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  1. Ed_S

    Precisions

    Guaranteed not to be to all tastes, but I've just got this one the way I like it, so thought I'd share...
  2. [quote name='Jacqueslemac' timestamp='1354356253' post='1885064'] My only real issue with it is that the body is quite deep front-to-rear, so I found it a bit of a stretch for my right forearm, which ended up resting on the edge and was a bit uncomfortable after a few songs. [/quote] Oh yeah! That too
  3. I had one not long ago and came to the conclusion that: + It looks nice + It sounds nice on its own + The J neck is really comfortable + It's light to carry round in a gigbag + It sounds pretty authentic when plugged in + The built-in tuner on the preamp is handy but... - The neck-dive is monumental when stood up - The body is small-ish so the unplugged volume is minimal (moreso than most I've owned) - Unless hard-cased, the tuner on the preamp turns itself on in transit and completely drains the battery - The room-volume before feedback is pretty low, so you need a sound-hole suppressor ...and as soon as you have the feedback suppressor in and you're DI'd to the desk, it sounds pretty much exactly like a P-bass in the mix! So, given that it was always for a side-project and was a big chunk of instrument to try and store when not in use, I came to the conclusion that it had to go, and I'd just use my P-bass.
  4. Yeah, I'm looking forward to it arriving! I've already got a Super 12 so I reckon I know what I'm in for, which is why I didn't mind selling the Eden prior to its replacement making an appearance; I'm confident the Midget will do everything I asked of the EX112 and then some.
  5. I had one for a fair while (just moved it on a couple of weeks ago actually) and found it to be a nice little cab for the money. It feels well constructed, it's surprisingly loud when you throw some wattage at it and sounds quite neutral yet bright due to the coaxial speaker design. Unfortunately, there's no attenuation for the 'tweeter' element of the speaker, which may or may not concern you. The only other possible downside is the single recessed jack socket; no speakons unless they've changed the design since. Why did I move mine on..? I ordered a Midget.
  6. Why not go out and get that 2013 USA Precision on the day, then keep the copy of the day's paper along with the invoice etc. but rather than store it, actually use the bass and make sure there are plenty of good photos of you both on its journey. That way, when you finally choose to let the secret go that it shares a significant birthday and hand it over, there are some memories and extra significance to go with it, rather than it just being a nice 'thing'.
  7. [quote name='4 Strings' timestamp='1351416410' post='1850871'] "The main ingredients in fast fret is white mineral oil.." [url="http://www.epinions.com/review/Ghs_Fast_Fret_String_Cleaner/content_597182811780?sb=1"]http://www.epinions....7182811780?sb=1[/url] (but then the writer notes being made in the US as its main attraction, so maybe the source isn't so reliable!) [/quote] Sorry.. I'm not sure what you're driving at there, mate. WD40 is about 15% light mineral oil with a white spirit base to allow it to penetrate and a secret blend of other stuff that may or may not have any place either on a fretboard or in constant contact with skin, whereas Fast Fret is just light mineral oil soaked into a cloth stick. I have no objection to Fast Fret / light mineral oil (have used it on my rosewood boards, though I don't like the feel of it on my strings); it's the white spirit that I object to because I feel there's a good chance it could damage some finishes and dissolve some glues, so isn't worth the risk. This is, of course, just my feeling on the matter, and you're free to use whatever you like!
  8. According to the data sheet WD40 out of the can is mostly white spirit so whilst it's probably fine for the strings, depending on the finish and consruction, I wouldn't have thought a good rub down with thinners would be all that much good for the bass. Maybe I'm wrong, but I wouldn't do it to my gear. Once the spirit has evaporated, it's basically just light mineral oil, so why not just use fast fret?
  9. [quote name='4 Strings' timestamp='1351371947' post='1850673'] Why? [/quote] Because as much as I'd support anybody in doing exactly what they want to with their own possessions, if those possessions were about to become mine and had been subject to non-standard 'care', I'd want to know.
  10. [quote name='Coilte' timestamp='1350899685' post='1844713'] This topic always brings out the most varied of responces. My own preference is "Fret Doctor" [/quote] I use Fret Doctor too - it's great stuff, isn't it! To those who use slightly more left-field products (Pledge, WD40, GT85, Trex etc.) would you disclose that in a for-sale thread? If I received a bass that somebody had routinely sprayed with WD40, I'd go absolutely postal; specifically straight back to the sender
  11. [quote name='51m0n' timestamp='1351164490' post='1848076'] Wow [b]massive[/b] overuse of the VLE and VPF in here. [/quote] [quote name='LawrenceH' timestamp='1351180207' post='1848342'] Totally agree! I always start with these off. [/quote] I always finish with them off, too! With a LMII and S12 (no tweeter), I've just never found any better sound in the mix than the EQ all at 12 o'clock, both filters fully off, gain set to match the output of the bass and volume set to match the output of the drummer!
  12. You look a bit like you're expecting the width of a 5 or 6 string neck in your hand and only finding a 4. Considering you have a 5 and a 6 in your sig, is it possible that it's a wrist position you've developed that way?
  13. My BEAD bass is a Squier VM Precision, but I use heavier strings than you're suggesting (60,75,95,125). It's about the right price and works really well, though, so thought I'd mention.
  14. [quote name='Lozz196' timestamp='1350377561' post='1837896'] Yep, weight/carrying/transport issues aside, I`m yet to play through a smaller setup that has the same "feel" and depth of sound as standing in front of an Ampeg all-valve amp, connected up to an Ampeg 810. And I don`t mean volume, as I don`t run amps particularly loud. [/quote] Shame more people don't realise that last bit. At the weekend I went to a gig in a moderately sized venue (couple of hundred capacity, maybe) and ended up getting blasted by an Ampeg SVT whatever-pro (5, I think) and two 8x10 fridges, one either side of the drummer. There was no such restraint in terms of volume, and whilst the Precision / Ampeg was pretty awesome to behold for the first few bars, it was ultimately just ridiculous overkill and ruined the gig. I think what I'm saying is that I'm all for appropriate.
  15. I don't think it's unusual; I went from 5s to 4s a couple of years ago and have no regrets. I wanted a lighter, shorter and more comfortably shaped bass than the ones I was wielding, so got myself a 4-string Precision and luckily, in doing so found 'my bass'. I still have one 5-string but I've never been tempted to go back to using it live; I keep it to play for my own entertainment at home and just in case I need it for recording or a very prescriptive dep gig.
  16. [quote name='Panamonte' timestamp='1350109452' post='1834599'] but bear in mind that it's active without an active/passive switch which may or may not be what you're after. No harm in trying one though :-) [/quote] Agreed.. I play P's just about exclusively and as much as I tried to love my American Deluxe, it just wasn't right; it was too complex to actually be a proper P, didn't sound like a proper P, and the preamp was pretty bad compared to others I've owned in the past so what it did sound like wasn't all that great or versatile. I put a glockenklang preamp in it which sounded better and had a passive switch, and that helped but it still looked wrong with too many knobs and switches. In the end I sold it (taking a £700 drop in the process because you can't shift 'em) and got an American Standard V which, incidentally, if you don't like wide necks, you should avoid like the plague... But I love it Sorry.. rambled a bit there.. Back on topic, if you want a P with a slim neck and a touch more versatility and visual interest without being stupidly complex, I can thoroughly recommend a Blacktop Jazz.
  17. Ed_S

    discreet

    After a very speedy sale and a couple of weeks in thoroughly amicable talks to arrange the fine details, Mark travelled all the way up to Sheffield today to buy my 410 cab. He's a true gent, and as such took the long journey and my somewhat interesting directions in his stride and arrived with a smile. He even reminded me that I might actually want paying, which I admit, had momentarily slipped my mind! I'd ask how it sounds with those two big ol' Ashdowns belting out, but I think I'll probably hear it from here.... Thanks, Mark - it's been a pleasure to do business! Ed
  18. I refuse to play in anything that's not a standard tuning, but which one it is makes no odds to me; as long as the intervals between strings are 'normal' and it's not so low that the strings are floppy, I can play. I can't think in 'drop-x' (just one string dropped) etc because that's just "out of tune" to my non-reading, non-theory-knowing brain! My main basses are tuned down half a step because that's what the guitarists in my band use and our singer is comfortable with, so its easier to join in and all have the same lowest note, but I don't bother to tune back up half a step to play along with stuff in 'standard' when playing at home. Likewise, my 5 is in 'standard' and I wouldn't bother tuning that down.
  19. Most of my basses are down half a step (but used to be down a full step) and one is in C standard, so I know what you mean about cheap tuners not registering on the low notes. I find they're usually better if you have the option to take them off chromatic mode and tell them to listen for bass with a specific number of flats, but even then some don't work. Obviously the more professional pedal and rack tuners do their job, but in terms of small, lightweight and cheap, the only one I've never had any problems with is the Boss TU-80 tuner/metronome.
  20. I opened up my classic series jap precision last weekend to find that there was no screening at all.. no foil on the guard, not even the black conductive paint that gets everywhere. Dunno if that's a usual find or not... but I digress.. I lined the cavities using some aluminium tape I had left over from the last guard I fitted, and made a 'tube' out of tin foil (wrapped it round a screwdriver) to go between the cavities, which the pickup wires went down just nicely. Continuity checks out and it's quiet, so... maybe an option for you?
  21. The done thing on the originals circuit round here is either the venue to provide the bass rig, or the headliner to leave theirs on stage all night, so when we're not headlining I regularly do exactly what you're suggesting and it works well. I have a very simple pedalboard set up with my wireless, tuner, compressor and sansamp, and plug into either the front-end, fx-return or power-amp-in of whatever I'm borrowing. The Sansamp makes it easy by having switches for both the jack and xlr outputs to select between line or instrument level on each, so you're rarely (read: never) stuck for a way to connect in, and setup takes all of about 5 minutes including tweaking the sound to compensate for the difference in rig.
  22. I've had my 2012 MIA Standard Precision V a couple of weeks now, and am happy to report that the B is absolutely fine. To say that it's a 4 with an extra string added rather than a specifically altered design would be pretty fair and accurate, but it works for me... I like it!
  23. Hi all, I'm considering selling my Ashdown ABM 410t (evo 3) 4x10 that lives at our rehearsal studios. It's a nice enough cab, all original and still in good nick given that it's been out for maybe 5 or so gigs (it was always too heavy for me to want to cart round) and spent the rest of its life being wheeled the 15m between a gear store and a rehearsal space. Take a look at the pictures and you'll see what I mean - it's got a few scuffs and scrapes, a bit of dust on it and a couple of indents from stuff being sat on top of it, but there are no rips, tears, splits etc. The only 'damage' (if you can call it that) is the screw-holes where I've fitted casters to it, but since they'll be filled with screws and covered by casters (and on the bottom) you probably won't notice them as much as you notice the utility of having wheels! I've been using it for three hours every weekend for the last four-ish years, and it's never caused me any problems. The tweeter is fine and the (2) 1/4" and (1) speakon sockets work as they should. It's really not had a hard life, but it's well broken in and ready to be dumped in at the deep end should you so choose! Spec-wise, it's very similar to the current 410h ([url="http://www.ashdownmusic.com/bass/detail.asp?section=abm&ID=14"]http://www.ashdownmu...ction=abm&ID=14[/url]) but I think it's only rated at 600W rather than 650. Still 8ohm, though, and 36Kg certainly sounds about right! Money-wise, I was thinking £150 firm for a quick sale. Must be paid in cash, in full, on collection from our rehearsal studios in central Sheffield at a mutually agreeable time (probably weekday evenings or weekends due to work). Sorry to sound draconian, but I'm gonna specify no offers and no trades, and I really don't have the ability to package it for postage or collection by courier, so please don't ask. Thanks for reading, Ed [attachment=119095:Ashdown ABM 410t.jpg]
  24. A while ago, I had a less than perfect time with a set of D'Addario Half Rounds, and duly asked on BC if anybody else had similar experiences to share. Nobody seemed to have had the same issues so I was ready to put it down to a bad pack and move on; I'd bought them as an experiment along with some Rotosound Solo Bass (pressure-wound) and ascertained that neither were really my idea of fun irrespective of possible defects. Soon after, however, a guy called Don from D'Addario PM'd me to say that what I'd experienced certainly wasn't the norm, and offer me a free replacement set or alternatively something different to try. Given that at no point had I actually contacted the company directly to complain, I thought that was a very attentive gesture. Anyway, I figured that since I was still feeling experimental, I'd go for something different and accepted a set of 45-105 EXP Reds (EXPR165) which, for the uninitiated, are EXP coated, copper-plated steels. The strings arrived the next day and went on my 2008 MIA Standard P for a good work-out. As they're not something I've ever seen in the shops (or even online that often) and have never seen much discussion surrounding, I said that good or bad, I'd write a few words in review, so here goes... Straight out of the packet I have to say they're very aesthetically pleasing strings and against a dark rosewood board the bright copper looks great. I don't know how long they'll last that way before tarnishing but the EXP coating should help on this front. Fitting went as smoothly as normal, but my one observation here is that the 'E' string is right on the first stage of the taper as it sits in the nut, so rather than being its full thickness at this point, it's probably about the full thickness of the 'A'. I realise that this wouldn't be the case had I top-loaded them rather than going through the body, but given that it's the stock option on the USA Precision (which isn't exactly an uncommon instrument) I'd have expected the extra 5mm of full thickness in the string required to get over the nut before tapering away to the peg. Anyhow, I don't think it's making any appreciable difference to feel (though maybe it would if I played with a very low action) or sound, so really just an observation.. on with the playing side of things... For the most part, these strings are pleasantly familiar; it's just like playing a similarly sized set of ProSteels, the only difference being the EXP coating which I guess either bothers you or it doesn't. I'm not a huge fan of coated strings, but I can fully appreciate why it's a desirable feature of this particular product, and in its favour I'm only getting that slightly 'sticky' feel (that I find with all coated strings irrespective of manufacturer) on my plucking fingers, and then only really noticing it for as long as it takes to get into playing the music, whereupon I stop caring! The blurb on the packaging says that the copper coating on the wrap wire "imparts a more 'acoustic' tone", and whilst initially skeptical, I can really hear what they're on about. I've had a number of acoustic basses over the years, the most recent being a Fender Kingman, and have always ended up moving them on for lack of practicality; my main gripe being that for their relative size and fragility in transport and the inherent difficulty of using acoustic instruments in loud rock performances, the difference in amplified tone has always been too subtle to justify. Well, that subtle difference in tone is right there on the P with the Reds fitted, which to my mind makes these strings a great way of showing willing (complete with visual cue) without putting yourself to all the trouble of using a real acoustic in a live setting. Even if you were using an acoustic as your main bass and wanted to keep an electric at the back of the stage as a backup, I could see these being a worthwhile addition. So in sum, I'm suitably impressed, both with Don at D'Addario for his attention to customer service, and with EXP Reds for their subtle contribution to my pseudo-acoustic bass exploits.
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