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  1. They have been putting that misinformation out there for so long, I can only imagine they know they are wrong are just doubling down on it.
  2. Spector should have printed that on a little card and supplied it with every bass they sold with a Tonepump in it.
  3. Indeed, there aren't many of them out there. People slept on USA Peavey guitars and basses and when they stopped making them, well we didn't know how good we had it. My brother's Palaedium is a fantastic example, in the classic orange most associated with Jeff. I bought it for him a a gift - he is lucky to have a top brother like me! I got it for $300 from a pawn shop in Kentucky in the US and had it shipped to the UK. It was a gamble but it is amazing shape for a bass that is nearly 30 years old. I think it spent most of it's life in a case in a stable environment. The neck is super thin, quite a bit thinner than the Rithimic, but totally stable, it hasn't needed a tweak since it was set up on arrival in the UK.
  4. My brother has one and a Peavey Palaedium, both are fantastic basses. He reckons they're amongst the best basses he's ever owned and he has or has had Alembic, Pedulla, Zon, Status, Warwick, ACG, Zoot, Manne, Spector etc, so the quality of those basses is assured. He has a Markbass Jeff Berlin amp too for the "full Berlin" effect. They do play like butter and the pickups sound fantastic, being both fat and clear while playing over the bridge pickup with the neck pickup switched off. Some basses can get a bit thin or shrill when you do that but not these.
  5. I'm joining the club. Very good first impressions for my Thinline Custom, it sounds great and is really nice to play. There isn't much written or filmed on these on the web. I feel like Sandberg, in a way, are one of the best kept secrets of the bass world.
  6. Based on the purple silks on the strings, I'd guess they are either GHS Precision or Ernie Ball Cobalts. Ken Smith also uses purple silks but I think it's unlikely Sandberg are using them. They're bright as far as flats go, so I'm leaning towards them being Cobalts. Whatever they are, they are really nice as far as flats go, especially the glossy feeling. I find some flats feel chalky and dry, but these are really slick, almost like Elixirs. Speaking of Elixirs, I will be swapping this bass to Elixir rounds eventually. I'm using up my string stocks for my other basses and moving everything towards Elixirs since buying a Ken Smith strung with them last year.
  7. Hey all, I just wanted to do a quick cross-post on my Talkbass thread on my new Sandberg Custom Thinline fretless, since I did a relatively in-depth post on the bass, based on my first impressions. I thought it would be useful to post here if it was of interest for anyone, or as a future searchable item, since there is very little written about these basses on English language sites at least. https://www.talkbass.com/threads/nbd-relatively-rare-sandberg-content.1494780/ The TLDR is that it's: Lightweight Resonant Has a punchy tone at the bottom and sings at the top Was shipped with flats but will be upgraded to roundwounds at some point Was shipped by a certain Midlands-based bass shop with high action, but but I suppose Sandberg send them out like that to account for the different territories they go to. Really easy to play after I straightened the neck out It's my first unlined fretless and I am absolutely loving it and glad I didn't go for a lined fretless. My last fretless bass was a lined Adamovic that I didn't really get on with as I never really liked the sound, whereas this Sandberg is a gem and I love the sound even with flats. I still haven't been able to get any photos of it that I really love, as it has rained all day, every day since I got it and I like to photograph my basses in natural light, so I'll post up some pics from the shop I bought it from, I'm sure you'll recognise the source, I'll edit this post to add those in in a second.
  8. I have just read this thread, it does make for unbelievable reading, that someone could be so brazen and cack-handed with their crimes. The real takeaway for me is the way @ped has handled it. I think anyone with half a brain cell could see that legal threats on this would be absolutely baseless, but most website owners would be falling over themselves to protect the (alleged) perpetrator in such a situation, lest they find themselves on the legal chopping block. Thankfully that has not been the case here and the shabby conduct of this individual has been laid bare for all to see.
  9. That Spitfire in the middle is gorgeous. Here's three from my collection that I suppose you'd call boutique: Raro TM6 (not sure on year 2010-2014 I think) 1989 Pedulla MVP5 1991 Ken Smity BT5
  10. I think I'd call that "McDonald's Logo Yellow", or perhaps "Golden Arches Yellow", if you're feeling a bit Hyacinth Bucket. It looks absolutely stunning, I love it.
  11. As someone who was in a similar position, but making a total switch to bass guitar, the best advice I can offer is this; buy the bass you want, not the bass you think you need or the bass others tell you will be best for you. Bass players can be a conservative bunch. Think about how you want to sound as a player and let that guide your selection process. Edit to add, guitarists can be very conservative too, just for balance.
  12. Not sure if serious. Try a Rithimic, it's a seriously quality piece of kit. They're absolutely not holding back for fear of treading on anyone's toes - they don't need to. They could do do better quality and lower prices to undercut the other companies they subcontract for and they'd still get the business from them, because they are cost-effective, fast, high quality and good QC for their price range. As for "anaemic" pickups, again, try the bass, have a listen to "Joe Frazier Round 3". A Rithimic wouldn't be my first choice for a Pantera cover band but for a deep, rich and punchy fusion sound, well, Bartolini have been revered for years in jazz circles and rightly so.
  13. I've seen it said that the old US Peavey Cirrus basses were close in tone to a Ken Smith, but I don't hear it. I've never played one, but no recording I've ever heard of them had that Smith sound. My experience of Smith tone is super balanced and even sound, with all notes on the fretboard being equal in volume and no particular frequencies standing out obtrusively. I feel like Smith's have a natural compression which is just so musical and they're very flattering to play. Ken has talked previously about his desire to make a live Smith bass sound like it has the "studio" sound already applied. I don't think there is any bass, inexpensive or otherwise, that really sounds like them.
  14. Quite. Signature instruments are partly about getting a certain sound, part getting a bass with specs which works for you (which often is a unique or unusual combination which is hard to find in other instruments) and part hero worship. If you change the spec away from the standard "This is what Harris / Sheehan / Berlin etc uses on stage and in the studio" then you will damage the hero worship value of the bass. I have always wanted a Yamaha Attitude Ltd II in seafoam green, like Billy Sheehan used on the Steve Vai: Live at the Astoria DVD. I'd always known as well however, that aside from getting the signature Sheehan overdriven super P tone, that I'd get a lot more out of the bass if I had a J pickup in the bridge position. Luckily enough, I managed to get exactly that from a member on here and to boot, it was considerably cheaper than any other Attitude LTD II, despite being in fantastic condition. It was virtually box fresh, with a set of Lace Alumitone P and J pickups, flawless routing work and all the rewiring. The pickups aren't cheap and the workmanship is excellent, so I'd guess the cost of the mods at being a few hundred quid in their own right, work which devalued the bass by a large margin. This made it an ideal buy for me, being a total bargain and in my optimum spec and with the work already done, so I didn't need to agonise over getting the mods done or take the financial hit on the value of the bass. Should I ever come to sell it, which I don't think I will, it owes me quite a lot less than LTD II in standard spec.
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