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    I just sold my soul for YOB Jazz Bass

    That's interesting - mine is a 1970 and so technically the era of the poly 'thick skin' finish. But it's thin and with lots of chips on it and a patch of wear just like that one on the back. You can pick it off with your thumbnail and it seems to have come off where the rubber of a guitar stand cradle rests on it too. Its not nitro but nowt like modern poly finishes either. Importantly it looks cool ha ha
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    I just sold my soul for YOB Jazz Bass

    Looks very cool. Love her tanlines too.
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    NBD - Fender MIJ Mustang white/tort

    Alder I believe. Definitely doesn't sound like ash. Could be basswood I guess but pretty sure they're alder. Mine's nicely balanced tho it seems to be happier worn pretty low on a strap - maybe it's the lack of body contours that make it feel funny up high.
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    We Don't Play There Anymore

    A place that's now closed down but where we used to play a lot. Originally it was a good gig, with a decent reputation for live music and always pretty rammed. Over the years it changed hands, went downmarket and gained a reputation for dwindling audiences and messing bands around - wanted you to start earlier, finish later and play for less. On more than one occasion I turned up to find I'd been double booked with some cheap n nasty karaoke or disco. I stopped booking gigs there and didn't play there for about five years, when out of the blue got asked to play a work Christmas party for a firm which had booked a room there. It hadn't improved over the years at all. Still half full of sozzled all-day drinkers, and toilets you'd expect to see in Trainspotting. Never went back. It's since been sold, gutted and turned into a restaurant.
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    NBD - Fender MIJ Mustang white/tort

    Here's the full amp rig. It's been a long time since I needed that whole rig at a gig tho.
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    NBD - Fender MIJ Mustang white/tort

    They're cool cabs aren't they? I'm considering shifting the Aguilar for another Schroeder to be honest - smaller and easier to carry, tho the Aguilar does sound divine.
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    Who did you see live last?

    The Levellers and Ginger Wildheart last night at Leicester's De Montfort Hall. The venue had the England v Croatia match showing on screens in the bar and public areas which inevitably meant Ginger played to a half-empty auditorium while many opted to watch the football (he was still brilliant tho). The Levellers headline set (once the football had ended) was a sort of acoustic orchestral affair, with violins and cello alongside the usual members. Worked nicely on their new material as well as reworkings of their older classic stuff.
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    Condition preference when buying a used Fender bass

    Sure thing. But i think there's a risk of overthinking it too in searching for some holy grail of bass, which imparts some mystical connection etc. They're just instruments at the end of the day - the rest is all subjective. If you're a collector/trader then original, unmolested condition is going to command the highest price and be most collectible. But you're going to play it (presumably like the people who got a cool guitar for their 16th birthday etc) then it comes down to what feels and sounds the best to you.
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    Condition preference when buying a used Fender bass

    I have a 1970 P in sunburst/rosewood/tort just like that 1966 P, which is in used but certainly not abused nick. There's a mobile phone sized patch of wear on the back, and various smaller patches of wear, about half of which were there when i bought it 24 years ago, and the rest has been picked up along the way. I think the fashion for relicing has given an unrealistic idea that old guitars become inevitably battered - if you take good care of them, they don't. Mine has clearly been well used and had some professionally-done repairs over the years (on its second refret and its third jack socket) so its no museum piece, but as a working instrument it is incredible. I would neither seek out battered examples, or shun pristine ones really. All instruments are individual anyway, so it's down to whether or not I like the one in my hand (or more likely, whether I can afford it!)
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    NBD - Fender MIJ Mustang white/tort

    It's great - I've tried lightweight basses before and not really got on with them. Found Mike Lull to be too hi-fi and modern sounding, and hollow-body stuff to be neck heavy as a result. But these seem to nail it as cool little instruments in their own right.
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    NBD - Fender MIJ Mustang white/tort

    Ah its a great cab - it's one of those bits of kit you buy (off Basschat incidentally) that immediately becomes your go-to gear. It's done pretty much every gig with me since about 2013. The Aguilar underneath it is even better, but too big for me to get out much.
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    NBD - Fender MIJ Mustang white/tort

    Gigged this on the weekend for the first time at a big outdoor garden party in front of about 100 or so people. It sounded great (even thru the cranked medium-sized 1x12 combo which was provided as backline) and was just a pleasure to play - small, light and looked cool. Plenty of low end, smooth with flatwounds, and plenty of mid/high punch which sounds nicely retro. Really pleased with it and surprised I hadn't explored these sooner.
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    How was your gig last night?

    Just come back from playing a big garden party in the sunshine as part of a charity fundraiser. Watching the football this afternoon we realised we might need "Three Lions" should they win. When it got to 2-0 I reached for my bass and a few texts later we'd all had a go at learning it as our set closer. Went down a storm. Of course it did! Probably not the most accurate version ever delivered but even by our own last-minute standards that was a personal best. Oh yeah and it was my first gig with my new Jap Fender Mustang. It was great.
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    Any suggestions for a good tuner?

    Aye another vote for the Korg Pitchblack. Got two of 'em and I love 'em.
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    Show us your set up.

    This is from a big outdoor gig I did back in 2015. An LM2 and an LM3, each powering a cab - a Schroeder 1210 and an Aguilar GS410. There's a Korg Pitchblack tuner and then a Boss Chorus pedal (switched off) to split the signal into the two heads. I normally just use one head and one cabinet for regular gigs. The bass is an old USA precision. Not pictured are the spare basses - a MIJ Mustang and a Yamaha BB604. (I didn't have them yet).