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  1. On 18/11/2019 at 14:28, stewblack said:

    How does this hang from a strap? Is there any forward tilt? 

    Back with the bass and just checked: 0 forward tilt. Obviously everybody’s physically different and wears a bass at different heights, but I can’t see why it would! A very different experience to the G&L ASATs I’ve played. T

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  2. 1 minute ago, Sibob said:

    Too much to hope for a P5 I wonder?!


    There's still no PJ5 which I've wanted Fender to make for years... But I have my Sadowsky for that now 😅 I can't remember about the P5... I think its a no 😢

  3. On 03/11/2019 at 22:31, thodrik said:

    Hmm, a new name and some finishes I would think. I would guess that there is more innovation on the guitar side than the bass end and that Fender will develop some kind of 'Super Strat' incorporating high output pickups (the 'Shawbuckers' screamed like hell at higher gain levels) and a flatter shred radius, basically borrowing from their Charvel sub-brand. 

    In terms of the bass side , I just expect a couple of different colours, perhaps a 'new and improved' compound radius and a bunch of marketing videos with some social media influencers. 

    This is pretty much spot on!

  4. Elite being replaced with 'Ultra'. A lot of the changes are re: neck profile/radii and new generation pickups. It's not very exciting re: the bass stuff, but the guitars have quite a few super-strat type features. Nothing to be excited for us I'm afraid (if you're me at least!)

  5. Yamaha BEX4 £350 🔵

    A great semi-hollow body bass. I’m surprised that these don’t get more attention with the range of sounds this bass offers. Piezo, magnetic pickup, blend and a powerful active 3 band EQ can genuinely get it from old school to modern with ease. It’s lightweight with a broadly appealing neck profile, neither tiny nor huge. 

    The electronics have recently been re-soldered to ensure the bass is problem free for the foreseeable future. It comes with a hard-soft case, much like those provided with a Sadowsky. 

    The bass has some marks and an amount of surface scratching from the last owner, but these marks are only obvious under certain daylight lighting conditions. Sat on the wall without daylight directly on it, you’d have a hard time seeing them. 

    Collection, meet up or shipping all potentially available. 

    Thank you for looking! 









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  6. I would agree that sticking with 34 and looking at technique may be the problem. I’ve taught girls at the Rock Project from 8+ and their size wasn’t normally the issue, but where they had the bass. Strap all over the place, the bass not resting vertically against the body etc.

    However, getting a new bass is always inspiring and a shorter scale bass is always good to have in the armoury. Assuming the aforementioned technical elements are fine, anything based on the Mustang body (bronco, Mustang, musicmaster) from Squier and Fender will be nice and compact and should make life a lot easier. They balance well, fit nicely, and no one will complain about them not sounding right when it comes to gigs/achieving those classic tones on records. 

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  7. 3 minutes ago, TRBboy said:

    Interesting! That seems kinda counter - intuitive? They do have a huge bottom for light gauge strings though. I love the feel of super lights so much, they just feel so easy to play! 

    Yeah I was shocked by that too as I only started playing 40s after bass gear started shutting down and weren’t getting any more strings in stock. It’s just a different kind of low end to my ear. I think it may actually be that there’s a little less fundamental in the 40s making the low end “puffier” and bloom more, more like a an optical compressor sound (which is a big part of my setup). But I am now desperately searching for weird words to describe the difference so it’s all in the realms of personal experience haha 😂

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  8. I’ve used both. I used to string my “smooth jazz/Fusion” basses with steels but nowadays just prefer the nickels on everything. Still super bright but more warmth and thickness in the mids for me. Nickel has just always been my sound despite my departures and attempts to prove otherwise! 

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  9. I think 5 string basses are easier to play to be honest! You can keep the same shapes and fingerings in a larger number of positions, though I don't think about that so much nowadays - it's all natural. I never regret having the 5th string there, but sometimes regret not having it on a 4 string. In terms of versatility between modern and vintage I'd go for a Sadowsky Metro Express,  Fender 5 string jazz with active electronics, or a Yamaha BB 735 series, for both those modern and vintage sounds in one bass. Any of those will do anything you need in any situation (though I know Fender are what you've said you want to move away from).

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  10. Eich T900 Head 900w - Reduced to £470

    Super compact, headroom for days, this is THE head for those that want a tonne of power in their gig bag at all times! 

    Happy to ship, I travel a lot for gigs so can meet up and am happy for it to be collected from Maidenhead too.

    Thank you for looking!





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  11. Yamaha BB735A - £500

    AHHHHH I feel silly selling this bass, but I've just walked back in the door from buying my dream Sadowsky PJ5. I didn't think I'd ever come across one and I had to go for it, and I just refuse to have two basses in the collection with the same basic specs or else i'll be on a very slippery slope with far too much option paralysis!

    I've sung the praises of this Yamaha all over the web, I am truly blown away by its tonal possibilities and quality for the price. The level of engineering is something special, and it makes me wish all my basses had a neck join, bridge and break angle like this. Its tone is killer, really punches through a rock or pop mix. It also gets a tonne of compliments despite its black finish, so if you want to make a statement, this bass will do it for you!

    Happy to ship at buyer's cost, collection preferred, and I travel a lot for shows so meetup possible. It comes with a different brands' gig bag. 

    Thank you for looking!




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  12. 3 hours ago, EJWW said:

    Hi all, 

    Over the last year or so I've been spending time editing video footage I've captured from my gigs (I record everything I do). From this I've produced my personal showreel and little gig videos of my old band. 

    I love it and use a brilliant and very powerful free programme called Shotcut to do it all. 

    However my family laptop computer (HP pavilion Windows 10, Intel Pentium 2.1gig, 4GB RAM) just isn't up to the job and lacks power. It's very frustrating having to put up with jerky and juddering playback and occasional freezes which mean I have to shut it down and restart the programme. 

    Can anyone recommend a decent laptop that I can buy and use exclusively for creative work like this, and perhaps run Logic or another production programme also?

    I'm an amateur and don't intend to go pro anytime soon but I would like to be able to use some half decent kit for a change. 

    I saw a second hand Macbook pro 9.2 recently, would this be worth going for?

    My budget is around £350.

    Cheers in advance for any advice. 


    What are the specs for the macbook? I used to run adobe premiere for my video editing stuff, but Final Cut Pro X runs way more efficiently I've found, so may be worth going mac for that reason alone. I'm editing video every day for my YT channel and it's been quicker and more efficient moving to Final Cut.

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