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  1. [quote name='dlloyd' timestamp='1498050456' post='3322216'] Just to confuse matters, Stingrays come strung with 45, 65, 80, 100. [/quote] Yes my bad. EB Super Slinky Bass 45-100
  2. [quote name='fretlessguy' timestamp='1497284517' post='3317032'] If you're happy with what strings you have and the bass is properly set up, then yes. When putting the same set of strings on then just simply change them one at a time. Remember that if you go to a different brand, you will need to do adjustments because the tension from brand to brand will be different despite having the same gauge. You will need to check the intonation of the bass occasionally, whether you change to a new set or not. [/quote] Yeah, this much i understand. But as an engineer i find it hard to believe that a luthier just randomly selects a gauge of string to put on their basses. I just couldn't help wonder if this is where some truss rod and neck issues start? For example if you have a slim neck bass that the maker has fitted with light gauge strings to make life easy for the neck. Then the buyer puts really heavy strings on because they are his preferred string but in doing this has to over tighten the truss rod to compensate for the difference in tension? Or am i just overthinking things?
  3. only4

    Spector

    [quote name='spectoremg' timestamp='1497474794' post='3318576'] I have one of those and have never felt stretched with it. I've spent on decent straps lately which allow me to position a bass where it's comfortable. [/quote] I think it's that the strap button isn't over the 12th fret. The end result is that the first fret is a couple of inches further away and strap length doesn't seem to alter that, unless you choose to play like Bill Wyman!
  4. only4

    Spector

    Just acquired a Euro 4 LXTW through a trade. I really want to love this bass but the offset neck is causing me an issue by putting my wrist into an uncomfortable playing position regardless of how i have the strap set. I'm 6' tall but must have short arms or something. Like "Radiophonic" i can play my Stingray etc all day long but this bass is a real problem, i am persevering with it at the moment so fingers crossed!
  5. Crawford just bought my bass extender. Great communication and prompt payment. Deal with confidence. Cheers Mark
  6. Pete just purchased a Jazz pickup from me. Good communication and prompt payment, what more do i need to say. Cheers Mark
  7. I've just bought this and it seems very good. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Theory-Bass-Player-Hands/dp/0996727604/ref=la_B015I2YCYY_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496390558&sr=1-1
  8. I've owned a super twin for the last 6 months and couldn't be happier, it's overall power handling combined with ease of transportation makes this cab a real one stop solution for me, perfect for home, rehearsals and gigs. Soundwise compared with my old MarkBass setup this cab has slightly less topend due to the lack of a tweeter but to be honest its frequency response perfectly matches the Mesa D-800 I'm powering it with.
  9. only4

    UM BONGO

    [quote name='Machines' timestamp='1495964498' post='3307756'] Setup yes strings no. They were utter crap. Setup is personal anyway but only needed a truss rod tweak for me. [/quote] Just wondered as I received a bass from them a few years ago and was quite disappointed with the overall cleanliness and condition compared to how it had been portrayed in the blurb. I guess that's the risk when you buy without trying first!
  10. only4

    UM BONGO

    Looks lovely, just out of interest did the BassDirect advert say that the bass was fully cleaned and setup with new strings?
  11. I also recommend trying an isolation pad, I use mine all the time and seem to get a consistent sound whatever the floor is made from.
  12. Just interested in knowing if any of you feel that it's a good idea to stick with the manufacturers original string gauge when changing strings? eg. is the neck on the bass designed around an ideal string tension? The reason I ask is that I've recently got a Stingray which comes as standard with 40-100 strings and I also had a Status bass some time ago which also came as standard with 40-100, where as most other basses seem to come with 45-105. I just wondered what leads a manufacturer to choose the string gauge they send their basses out with from new? Cheers
  13. Looks like they have been getting away with it since 1974 type bump!
  14. [quote name='ead' timestamp='1495138794' post='3301639'] Nice. Is this the one that Drew had in stock? [/quote] Yes that's the one, I've had it around 18 months and its been brilliant but i'm now able to play full scale basses again and am letting a couple of my short scales ones go to fund some new purchases!
  15. I'm based in Macclesfield and travel to Manchester during the week for work, no case with this one but i could probably find a gigbag.
  16. I'm reluctantly selling my Gordon Smith SG Bass (short scale) [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]This is the last bass that the owner of Gordon Smith Guitars hand carved before he retired, [/font][/color] [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][color=#282828]The bass sounds great, plays and balances beautifully and is in mint condition, it's light in weight and very easy to play with its low action.[/color][/font] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Both humbucker pickups are coil tapped with push/pull volume pots and each has an individual tone control, the [/font][/color][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]machine heads are Gotoh resolites.[/font][/color] [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][color=#282828]I believe that[/color][/font][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] all the issues that the original Gibson SG basses had have been ironed out in this design.[/font][/color] [attachment=245539:FullSizeRender.jpg][attachment=245549:FullSizeRender (1).jpg] [attachment=245540:IMG_1851.JPG][attachment=245550:IMG_1855.JPG] [attachment=245548:IMG_1852.JPG][attachment=245551:IMG_1854.JPG] I'm asking £675 for this bass which is a lot less than i payed for it, collection preferred but this may be negotiable. Thanks for looking.
  17. I'm sure the Chowny CHB-1 would sound good with flats, a classic looking bass too
  18. I was reunited with an old amp that I forgot that I actually owned the other day. It was a jumble sale find back in the 80's I had the cab too but unfortunately that's long gone. The guitar player in our band stored it for me when I moved house in the mid 90's and to be honest I forgot all about it. Last week he mentioned that he had stumbled across it whilst looking for something else so brought it to reversals for me! I had no time to mess with it at the rehearsal so I cleaned it up and plugged it in over the weekend and to my surprise it still works, it's not that loud (probably worn out tubes) but it has a really lovely sound, after a couple of mins it started to smell a bit hot so I switched off. Next step is to take it for a health check to a local valve amp doctor and hopefully breath some new life back in to it. There's not much information on the web about this amp but it looks to have been made by a Marshall offshoot company (Cleartone Musical Instruments) around 1976? It seems that good things do come to those who wait ;-)
  19. [quote name='Damonjames' timestamp='1492609811' post='3281606'] How did it go?? I am having similar issues, it's a bit of a sore point at the minute as Mrs DJ is sick of repeating herself! My ears feel full and slight ringing at the minute (seems now noticeable since a head cold a month or so back) so am getting concerned. Will book an appointment with the go to have a look this week. I've always been careful with my hearing and used earplugs/iem at low volume etc, but I am approaching 40, so I'm not ruling out hearing loss just yet! [/quote] Sorry for delay in replying, the upshot is that the MRI scans have not given the ENT specialist anything more to go on. He basically said that he can't treat anything that he can't see and to be honest my hearing loss isn't bad enough for a hearing aid so there is nothing more he can do! I wasn't totally happy with this but I could see his point, so I'm back on steam inhalation. I believe that it's a eustachian tube problem as you mentioned. Let's see what happens next...
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