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Jean-Luc Pickguard

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  1. Jean-Luc Pickguard

    Does The Colour Of Your Bass Affect Your Playing?

    nope, my playing is equally inept whatever colour bass I'm using.
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    Has carefully avoided the use of the "F" word

    'F' for fake logo on incorrectly shaped headstock.
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    Strings Direct - 20% discount code on plectrums!

    I tried a plectrum once; I didn't like it.
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    WD40 contact cleaner

    I'd been planning to replace the original mini pots & switch in my '97 CIJ 1972 reissue telecaster thinline guitar as they crackled badly and randomly cut the signal making the guitar unusable plugged in. Before ordering all the bits & bobs to make a new harness, I thought it might be worthwhile to attempt to clean the pots & switch so I ordered a can of WD40 'specialist fast drying contact cleaner' (not the same as regular WD40) from amazon. It comes with a funky straw attachment to direct the spray into the pots. I wasn't sure whether to expect a big improvement, but after a quick squirt and rolling each pot & the switch back & forth a few times, there's now absolutely no crackle so I won't be needing to get the soldering kit out. Pretty good stuff for a fiver.
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    White on white basses?

    My '04 CIJ Oly White mustang bass with its rather fetching 'aged white pearl' pickguard.
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    Dean Pace 5-string Electric Upright Bass

    Great price. I used to have a 4 string version of this in natural which I strung with TI JF344 flats. It was great fun to play. I recorded half an album with it and I wish I could get the same chunky mwaaah tone on my NS-Design CR5M.
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    Is Rickenbacker a dirty word..........?

    Nonsense. There's a thread discussing Rickenbacker at https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/327793-is-rickenbacker-a-dirty-word/
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    Zoom B3 factory patches

    The last page of this PDF has the list of patches https://zoom-na.com/sites/default/files/products/downloads/pdfs/B3_Operation Manual.pdf
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    New embassy (and also thunderbird) bass, Classic style!

    Thanks goingdownslow - that helps a lot. It looks a bit too tight for me to be comfortable with. I think I might have to look into getting a custom-made flight case.
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    New embassy (and also thunderbird) bass, Classic style!

    Cheers - If its possible to post a photo to show how much room there is at that end, that would be a great help.
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    New embassy (and also thunderbird) bass, Classic style!

    Thanks. Is that because the end of the headstock is touching the end of the case when the bass is inside, or is there a gap between the end of the headstock & the fur lining?
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    New embassy (and also thunderbird) bass, Classic style!

    I need a hard case for my Thunderbird Vintage Pro. I'm happy to use my Ritter thunderbird gigbag laid across the back seat when I'm going to a rehearsal or gig in my car, but I need something with more protection when it goes in the back of the van. Is the Epiphone thunderbird hardcase (the non-rectangular version) long enough for the vintage pro, or does the end of the headstock touch the end allowing any shocks or bumps to possibly affect the bass? Can anyone suggest a hard case that is big enough to protect the Epiphone vintage pro properly? Anyone have a Gator GWE-TBIRD-BASS or Freestyle Thunderbird Case, or other alternative?
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    Vintage style microphone: advice needed

    it sounds like you’re describing the shure super 55: https://www.studiospares.com/Microphones/Mics-Dynamic/Shure-Super55-Deluxe-Dynamic-Microphone_433190.htm there are some cheaper alternatives, but that’s probably the one they’re copying
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    Tapewounds, what a revelation!!

    My favourite strings on long scale basses have been Thomastik JF344 for well over ten years, but I put a set of La Bella white nylons on my Epiphone thunderbird vintage pro to replace the stock roundwounds. The tension & feel is similar to the TI set, so they are very comfortable to play and I can get a big sound with a light touch - like the TIs, but I prefer the sound of the La Bellas.
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    Built by Terry or Pat??

    The neck looks like a standard cheapo strat copy with the headstock sawn off rather than an originally headless neck. It looks like the string retainer thingy might make it difficult or impossible to get an allen key in to adjust the truss rod.