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  1. Bits of kit that are plenty big enough to contain a proper transformer with an IEC socket, but instead come with a flimsy plastic power supply with the thinnest cable possible, that is guaranteed to last at least a whole 10 minutes on a stage 20 different power supplies, each with different voltage, AC/DC, polarity, so that none are interchangeable - but all with the exactly the same style of connector
  2. Last night the barman came up and profusely thanked us for NOT playing Mr. Brightside, Sex On Fire, Dakota, etc., etc. He said he hears the same songs every week and was overjoyed to hear something different, played well and with enthusiasm. He's only a young chap too
  3. If you fancy trying it for yourself, Small Wonder also sell tools and blanks
  4. Small Wonder Guitar Parts http://www.smallwonder-music.co.uk/ All hand cut
  5. I've never lacked for volume at any gig we've played in the years I've had mine (without an extension cab). Either it will be loud enough on it's own, or you'll be DI'ed into the PA and you'll have to turn it down anyway to give the engineer enough room to work in
  6. I play mostly 70s rock. As the post above says, modern amps are so much better than they used to be. A few posts have recommended the Fender Rumble 500 v3 combo, and what's not to like? It can go anywhere between clean and filthy, has a lovely valvey tone with acres of bottom end, is plenty loud enough for any gig you're likely to do without PA support (and has built in DI if you need it) and is a one-hand lift (unlike pretty much any 70s amp, let alone the cab!). It also won't upset your bank manager. I have a grin on my face every time I fire mine up and get busy
  7. Absolutely. My Indonesian Squier P-bass Special has been my main gigging bass for the last 3 or 4 years. Upgraded with a set of SD quarter pounders, a Kiogon loom with series/parallel switch and a Hipshot drop tuner. The P-bass Special has a jazz neck, and mine's like a matchstick. The expensive basses stay at home Ignore the name on the headstock. Find a bass that feels and sounds right to you
  8. It was certainly good for blowing out the oil galleries in my crankshaft, and you don't get much more metal than that
  9. I've played in bands for the last 34 years. The last 18 months have been the only time we've actually had public liability insurance afaik. Then, it's not exactly that expensive - about 1 hour's worth of gig money per year
  10. Gah! Beat me to it. Mine does 18.5cfm though (and actually really is a recent acquisition) Edit: As for bass playing, just learn to pluck the strings consistently
  11. Norris

    Damaged Head

    Has the tuner location screw sheared? From the jaunty angle of the tuner I suspect it's split the headstock in line with that screw. Take the strings off, and the dislodged tuner. See if you can remove the broken piece. If you can it will be easier to repair funnily enough - you'll be able to get glue in. If the screw has sheared, remove the remaining piece. Then some titebond (normal type 1 is best) on the headstock pieces, or use an old credit card to squeeze glue right into the split on both sides if it won't come apart. Clamp it back in place good and tight. Don't rush getting it to line up nicely as you have a few minutes before the glue starts to go off. Use some shaped packing so that you can apply maximum pressure with your clamps, and use as many as you can fit in. Wipe the excess glue away with a damp cloth and leave for 24 hours. Next day remove the clamps. If there's any glue line left it can be carefully scraped back with a razor blade. The screw hole may need some packing if it's been gouged out in the tumble. A cocktail stick would be ideal, knocked in while the glue is still wet if that's where the split is. That will then need trimming and drilling out again when the glue is dry Reassemble. There will be "mojo" crack remaining, but hopefully not too big or obvious
  12. Well I'm flipped if I can find it! I wouldn't have thrown it away... The usual stashes of musical stuff have been searched
  13. Your Fender Rumble and a set of rounds (d'Addario prosteels are my particular choice) and your P pickup should get you the sound you're after. Crank up the gain a bit - the amp has a lovely, natural valvey sound. Dial in a bit of overdrive maybe. The tone controls do a lot of work for a little tweaking. Control the overall volume with the master Have fun
  14. Thanks @Chimike for bringing this zombie thread to my attention, and apologies to @SVTony for not noticing his reply in 2010. I had completely forgotten about the circuit. I still have it... only not in the place I thought it was. When I find it again I'll post some photos and the instructions - which is what Chimike was after. Then they will be shared with everyone I plan to build myself a bass soon and it might just find its way into that if it's decent Thanks for the info @Chris 1
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