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  1. Yeah, seen a few too recently and in light of the discussion here have been reporting them as I see them.
  2. Interesting... is it always the same eBay account then? I've seen this type of scam before (possibly even the same basses...) with just the email address in an image and/or the same type of "here's the real value/price" image + invitation to email, but never really noted whether it was the same eBay account.
  3. Exactly, and if you look at the photos - they're all taken in different places, someone listing multiple items generally takes photos of the stuff in the same place. And the Ritter image just looks like a stock photo. And @Hellzero - there's no reserve prices on his auctions, and the image you posted is kinda proof of nefarious intent. So, not clever... account takeover (find a good account with lots of positive feedback) and used by a scammer.
  4. Get 'em while they're hot: Ritter Roya currently at £7.50 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ritter-Roya-5-String-10th-Anniversary-Bass-Guitar-quilted-redwood/293773306807 Fodera currently at £3 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fodera-Bass-Imperial-Elite-Select/293773306836 Also got a Steinberger "very very rare" guitar... but no-one cares about six skinny strings anyway. I think someone got their account hacked.
  5. Markbass Micromark 801 is pretty good. Got one recently from Bass Direct after deciding to downsize amp stuff. It definitely has the Markbass sound, but in a very small package - cube that's 26cm on a side. Surprisingly loud too. Bottom end is good if not stunning. There's a socket to use a min. 8 ohm cab. It goes quite nicely with the Ampeg 2x10 that I've still got (and should really get rid of...) Plus (or minus) it's got quite a lot of yellow
  6. All sorted I think - left overnight, wiped off the finish is definitely more even. It's still kinda "sweating" a bit of oil - which it was doing before, but I can just wipe that off. The fretboard is definitely looking more even. Now I just need to learn to dress frets to sort out some buzz after lowering the action Fun times. Thanks for your help!
  7. That's great, thank you! Will give that a go. Would overnight be too long with the oil on the board?
  8. I have just taken possession of a rather nice Steinberger Spirit XZ-2 - the one with the body. It was kinda grungy enough that I decided to give it a good clean up. The frets have come up nicely with a bit of fret polish and look great. I used some lemon oil (Dunlop 65) on the rosewood board and the result is... odd. The oil hasn't soaked into the wood evenly - it's like there was some coating on the fretboard. Where the strings touch the fretboard the oil has gone, but the wood between the strings is kind of resisting the oil and there's still oil sitting there which I keep wiping off. What have I done wrong? I didn't use much oil at all - couple of drops and then used my fingers to spread it around. Under the strings the fretboard is less shiny now than between the strings. Should I use something else on the wood to remove the oil I put on plus whatever the coating might be? Steel wool? Fine grade sandpaper? Don't want to wreck the fretboard, but would prefer that it was unifrom in looks - the oil I guess will eventually disappear either into the wood, or onto my fingers when I play... but never had a partially matte, partially gloss fretboard before, and don't really like it much...
  9. I've not played a Spector (one day, one day...) but recently bought a Warwick Rockbass Streamer NT - the neck-through. For the money it's a stunning bit of kit, the equal of any other bass I've had in this price bracket and I'd happily put it up against basses in the £1,000 to £1,200 bracket that I've played. It's active PJ and sounds pretty good. Fit and finish is excellent - frets are all good, finish is smooth and very nice. Nothing wrong with it I also have a shortscale Corvette Rockbass and that is also excellent, but being secondhand does have a few dings, but hardware-wise it's very good. Finally, also just got a Korean Pro Series Thumb bass and that is just that bit better than the Rockbasses, but they're getting harder to find. Same hardware as the German Wicks but different woods - ovangkol body and maple neck. Still sounds like a Thumb though.
  10. Another thought - if you like the Spector body shape, you could consider a Warwick Streamer... there are certain, shall we say, similarities.
  11. One thing to consider - how thick do you like your necks - the Warwick Corvette 4-string (guessing you're looking at the Rockbass line if the Spector is a Legend) will have a 38mm nut and fairly slim neck. The Legend will be closer to 40mm, maybe more and chunkier. If you buy a secondhand Corvette neck thickness will vary, but should still have the 38mm nut width. Personally I'm team Warwick, and think even the Rockbasses do a very good job of the Warwick sound - I like MEC pickups. I prefer the active MECs with active circuit (Gold writing on pickup), the passive pickups with active circuit are good too, but less so. And I've never really liked the all passive Corvettes that I've tried, a bit lifeless in my experience. If you're buying new, Gear4Music has a sale on Warwicks at the moment.
  12. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Custom-bass-guitar/124303322143 Um, well, yes...
  13. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1980-IBANEZ-Roadster-4-4-Size-4-String-Fretless-Bass-Guitar-SPARES-T22/392910788912 Maybe of interest to those looking for a project starting from what looks like a fairly decent starting point. Low starting price too...
  14. Squier are due to release a graffiti yellow version of the Affinity Jazz sometime in August. It's a colour I love, slightly less interested in the "Affinity" part as they're the bottom of the Squier budget line. Anyone got any thougts on the modding potential in terms of buying parts - i.e. can I drop in a standard Jazz size scratchplate, and pickups, replace the bridge with an off-the-shelf bridge, or even replace the neck with any old Fender fit neck etc. or are Affinity basses... different? In terms of expected quality of the body and neck (so, just the wooden bits) are these even worth bothering with? I realise that modding a cheapy bass can be a waste of time, but if the basic body/neck are generally decent I'm not too worried - but if the body is rubbish wood, poorly finished, or the neck is untameable with lousy frets... then maybe not. I'm not worried about cost, recouping my expenses or whether it's a sound economic idea (I know it's not ). This would be purely for pratting around with and having a bit of fun with a yellow bass...
  15. Saw this in the other thread about Warwicks (and Mayones??) and thought - I wonder if he'll ever sell the Corvette on the right, pretty much my dream Warwick... and here we are and me with no money at the moment... such is life. GLWTS but I hope it doesn't sell till I've saved up... can you wait a year or two?!?
  16. At the end of the day, PayPal only has to abide by their terms and conditions - all of the ideas for photos, receipts and signing are nicely thought through and would give a certain sense of piece of mind - but mean nothing to a faceless corporate entity that really doesn't give a monkeys about you. They just point at the T&Cs and say "sorry, you're out of luck". This is what you agree to when you're a seller using PayPal: "For tangible items, post the item to the shipping address on the “Transaction Details” page. If the item is delivered in person or if the payment recipient posts the item to a different address (for example, if the buyer asks that you send to another address on the basis that it is a “work address” or a “gift” address) then you will not be eligible for re-imbursement under the terms of the programme." (https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/ua/seller-protection) That's it - don't abide by that and you get nothing... And there's more detail there about what constitutes Proof of Postage, Proof of Delivery, etc.
  17. From the body side of the nut, to the neck side of the pickup is 658mm. From the end of the neck to the neck side of the pickup is 100mm and the pickup is 50mm wide. Happy to do any other measurements that would be of use
  18. From which end? End of neck to top (neck side) of pickup, plus size of pick-up, or distance from nut?? Or something else. Sorry to be so dumb...
  19. Without being able to see the serial number, and what the neck pocket looks like, I'm not prepared to make a bid on this one.
  20. I went short-scale because of a damaged shoulder that just ain't going to get better. It has, basically, meant I can keep on playing. If I had a choice... I would play long-scale basses simply because there's way more choice (and I'd be able to play Warwick Thumb...), but I'm very happy with the short-scales I do have. 6'0", long arms, big hands and don't feel particularly cramped. Afraid not tried it with rounds, but can imagine it would sound nice - tempting. I've tried a Gretsch Junior Jet II in a local shop - it was before I'd got my Cort and wasn't ready to drop over £300 on a short-scale, but it is on my GAS list. From what I remember of it... feels slightly longer than typical shortscale (like the Chowny) because of the body and lack of top horn. Quality controls, and a good sound (2 pup version), bridge was a bit basic, prefer chunky... Neck was good though, not too thin, but not "baseball bat".
  21. I guess I'd say, if you want to dip a toe in short-scale waters - try out a Cort Action Jr because for the money they're nicely put together basses, got good upgrade potential and are a fine example of the breed.
  22. Good question, but from my experience answer is... it depends. I currently have five short-scales - so a comment on each: Cort Action Jr - very light (basswood I think), smaller body than the regular Action series basses. Thin neck and overall the bass feels quite small both sitting down and on a strap. Quality is very good though I did upgrade tuners and bridge just because I could. Hipshot Kickass bridge and ultralite tuners were drop in replacements. Good sound too from the single humbucker. Chowny SWB-1 Standard - body is wide but the short horns means it's pretty compact. Horns also mean on a strap ot sits more like a regular long-scale, but sitting down everything feels, well, shortscale. Slightly chunkier neck but 38mm nut. Strings are a bit close to the edge of the fingerboard, I presume because of the spacing at the bridge. It's pretty heavy - 9lbs or so. Tone is more agressive than the Cort, similar to a Warwick Thumb in some ways. Chowny SWB-1 Pro Fretless - slightly weird one as it's a Pro body (and guts) with a Standard neck. Fretless neck is gorgeous, rest of it is Chowny's usual high standards, but we've not got on so well - don't really know why, maybe I'm just crap at fretless and had two many years fretless long-scale to switch. (Muscle memory has not been a problem on the fretted basses though...) Warwick Corvette Short-scale - regular size Corvette body, stumpy neck. Looks slightly off somehow if you're used to the original But very nice bass, slim neck, 38mm nut. Active pickups and pretty much has the Warwick sound. Lighter than the Chownys at around 8lbs. On a strap sits slightly further out than I waas expecting, mainly because the top horn is quite far from the centre line compared to the others. SBMM Stingray Short-scale - has *that* sound, about same weight as the Warwick and the shortest reach of all five on a strap and sitting down. And the sound... did I mention it sounds awesome? Detuned to D it growls. Of the five it feels the most compact overall. The Chowny Standard tends to be the one I grab when I just want to play something, I love the neck on it (despite the tendancy of the top string to slip off the edge...). It just has the sound for a bass that I've had in my head for the last 30 years. The SBMM is great for recording, just can't get a bad sound out of it. And the Warwick... I just love Warwicks... being the newest acquisition it's not really found it's place yet.
  23. I guess they'll survive if we all buy more basses. #whatyagonnado?
  24. For £70 it's hard to go wrong - even if you use it to practice modding on you can't really go too far wrong. Look forward to the NBD thread and your impressions once it arrives!
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