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  • Birthday 24/05/1964

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  1. I seem to recall Macaris had a " bass cellar " where all the bass guitars where downstairs in some dark dank part of the shop . When I lived in London in the 80's I visited Denmark street very regularly , all shop staff treated you with contempt unless you had the signature long hair / tattoos / denim / record company interest . It's a shame that another retailer is gone , but with poor customer service and poor value for money , is it really a surprise?
  2. I picked up. JV Strat quite a few years ago and it will never leave , Custom Shop strats have come and gone , but the JV is still the guitar I pick up. Another future collectable? , how about the Yamaha BB 1200/2000 range . I have had 3 1200's , I stupidly sold them in pursuit of the ideal Fender P bass , but as Joni Mitchell sang , " you don't know what you've got , till its gone "
  3. Emerson / Lake / Palmer . Have to agree with the Police and Rush . Mr Big are pretty tight too .
  4. Just received a Gator amp bag , well packed and promptly sent. Many thanks for the smooth deal . Martin.
  5. A Squier Classic Vibe Mustang bass in March lockdown , I was furloughed for 12 weeks , so I thought it would be a good sofa bass. An Ashdown 30watt Stubby from Ashdown when they were selling them off at half price in May , still haven't really given it a bit of welly yet as all gigs were cancelled. Secondhand ground wound strings for Mustang bass.
  6. For me , the Amy Winehouse /Ronson version of Valerie . Good bass stuff in Lemonheads Mrs Robinson ( Simon + Garfunkel ) Previously mentioned , Clash - I fought the law .
  7. Nice bit of maple on that neck , MM always seem to get great Birdseye for their necks . Any details on defret ? ie , done by luthier or not ? The white pick guard just sells it to me so much more . Thanks , Martin .
  8. I have played with a few guitarists who were capable bass players . On occasion when we do an instrument swap for a bit of fun , they always play with picks , plays lots of fancy fills and runs , and are always very pleased to hand the bass back after a song or two . ( which is kind of reassuring for me )
  9. My parents bought my two sisters fairly basic classical guitars , I used to "borrow" one of the guitars and their instructional books to try and teach myself basic chords and strumming techniques , my sisters weren't really interested in playing them , so I had unlimited access to a guitar . My parents weren't really supportive about any of my activities , I used to race kayaks to a high level , they were suprised when I came home with a medal . But on the other hand ,they never curtailed me , I was given freedom to follow my interests . My dad said he would have bought me a complete set of golf clubs if I showed interest in golf , but no help for anything musical at all.
  10. On the plus side , at least you got an answer , and quite a cheerful one as well .
  11. Pointy headstock heaven , yes , I wanted one as well . And a Yamaha Motion bass as well ( and a BB1200 , the list goes on )
  12. You did indeed Jack , but I seem to remember selling it back to you . You did have a rather extensive clear-out a year or two back and I remember the AC was listed again .
  13. I bought a White / tort guard CV Mustang at the beginning of the lockdown , a sort of comfort purchase to mainly use for the hours I would be on the sofa. As previously said , the overall finish is very good , the tuners turn very easily , despite tightening the screws at the back , so any knocks detune the bass. The neck is narrow and slim , not much meat on it ,bit of a change if you are used to a Precision .The sound is different to a P Bass, thinner , bit more treblely , doesn't quite have the authority of a good P bass sound , but I'm sure a playaround with your amp EQ will get some good tones . As I bought the bass during the lockdown , I haven't had the chance to gig it ,or give it a good blast through a bass rig . My main worry was how good / or poor the fretwork would be on a cheap bass, I'm happy to report fretwork is very tidy , no sharp edges and the neck feels smooth when going up and down the neck . The laurel fretboard is quite pleasing to the eye , nice bit of grain on mine .I'm not sure if I will adjust to the 30 inch scale , it feels positively strange , I keep going back to a regular bass , it just may take some time to come round to it . For about £300 , you get a well finished , very playable instrument ( stick some flats on it ) , if you cannot get on with it , I'm sure it will sell pretty quickly with the current trend of short scale mania going on at the moment . Hope this helps .
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