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bassmayhem

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  2. I bought this one from Cairobill a few years ago...
  3. Milan bought my Steinberger XL2, a very smooth operation... Swift transfer via Wise (former Transferwise). Milan is a guy you can deal with with great confidence. Nice guy who is easy to chat with. I'd love to have a glass of fine Czech Pilsner with him and talk about serious matters...
  4. Yep! A bit Alembic DNA there, but with a big exception: it balances well and doesn't weigh like a truck. (That was two exceptions...)
  5. I didn't think you meant that. I can see som DNA too, but the Unicorn is more... delicate, if you get my point.
  6. Well, Christian is a big fan of Mark King, so some kind of imprint may be traceable... My impression is that the old Jaydee were a bit... chunkier. Kind of. Anyway, as bass is a bass is a bass. 99 % of them look like something that fell off a truck coming out of Fullerton...
  7. Well, now the Flamboyant Four has moved in... It is truly a magnificent instrument. The neck on this one is somewhat slimmer than on my custom ordered five string in making, just 19 mm thick at the zero fret. Wide and kind of flat-ish neck profile, reminiscent of an older 60's P-bass. The neck is super stable, though it has no carbon rods. Unicorn never uses these. The select wood is orientated and glued for maximum strength. The neck is dead straight, the bass plays very well intonated in every position all the way up to the 24th fret. Playing chords in tune all the way up is a thing not all basses can manage. The electronics are another thing... The pickup mini switch in up position makes "Precision Bass only", down position makes "All Jazz Bass" with pickup blend. Switch in center position activates "both basses mode" simultaneously. You can use all three pickups, or pan to neck J + P or bridge J + P. A lot of tones so far. The four band EQ is stellar. Four fixed bands: low - low mid - high mid - treble. Also an active/passive switch when pulling up the volume control. Unfortunately no passive tone. The last switch is something I've never considered an option: a kill switch. But - the original owner wanted one. I'll have a chat with Christian Olsson at Unicorn if it is possible to swap that switch for a passive tone control. The pickups themselves are built into very nice sculpted wooden covers made from the same woods you find in the neck, body and fingerboard. This is the only "bling" I ordered for my all passive five string bass. Really nice touch compared to plastic... The lacquer is fantastic. It is hard to make its pearl orange gloss right in a photo from a mobile phone. Just like that. If I say this lacquer feels like $1000 I won't lie... The scale then! This bass is a 32" medium scale instrument, something I've never owned before, and hardly never played. My Dingwall Super P and Super J starts off with a 32" G-string, that's the closest I've come. To be honest, hadn't I known I wouldn't have noticed. I tried a 32" five string at Unicorn's work shop, but that wasn't my cup of tea. But - a four string works very good and feels right in my hands. A very fine bass indeed! Now I just have to wait for my five string "Espresso Bass"...
  8. Here is my SECOND Unicorn, but I got it first. This one is a four string Artist model with a lot of custom options to my liking. A friend ordered it, but found that he only uses five string basses any way. To good to let pass, so I grabbed it. Three pickups in wooden shells: two J-pickups and one P-pickup. Switchable only J, only P and all at once. Balance on J-pickups, active/passive. It sure looks fast... Now just wait for my "own" five string to turn from a pile of wood into a bass...
  9. Ooops! All of a sudden I have TWO Unicorns on the way... A friend sells his four string Artist (the one in the first picture is an Artist model) since he only plays five strings or more. When the deal is closed I put up some stunning pic's of that bass...
  10. What I paid is an affair between Unicorn and me, but let us say like this: stellar material and craftsmanship ain't cheap. I know what I get and pay what it costs. This is a real custom shop bass, not just a bass called custom shop. Noone else gets a similar one. It is made for my head, hands and heart. Think like this: closer to Fodera than Fender... My philosophy is: A good price is what makes the buyer and seller satisfied.
  11. Here is a link to an old article No Treble wrote some years ago. They just "mixed and matched" the pictures of two different basses... https://www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/11/17/bass-of-the-week-unicornbass-ozellman-master/ Next to the Strat hangs his Unicorn...
  12. Kind of! Mine will have two pickups: one close to the bridge and one closer to the neck, like on the Jeff Berlin signature bass. And five strings.
  13. This is a picture from the homepage; my bass is still a pile of wood...
  14. We have some really stellar bass builders here in Sweden: Anders Mattisson, who builds for Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops) and Janek Gwizdala is one. Another one is Christian Olsson, who has built for Mark King among others. His company is called Unicorn Bass. There are others too... I have just placed an order for a custom instrument: my very first such. So now, Unicorn Bass is building me an all passive no frills tone monster, a bass to play - not to display. I am really thrilled, since I've never owned an instrument built especially for me before. Unicorn has some models that are custom shop in all aspects; this one, called the Purist, is the bass to use if you don't want any fancy stuff, if you prefer passive electronics, bolt-on neck and straight ahead solid foundation. The neck profile, number of strings, spacing, body wood, pickups and their placement and finish are made or chosen to my liking and preferences. I.E. all that counts for is custom made.... A month ago I visited Christian Olsson in his workshop and tried some of his instruments: both Artist Series and the Purist, but really fell for the simplicity, yet versatility, from the Purist. Now it is just some months wait for the beast to be born... Pic's will come. Here is the link to the Unicorn site: https://unicornbass.se/site/
  15. Now open for partial trades! Check original post!
  16. Since everybody wants to know: the weight is 4.7 - 4.8 kg according to my bathroom scales. (10.35 - 10.56 lbs) The weight is what gives the bass its tone. Still, it ain't that heavy. It hangs well on the body, well balanced. I have a slipped disc and back surgery, and play it without problems. Spacing 18 mm.
  17. Dingwall Afterburner I HS (Heavy Solid) I have a custom made instrument in the pipeline, but I may regret selling this bass if things are resolved in another way... Anyway, a Dingwall Afterburner I HS, where HS stands for Heavy Solid. Yes. It is heavy, but even my old operated back can handle it. Passive, three pickups, whole Wenge neck, like the finest chocolate. With the small miniswitches in the "right" position, you have four useful tone characters from this bass: Jazz bass' focused bridge tone, Stingray, Jazz bass "in the middle" and P-bass. Not exactly, but very close. It can be played with a loose touch as well as rock hard à la Geddy or The Ox. Sounds good whatever your style is... If anyone is wondering about the small "hole" on the back of the body, well, it is an extra strap lock to place the bass a little further to the right, or for small bassists. Smart! The three miniswitches are for series or parallel connection of each pickup. I found the position with the two outermost pickups in serial mode (higher output) and the middle one in parallel mode the optimal. Then you got a relatively even volume in the four different positions on the pickup switch. Also: Luminous dots on the side of the fretboard !!! It is an odd model that no longer exists. The closest I have come to price considerations is that if you were to order a new one similar to this, you would end up in the area around £3900/4560€. Then you usually say easy sellable instruments in good condition can be sold for 70% of the new price, which would end up around £2740/3200€. I let this beauty go for £2250/2625€ plus shipping. 4000 extra for a real Canadian is perfectly fine, right? Just a tad over the price for a Chinese Dingwall... As I said, I reserve the right to regret... Serious bids are considered! And - The bass lives in Sweden...
  18. 1 - Get off the old paint. 2 - Ground paint and sanding. 3 - Masking. 4 - Spray Aztec Gold over and over again. 5 - Clear lacquer over and over again. 6 - Polishing! All lacquer celullosa...
  19. Why can't I see the pic, just the link?
  20. My Dingwall Super J4 looked sad and black, so I made it Aztec Gold as a Corona project. First time in my life doing things like that. I kind of fancy the result. Cellulose lacquer only... [img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51364881378_d5bdc80143_k.jpg[/img] Do I have to say the bass is fantastic?
  21. Take the chance to buy this gem now.
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