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  1. Now that I've got my JMJ Mustang back up and running I can look at the glammification of my Mikey Way Mustang. While I know that this is a somewhat cheap bass, I find it punches above its weight, balances better than many Mustangs I've played previously and the gaudy finish is spot on for a 70s glam rock band. So my thoughts were to get it kitted up with some nice neck front leds and Sims as the market leader(?) came to mind. Just browsing the site tells me I would be looking at about £435 for the job and while I know the bass is worth nowhere near that (and I know it would add little to no value to the bass) that's not the point in this case as it's a stage bass. So a couple of questions to those BCers that have had this work done before I contact Martin: Do these prices include all the 'woodworking' or is that just for the parts? Are the 'bright leds' the best to go for? Are there any downsides? Thanks in advance for any advice
  2. Now sorted thankfully! While I was waiting for Fender UK to get back to me I took a punt on a cheap £5 generic BBOT bridge off of that there ebay and bugger me the screws fit the existing saddles and were long enough to achieve intonation. Who would've thunk it. Thanks for all the comments
  3. I was thinking more of it competing against the Fender American Performer Mustang which is about £900. Granted there's more bells and whistles on the Fallout but they are both essentially 'retro sound' passive shorties.
  4. Very nice, but at best part of £1750 I think I’ll be sticking to me Mustangs, at least for the foreseeable.
  5. Paul. It's a real Rickenbacker, the previous owner was obviously embarrassed by this fact and so ditched the Rick TRC for a blank one.... But seriously, it's very nice and looks a really accurate tribute to a 70s 4001. Nice catch.
  6. Think this is luck of the draw B. My 2010 Mid Blue was supposed to be a bad year for bleed and paint falling off around the bridge but so far, 10 years on, it's solid as a rock and no bleed. Having said this, I'm still not convinced that RIC have fully solved the problems with their UV cure paints on solid colours.....
  7. Nice one Nick. My 2010 midnight blue is the longest serving bass in the armory, doesn't come out to play live often but always puts a smile on my face when it does. They are marmite (I'm still love-hate on the lack of forearm contour as I don't play with a pick) but I've always liked marmite. As said above get the bezel for the pup - preferably one with the integrated thumb rest.
  8. Very nice Kev. I think good flats transform a Mustang, I love em on my JMJ Mustang which I think is pretty much a Vintera but with the relic job and a rosewood board. Only problem I have now is that I use Shorties for all the gigs so I practice on my long scale MMs to make sure I don't get lazy.
  9. Very nice Mike, this one had me drooling..............fortunately I can control the GAS as the funds are depleted and I love my Sterling too much (especially with it's Jon Shuker vintage gloss neck treatment). GLWTS mate.
  10. First concert - Hawkwind - Sheffield City Hall 1979 Last concert - Mike & the Mechanics - Sheffield 2019 Best concert - AC/DC Back in black tour 1980 Worst concert - Nazereth - sometime in the 80s Loudest concert - Rush - Permanent Waves Tour - Leeds Seen the most - The Human League Most surprising - Uriah Heep Next concert - Heaven 17 performing the Human Leagues first 2 albums Wish I would have seen - Japan
  11. Let us know who that was Mike, if it was a Basschatter I'm sure we can sort out a lifetime ban and perhaps a public flogging!
  12. Great little basses these, sound much bigger than you'd expect. I was selling mine a few months back but also wouldn't post as I only have gig bags for the shorties. Ended up keeping it and haven't regretted that decision. There were a couple of people who've contacted me in the last couple of weeks asking if it was still for sale so hopefully you'll get some interest.
  13. Thanks Neil, I think the current ones are imperial but I might give these a shot. Pretty much resigned to having to get a set of 4 anyhow and likely the saddles to mate up. first time in nearly 40 years that I’ve lost a bridge screw - it would have to happen on an ‘awkward’ bass.
  14. Well after another couple of days trawling US parts sites still no luck - really surprised it's that difficult. Now trying Mr Shuker to see if he can advise.
  15. Sure you'll be well chuffed with it. I use 2 at gigs, a Mikey Way sig (thin Jazz type neck) and a JMJ relic (thick precisionish type neck). Both lovely but very different in feel and sounds. Not sure but I think that the Vintera (if that's the one you've picked up off of here) is basically a JMJ but without all the relicing? My JMJ is strung with flats and is much smoother than the MW (single humbucker), so basically the strings will also make a fair difference to the sound (as alluded to earlier in the thread).
  16. martthebass


    Gorgeous, a real JMJ Mustang! Now if I could only find an intonation screw and spring to get my 2018 relic version back on the road.
  17. Unfortunately not - that's first thing I checked, sempt to be more likely.
  18. Searched......failed. Stolen by the bass goblins.
  19. Apparently this is proving a little more difficult than expected..... Tried a few places now without success as they don't seem to be able to request the parts from Fender. Poor little blue is still sat in the corner unable to join the party with its inadequate 3 strings. The glittery silver Mustang is staying out of the way as it is scared it might be raided for one of it's screws.
  20. One of my fave bands D, makes me miss the old fretless
  21. 47 in 2019, all with the Glam Rock tribute. About 25 booked in for 2020.
  22. A thankfully fairly local gig for us yesterday but a very mixed audience made it hard work. 10th XMas eve gig I’ve worked on the trot and still waiting to have a good un 😂
  23. I love the look of matte finishes but I know my ocd would play hell up with the development of shiny bits.
  24. Had an equipment malfunction the other night. A string suddenly went unresponsive....imagine my surprise when I saw that the intonation screw had gone awol. Anyone any idea where I can pick up a replacement? Cheers, Mart
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