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  1. Well since Brian May opened the topic, then surely John Deacon gets a mention too. In brief detail: He had two main precision basses throughout his career with Queen, but his go- to was a TV script '68 that started life as a sunburst which he then removed the finish of, this became his natural P bass (seen on performances such as Live Aid). Interestingly he had another Precision that also started life as a sunburst and similarly had the finish taken off around the same time. They can be identified in videos as one has the TV Script and 70's style tuners whilst the other had a silver logo and Kluson tuning keys (Bohemian Rhapsody video).

    The "main" instrument was re-finished sometime before 1985 and is now easily spotted as the black precision with gold hardware.

    John Deacon has used plenty of other basses too including those made by Kramer, Warwick (A John Entwistle Buzzard bass), Roger Giffin (The bass seen in the Princes of The Universe video above) and of course the MusicMan Stingray as heard on Another One Bites The Dust, but the precision bass has seen the most amount of time in his hands, recorded and live. 


  2. Ahhhhh yesssss!!! Superb! I have the B|Amp and I love the thing. It’s going nowhere! 

    There’s so much available “under the bonnet”, a real tweakers delight, but plug and play is a breeze. Congratulations! Be sure to register your amp as Jim Bergantino sends out any (software) updates and tweaks personally! 

  3. 12 minutes ago, Nibody said:

    Perfect..Thanks Dood again!  In my head I was confusing the set-up for a standard V/V/T/T (without any pre) even though I understood the two volumes daisy chained.. DOH.. Must be the heat! Would you recomend sticking at a single 9v to power both or a dual battery (18v)?

    I can't remember if the TonePump will do 18v. If it will, then go for it, give it a try! I've been running 18V on my EMG loaded basses for years and have had no reason to go to 9V. 9V will work though for sure if the TP can't do 18v.

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  4. 8 minutes ago, Nibody said:

    That would be very helpful. No rush as Ive yet to see if Andertons can get them (they assure me they can) as EMG seem to be pushing the X series now


    Hopefully this isn't teaching you to suck eggs and I have understood what it was you were meaning! 

  5. Just now, Dood said:

    Ha ha ha, I'll end up costing you more money in the future :) :) 

    If you need help regarding the above, I've just knocked up a quick video for you. Lemme know if you want it sent over if my words made no sense above :) 

    Oh wait, scrub that - it didn't record my voice lol.. I can do a fresh one if you need.

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  6. 1 minute ago, Nibody said:

    Thanks for the advice Dood. Still havent forgiven you for the video review that persuaded me how much I needed an MS60-B!

    Ha ha ha, I'll end up costing you more money in the future :) :) 

    If you need help regarding the above, I've just knocked up a quick video for you. Lemme know if you want it sent over if my words made no sense above :) 

  7. Just now, Nibody said:

    I figure its easier to solder up an unused lead to the quick connect plug than run jumpers from both pickup outs to the feed back into the bus. Begining ro wish Id gone blend rather than v/v.. lol


    No, you're still fine, I think it's just a case of getting things in the right place. You'll be able to do this without soldering, I've just looked at a typical VVT set up - it's all good still!

  8. 1 minute ago, Nibody said:

    Im going to have to sacrifice a lead though - the green terminal is BP out, NP out, Signal in and earth. Its realy designed for a selector switch.


    Surely you're using the volume and tone pots from the EMG set though? They daisy chain down to the circuit board, which only really serves to change the quick connect end in to a screw terminal :) ? The screw terminals connect to the input of the preamp.

  9. 3 minutes ago, Nibody said:

    It comes with 2 volume, 2 tones and the little circuitboard thingy everything plugs into - I believe that has screw terminals on one end battery bus I think its called. Going by Petr's circuit diagram should be able to run the two volumes and then output via the bus to the preamp input. Theoreticaly.


    Yes, that's absolutely correct :) 

  10. 3 minutes ago, Nibody said:

    Thanks Dood! If I still had a decent P bass I'd be considering the Geezer signatures. I just have to figure out how to mate the DE set to the BP-4/TonePump (if it ever gets here!!)

    Hmmm, I can't remember if the kit comes with the pickups, but there is a harness from EMG that allows you to mate EMG quick-connects with "normal bare wires" using an EMG screw terminal block. I've done this on various basses and it works a treat. Given that Spector have used EMG actives and the TonePump preamp together, I am sure that when its connected up it will sound great! :) 


  11. 4 minutes ago, Nibody said:

    Well I've ordered them from Andertons. Not sure on the time scale as they have to special order them in.. and with covid and everything. My Pre-amp disapeared off the radar somewhere between Czech republic and UK last Thursday =/


    I think you'll be pleased! I've been playing EMG for over 25 years and love them; for all genres of music. DC's are my favourites but I've a Geezer Butler (passive P) set to put on a bass as soon as I can that promise to also be great!

  12. Well you all know how I feel about Shuker. Hell, it’s been well over ten years now I should probably propose 😂😂

    Anyway, I’m a massive Shuker 6 string fan. We worked really hard on mine (and it’s older sister) that are enjoying many years of solid service.

    Anyway, congratulations on a stunning bass. I know Jon Shuker’s work is well regarded amongst luthiers.

  13. 10 minutes ago, MacDaddy said:

    Is Catalina the Apple equivalent of Windows 10?

    Is this spec any good for £245?

    1.40 GHz Intel Dual-Core i5 processor
    4GB LPDDR3 1600 MHz memory
    Intel HD Graphics 5000
    256GB SSD
    macOS Catalina 10.15

    It's ok for the money but woefully low on memory and SSD space. I can't comment if this model can be upgraded, but, given the costs to do the upgrade, you might be better off looking for something nearer the spec I mentioned. Processor speed is also going to have you head scratching as soon as you start running virtual instruments in you DAW. 

  14. If you can find one of the I7 Quad core models (I think they were around 2.3Ghz) with 16Gb mem on board and if you're lucky a decent size SSD, you'll be set. 

    If you find a lower spec model, you can't upgrade the memory and although it's easy to swap out the HDD, it depends on if you are up for opening up the case as it is a little faff. Not impossible though!

  15. 2 minutes ago, stewblack said:

    It's not just neck dive, it's the way a bass tilts away from the body worries me

    Same. As soon as I got my Dingwall basses (sadly no longer with me) I moved the rear strap button down towards the centre of the body to stop the bottom kicking out when I played standing up.

    Interestingly (or not) my main Shuker has two strap buttons on the back of the body. Yes, they do act as feet for when my bass is stood on the floor, thus protecting the finish, but actually my strap connects to the lower button, not the higher one.

    i discovered that by attaching the straps at “opposite corners” of the body, the bass was more likely to stay put in exactly the same position all night, whatever I was doing. It also holds the bass flat against me and counteracts the small food baby I have grown recently lol 

  16. 1 hour ago, stewblack said:

    SG shape is on my ever expanding bucket list. Thing is @Dood could play a badminton raquet and make it sound better than any bass I ever played. Even having said that I liked the tones he was getting. My question is simple. With the strap button at the heel - how does it hang?

    Bless ya heart thank you!

    Well, short answer, there’s a lot of metal hanging off the end of the neck there. Balance is a tough one as their isn’t a strap button anywhere near the 12th fret (think Fender for example) and thus it is inevitable that there’s going to be neck dive and a pull on the shoulder. Swapping in super light tuning keys is likely to help, but the design of the bass (and no fault of Vintage of course) means that it will always be something to deal with, either with a wide suede strap or other means. 

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