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  1. I have the old A5, not the ultra. Not sure if the construction is the same, but if it is I can strongly recommend it. Not too heavy, quite shallow satin-finish neck, easy to play. The sound is like a very resonant DB, particularly played over the fingerboard. Plenty of mwaaaah. Great for noodling at home.
  2. Does buying a Marcus Miller hat to cover the onset of baldness make you a slap head? In the time-honoured tradition, I'll get my coat.......
  3. GuyR

    New Strat Day

    Any new strat day is a good day. That is a lovely combination. Enjoy.
  4. [quote name='Burns-bass' timestamp='1501661659' post='3346229'] The first thing you've done properly is play the guitar - many people don't, particularly with imported guitars. As the owner of a few ridiculously expensive guitars, I'd suggest buying the one you like the best and that sounds the best. If you want collectibility then buy the most complete and original example. If you have the money I'd plump for the '65, but there were awful basses in all eras and wonderful ones. [/quote] Agree. If you are going to buy a collector instrument, and can afford a '65, you might as well, so long as it has the original finish, pickups and only very minor changes, if any. If it plays and sounds really well and is very light you won't regret it.
  5. For new basses I thinks it's fine although I would still much rather try every example of a bass in a shop's stock as inevitably you will bond with one more than the others. Also there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. For vintage it is more risky. Look on eBay and sometimes on dealers' websites and there is often a large dose of wishful thinking when it comes to originality. I have bought vintage online but wouldn't again.
  6. Lovely. The precision is immaculate. Is it 65/66?
  7. It's been a long wait for you. They make a handsome pair - Enjoy them in good health and remember re the 4 string it is preferable to ask forgiveness rather than permission
  8. I must have misread the title. The content is far less exciting than I had anticipated.
  9. My large fender logo jv has a 2 piece body. Neck on this one is 100% right.
  10. I've recently had a 62 jazz bass made fretless at the gallery. I had a new fingerboard fitted, as it had been replaced previously with maple. Moving the side dots to the correct place would have been impossible do do cleanly, as the side dots straddled both the neck and the fingerboard, so would have been impossible to hide. If you are used to playing the instrument you should be fine leaving the side position dots where they are. A plain neck does look smart in my opinion. I understand other opinions are available As others have said, if you are going to take the frets out of the existing fingerboard, get a proper luthier to do it. I had a really nice jazz bass defretted in the 80s. They filled in the slots with a dark rosewood as I asked, but had cut the fret slots deeper before inserting the new slivers of wood. They cut the slots right into the maple. No going back from that. I only ever have work done at the gallery now. I'm sure Jaydee would be a good choice. Enyjoy the results. You can't beat fretless
  11. On my way home "another brick in the wall" was on the radio. Unusually they played the whole of the solo. I struggle to think of better on a hit single.
  12. I work in property. I once sold a house belonging to a mr & mrs Piso. The buyers were Mr&Mrs Shittu. I jest not. This year my office rented a flat to a gentleman resplendent in the name of Mustafa Tug. Most unfortunate
  13. Having played fretless Jazz basses since the early 80s and being a bit of a magpie when it comes to vintage jazzes, I have always wanted a defretted pre cbs jazz. Bearing in mind the financial implications of modifying an original instrument, it has been difficult to find one either already defretted, or unoriginal enough not to regret modifying further. I recently found and acquired the ideal candidate; a 1962 slab board, completely refinished, with changed pickups, new maple fingerboard, black scratchplate, modern decal and some wiring alterations. it also had a filled hole at the base of the head, as if it had been mounted to a wall. The body, neck, tuners, bridge, control plate, neck plate and at least one pot are correct. One visit to Martin Petersen later, a new unlined non-sustainable full fat rosewood board is fitted. I had strongly considered filled fret slots and clay dots, but as the bass looks quite modern, with a non vintage clear neck lacquer, black scratchplate and bass-side finger rest, I thought it best to just go with it, rather than spend heavily on finishes. It's just a player, after all. To play, it is resonant, bright and punchy, with very clear harmonics and plenty of mwaaaah. The neck is straight and the action low. Martin has done an excellent job, as ever. A few rather poor images below. [URL=http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_42.jpeg.html][IMG]http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t418/Guycrussell/image_42.jpeg[/IMG][/URL][URL=http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_44.jpeg.html][IMG]http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t418/Guycrussell/image_44.jpeg[/IMG][/URL] [U[URL=http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_43.jpeg.html][IMG]http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t418/Guycrussell/image_43.jpeg[/IMG][/URL]RL=http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_45.jpeg.html][IMG]http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t418/Guycrussell/image_45.jpeg[/IMG][/URL]
  14. GuyR


    [quote name='Chiliwailer' timestamp='1496835058' post='3314140'] You'd need to 'black light' the neck and head to look for signs in the lacquer (logo change?), and check for marks in the neck pocket and heal (that show where they may have been previously attached). The rest is speculation. [/quote] That's as close as you are going to get to the truth without seeing the original invoice. Either way, an interesting very different bass. Do you know how much the seller is asking for?
  15. [URL=http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_41.jpeg.html][IMG]http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t418/Guycrussell/image_41.jpeg[/IMG][/URL] 65 CAR jazz bass and something else it just happened to be leaning on
  16. [quote name='chris_b' timestamp='1496744105' post='3313537'] Of all the strings I've used over the years, the sets that sounded the best for the longest time were DR's, either Lo-Riders or Hi-Beams. [/quote] Strongly agree. I use them on all my basses. I like exactly the sound you describe (apart from chorus) they last ages.
  17. All good choices, particularly Fullerton reissues. First run of Fender logo jv squiers are also quite special and relatively rare. 1982 is probably the best year of that decade for options Your parents had remarkable foresight.
  18. [URL=http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_6.jpeg.html][IMG]http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t418/Guycrussell/image_6.jpeg[/IMG][/URL] Here is mine. 1965 for me - one of the benefits of advancing years is a YOB of good vintage.
  19. I have one too. Fabulous basses. I would never sell mine, but good luck selling yours.
  20. [url="http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/Guycrussell/media/image_8.jpeg.html"][/url] My 62 in olympic white, 64 sunburst, 65 in CAR plus an interloper
  21. [quote name='TheGreek' timestamp='1493062236' post='3285336'] Was it a good buy -[i] i.e. they got it cheap[/i] - because having a "[i]noisy[/i]" venue nearby reduced the price and by getting rid of said noisy venue pushes the price of the house up? [/quote] - That would be a cynical but possibly accurate view of the position.
  22. Apart from giving stuff away for peanuts I'm sure we all agree with you 😀
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