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  1. Fender Cowpoke

    Cowpoke was a nickname given to this model of precision bass by members of a US forum - possibly the long-gone dudepit. My understanding is that the nickname was due to the shape of the pickguard resembling the yokes of a western/cowboy shirt. I really liked the look of these back in the day but was underwhelmed when I tried the MIM one they had at Rockbottom in Croydon.
  2. How far do you travel to practice?

    Just under two miles
  3. New embassy (and also thunderbird) bass, Classic style!

    I got a thunderbird vintage pro a few weeks ago just after they leapt in price everywhere. I was initially after a white one but when I saw this sunbust one in stock & advertised as new/B-stock for £450 it would have been rude not to. The reason for the reduction is a tiny area of rub-through of the black finish at the far edge of the headstock which is only noticable when you look for it. It'll probably pick up dents in that area before too long if it collides with cymbals on a cramped stage. I normally use thomastik, La Bella or fender flats on my other basses but I wanted to get a brighter tone from this bass so I kept the stock roundwounds on until today when a couple of sets of La Bella 750T white nylon tapes arrived. I've just fitted a set to the t-bird and I'm knocked out by how well they work for me on this bass. They have a similar tension to Thomastik JF344 jazz flats so I can play with a lighter touch like I can with TIs, but the sound seems to lean more towards rounds more than flats & the ultra smooth surface feels perfect for me. Changing the strings showed the tuners as being less smooth than ones on my other basses, although they work fine for tuning up. If I do replace them I'll probably get a set of Gotoh GB-640 res-o-lites, but they aren't cheap. I can live with the existing ones though. Looking forward to my first rehearsal with the La Bellas next week and my gig with the bass next weekend.
  4. May Composition Challenge - GET WRITING

  5. Roland Micro Cube - Replacement Speaker

    Send an enquiry to Roland at https://www.roland.co.uk/spares/ select microcube bass rx on the drop-down menu
  6. Bargains on Amazon

    Weird that the dodgy listings remain visible when amazon knows that the account has been hacked.
  7. Bargains on Amazon

    I'd be tempted by the Gibson Thunderbird for £480 but if something looks too good to be true it usually is. There's no way they can be selling it at that price and have four in stock. The shop's negative feedback has jumped up to 13% in the last 30 days
  8. My bass keeps cutting out.

    My epiphone pro-v went totaly dead a couple of weeks ago after I tightened up one of the pots. I initialy wondered whether there was a problem with the active circuit but it turned out that the pot had rotated so one of the terminals was touching the shielding paint. Once it was straightened out it was fine, so check that nothing is shorting out. Also when the socket was replaced was it replaced with a switchcraft one? I've found that the cheapo (eg from maplins) can lose their springiness after a while & often start to crackle & lose contact before too long.
  9. New embassy (and also thunderbird) bass, Classic style!

    Just seen that these are now up from £499 to £599, and out of stock everywhere I've looked. Anyone know why the unusually huge price increase? I don't think currency exchange rates have shifted that much.
  10. Using laptops live

    Is there any effect he can get on his laptop that can't be emulated using a multifx pedal? I can understand a keys player using a macbok with mainstage, but a guitarist using a laptop on stage seems like a load of unneccessary hassle & risk to me, unless there was a compelling reason to do so. If my bandmate insisted on this, I'd not get involved in working out what cables etc he'd need & leave him up to it.
  11. Ernie ball strings issue

    I would email the company with photos of the strings & packaging. I had a dead E string in a set of GHS shortscale flats, so contacted GHS & they sent a replacement string to me all the way from battle creek michigan.
  12. Great gig, poor turnout

    It used to annoy me in a previous band when I'd spend time designing & money printing posters for the pub to put up, a band member would take the posters in a week or two before the gig, and we'd see the posters are all still rolled up behiund the bar when we turn up on the night.
  13. Ashdown job hunting

    I'd never seen the headphones before - I must admit, for a second I did wonder whether it was an April Fools joke that leaked out early. I'd feel a right pillock wearing anything that looks so daft.
  14. That poor SG!

    I'm trying to work out why it would have been necessary to remove the frets
  15. was brown & worn

    The description says "was brown & worn" – makes it sound like the seat was secondhand when it was thrown together. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BIG-BUTT-004-BASS-made-in-USA/173186521681 – just noticed its that overpriced chancer in Germany who is trying to sell it for £888. Ridiculous.
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