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  1. Not sure about Kramer outsourcing production. If they did, they kept quiet about it. All the aluminium neck Kramers were branded as made in America. My Hondo has a 'Made in Korea' sticker on the neck, plus a quality control stamp of some kind so I think you are right about Samick.
  2. Interesting this. I have a Hondo Alien. It has a bolt-on neck and no truss rod. The neck itself has an aluminium spine and aluminium up the sides under the fingerboard, with wood filling in the gaps, just like the Kramer. Bought for an '80s tribute gig and gathering dust ever since! There's a theory that towards the end of the production run Hondo turned the Alien into a set neck without the aluminium, to cut costs, and these were also rebranded as Phantom guitars and possibly other brands too. This talkbass thread has some info, and pictures. https://www.talkbass.com/threads/dukes-vs-aliens.788654/ Definitely not worth £170 in it's present condition, and without the hard case.
  3. pete.young

    Duesenberg - any love?

    I have a Starplayer bass, bought second-hand from this forum a few years ago. The list price seems to have gone up quite a bit in the interim. I'm very happy with it: it's a good-quality instrument which is comfortable to play and has a useful range of sounds, regardless of where it was or wasn't made. The components may have been sourced outside Germany, but they are not cheap. I would say the build and sound quality is on a par with Gretch Electromatic, and considerably better than Fender Coronado reissues and Epiphone. spectoremg if you are anywhere near Ipswich you are welcome to come and try mine.
  4. pete.young

    BassSurgery 6 string

    Apologies for not meeting your high standards. I've just spent a week in A&E in Ipswich Hospital, so I'm slightly behind the curve.
  5. Aaaaghh!! My eyes!! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BASSURGERY-4003-INSPIRED-6-STRING-BASS-GUITAR-PRE-USED/392126458450?_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140328180637%26meid%3D329580ab0956404082ebaee693c9de95%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D333124809569%26itm%3D392126458450&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982
  6. pete.young

    Do you play with your watch on?

    I always take mine off, for bass or any other stringed instrument. Can't abide rings either.
  7. pete.young

    Zeller 3/4 bass

    This looks interesting. You have a PM.
  8. pete.young

    2 Headless wonders

    [email protected] fretless looks like a lovely thing. Glad to see you made the move to Dorset and are back posting in Basschat once again Ray. I feared the worst when you disappeared. Have a free bump on me.
  9. pete.young

    Can you hear it?!

    What he said. Plus, during my Applied Acoustics course, part of the engineering degree I studied back when Shergar was a colt, I was taught that noise-induced hearing loss always peaks around 4Khz, regardless of the forcing frequency. This is around the frequency range of normal human speech. I find that when I go to a noisy pub I can hear the background noise very loudly but struggle to make out what the bloke opposite is saying, and this is an indication I've suffered some damage somewhere along the line. Despite that, my upper range is still OK and I can, for example, hear those 'mosquito' HF noise generators that paranoid shop owners use to keep da yoot' from congregating outside their premises, crystal clear. So using high-end drop off as a means of evaluating effectiveness of hearing protection is flawed too, whether or no the response curves are flat, since you're measuring the wrong frequency.
  10. pete.young

    Andyjr1515 meets his Nemesis?

    The Purple Helmet.
  11. pete.young

    Small wireless guitar system

    Not once you tape it down with a bit of gaffer 🙂 Mine has velcro on the bottom nowadays and lives on the pedal board.
  12. pete.young

    4 string B-E-A-D anyone?

    As Bearfist says, no particular issues. I had a Bass Collection SB310 set up like this for years, as a backup to the 5 string. You just have to recut the nut. Intonation on the lower B isn't an issue, nobody can tell if it's in tune anyway!
  13. pete.young

    Barneyg42, RIP

    A true Giant Of The Bass. RIP.
  14. pete.young

    playing to tracks, and pitch / tuning

    Why not just retune the bass? What am I missing?
  15. pete.young

    Jazz bass with P pickup in the traditional place

    Think you will probably find though that the MM pickup isn't in the sweet spot, so you won't get much of a core MM tone. The ones I've tried have sounded more like a Jazz bridge on steroids.