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  1. Warmoth Jazz Deluxe V - 60s/70s Style

    Sorry, Owen with a small o. I am a bad person. Sunburst, slightly tinted lacquer on the neck. No relic work. I wanted this to look like a new version of Tweedledum’s 74 Jazz but with 60s appointments, so (my understanding of) 60s sunburst pattern, 60s bridge pickup position etc. And five string. And active. So not much like his 74 Jazz, then. But his bass is what made this build happen, though; I would otherwise have probably gone with a white Jazz without binding and blocks. In good news, the body has been painted and is ready. It looks lush. The neck is not ready yet.
  2. A few years ago, I fell hopelessly in love with @Tweedledum's 1974 Jazz. It took me some time to get started, but it is now underway. I prefer 5s to 4s (otherwise I would have bought it off him when he sold it) so I had to go about getting one using my preferred method - Warmoth. They are expensive but I find the necks amazingly comfortable. This is my third Warmoth...I already have fretless Jazz V and a Firecreek PJ5 with a Warmoth neck. Body Warmoth Jazz Deluxe 5, alder, top routed Neck Flame maple Dark rosewood fingerboard Binding & blocks Parts Nordstrand NJ5F set John East U-Retro Dlx Hipshot A bridge Hipshot Ultralite tuners Hipshot string guides Gotoh double battery box Warmoth tort scratchplate Due to CITES, this took ages to get done. The body, neck and a few parts were ordered in mid-July. Warmoth had finished the parts and received their CITES in September. At that point, I was able to apply for my CITES certificate. The parts were with me in late November. I chose the Nordstrands because I was so impressed with them in my PJ. Hipshot because I like their kit. East U-Retro because I have one at home and I want this bass to be active (not exactly period correct, I know, but neither is the B-string!). Photos to come later...I would imagine this will be complete in time for Easter.
  3. The one that got away in 99/00 Manchester Bass Centre

    Winter 2003 or 2004. Fender Coronado bass, 1960s, I think. In terrible cosmetic shape but played beautifully. It felt so wonderfully natural. It was about £2600 - I had thought it was £600 when I picked it up, which I could not afford at the time, either - and was way out of my financial league. No idea if this was a reasonable price for it. Gone, but not forgotten. Spring or summer 1989, unknown make, unknown model. Quilted maple top, sunburst but dark all over the body apart from the very middle, just under the strings. It looked like fire. It was a thing of beauty.
  4. Vintage Instruments: Quality or Psychosomatics?

    Through a good stereo, vinyl sounds a lot bigger and richer than mp3. I didn't believe this until I heard it on an acquaintance's (not overly expensive) system. Vinyl v FLAC, though, I could not say.
  5. P (or P/J) Bass 5 string & neck through?

    My word...I feel a bit weak at the knees looking at that. That neck! The join! The overall aesthetic! Gnnnnnnggghhh!
  6. P (or P/J) Bass 5 string & neck through?

    That one is a bit dark, true. They did one with a more natural finish, still mahogany back, maple top, wenge/maple neck-through. I did months of research looking for what was considered the "best" Ibanez and this one came up a few times. Rare as hens' teeth, though, with only a few hundred made in the mid-90s (quite possible of the whole series, so 1200, 1205, 1206, both the maple/maple version and the mahogany/maple versions). I hav been keeping an eye out for an SR1205FL - the fretless version - but now that Ibanez recycled the series name, finding an original 90s SR1205 is still difficult but now also mighty frustrating! I have the SR1206 from the same series but, sadly, this was a bit wasted as I found that I really cannot get along with the wide neck on it. It, too, has EMG 40P in the neck and 40DC in the bridge.
  7. P (or P/J) Bass 5 string & neck through?

    I have an original Ibanez SR1205 - through neck, thing of beauty. There is one on eBay that has been there a while. The price is excellent and, as it has been there a while, you might be able to persuade him to post outside of the US. Note about CITES, though.... The auction is here. You could then change the pickups to EMGs. I did this - a 40P in the neck and a 40DC in the bridge. I have had the bass since 2009. Other basses have come and gone...but this is the one that will be buried with me!
  8. Vintage Instruments: Quality or Psychosomatics?

    I like old things as it makes me think that they are well-made - the surviving ones have only survived because they are good. I recently bought an antique metronome simply because it is old. I could have downloaded a free app, but I wanted one that was old. For instruments, I like the idea of vintage - for the same reason as above - but the instruments I want were not made back then. So I have a few nice Warmoth basses that were made in the same way...with jigs, semi mass-produced but finished in the old-fashioned way with nitro. I feel that they will age better that way. Snake oil? Possibly. Do I care? Not at all!
  9. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

    Massive thanks!
  10. Love him or hate him, this is great to watch. Fun to watch the Swedish royals pretend to be happy / squirm. Bonus laughs when Sting applauds.
  11. Show us your rig!

    At the risk of sounding like a stalker, it was your picture on the Jazz Bass thread - with the '74 Jazz in front of it - that set me on my journey.
  12. Show us your rig!

    Here... GK MB500Fusion GK 115 & 210 dba compressor On the left: Echolette BS40 2 x Traynor 15” I have not yet played the valve amp in anger or both combined, but I would bet that it rocks. Hard.
  13. If the neck contains rosewood, yes. Edit to add: But I would avoid it. The whole reason rosewood is on the endangered species list is due to China's insatiable appetite for rosewood furniture. If you buy an instrument from there, they will likely forge the documents to avoid needing to have a CITES certificate or just hope for the best. This might lead to your bass being seized by Customs and destroyed, although likely nothing will happen. There was an interesting thread on MyLesPaulForum of a chap whose guitar was held by UPS because the seller in the US had CITES certificates but the buyer did not. The guitar was eventually released. Truth be told, the process was not as monstrous as I had thought. It led to monstrous delays, yes, but nothing worse than that. I do not see how anyone could buy a bass of eBay and have everything arranged within the feedback window, though. Rosewood is endangered, so perhaps we should be looking at one-piece maple necks. I do not see a problem with applying for a CITES certificate and waiting longer. I wanted a Warmoth neck with a rosewood fingerboard. There is no other way of making one without using rosewood. If I just wanted one with a dark fingerboard, there are alternatives that are not considered endangered. Ebony is still considered ok.
  14. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

    Ach...decided to revisit this but do not have the attachment saved locally (perhaps on an old computer). Did anyone save this?
  15. Wow, OK and thanks for the update. Good luck and look forward to hearing all about it! Cheers, Jon Got the neck today. First, I had to wait for Warmoth to get the certificate for export (unknown time...it took 2 months to make everything and get the certificates). Then I called the Swedish Jordbruksverket, who are the folks here who deal with CITES certificates. I made them work for it, going through everything with them on the phone whilst I filled out the form...well, they charge £35 for it, so I feel no guilt. This took longer than it should have (40 days). When I finally got the certificate, I told Warmoth and they posted it to me. A look at the box tells me that plastic window containing documents has been opened and the contents removed. Was this the CITES material? I have no idea. There is nothing on the box to tell me that the whole process I went through was necessary (NOTE: from a legal point of view, it is necessary). Anyway, I have it now, so all is well. Now to wait for the body to arrive, send it all off for painting, and then wait for that to be done. I celebrate the 15th anniversary of turning 25 in January, but I doubt that the bass will be ready in time for that.