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  1. Wilco

    Matsumoku basses

    Picked up this Thunder 1A a couple of months ago from @geoff90guitar . Could see it was fundamentally a solid instrument that just needed a bit of fettling. Had a neck shim in which wasn’t actually needed so that came out, & there was a stuck solid pick up screw that my local guitar shop (Kempsters) sorted for me. Other than that, just a load of elbow grease on all parts. It’s 39 years old with some just right minimal mojo - very pleased with the end result! 🙂
  2. Also, it was a limited edition so getting one now might be difficult. I believe you can patch a Bass Station 2 with the AFX software upgrade though.
  3. Thanks. The AFX is a very cool piece of kit. I’m discovering new things about it daily! It’s probably a bit of overkill for what I need, but kinda saw it and had to have it! 😆
  4. I love synths & the range of sexy noises they can produce. Below is the set up I’ve recently put together (which obviously includes a bass synth!!) Novation AFX Station / Roland JD-XI / McMillen 12 Step midi controller The 12 step is plugged into the Roland and I can trigger pads/strings or whatever with my feet whilst still playing my bass. I could midi through into the Novation too, but that’s not needed at the mo. The 12 Step is part of my bass pedal board now.
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  6. Wilco

    Matsumoku basses

    My Thunder 1A fretless has long gone (what was I thinking 🤦🏼‍♂️), but remiss of me not to add my latest Matsumoku to this thread. A tasty Thunder III.
  7. Wilco

    N(old)BD

    Thank you - very pleased with how it turned out. The shop is in my hometown - Swindon.
  8. Wilco

    N(old)BD

    So, I was a teen newbie bass player in the 80’s. Like many a young bassist of the era, I played a Westone at some point - a Thunder 1A in my case. Always had fond memories, so when this Thunder 3 came up for sale locally, I just had to have it. It was in a sorry state (it is 35 years old) - grimy fretboard, broken off screw on the battery cover & worst of all, & no sound from the front pick up, but I could see potential. I was told it had been in a case for most of its life & judging by the minimal fret wear, I can believe that. With a bit of elbow grease from me, the skills of my local guitar shop (Kempsters), & Armstrong pickups, it is now fully functioning and a most welcome addition to my little collection. Sounds epic through modern amplification and the neck is a joy - low action & perfectly set frets make it a breeze to play. Yes, first fret feels a reach & it is weighty at 10.3lbs, but overall it’s superb. Very happy.
  9. Sold via FB group - please close.
  10. Fantastic bass that I’ve thought long and hard about selling, but I need to raise funds for some other gear for a new band project that I don’t need this bass for. Not far off new condition - a light scratch on heel of the neck & a couple really small lower body dings is about it. Huge spec, loads of tonal flexibility & plays like a dream. Comes with the usual Ibby rectangular foam semi hard case Spec:- neck type BTB57pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart/Maple neck w/Graphite reinforcement rodsNeck-through top/back/body Walnut topWalnut backAsh wing body fretboard Bound Panga Panga fretboardAbalone off-set dot inlay fret Medium Stainless Steel fretsPremium fret edge treatment number of frets 24 (+ zero fret) bridge MR5S bridge string space 19mm neck pickup Aguilar® DCB neck pickupPassive bridge pickup Aguilar® DCB bridge pickupPassive equaliser Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/ EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot) & 3-way Mid frequency switch Gotoh tuners too & locking Jack socket. No postage on this - pick up or collection from Swindon, or meet up say an hour away from here.
  11. I’m afraid I don’t knooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow 🤷🏼‍♂️
  12. Feck me, that’s a stunner. Sadly I’m lacking the greenbacks ☹️
  13. Pic below - not a great one, but the bass is at my local guitar shop having a pickup/electrical glitch fixed so I can’t take a better one. Appreciate, there are alternative fret cleaning methods. And yes, said fretboard was lemon oiled with Dunlop 65. Made a huge difference too.
  14. I’ve used these many times over the years on different instruments always to good effect. I’m in the process of restoring a Westone Thunder 3 to it’s former glory & the fret board when I got it was particularly horrible. See pic - bottom two frets as they were, top three cleaned with the Planet Waves sheets. Ok, a lot of elbow (I mean finger) grease went into the job, but great result I reckon. Whole board now done. Not bad for around £7 - 8 & a bit of effort.
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