini Pre with Bass Treble and adjustable mids. Bart JJ pickups. Hipshot bridge and Ultralight USA tuners. Roscoe fitted case. Bass is located in St Helens Merseyside. I'd rather not ship this due to its value but I'm happy to meet/deliver up to 100 miles. Not really looking for trades as I do need to pay for something. The price is what I paid 3 years ago which was a great price back then for something like this. Any Q's or more pics, just ask away. Cheers.
    11 points
  31. We had a pretty good one in Malvern last night supporting old skool punx The Samples. Decent sized crowd (room was almost full for us) and sound was pretty good - as the PA was vocals only and I had the biggest amp I could actually hear myself. I'd also put in simple tube compressor/noisegate combo in my Helix for a clean (for me!) bass sound. Gear was Parker bass through Helix into BBE pre and DBX rack compressor, Crown pwer amp and Markbass 4x10. Icing on the cake was that everybody hated us and nobody gave any compliments about anything we did until we left the stage and there was a collective shout of "Thank fck for that!" Anyway, here's a bit... (edited to add cleaned up audio and colours vid)
    10 points
  32. Two nights depping done and great fun as ever. Phone call/ message 9 am Friday morning. 11 hours later load in for gig one. Got through relatively unscathed for a slightly later start and finish at a pub I’ve not played at for years. Last time I depped with them was January and it’s a mix of a set with only a few cross overs to my normal set (though different keys to those I usually play those few in) but good players and an easy bunch to work with and off. Second gig closer to home and a bit earlier to finish which is just as well as I’m in Mrs Walman’s bad books for taking two gigs just before we head off on holiday. Reasonable crowds both nights and running full IEM’s which worked well. A bit more holiday spending cash, which is nice. And so to bed and head to the airport tomorrow afternoon ready for Monday morning 😁
    10 points
  33. The only problem with Andertons is they keep a list of all the things you've bought over the years... I'm terrified the wife may find it one day...
    10 points
  34. So, when Dave called me he initially said to "chuck it in the bin," which I wasn't really happy to hear. He then told me he was sending me a 'new' (returned) RM 800 as he had one that was perfectly operational but had been sent back and that it would take too long to work out the exact problem with my RM 500. I was astounded! The new amp arrived today, works flawlessly and I am one happy camper! Incredible customer service.
    10 points
  35. The pedals I was waiting for (two compressors) arrived so I've now put my main board together. There's one more board to go; a certain sci-fi film series themed board but there's one pedal I'm waiting on which will hopefully be here in the next couple of weeks or so. I've finally got a board where I have an octave, fuzz, octave, fuzz chain (I actually quite like fuzz into octave even if logic suggests I shouldn't but now I don't need to choose). It's power-hungry (it needs three IEC cables) and the settings pictured reflect those decided by my bedcover when the pedals were upside down while I was wiring it, but after some twiddling it sounds good! The chain is: BP1 > BP1 Loop Send: Strobostomp > Opti-FET > Octabvre > Doom 2 > Subsonic > TAFM > Frantabit > MBD3 > Cave Bear > XD > Type Two > AFG-1 > ADG-1 SE > Slow Loris > DLA-2A > Nimbus SE > BP1 Loop Return > Element (underneath board)
    10 points
  36. NBD Decided to pull the trigger on this, arrived today. New to Sandberg, wanted a new Fender Jazz to replace a Mexican deluxe a regrettably sold 3 years ago, but heard good things about Sandbergs and having shopped around saw this in sale (Bit of a bargain) had a quick run-though, one issue/possibly, it seemed a bit quiet, noticed the pick ups specially the neck was very low only about 2mm above the body and bridge maybe 4-5mm figured this was not right? So lifted them both 2-3mm higher and it sounded allot better., enough that I had to role volume back bit when boosting pre amp to about 75% strings look like Daddarios but label says Sandbergs own brand, can anyone confirm, they seem a bit on the higher tension side might have to change them, see if they bed in. add some real photos later, its much more yellowy:butterscotch than the stockings photo (not in a bad way) https://www.bassdirect.co.uk/product/sandberg-electra-ii-tt4-creme/
    10 points
  37. Spend a day each at Bass Direct and The Gallery and try anything and everything that takes your fancy. It's the only way to find out what YOU like.
    9 points
  38. Sunday afternoon gig at a local social club, not the biggest turnout, apparently a tribute band on in town the night before was what did it, but those that were there really enjoyed, we really enjoyed ourselves, nice to be home for 7pm rather than 1am once in a while. Hopefully get some Saturday night gigs from them going forward..
    9 points
  39. I am selling this beautiful late 2006 Spector NS-4 with stunning looking solid quilted maple body wings, powerful active EMG pickups, the US Haz 18V preamp and gorgeous abalone crowns. I bought it in summer last year as my DOB (date of birth) bass. However, due to some higher than expected house renovation bills, I have to already sell it, which is a real shame. The bass is in showroom condition as the previous owner, who bought it from Sound Control in Glasgow, kept it in storage for all those years (he joined a band as their drummer instead). New, a US Spector NS-4 with the exact same specs costs $6,249.99 (according to a Spector bass configurator on a US retailer website). There are also two used NS-4s on Reverb for £4089 (no solid wings, only maple top) and £3699, so I think I am asking for a very fair price. During its short time with me, the bass has never left the house (very limited home use only). The bass is also not too heavy (for a bass with solid maple wings), weighing 9.5lb/4.3kg. I put EMG 35P4 and 35J pickups on the bass, but the original DCs will come with the bass of course. Finally, both the battery box as well as the cavity cover are recessed, which gives it a nice look. The bass is currently stored safely in its original case in a pet and smoke free house. Collection would be recommended but I can also ship it (UK only, sorry!) using a decent courier. Shipping would of course add some costs. Spector NS-4 Specifications Number of Strings: 4 Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed Body Shape: USA NS Curved and Carved Body Shape Body Material: Solid Quilted Maple Body Wings Body Finish: Natural Oil Colour: Natural Neck Material: 3-Piece Maple Radius: 16" Fingerboard Material: Pau Ferro Fingerboard Inlay: Abalone Crowns Number of Frets: 24, Jumbo Scale Length: 34" Nut Width: 1.64" Nut Material: Brass Bridge/Tailpiece: Spector Custom Brass with Individual Saddles Tuners: Gotoh Neck Pickup: Active EMG 35DC Humbucker Bridge Pickup: Active EMG 35DC Humbucker Controls: 1 x Master Volume, 1 x Blend, 2-Band EQ (Bass/Treble, Boost and Cut), Spector HAZ 18V Preamp String Spacing at Bridge: 19mm Strings: D’Addario EXL165, .045-.105 (June 2023) Case Included: OHSC
    8 points
  40. For sale is my Lakland DJ4 in LPB with matching headstock. 4Kg And in excellent condition. I bought this from BassBros last September as a back up for my Roscoe for the band I was in. I'm no longer with that band and this isn't being used. The bass is in excellent condition with no dinks or scratches. There are a couple of small indentations to the back of the neck that I was unable to capture on the photos. Other than that, its perfect. Recently set up with a low action, too low for me if I'm honest! It's a Korean made one and the build quality and finish is superb as you'd expect. It came with a gig bag although nothing fancy. I'm unable to ship the bass but happy to meet/deliver within reasonable distance from Merseyside.
    8 points
  41. Hooray, another Brooks bass is born! The Brooks FV-12 - Korina body wings - Bookmatched Quilted Maple top - Nine ply Korina/Mahogany Neck through - Cherry Burst high gloss finish - Pearloid binding - Ebony fretboard - Mother of Pearl position dots. Aluminium Circle dot for 12th - Jumbo frets - 30 1/2" scale - Buffalo horn nut - ETS Custom made twelve string brass bridge and tailpiece. Black - Two spokewheel double action trussrods - Carbon reinforcement strip in the neck - Pickups: Lace Alumitone DB7, Black - Controls : volume, volume, tone - 0.047mfd capacitor - Gotoh GB 350 lightweight bass tuners, Black - Gotoh ST-31 octave string tuners, Black - Output: Pure Tone Multi Contact jack - d'Addario custom strings - Weight: 4.3 kg In posts below I'll show pics of the build process.
    8 points
  42. I managed to acquire a Squire Mikey Way Mustang bass for a ‘reasonable-ish’ pice. Fit, finish and playability was excellent but the pickup sound woolly, lacked definition in the low end and just not great. So after Googling … I found pretty much nothing on swapping out the pup, where I did it suggest that it needs modding to fit, however after getting the dimensions of the EMG 35HZ and checking the pickguard it looked like it ‘might’ actually fit, so I ordered one and kept my fingers crossed It arrived today and it fits like a glove, easy install with the solderless pots and wires What a transformation, clear, articulate and punchy just need to add in some mids and it sounds ACE!!! If you’ve got a Mikey Way Mustang but frustrated with the sound then do not hesitate to pop an EMG in !!
    8 points
  43. Audience response. If that is good then any other problems are wiped out.
    8 points
  44. Hi , I have bought this beautiful amplifier recently here out of a compulsive buying moment 🙂 I am a keyboard player that plays bass occasionally and I've always been in love with that vintage Motown sound... Now that I have come back to reality I realised that this is a luxury I can't carry on... This is what I paid it for and I'd like to sell it for the same amount. It's reasonably priced given that there are a couple out there that go for much more. Enough about me and more info about the beauty: I bought it from the 2nd owner in London that Bought it in the USA in 2005 from its original owner who at that point was elderly and hadn't used it for many years. It was working but needed a full service. The speaker was replaced with a JBL D140F, and all the caps replaced, and the 'death cap' mod to a three lead mains plug done. The tubes are the original Ampeg/Sylvania tubes, and yes i can't believe either they don't need to be changed, the amp works absolutely great and it is very quiet. It sounds incredibly good. That Motown and funky tone. The JBL D140F gives it a warm and punchy sound with creamy trebles. I am the 3rd owner and this has been carefully look after in my studio. I need some money to cover cost of my album and sadly this needs to go. You are welcome to come by and try it yourself. Clean and warm from 1-5 and then starts to break up from 5-7 with that awesome saturation. As you can see from the pictures it is in pretty good original and unmolested condition, but obviously the tolex does show it is from 1963. The amp Head is in great condition with the blue light still shining. I chose not to repair the small tolex tears, thinking it was better to keep it as original as possible. There is no dolly. It retains the weird octal plug for the speaker connection that was used for a year or two around 1963. Everything about this dates it correctly to mid 63. Serial number and circuit diagram are correct, and the pots all date to late 62/early 63. Ampeg used the Random Navy Flair until early 63 then switched to the Blue Diamond during the year. It is still a 117V head and I use it with a step-down transformer and all work perfectly, will be sold with it. Delivery can be arrange with a private courier or if you're not too far I can delivery myself nice and safe. The amp is advertised somewhere else as well. Send a message to arrange viewing.
    8 points
  45. Never really 'got' IEMs despite years of trying and silly amounts of money spent. Just too much bloody technology, too much wireless, too many things to go wrong, too much time spent 'tweaking', too many blank faces at sound check ... "it's not working, what's happened?". A low-volume backline on stage with all the serious volume out front through the PA works fine, and is more-or-less infinitely scaleable from a tiny backstreet boozer up to a big festival stage so the band hears a consistent sound at every gig. It's also completely obvious how to set it up quickly at any gig, all the components are easily swopped in & out when a failure occurs, and even the densest and most arrogant guitarist will eventually see/hear the benefits of not pointing their combo at the backs of their knees.
    8 points
  46. I found this fella on Gear4Music's Ebay site. It had got a bit of a bash on the rear of the body and was reduced from £419 to £230. It has a Jazz style neck and a 2 band EQ - I do like Jazz necks and I really liked the 2 band EQ that I had on my old USA built Stingray SUB - so decided to pull the trigger and pay £230 for what sounded like a lot of bass guitar for the money. When I received it I was pleasantly surprised that it's 2 band EQ made it sound very like that USA SUB I used to own. I also really like the Jazz neck, which had a really nice low action straight out of the box. The fit and finish is excellent but the fret ends are a little bit noticeable (not sharp just noticeable). I'm used to, relatively, expensive and old basses where the necks are rolled and the frets are filed via a setup, or just decades of use. I already own a USA Stingray but this sounds preferable to my ears and I prefer the Ray 4's neck as well. I can see it being gigged regularly. Here's the bass and the insignificant dent.
    8 points
  47. Went to the Earl Haig jam night and did a few songs with James Oliver, none of which I had heard before. "Do you know Nadine?" "Never met her!" I have jammed with him before, but still a bit intimidating as in the last month he's done gigs with Horace Panter and Norman Watt-Roy on bass 😱 Went ok though!
    8 points
  48. This was the setup for Saturday. My first time setting up a full pa.
    8 points
  49. It really pains me to have to put this up for sale, but increasing trouble with my hands means playing (in my case trying to play) a 5-string bass is increasing painful due to, the doc says, increasing arthritis in my fingers. I can manage a J-type neck and some P-type necks and I fully intend to keep managing as long as possible, but the wider fretboards I now really struggle with, and not just because of an absence of talent. This bass is the full monty. It has the Multi Coil pickups and the DFM filter preamp, a one piece body with a very subtle top wood. The scale is 34" and best of all it is very lightweight at only 3.9kgs (or 8lbs 10oz). The full spec is here: https://acguitars.co.uk/project/0446ukrell5-34/ Other points to note is that the bass has a rounded body edges rather than the beveled style featured on the Krell basses. Also, the cutaway to accommodate the forearm is the more usual style seen on many basses. Current ACG models mostly have a scalloped cutaway. Both of these features are my person preference. I would much prefer to meet and hand over the bass due to its value. I would be happy to either sell the bass outright or do some kind of part ex deal. Please PM me if you have anything that you think may interest me. But please note the comments above. The bass is strung with TI flats and comes with a superb soft-hardcase. Here are the pics, please let me know if you would like to see anything in more detail or indeed if you have any questions. Thanks for dropping by.
    8 points
  50. As is often the case in these discussions, I’ll get the elephant in the room out of the way before anyone else chips in. I love this design, beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc….
    8 points
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