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  1. The USA Jaguar is an excellent choice. They were only available for 2 years. A PJ setup and active/passive option. They're not easy to find now but well worth seeking out. I have an Olympic white one. (Not for sale.) Frank.
  2. I’d love to hear this combo. It should be amazing. Enjoy it. As a long time BB2 user, I’m very interested. Frank.
  3. I had an original Japanese 51RI that I gave to my son as a birthday present years ago. I always missed it and couldn’t believe it when I walked into a music shop in Belfast a month ago and there was one in stock. It was bought the next day. I’ve been on holiday since I bought it so not much playing time yet. After a change of strings to TI flats it’ll have its first gig in two weeks time. I’m thrilled to have a 51RI again. They’re just great basses. Frank.
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    I’m a former US Fender snob. That was until I bought a Fender Flea jazz. What a truly superb bass. Easily the equal of my many US Fenders. Enjoy your new bass Dave. Frank.
  5. That’s a thing of beauty. I would be tempted if I hadn’t recently bought a MIJ 51 reissue. It’s one of the 2021 models and weighs only 3.75kg. I just need to change the strings to flatwounds and it’ll have its first gig next week. Frank.
  6. No, on a laptop. I'll have a go tomorrow. It's probably easier than I think. I can upload to facebook directly. Frank.
  7. I know, but I'm a luddite and don't know how to do this lark of linking to another website to upload pics to basschat. Frank.
  8. I'll get the Vernier callipers out tomorrow but according to the website the neck widthis 42mm or 1.650" and U shaped. It feels quite beefy, in a good way. Frank.
  9. The deed is done! I bought it today. I weakened due to an unexpected cash windfall because I have been underpaid for over 5 years. Yeh! It'll be getting new strings and a setup to my preference next week. Frank.
  10. I played one of these yesterday in my local music shop. I was highly impressed and sorely tempted to buy. I had a 2005 MIJ 51 reissue that I gave to my son 10 years ago as a 30th birthday present. I loved the bass and gave it to him because he loved it even more than me. I've missed it ever since I parted with it. Has anyone tried these new reissues? It seemed lighter in weight than my 2005 but maybe not as solid sounding. Has anyone bought or tried one and has an opinion? I'm sorely tempted. 😧 Frank.
  11. That's a very fair price for a brilliant cab. These are so useful for small pub gigs and surprisingly loud. I'm sure it'll sell very quickly. Frank.
  12. These seem to be excellent little cabs. I heard a funk band street busking and the bass player was using the 2x8 version with an Elf head. I was amazed at the volume and sheer welly from that little rig. Thanks for your review. Frank.
  13. There's been no talk around this subject in either of my two main bands and I won't be initiating it. We have our first gig tonight since March 2020. It's in a golf club and there will be speeches and prize giving. The only thing I've said is that nobody will be allowed to use my mike. I would probably have said the same pre-covid though. Frank.
  14. That looks great. I could be sorely tempted by one of those. Enjoy it. Frank.
  15. Free. Steely Dan. Van Morrison. These are the first that come to mind. Frank.
  16. There isn't such a huge profit from Ivermectin as there is from vaccines... Frank.
  17. And yet another vote for the Quilter BB800. Simple, lightweight, small, LOUD, and great sounding. And built using good quality components. Frank.
  18. I think Matt is right. The transformer in my Thunderfunk is custom made too and is probably the only component that isn't a standard piece. That transformer is made by Webb in Taiwan. There is an enquiry page. I'm not sure how successful an enquiry would be though. A separate 230/120 volt transformer might be the easiest way around this. Webb Ltd (globalsources.com) Frank.
  19. Oh dear... Didn't Lee Sklar do something similar with a Jazz bass? Or did I just make that up? Frank.
  20. Excellent stuff! I must get back to listening to some Prefab Sprout. Frank.
  21. A quick look inside at the power transformer will tell you if the tappings can be changed to suit a different voltage. It's pretty simple to understand. Check the primary side of the transformer (the input side) for tapping options. If you're not sure, post some pics and a description of what it says on the transformer and me or someone else will be able to advise. If the tappings can be changed, it's a simple job to carry out. And if the amp was designed for this, it will also be designed to work on both the USA supply frequency of 60Hz and 50HZ European supply frequency. In any case, using a device designed for 60Hz on a 50Hz supply is less problematic than using a 50Hz device on a 60Hz supply. (in the latter case you can reduce the supply voltage slightly to compensate for the frequency change.) Have a quick look and let us know. Frank.
  22. These are great amps and as good as amps costing many times the asking price for this. Mine gets (got ) many gigs in preference to my much more expensive amps. They are excellent and highly recommended. Frank.
  23. I started on 6 string guitar around 1967/8. I always loved Fender guitars but when I moved over to bass around 1985 I didn't take to Fender basses. I used an Aria SB900 for years, then Warwick and Spector. I started to notice about 15 years ago that every time I walked into a pub or bigger gig that when I loved the bass sound, it was mostly a Precision. I bought and sold a few jazz basses then a US Fender P in 2012. It's fitted with TI flats and sounds (to me) absolutely wonderful. They are simple but really effective. Frank.
  24. I would love to buy this for the nostalgia. I used one for many years. It performed perfectly well even in large venues like the Ulster Hall in Belfast. This is a bargain for someone. Frank.
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