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  1. high and low tension

    I think the first part depends very much on the individual neck (assuming wood material), they all are slightly different, such as the nature of wood. Even cheap necks of today seem to do a good job of resisting change brought on by atmospheric changes, I would say. Even when pushing the more extremes of neck relief I've never seen anything go totally unplayable. If it did then you have set your action height more by the neck relief, which is wrong. Typically I set neck relief at .007 for flatter radius necks and up to .012 for old school 9.5 radius necks. Even if the neck straightened out totally, if the fret work is on point then it should be ok. I've only had one bass that needed adjustment regularly, while others are ok at twice or so a year and maybe even just once a year. I will say though that I've always kept on top of adjustments and I feel that if you have a instrument regularly used, especially if in a working capacity you should make sure it's at it's best all the time. All it takes is 2 minutes a Allen key and feeler gauge. Or in a pinch even a standard paper business card .013 I fully agree with the second part of what you said, thats of course for my own taste. As I mentioned in my post some leeway is best. Plus it does give a more rounded tone. Saying that many people manage with a very very low action and some even play hard that way and get a great tone that i could only dream of being able to. Its sad maybe but that aspect of setup, tone and others individual abilities trully fascinate me.
  2. Odd Jazz pickguard (scratchplate)

    Just a thought is it not from the tanglewood overwater bass I sold you a while ago. As it had two plates one black and one pearl.
  3. BCers Prepared to Help Fix a Bass

    Im still available to help anyone out in the North East. Im based in the south durham area. I've also did some neck/fret work via post if anyone can't get help in there area. Im certainly not trying to take anything away from others, just I know sometimes there may not be anyone to hand. I do setup work from the basic things to the more advanced. All aspects of fret work including refretting, board leveling if needed etc, some minor electrical work and i can also do minor cosmetic work/damage repair. Im updating as I've had a couple of enquiries on here of late. And it's been mentioned my last post on this thread is a little old. Thanks
  4. high and low tension

    Your not asking the impossible, or at least shouldn't be. Some manufactures do give out a tension guide, but even then it's difficult, especially if going to another manufacturer. As already said by ikay, instrument setup and how hard you play are also big factors. There is a difference between a bass that's setup ok and a bass that is setup to exacting standards in every possible way (Not to sound too dramatic there). I would say unless you have a very heavy hand the Ernie ball 45 - 105s should easily be of high enough tension for a low to very low action. That being lower than a standard 2.4mm - 2.0mm action at the 17th fret. And without any untoward noise in the slightest, unless intended. If you have a light to very light touch then with a proper setup insanely low action is achievable with those strings. Although I feel there should be some leeway in a setup for more dynamics (harder playing) should the need arise. But everyone's requirements are different not just in terms of playability but in what sort of sound you want. As the action has a effect on that. Just to point out me saying the above was not in anyway a underhand sales tactic for setup work.
  5. I never thought I would have a favourite song, but to me, I heard it through the grapevine ticks all the boxes. It combines my fav bass player, the fantastic James Jamerson (as we all know) and my equal favourite male vocalist Marvin Gaye (who draws with Stuart Adamson as my equal favs). I think the lyrics are really good, while not being over the top. They potray a good story and it really speaks to me. And of course you have one of the finest singers ever in Marvin Gaye. The whole arrangement from start to finish really does it for me. Of course not forgetting the cracking bass throughout. While I don't have the capacity to go through the ins and outs of it, but it sounds great and it's one of those that's much harder to play than initially thought. Fantastic tune! Ps I'm knackered as I type but hopefully that all makes sense
  6. Hi does anyone have a p bass scratch plate for a squire I could buy. Any colour and doesn't have to be mint condition just reasonable and intact. Oh and also looking for a control knob. I'm fixing up a bass a mate was given that's in a pitiful state! (The bass not my mate lol) and I said I would sort it. Thanks
  7. Muting bass alters intonation

    [quote name='chris_b' timestamp='1504717564' post='3366879'] Just tune the bass after you've added the foam. [/quote] This seems a bit too logical for basschat haha.
  8. Basschat Noodle Bar

    Well not much noodle action going on. But here is me going acoustic. I don't know why its not recorded in 1080p all the outtakes recorded fine haha. Sound quality isn't too bad though considering recorded with my phone in a little vice lol. http://youtu.be/HGuxji0TfdA
  9. Ian Dury - 1979 Nationwide interview

    [quote name='EssentialTension' timestamp='1502551008' post='3352151'] [url="https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/448764515496584/"]https://www.facebook...48764515496584/[/url] [/quote] C'est fantastique!
  10. Basschat Noodle Bar

    [quote name='oldslapper' timestamp='1502220697' post='3350102'] OK so very short noodle whilst waiting for dinner last night, think I'll build this idea and share with more videos as it develops (unless someone pays the ransom ....and I'll stop) 😁 Recorded with my phone sat in top of my practice and...hi tech..i know. http://youtu.be/XgfwB1lj1CE [/quote] I like that! Sounds almost foreign, inspired from a far flung land. Or just out of your hunger haha. I have some noodles I need to record.
  11. Rickenbacker Bass Gets Outed For What It Is

    Think Dave's great. His vids have made me laugh for years. Also you can learn a lot from his vids. Still want a Rickenbacker though. Even though its not a perfect instrument and at times they can sound terrible too imo. There's a certain magic there.
  12. Ashdown LB 30 Any Good??? Bassman - Ampeg B15

    If your after a ampeg b15 then surely (don't call me Shirley) you should be looking for an ampeg pf50 as a substitute or pf20 if your ok with the lower wattage.
  13. eBay Les Paul Broken by courier

    Why didn't you have proper insurance? I go out my way when sending things to know that if something goes wrong I'm definitely covered. And I charge the extra postage costs. Its the couriers fault as it must of taken a serious whack to that while in a case. Unless the case was unsuitable and you didn't use extra bubble wrap. Which even with a fitted case is a good idea. Often bubble wrap the outer case too at both ends. He sends back the instrument, with proof he has done so. Then you refund him and the extra postage costs back to you. You make a claim for the 100 pound from courier. Then if its a set neck you get it repaired and or sell as is to try recoup some of your lose.
  14. Marleaux Soprano

    [quote name='Grantd' timestamp='1500585136' post='3338963'] Anyone have an experience with one of these (Marleaux Soprano) or an extra short scale bass? [/quote] Yes Eubassix (David) of this forum, has owned a Marleaux Soprano which I got to have a little go of. It was tiny but really cool. Which was made just as well as the full size guitars. I shall pm him and alert him to the thread and no doubt he can give more info.
  15. Question about gain

    [quote name='Bill Fitzmaurice' timestamp='1499027359' post='3328727'] It doesn't matter if you achieve a given output level with the gain low and volume high or the other way around, the power will be the same. [/quote] Yes it might achieve the same output. But say I had my gain at 2 and needed to turn the power section to 9 to achieve the same volume as the gain at 4 and the power amp at 6 for instance.isn't the first example for lack of a better word "pushing" the power amp more? Is it not better to achieve a given output using more gain and ask less of the power amp.