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Meddle last won the day on June 27 2018

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  1. Used Rockbass Star Bass might be a good option. I love hollow basses but there is a fine tipping point between having a modem sounding hollow bass with modern features, and having a hollow bass with too many period quirks. The pickups tend to be a point of weakness, both in location and design. Many hollow basses have one pickup at the neck and another at the bridge. This limits them sonically.
  2. I doubt that. Cheap shite is cheap shite.
  3. That horn looks a bit short, but I suppose we can't all be winners.
  4. You can post multiple photos in a single post.
  5. I quite like the early green-bobbin Higain pickups. The modern overwound, under-magnetised pickups are the worst in my opinion. Paired with 300k pots you get a fairly dull tone.
  6. Rickenbacker are consistently inconsistent. It is almost impossible to say either "Rickenbacker always did this" or "Rickenbacker never did this". You will find that one weird 4001 from 1979 that has some sort of weird trait or feature never seen before or since. Rickenbacker necks vary a lot as well. My 4003 is from mid 2009. Somewhere in summer 2009 they started using two-piece central planks, which allowed them to skinny down the necks. My bass has a single plank, and therefore a chunky neck. My bass is also subtly folding around the neck pickup route under string tension! Rickenbackers are passive, though some have been modified to be active. Alembic built a Rickenbacker pickup set, as did Bartolini, with the intention of running these pickups with a preamp. More typically you see Dimarzio pickups dropped into '70s Rickenbacker basses that have seen the modder's knife. Rickenbacker did advertise some '80s basses as 'semi-active' for a brief spell. These had the pots and switch mounted to a PCB (as well as the output jack, which would worry me if you saw the construction), but this was marketing faff. They did make some sort of special 4003 quite recently with a matte black finish and the bridge pickup banged right down at the bridge, and this had a built in overdrive. Not sure if that meets the minimum criteria for 'active'. The pickup covers aren't mandatory. They were included from the earliest 4000 basses. In the early basses the covers served an important purpose. The original 'horseshoe' bridge pickup was derived from a lap steel pickup with magnetically charged 'shoes' covering the strings. If you removed these shoes then the pickup would stop working. These were replaced with the now standard 'Higain' pickup in the late '60s. This is a much more conventional single coil pickup, but it retains the chrome surround and convoluted height adjustment setup of the horseshoe pickup. A lot of wood is routed out of the bass to accommodate this pickup, even though the basic guts of it (and premise of it) is a fairly normal pickup coil sitting on top of a magnet. The 'glo suffix is Rickenbacker marketing speak for any colour. Mapleglo is a natural finish, revealing the maple wood of the body and neck. Jetglo is a black finish (think Whitby jet) and Burgundyglo is the rich, claret colour that changes over the years from almost black to a deep red colour. The 'glo suffix is also used by fans to describe colours that don't grace the Rickenbacker catalog. As such Burgundyglo sometimes becomes 'Eggplantglo' depending on the shade. Glueglo is a subtly pejorative term to describe examples of early '70s mapleglo-finished basses where the glue holding the binding to the body has seeped into the surrounding wood and discoloured it. If you don't like any of the above then the 4004 bass is a good option! It simplifies the pickup and electronic setup, Has no unnecessary routing into the body and has a modern Schaller bridge.
  7. That binding is ugly and rosewood boards make anodised pickguards look beige. Overall that P looks clunky, less ergonomic and a bit fussy.
  8. This bass was used live on the Beatclub clips.
  9. I now have a settee of merit to put my basses on! My P Bass today.
  10. Thank you both! I will take a look into Yamaha flutes.
  11. I'm really tempted to get started on flute. Any flutists out there on BC? Is it relatively easy to pick up? Alongside bass I play guitar, keys and bits and pieces of violin, mandolin and viola when the need arises. I've never really got my head around wind instruments at all. I've always liked the flute work of Didier Malherbe in Gong, and Ian Anderson to a slightly lesser extent. I would be leaning more towards jazz/folky leaning rather than classical performance. So... buy a £100 Gear4music flute and have a bash, or take a more measured approach?
  12. You can see it in the colour section of this video below. Roy Wood's Strat looks a bit modified as well. Pinky white finish and black pickguard; presumably mods. Being good Birmingham lads I wonder if this was really early John Birch work? The bass was used live in the clips below, so it wasn't just modified to look goofy in Wizzard promo videos. Somebody modded a Jazz bass for the supposed tonal benefits. At a guess it was an early experiment in stereo wiring (hence the four controls and custom control plate), with the pickups slanted to get the widest possible tonal range across the four strings. Probably they needed better amps and to leave the router in the box... the results are pretty ugly! If you want to go further down the rabbit hole, you can see Jeff Lynne rocking a blacktop Les Paul Standard in the colour videos. There is a conspiracy theory that this is Eric Clapton's 'Beano' Burst. That guitar was stolen, and the notion is that the thief realised it was too easily identifiable. The solution was to refinish the guitar solid black to hide any wood grain and sunburst finish! Jeff's Les Paul has a black pickguard taken from another archtop guitar by the looks of it. Why so many weird mods?! You see a lot of questionably modded guitars and basses in the old Beat Club videos. Stripped finishes, hacked up pickguards, horns lopped off or filed shorter, crude refinishes... you name it! I'm surprised any vintage guitars have been left unmodded.
  13. Meddle

    Road Worn Jazz

    I'm all about DiMarzio Area Js at the moment!
  14. Dave Pegg apparently taught Fairport how to drink!
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