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  1. 1 hour ago, Deedee said:

    :dash1: Scratch that. Here's a lovely '92 that I picked up recently.

    Resistance was futile, I've always wanted a teal 'ray and I've always loved the birdsye/flame necks from this era - both boxes now ticked. It's in wonderful condition and the neck truly is stunning 😍.







    Need to see this one out and about Dan!

  2. Well, first gig in 7 months went without a hitch. Good social distancing and well organised. Amazingly we were on good form despite only meeting up 3 times since March, though I felt I was on autopilot on occasion. It blew out the cobwebs though and made us all feel a lot better. No dancing but an appreciative seated crowd. Next gig at the end of the month on a similar 9:30 finish WMC basis - assuming they don’t lock us down.....


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  3. 53 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

    Afraid i had to google them :laugh1:

    What do you think of the Mustang bass. Are they short scale basses


    I love em Dave, I used to use a Status Streamline when I was in an 80s band and loved the compactness and ease of using on a small stage. It clearly didn’t fit in with the glam look so I tried a few short scales. The MW was chosen for the looks but I’ve found it a great gigging bass despite its humble origins, in fact I prefer it to the much more expensive JMJ as it balances better. I occasionally take Dano Longhorn as backup instead of the JMJ but that one is much more sensitive to lighting/electrical interference you get in some clubs.

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  4. 1 hour ago, dmccombe7 said:

    Lets see the Mustangs. Don't recall any pics.

    We have a rehearsal booked 18th Oct 12-6pm but not sure if it will go ahead way things are going at moment.


    Just the JMJ and MW Mustangs left from this group Dave, the Trevor Bolderesque red one was sold to support purchase of the JMJ. Of the 2 left, the JMJ has the more authentic tone but the MW is glittery and after nearly 150 gigs with Glam Fever  just feels right.


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  5. 19 hours ago, BassApprentice said:

    Most Vintage stuff is very good value I totally agree, but the Ray copies just look off. I think @ped meant that something that looks EXACTLY like the real deal but isn't. It's always the headstock that doesn't work on Ray copies IMO



    The bridge never looks right to me also.  For some reason Ray copies always seem to look 'cheap' to me whereas that's not always the case for Fender clones.

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  6. Just now, dmccombe7 said:

    Wish you all the best @martthebass Hopefully you can post some pics or vids for us Glammers.


    Do my best mate, just checking all the wigs and glam gear hasn't been attacked by moths!  Had the first rehearsal in months last night, interesting, lol.  Took me 20 minutes to get used to my shorty Mustangs after 7 months of playing my EBMMs. 

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  7. 4 hours ago, dmccombe7 said:


    Just my own experience of course but i play in a 70's Glam Rock covers band and our audience age varies from 20's thru to 70's (typically 40-60's) but they all get up and dance and enjoy the music


    First gig in our 70s Glam Rock band this weekend Dave (BoJo permitting), not sure how it will work for this genre in a socially distanced/no dancing setting?

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  8. Well, after a 7 month hiatus and 3 false starts it looks like the band's first gig will be this coming Saturday.  Local WMC, socially distanced and all done for 10pm.  It will be odd playing to a sit down crowd but anything is appreciated after this length of time. 

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  9. 3 hours ago, Al Krow said:

    Quickly gets dictionary out to understand what "fettled" means...can't be the same as (fine) "fettle" at least not in this context 😁

    fettle in British English 


    1.  to remove ( excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component

    2.  to line or repair (the walls of a furnace)

    3.  British dialect:

    a. to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to

    b. to repair or mend (something)


    4. state of healthspirits, etc (esp in the phrase in fine fettle)

    5.  another name for fettling

    Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

    Ironically I do get involved in number 2 on your list (not number twos...other than when required).

  10. Hmmm, not really thought about this before, certainly not the sustain bit.  I can see why we would expect the laminate (if the laminate is perpendicular to the length) would help stability though.  The only laminated neck I have is on a Rick and it has only needed one tweak of the rods in 8 years whereas my Fenders and one of my 2 Musicman basses get fettled at least yearly (one of the MMs has a roasted neck and that seems more stable than the other one).  Interested in @Rikki_Sixxcomment on his Dano....my Longhorn with a very skinny neck, though only owned for a couple of years has ultra low action and not needed resetting yet - no idea what the construction is under the paint though.   

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  11. 7 minutes ago, warwickhunt said:

    Is that Sterling or Ray?

    I'd throw down the challenge/offer that I'd buy any Sterling (USA proper jobbie) at more than market value if it weighed 8lb (or as near as)... with the caveat that if it didn't weigh the stated amount the seller refunded £100 for every ounce over 8lb!  😂

    That should sort the walkers from the talkers.  ;)  


    Ray special, I’d definitely keep the Sterling though, love the sound and the neck.

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  12. 2 hours ago, fretmeister said:

    I do wish EBMM would update the Sterling to be lightweight like the ray.

    OR at least make the SLO neck available on the Ray all the time.

    I think it’s only the Ray specials that are lightweight? Not sure how lightweight they are now with the swamp ash shortage? I’m definitely on the lookout for an early, light, charcoal sparkle special 4H

  13. 2 hours ago, 4000 said:

    Thing is, I’m not a fan of tapered necks (e.g. Jazz). They don’t feel right to me. Not just on basses; my mate has a couple of Faith acoustics with quite tapered necks and I don’t like those either. I think the only tapered neck I have really liked is the Peavey B Quad 4 (I suspect that may be something to do with it being stiffer, so feeling different). My preference is narrow all the way along, e.g. Rickenbacker, most Alembics. 

    I can understand that, I like the lack of taper on my 4003, just wish it wasn’t so chunky at the headstock end....that’s where the Sterling excels 

  14. 2 hours ago, warwickhunt said:

    I've also owned 4 Sterlings (and weighed 2 more belonging to friends) and NONE have been under 9lb 8oz and they have ranged from 2 basses from 1st year of manufacture through to a 2014.  The mystical 8lb Sterling is out there with the Unicorns rooting about for Hen's teeth.  ;)  

    If anyone has an 8lb Sterling I'd love to see it on a set of accurate digital scales.  :)

    The body might be smaller and more ergonomic but making the bridge out of Osmium probably wasn't the best idea...


  15. Looks genuine to me, as said above, it looks like you got lucky and got a light one.  All but one of the Stingrays I've had have been above 9lb bar an early 2000s Fretless I once had, (like yours in a trans finish) which was about 8.5lbs.  I'd hang on to that one if I were you.

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  16. 3 hours ago, Deedee said:

    I feel your pain. I would love a 30th Anni, or my old Neptune Blue back, or the Honeyburst ‘95 for sale at the moment, but I already have 6 basses that each time I play I can’t think of letting go, so I’d just end up in the same boat but with 7 instead. 🙄

    I know what you mean Dan, I keep looking at a Status but I don’t want to let any of the current stock go (yes, even the rick....). With gigs being cancelled as quickly as they are being booked (they’ve just cancelled the Farmyard rally in Helmsley on the 25th weekend that we were really looking forward to due to the covid spike) I can’t see any gas fundage for some time yet.

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  17. 3 hours ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

    Back to the drawing board then. The next option was either the 30th I bought from @martthebass or the Sledge. I’ve had the 30th out recently and I doubt I’ll find another as good if I sold mine. The Sledge likewise and it’s the only Ray that’s wearing flats at the moment, so that’s staying for now. I really don’t know how this ‘thinning the heard’ thing is supposed to work 😂.

    There’s not many basses I regret parting with but the 30th I sold you was one of em. I was going through a Fender Jazz phase....ironically no Jazzes anymore but I still have a couple of MMs. I think the 30th just edges out my Starry Night though but I prefer the ebony board on the SN.

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