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  1. Absolutely this. Dates a recording in the most unfortunate way and renders it unlistenable for me.
  2. Most people who have played a good number of vintage basses seem to have had the experience of playing good ones, fantastic ones, and "dogs". Is it coincidence that it is only the fantastic ones that ever come up for sale? Similarly, considering how many vintage instruments have been modified/refinished/hacked about, it is quite surprising that most of the ones for sale are 100% original. Caveat emptor........
  3. An excellent and pragmatic approach. I don't necessarily agree there is a widespread obsession with resale value. Certainly with regard to vintage purchases, I never buy with any anticipation or purpose of potential future profit. I just like playing and having permanent unrestricted access to fabulous vintage basses and guitars. The notion that you might not lose money in the unpalatable event that you might need to part with them is at best a fringe benefit. Others may feel differently, but it is none of my business if they do.
  4. Not sure how to post the link to the above mentioned in the for sale thread, but I would give it serious consideration if I were looking. Good luck with your search oops P bass search. Sorry inappropriate content 😀
  5. I am fortunate enough that I have access to that expertise free of charge, but, bearing in mind a set up costs about £40, checking over a vintage bass might be expected to take a similar time. Even if it cost £100, a good investment.
  6. Nothing controversial, in a blind test you almost couldn't miss the vintage bass.
  7. It is worth paying a reputable expert for an in-person report. Photos are not enough, in my opinion. Mistakes are v expensive!!
  8. I have 8 jazz basses - 4 1965 or before, 3 1980s one 2015 relic. In a blind test with someone else playing, I'm not confident I'd get it 100% right.
  9. The correct price range is fairly straightforward to arrive at, assuming you have enough basic knowledge, or access to a 3rd party with appropriate experience to ensure the instrument is as advertised, prior to a binding deal (I always have a 48hour approval agreement on any vintage purchase, to obtain expert advice, other than for auction, where the lower price makes a "punt" more acceptable). Once you are confident of what the instrument is, in terms of originality and, therefore, ability to recoup the thick end of your financial outlay, it only remains; does the instrument inspire you to buy it?
  10. GuyR

    Nile Rogers

    I toyed with the quotation marks on live 😀 Must be a great night out in November, watching the same old faces again, pretending to count in the new year. All more talented than me, but it does seem tired.
  11. The major manufacturers had what seems to be commonly acknowledged as a reduction in quality of their products in the late 60s/early 70s, bringing about a preference for the instruments from the previous era, which was perfectly sensible in the era of the 3 bolt boat-anchor Jazz bass, but less relevant now. It may well be that the availability of properly seasoned timber and exotic hardwoods might give older instruments a head-start, but I have to say, when I went to try, then buy, a 64 jazz bass, having a try on the owner's fodera 4 string was quite an eye-opener. It was much the more sophisticated, refined and versatile of the two instruments, but the vintage jazz felt more comfortable, worn-in and enabled me to make a sound that made me happy to part with a sizeable wad. warm and rounded, not harsh or aggressive, with great harmonics and very responsive. How much of that is my wanting to like it who knows, but perhaps no coincidence I spent an hour playing it unaccompanied earlier today. I have played other pre cbs jazz basses that have been absolutely dead and have not "spoken to me" How the median-quality pre cbs bass, when new, would compare with the median-quality custom shop current production, sadly is only the subject of conjecture. My guess is you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. excellent, good-natured thread btw.
  12. GuyR

    Nile Rogers

    Soundly beats the alternative live music show on the adjacent channel
  13. Isn't herpes Liverpudlian for wig?
  14. Swearing is allowed on thefretboard, so it ought to be here.
  15. Maybe so, but they wont be rocking up to the gig in a Morris Minor.
  16. The hump around the 15th fret is quite common I understand from Martin at Bass Gallery. One of my 62s has it and, as it was only slight, a fret dress sorted it out. Good luck with it.
  17. Me too. I suffer from an overactive knife and fork.
  18. Similar story to Tall_Martin, I'm 6'5" and used to play a short scale musicmaster. It might only be my size that stopped anyone commenting.
  19. I have exactly the same situation on 62, 64 & 65 Jazzes. The guards have been there 50-odd years, none are actually cracked yet, but undoubtedly showing signs of lean/lift. I haven't thought about changing them. This is definitely a first-world problem, Mr B!!
  20. V cool bass indeed and another lovely early Fender logo jv on the site. If only my jv was a year of birth bass. Sadly my l-series is.
  21. "Made of pure Unobtanium" is one of my least favourites.
  22. Blue, you are an inspiration for us all in very many ways!! Cheers Guy
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