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  1. This seems to be the endless circle for semi pro ( and possibly some pro) players ................. how to achieve acoustic bass tonality at reasonable volume, particularly if you have to generate your own amplified sound via your backline as opposed to DI ing straight into a large and quality pa system. My lovely acoustic bass is resting up now and I'm itching to gig the Yamaha SLB300 to see if live tone nirvana is closer than ever before. From the playing feel there is no significant difference between both - perhaps slightly less tension on the yamaha ( which may well be just a string thing) and action can be adjusted lower as acoustic volume is not at issue. You are definitely playing a double bass, not a hybrid. Going through an acoustic image amp and speakers and the sound quality at home practice volumes seems more acoustic bass then fretless bass. The acid test is to come as soon as we are allowed out to play ! Of course the rest of the band will almost inevitably prefer the appearance of an acoustic bass on stage, little appreciating the horror show of volume verses feedback verses tonality let alone the joy of transporting your precious acoustic around tight, awkward spaces and being allocated enough room on stage to leave it unattended in safety! I always smile when I see Mr Swift on stage with the Jools Band - fielding yet another gorgeous bass instrument from what must be an enormous collection of electrics, EUB's, fretless electrics and acoustics. Said player may be an addict collector or still searching for that one bass which will be IT. I suspect the later but I'm probably somewhat jealous as well. Let the search continue and "bonne chance"
  2. Had a quick loo0k for ad with assistance search engine but no joy ............ date originally posted please ? thanks fretless
  3. Advise contain possible impatience and see if something comes up for sale nearer to home when travel permitted. It seems most off the shelf "starter" buys end up needing decent set up and strings whereas bass with known history, already playable and with decent strings is not much more cash and can be tried out as well. In truth, trying out a bass for the first time is potentially fairly intimidating and if you have a pal that plays, take them along so you can get a more knowledgeable opinion. Years ago I went off to buy a decent acoustic guitar and ended up getting a Yamaha I would not have considered if I did not have a mate along - he played all the candidates and the sound quality as a listener was amazingly different to perception as a player. Also, his much greater experience helped identify the best action/ sound projection/etc . The Yammy is still going strong and has proved an excellent choice.
  4. Lemon Oil is good Source from furniture product supplier - large bottle at fraction of the cost compared with guitar makers who sell tiny bottles for lots of cash. No sticky residue c/f linseed oil Patrick
  5. Standard Jack Casady Epiphone bass serial 1102210208 - Metallic Gold Very good second hand condition - a lot of guitar for the money and substantial saving over new.! Bought by me off Basschat in 2019 to use as double bass sub. when stage space at a premium. Obviously getting no stage use at present and am selling to acquire up market EUB for same purpose. My use restricted to one gig and some rehearsals/practice. Guitar all working as it should as far as I can tell, no dings, very minor wear to high varnish finish on back. The top strap button was moved by previous owner to the top bout for a better balance. These are gold shaller type strap locks which will be supplied complete. The case is sturdy with one or two scrapes, nicks; ie fulfilling its purpose ! + key. Will send to anywhere on mainland UK at your cost ( courier + insurance) No part ex's please, no silly offers. Welcome to try if you can make it to Plymouth.
  6. I'll have these please £30 posted Please e-mail to sort out payment Thanks Patrick (fretless)
  7. Name: FSR American Vintage ‘75 Jazz Bass® Serial no. Z8132012 Series: American Vintage Series Body: Ash Neck: Maple, ‘70s "C" Shape, (Gloss Urethane Finish) Fingerboard: 1-Piece Maple, 7.25" Radius (184 mm) No. of Frets: 20 Vintage Style Frets Scale Length: 34" (863.6 mm) Width @ Nut: 1.5" (38.1 mm) Hardware: Nickel/Chrome Machine Heads: American Vintage '70s Fender®-Stamped Open Gear Tuning Machines Bridge: American Vintage Bass with Single Groove Steel Barrel Saddles Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black Pickups: American Vintage '75 Jazz Bass® Single-Coil Pickups Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone Colors: (734) Aged Natural, (Gloss Urethane Finish) Strings: Probably Fenders but cannot be sure Unique Features: "Bullet" Truss Rod Adjustment, 3-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt Adjustment, White Binding with White Pearloid Block Inlay, Synthetic Bone Nut, Black Plastic Control Knobs Source: U.S.A Accessories: Chrome covers, thumb rest, foam mute, deluxe Fender Black Hardshell Case, Keys, Strap, Lead, original tickets/tags, manual Original retail believed to be in excess £2000 ( the serial no. appears to date this bass to 2008 ?) Current shop retail in UK seems to be circa £1500 - IF you can find one Very light use, no dings, overall condition excellent Selling because not used enough - believed to be a collectable model but I'm more interested in use not ownership. No exchanges, price includes delivery to mainland uk up to £40 cost - or will meet "halfway" within 100 - 120 miles of Plymouth. Welcome to visit and review - Plymouth. No pressure to sell - please don't make any silly offers.
  8. Rabbie It seems to me that db mics are another "which are the best strings" type dilema ... One mic does not fit all instruments/style/strings/volume/etc/etc. My travels down this road have brought me (via sm57 under fretboard, joemeek pencil condenser mic, AMT s25B, various piezo pick-ups and Full circle) to a Nadine Ear Trumpets mic (needs 48 volts phantom power) which, as far as I can tell, does reproduce accurately the acoustic sound of my bass (carved old Czech hatpeg, spiro weich strings). That nirvana of "my bass but louder" ..............BUT ...................................... It is expensive AND proved to be utterly incapable of being used with my Markbass 12 combo at even moderate volume. I never sorted this out despite conflab with the ear trumpet people, use of fishman pre-amp, etc. I am not an electro wizard but I don't think the output impedance of the Nadine liked the input impedance of the Markbass. Since most of our work is in smallish venues we use backline for amplification and not being able to use the Nadine effectively was frustrating. Sending the mic output to the main board was fine on a largish outside gig and I was told by a muso I respect that the DB sound to the audience was very good. However, they also had a di feed from the Markbass into which I ran the full circle - so I really don't know what the balance was between the two bass feeds on the main desk. Did the same at a lower volume ( but quality venue) gig where everything was put through the pa by an experienced ( bass playing) tech and we had a copy of the individual tracks recorded - these sounded ok in the circumstances but once again I don't know how the bass was blended. I think it is so much easier for a pa person to use the full circle feed when time is short. I am now putting it through an AI amp just bought on Basschat so I have the full circle into one channel as backup, the Nadine into the other channel and I can dispense with the outboard 48 volt power supply otherwise required by the Nadine. Only one modest gig with the new arrangement so far but we have two or three more coming up in the next fortnight so I will be better able to judge results. On the recent gig we played I used the "Nadine" channel about 75%, Full Circle 25% and was please to hear a very unadulterated sound at an acceptable volume. I have not pushed the AI combo volume yet but should get about 600 watts with my upshot speaker added. The band plays swing and latin, two saxes, drums, guitar, bass , vocal so rock volume not required but it is a reasonably full sound. (Incidentally, the AI head has also worked fine with fretless and Jazz basses put through a markbass 15 cab - again, not seeking a trash metal sound !!!!) I'm off to contemplate if I really want to buy some pirastro perpetuals to add to my box of must-have strings .....................Double bass, the way to madness and poverty.
  9. Bass under offer and deposit en route. Will re-open if there's a hiccup but no more offers please at present.. Thanks for all the interest and information everyone ! fretless
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