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  1. There's this session guy in Poland, who made playing these "commie-basses" his thing of sorts. Despite being often seen on stage with a Fender Am Dlx Jazz or an old MM Sabre, Jolana Diamant is his main recording bass. This tune from his recent (really good!) album however has a solo played on one of those Iris basses, with original strings apparently:
  2. Then again, a few weeks ago...
  3. Yeah, saw that. I believe it was "ono" too, and shipped/insured.
  4. Yup, back when I bought my £100-ish HB fretless jazz, it had rather nice Wilkinson hardware and pickups, and an ash body. Show me that in a £100 second hand Squier.
  5. Anyone care to demonstrate how the hardware on the baseline SBMM Ray 5 is any better than that on the HB? Or why buying a used HB is not being considered, so we're comparing the resale of one new to the other second hand. Surely, to anyone buying a brand new Ray 5 we could say "hey, but if you add another hundred or two, you could buy a used whatever and not lose money when you sell on" and go like that all the way up the ladder. Where did all those second hand basses start?
  6. Depends if you intend to do any heavy riffage with the open low string really.
  7. I absolutely love Hipshot D-Tuners. Have had them on most of my 4-strings over last 2 decades. Also, I haven't had (or needed) a 5-string for a few years, although I admit I miss it sometimes, because GAS. If you like doom etc, you may be familiar with the band DVNE. When I auditioned for them few years ago, my .105 E tuned down to Bb and sounded awesome via both an SVT and a Verellen Meatsmoke. On a bass that's comfortably well balanced it won't affect it much.
  8. Oh I'm sure it will totally be worth the £3k they ask, what with the cheap arm and that. "Lifestyle brand" it is then. Robotuners at NAMM 2022. On topic, I do like a sunburst with nice smooth transitions. Especially if the sides stay translucent, a tobacco burst? Really dislike the German flag 🇩🇪 finish with distinct red and black lines sprayed on.
  9. Yeah I always liked Ashdown, used their amps more than others, still have two (ABM+410 & a 15" combo) plus happily use more at rehearsal rooms. Got wonderful Customer Support from them too when I needed. Met Mark G. at the Goodwill Festival and had a super lovely chat. And I've never seen those basses with my own eyes, but honestly on the photos they look like a less refined and somewhat unfinished slab version of my Vintage V4 (which I love, btw).
  10. I believe they had already used at least Power and Paramount.
  11. Out of the two OP options, I would definitely go for a MV. Despite my preference for nitro, big reverse tuners etc. Current Moollon prices combined with the wait times just launch this out of a reasonable P-bass land. I have no doubt they're great, but once a good seasoned wood has been nicely sprayed and screwed together skillfully, good pickup tidily soldered in with high quality pots and socket, cavities shielded, fretwork perfected, proper hardware bolted on etc, just how much better can a P bass get with additional £k's and/or years of waiting?
  12. I don't think that's a pickguard.
  13. Might be - I've never seen a Limelight in person, but they look/sound nice here and on youtube. One difference is that Mateusz at RG will only use a Fender logo if it's a Fender being refinished (which he does a lot with MIJ). I do agree about the Buzz logo. Also, the sheer range of possible finish options is unmatched in a basically one-man operation (poly, nitro, paisley, sparkle, no upcharge relic jobs). Top class parts, shielding/soldering and fretwork. First ever new bass I didn't feel compelled to file the nut down anymore. PS. I am in a honeymoon mind you
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