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  1. A lot of musicians feel threatened by technical ability and composition or improvisation on a level beyond what they normally play or listen to. Rather than saying nothing they feel the need to insult the players or the music. It's a strange phenomenon.
  2. My six string has P, J, MM and soapbar humbucker, all switchable and able to blend. I guess it's "other"? I really can't decide on one setup to be my favourite but PJ is a good config for a lot of styles, my Pedulla MVP 5 is PJ and my Yamaha Attitude LTD II has a jazz bar added too. That said, I love the Thumb 5 config of a JJ, angled and jammed right in the sweet spot next to the bridge too but it's only really good for the Thumb sound, so I voted PJ.
  3. I'm a SBL member, I really need to use it more though. I should spend more time with it, particularly when I'm traveling for work. This thread has really left a sour taste in my mouth, this is an embarrassment to Basschat. Is his YouTube stuff clickbaity? Undoubtedly, yes. However, I consume most of my video content via YouTube and have seen this happen to a lot of the channels I watch over the past few years - the algorithms and culture of YouTube means a lot of channels have to do this stuff, it's all driven by the way data is interpreted and used to boost or hide channels depending on how users interact with it. I do think that Scott's free stuff on YouTube is great though, once you get past the "6 reasons six string basses suck" title and thumbnail and you realise that actually the video is 6 ways to better utilise a 6 string and avoid some common pitfalls, as one example. It's good and useful info packaged in a way that helps generate interest on an extremely crowded platform. He is a great player and a great teacher, but if you don't like his content on Youtube, then don't watch it - it's free and didn't cost you anything. I think the stuff on SBL is great for the price and I don't begrudge him the opportunity to charge extra for certain courses - he is running a business and if he thinks some elements should be monetised outside of the normal academy stuff, then I suppose he is better positioned than any of us to weigh up the cost and risk to his business.If I had guessed the production costs, I'd have guessed low and that doesn't even factor in editing. I do think though, love him or hate him, that going through companies house to see how much the business earns is a touch crass, even if it is info available to the public. However, bringing his wife, the state of his marriage and the division of shares between himself and his wife really is appallingly crass. Pretending it's not a veiled criticism or jibe doesn't cut it, there is no reason to bring that into the discussion except for making backhanded remarks and insinuations. Really, really poor form and I don't blame Scott for making a video in response. It's embarrassing to read. Personally I think he is owed an apology.
  4. The brand philosophy has changed for the Soundgear, as Ibanez started that line to make thin, lightweight and ergonomic instruments, which when these things premiered, was probably quite impressive. The BTB series on the other hand was l, as the name suggests, designed to incorporate features from boutique basses and had 35" scales, flamed maple tops, wide necks and skin spacing and the monorail bridges. They had lost the wide bodies and that distinctive long top horn which was good for balance. Whether or not these are really boutique bass features or not is debatable but it did allow Ibanez to launch a new line of basses that was different to anything else they were doing at the time. It must have been a success because the BTB must be only a few years off it's 20th birthday.
  5. That Pedulla looks familiar.
  6. Funny how different people have different experiences. I bought a bass off them last week and even once they'd shipped it they were happy to entertain my questions over the phone and just have a general chat about boutique basses. If anyone from Bass Direct is reading, the Pedulla is fantastic. What an instrument.
  7. I'm looking at that and wondering what kind of wear pattern they were going for here. You could do four hour sets on a bass seven nights a week for forty years and it wouldn't wear like that. It looks a tad silly. I'm very much in the camp of just playing a bass in and letting it gain mojo. I keep my gear in good condition but I don't cry over little marks, especially ones made by previous owners. I'd never try and damage my basses to make them look older or more played than they are.
  8. When even members of big bands with record deals have day jobs, for a lone bassist to survive primarily on gigging would be very hard. Misha Mansoor of awful metal act Periphery admits that his income from the band (music sales and tour income) only just breaks even and he has to find actual money to live on from other sources. If someone on his level can't live on music alone then I wouldn't feel bad about not being able to do it yourself. Getting a job will be good for you though, it will certainly help your mental health.
  9. The Yamaha Attitude has a neck modelled on a 68 Tele bass neck and it is big. It's still a fast neck though - the satin finish is superbly applied, the best I've ever felt. People with small hands might struggle on it, I suppose.
  10. I was not! It does have the smallest neck of any four string I've ever played, it's effortless to use. You've got a purple Palaedium haven't you? Probably even rarer than the orange colour. I sometimes wonder how many are out there, I'd be surprised if Peavey sold more than a few hundred worldwide. I doubt there's more than a handful in the UK.
  11. Peavey Palaedium, the Jeff Berlin signature. This is one of the US basses, I think it's a 1993 model but I can't look at the serial number at the moment as I'm away for work. Jeff didn't stay with Peavey for all that long and signature basses never shift in huge numbers, especially for a jazz fusion player, so I doubt Peavey sold a huge number of them. They are fantastically made and worth next to nothing these days - Peavey have never commanded huge prices outside of their US-made Cirrus line. I got this for less than $300. I love Peaveys of this vintage. I'd buy a Rudy Sarzo signature or a TL-6 if I saw one for sale. A B-Quad is on my dream bass list too.
  12. Aren't we talking about the Streamer?
  13. Better? I think that's stretching it a bit. Warwick didn't and still haven't overcome the inherent flaw in the design, the dire upper fret access - although they did make that malformed Stu Hamm model which was meant to be better in that respect. Warwick certainly have a different take on the basses to Spector, but "better" depends entirely on who you're asking.
  14. I don't feel any neck dive with my Thumb 5, but I do wear it high so the curve of the body locks in with the bottom of my ribcage, I guess this is how the bass was designed to be worn. I also use a wide strap with all my basses. My Spector Euro 5LX had a curved body too (and is obviously very close to the Streamer in shape) and I didn't have any problems with that either. The only ergonomic issue I see with the Thumb is the way it sits the first fret quite far off to your left, not an issue for me but if you're short or have a bit of a kite on you I can see how it could cause a problem.
  15. What a ringing endorsement for Warwick 😮
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