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  1. Off Topic... Meaningful vote #3,256. Predictions?
  2. Plays like triglyceride-rich bovine lactate lipid substitute.
  3. I’ve been curious about Rics for ages but never taken the plunge, mainly because my pick playing is pretty sh*te by gig standards. Anyway this thread got me interested again so at the weekend I popped into Guitar Guitar to have a nosey. They have 5 brand new 4003s in the Epsom store - a walnut with binding, a mapleglow with binding, 2 matte blacks - one with and one without binding - and a lefty fireglow. All 5 look absolutely stunning. I didn’t plug any in but noodled briefly on all 4 rightys acoustically but I was mainly interested in the build quality. All appeared really well built and finished (the matte black is particularly stunning) but on closer inspection... Of the 3 basses with binding, the walnut and matte black had clear ‘steps’ in the level between the plastic binding and the wood edge where they hadn’t been sanded completely smooth. This was mainly apparent on the top edge but also around the lower horn. The best of the bunch binding-wise was the mapleglow which was nigh-on perfect. In terms of general finish all 4 looked very good except for the fingerboard of the mapleglow which had some dust specks evident in gloss lacquer. The worst was the walnut where the finish around the edge of the top horn wasn’t actually finished. There were still what looked like sanding marks in the wood. Given that the basses range in price from £1,899 (matte black no binding) to £2,499 (matte black with binding) after GG discounts I would expect QC on instruments at this price point to be top notch but it’s apparent that flaws are getting through. The ‘small company’ excuse can’t really be used in justification when you have much smaller one man band luthiers turning out near flawlessly finished instruments. I would still love one but iconic looks and sound cannot make up for such poor QC on basses commanding 2 grand and over. I guess as others have said, you have to keep shopping until you find that good ‘in. My opinion only, of course.
  4. Although Seidah Garrett did a grand job on the “Shelter” album...
  5. Who’s doing drumming duties these days? Jan Kincaid left BNH a couple of years ago and set up MF Robots (spot the difference IMO...). Is Simon Bartholomew still in the band too? N’Dea was the sound of BNH for me, fantastic voice.
  6. Aahh sh*t... Sublimely tasteful, skilled guitarist - never flashy - and an extraordinary lyricist to boot. Something so often overlooked. Sleep well Boon. Thanks for your music, such a massive part of my life.
  7. I have a 34” long scale Series 2 and for an average build chappy it’s a slight stretch to the first fret but not too bad. I didn’t get the choice as mine wasn’t factory ordered by me but I would imagine the 32” would be quite nice and comfortable, assuming you’ve got a spare 22k sloshing around down your sofa cushions...ouch...! That is going to be a real beauty though, no doubt.
  8. Cachao was in there somewhere if I remember correctly?
  9. Always loved this rhythm section. Forget the cheesy poppy MSM stuff though and check out Gloria’s album from whence this particular tune came - Mi Tierra. Just wonderful stuff if you like more authentic Latin American vibes. Changing tack slightly, Richard Nolan and Bob Dalton from the classic It Bites lineup always floats my boat.
  10. Thank you, they are rather special. I think you’re right on the shorty and it’s got the earlier satin finish which is really nice. The long scale is burl maple. You don’t...! 😂😁
  11. Short scale and long scale series 2s;
  12. Gaw-juss! I've always had a soft spot for the headed versions.
  13. Georgy Porgy Free - based on Will Downing’s version of the Deniece Williams song. This version features a certain Doug Wimbish on bass and is well worth a listen. Just started doing these as part of a new set and they’re really floating my boat.
  14. Just found my old cassette copy of “Seven Song Demo” after many moons. Trouble is I no longer have the means to listen to it! Does anyone have a CD or MP3 copy of this? I know there’s more than a few of us on BC who knew Lee back in the day and therefore hopefully still have a copy. Happy to reimburse for any effort in satisfying my urge to listen once again to his Warwick Streamer through SWR Redhead..! Thanks!
  15. And just to keep the excitement going whilst we await news of the new birth, here is your’s daughter...
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