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  1. Just now, Dood said:

    I'm really touched :) Bless your heart. It will be fine, for sure.  - though if you wanted to, there are such items out there as "dummy batteries" - essentially just a shell in which both terminals are just wired together - this allows you to essentially bypass one cell's worth of 'slot'. Just clip it in and you'll have 7 cells worth of output instead. Which based on your 10,3v reading earlier, will give you your 9v!


    I cant imagine they would be any more than about 99p each. 

    then, if you were concerned, should you ever end up with batteries chucking out 1.2v instead, pop the 8th one back in :) 

  2. 5 minutes ago, stewblack said:

    A lot of folk bandy words like trust and respect. Well I'm going to put my money where my mouth is and prove how much I mean those two simple words. I'm going to do what you say and to hell with the consequences. 

    I'm really touched :) Bless your heart. It will be fine, for sure.  - though if you wanted to, there are such items out there as "dummy batteries" - essentially just a shell in which both terminals are just wired together - this allows you to essentially bypass one cell's worth of 'slot'. Just clip it in and you'll have 7 cells worth of output instead. Which based on your 10,3v reading earlier, will give you your 9v!


    I cant imagine they would be any more than about 99p each. 

  3. 8 hours ago, stewblack said:

    OK. I'm not letting this go without a fight. Following advice from the legend that is the @Dood I have now purchased some 8 X AA holders. And yes I have now spent more than another Harley Benton recheargable power supply would have cost. And they have two outlets, and phone charging, and they're smaller, and they have a torch.

    But where's the fun in being sensible?

    Here's the problem though. When I plug in my recheargable batteries I am getting just over 10.3 volts. I read somewhere that pedals will cope with 10% more than the recommended 9v. I don't know if I believe that enough to hook up several hundred pounds worth of noise machines to my non money saving crackpot homemade idea. What can ya'll tell me about this? I mean, other than go buy a proper supply, I've done that they're £35 and utterly brilliant. Does the danger of the output diminish the more pedals you hook up? Should I just throw in one older crappy battery to drop the v's?

    10.3! How very odd! That works out at about 1.3v per cell - I wouldn't worry about it - especially if you are reading that from an unloaded power supply on a standard multi-meter. Stick a couple of pedals on the pack and it will be negligible :)

  4. 35 minutes ago, Alex_basslinehunters said:

    Hi guys,

    my brother and I have started to collect and post all the most interesting and cool bass lines we know on our IG page and we are sure every bassist in the world would love to see it! :)

    Also, our community keeps sending us their videos that we share on our stories so that they can have visibility and we can support each other!

    This is the page: https://instagram.com/basslinehunters - let me know if you like it! :) Of course, we would love to hear your great bass lines!

    Thank you!

    Followed! Follow me back @danveallbassist :)

  5. 1 minute ago, Dood said:

    1. Rechargeable batteries on average can only muster 1.2v each, thus I use 8 to give me 9.6v output

    2. It won’t last two years lol, it was just that I hadn’t used it much, but the eneloop batteries do retain their charge when not in use.

    3. The more pedals you add, the more current is required. That of course affects how long the pack will last. Off the top of my head I can’t remember the capacity of the batteries as a set of eight, (Total amp/hours) - you’d then work out the consumption of each pedal and then be able to work out how long the pack should last. Me be someone can chime in because I’m marinading in Guinness right now 😂

    4. Eneloop are amongst the best, but there’s a set I bought cheap that are actually very good. I’ll dig them out and find out what they are. Reviews say they perform well.

  6. On 11/09/2020 at 15:40, stewblack said:


    Hi folks, and especially you @Dood. I love these kind of approaches, the home made cost saving fun alternatives. However I notice the price of the Eneloop batteries appears to make this an almost obselete idea given the low cost of dedicated recheargeable power supplies.

    Unless of course these batteries are so expensive because they will outlast a shop bought power supply by some margin.

    Here then are my questions.

    01) Why did Dood use 8 batterries when 6 give you 9v?

    02) Have they carried on only needing charging every couple of years?

    03) How many pedals are they powering?

    and finally

    04) Where does one buy the best recheargable batteries without paying an absolute fortune?

    1. Rechargeable batteries on average can only muster 1.2v each, thus I use 8 to give me 9.6v output

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  7. On 08/09/2020 at 10:28, Beedster said:

    Great stuff Dan, very intrigued to know exactly what you mean by 'allowed to breath'......? Guess it might be a metaphor, but thought I'd ask anyway :)


    Well, the easiest way I can put it I suppose, is that some amplifiers when turned up seem to get very loud, but also harsh, fatiguing and lose the low end balls that were enjoyed at more reasonable levels. But, every SVT 2 Pro I've cranked up just seems to stay BIG past that threshold in volume. Depth, girth, whatever you wanna call it, in the studio it was like the amplifier was just stretching it's legs rather than running out of steam. 

  8. On 25/08/2020 at 17:13, Daz39 said:

    @Dood’s reviews strike again!

    They do look like a lot of kit for a decent price.

    Ha ha ha!

    Thank you Daz!

    I have been meaning to collate every single review in to one big BassChat post, but there's over 350 to dig through!

  9. On 25/08/2020 at 16:39, mangotango said:

    The jazz/funk/etc. quartet in which I play bass recently slimmed down (if such an expression can be used to describe anything involving me!) to a trio and I found myself in the position of being called on to take the odd bass solo or two by way of variation in some of the arrangements. At the first rehearsal  in this new format, I used the Squier Bass VI that I acquired from @Al Krow to see if the whole concept was viable; the general consensus was that going up high for soloing sounded good BUT the Squier lacked a little.......testicular fortitude down the low end, certainly by comparison with the Spector 5-stringers that are my normal weapons of choice.


    So after trying to snag the Spector Legend 6 that Bass Direct had on their website (just missed it), I found this on The 'Bay.  It's a Cort A6. I even found a video review of this bass by that Dan Veal bloke, which was pretty glowing and inspired me to pursue this.

    And so, after a rain-soaked journey through Storm Francis last night to pick it up, it is mine!!

    First impressions - the string spacing's a lot better than I was anticipating - there's room for moderate slapping, and everything else is comfortable, even up the dusty end (to which there is very good access).

    It's not too heavy - quite comfy in fact.  Probably lighter than my Spector Legend Custom 5'er.

    And the twin Bart's give it a lovely growl, with a lot of bottom end. 


    Just two things as a result;

    1) Sorry Bas, but the Bass VI will have to go now. Really lovely instrument, but I have neither need for room for it after this.  Yes, I KNOW that it does something completely different from this bass, but....

    2) Dan Veal - @Dood, I bought my Spectorcore and now this , after seeing your videos.  Can you please stop making stuff sound so good in your reviews, at least for a while until my bank balance recovers.

    CortInA Corner.jpeg

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    Thank you!! he he! and Thank you again! :)

    I have to say that I recall doing this review and pondering if I could afford to buy one pretty much straight away. These models are a particularly nice bass guitar - and are still on my radar. 

    I can only apologise for the high standards of instrument review. I do actually try to play down the 'playing' side of things in my reviews to focus on the tone of the instrument! 

    Now, I'm looking at Cort basses again... You're going to hate the reviews we have going up of the two basses I'm just about to (rather, having to) send back to Cort!

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  10. On 20/08/2020 at 12:51, Bill Fitzmaurice said:

    If you can hear the fan you're not playing loud enough!

    And: If you can hear the fan, your amplifier is way over-powered for your needs* 😁


    *Yes I get it, lots of people use their gigging amp for practice too, hence the smiley. 

  11. Like above, I've put together my own little convertors. This isn't the exact one I was looking for for you, but CPT make the ones I've bought. 9v pedal power to 5v mini USB for powering the likes of Zoom recorders or when I've needed a stable 9v from a 12v supply, they have always had what I needed. You may have to have a search outside of eBay, but I'd at least recommend these.




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  12. I'm intrigued as I've always fancied a five string version of my Fender Power Jazz Bass Special. The specs are very similar, maybe not seen in other off the shelf instruments. The reverse P-J, the EMG active electronics, the 21 fret layout.. I think I wanna try one out!

  13. 3 minutes ago, Dood said:

    This thread isn't helping GAS for the Pro II I sold many years ago - hell, any Pro II for that matter. I don't even need one!

    Just found a very old picture of it too! The picture was taken in 2006. I think mine was a 1999 model or something. Not sure.


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  14. 11 hours ago, elom said:

    Why did previous owners of this bass believe it to be particularly valuable? I mean given how much you wanted it back they must have been asking for way over what you thought it was worth. 

    I'd received varying stories, but I wonder if they thought I was trying to low-ball them to get "a good deal" on a "'68 precision" (which would have been a ridiculous offer if it was!), which it blatantly isn't. The neck doesn't even belong on that body. Scratchplate, pickups, bridge... not original.. tuning keys the same age as the neck, some years younger than the body! I think the difference to begin with was about £1000 between a reasonable valuation (what it failed to sell at on eBay) and what they were asking. Oh well. 

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  15. On 05/07/2020 at 22:14, andytoad said:

    What was it?



    Note the screw holes above the E string near the bridge. I did see Andy Baxter selling a 76 P a while back which interestingly had holes in the same position, but it wasn't the same bass. 

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  16. 5 hours ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

    Thanks for your thoughts Dan. I have an itch for a P and was looking at Moollon amongst others. I wonder if Jon would consider doing one with a slightly narrower nut? It doesn’t actually say in the spec on the site, but I would presume the JJ is mid 43-ish?


    Blimey there I am ha ha ha!!

    You know I have a strange recollection that it could be 41/2 mm, but I cant remember. It might be worth asking about the neck width. I would say that in any normal circumstance he will make whatever size your heart desires, but I am unsure about the carbon side of things. My assumption is that it IS possible as the sizing is controlled by the neck "core", maybe not down to the size of some sort of mould.. But hey, I could be totally wrong - best to ask him directly. God, I realise how much I loved the bass now ha ha! Look at that face, I'm proper excited!! 


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  17. 1 minute ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

    I’ve been looking at the Shuker web site this morning and reading the spec on that JJ Carbonlite model.

    Have you had your hands on one? It’s an expensive way to buy a P bass, but given the weight and balance in its design, the price tag isn’t actually that bad.

    I have! I think there's even a picture of me on the Shuker FB page with my mitts all over one! I'd love to own a CarbonLite, I even got as far as spec'ing one out..well, actually two or three as I couldn't decide what I wanted first ha ha! They really are very nice indeed. You can rely on Shuker being one of the very best in the business for the small details that get forgotten or missed and the JJ CL is full of those finer touches. 

    Oh and I think the original JJ design elements have been retained here: JJ had two basses that he wanted the best of each combined in to one model. Tone, playability, weight - It may seem biased, but I've played a lot of P basses and these are one of my very favourites. 

    I will have one, eventually!!! 


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  18. 5 hours ago, Dan Dare said:

    Ah, but you get to play with all the new stuff courtesy of the day job.

    That is very true indeed!!! But that in turn does very bad things to me as I suffer from terminal G.A.S!!

    Imagine having to give back a bass you really want to take home! 😂


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