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  1. For sale is my upgraded Left handed Fender MIM Player Precision in Polar White Specification: Fender MIM Precision - Polar White - original pickup, electronics, strap buttons and back plate. Warmoth Roasted Maple neck - edges rolled and frets stoned by The Bass Gallery - treated with beeswax. Schaller BML black tuners USA 'True Custom Shop' reproduction '75 black bridge. WD Gold scratch plate. 'Relic'd' gold control knobs. (less 'bling' options - original Parchment scratch plate and/or black WD knobs - no cost options) Currently fitted with Thomastic Jazz flatties - can swap for new Fender roundwound 45-105 if required. Very smooth and fast player due to unfinished, waxed neck - Nigel Tuffnell levels of sustain - sounds great with fingers... and possibly better with a pic. Cost me well over £800 to assemble but one of my 'babies' has to go and this one drew the short straw 😞 Collection only from East Sussex - but might be able to meet in the South East.
  2. For sale is my NS Design NXT Electric Upright Bass - purchased from the Bass Gallery Camden in May 2021. Had hankered after one of these since trying one out at MusikMesse in 2014. Lefties rarely appear second hand (and new is around £1600) so snapped this up when I saw it. Beware of what you wish for! Sadly its not for me - lovely instrument, superb tone (played through a Markbass Nano into a single 8" and into a single 15" - both sound good) - but I'm not a good enough player to do it justice so it really needs a new home. Condition is superb - maybe a couple of minor marks impossible to photograph - and the previous owner has fitted D'Addario double bass strings. (The white tags on the side of the neck are peel-off paper - put there to aid my out of tune fingers! - easily removed) Comes with the original gig bag - slightly worn - and the end pin optional extra. Will have to be collection from East Sussex - wouldn't trust a Courier - or could arrange to meet in the South East. Will be sad to see this go, but I have hardly played it and it deserves better. (apologies for the weird greens - my camera was having a 'moment')
  3. Ha, ha... only bought two new Fords - fleet cars - first one's engine nearly seized - thermostat stuck as engine hadn't been degreased by the dealer - still had a Spanish cigarillo packet under the bonnet. Second one's gear leaver went through the floor when you engaged reverse - missing retaining clip on the gearbox!! New Fender Precision - see back in this thread for all the faults!!! 'Pre-loved' every time for cars and basses!!
  4. Always been very impressed with the advice and service I have had from Absolute Music in Bournmouth and GAK in Brighton. Tend to stick to independents whenever possible.
  5. In my - limited - experience shop staff would have got the key and tweaked the bridge, retuned the bass and made sure you could play it. I believe that's called 'service'!!! Sounds like you were very unlucky.
  6. Any reputable dealer would offer a full basic set up as part of the service. Obviously a 'custom' set up, new strings etc would cost extra but the bass should be fit for purpose. Not surprised you left without the bass!!
  7. Makes sense!! My Warmoth roasted maple neck - supposedly super-stable - had shrunk in transit. Only about 0.5mm but it made a difference with the frets. Thanks to John at The Bass Gallery for sorting that out!!
  8. You would think that, with CNC machines etc, that all you had to do to make a left handed bass was press a button. Ha, ha!! First Fender USA as described earlier - asymetrically cut nut and the neck had to be slackened, braced and retightened to align the strings properly - that's before we get on to truss rods, bridge heights, pick up adjustment and, oh yes, the loose pot. Have had better luck since - usually by buying through dealers who check everything before shipping it out to the customer - aware of what Fender sends them! Never had a problem with Musicman - possibly because their UK importer is staffed by music professionals. Rickenbacker... aaaggghhh as my old Dad used to say - the devilish double truss rod - plus you either love the sound... or you don't. As for Gibson - bought a leftie SG bass - right hand loom had been put in so the jack socket was where the tone control should have been. Best ever? Yamaha BB404L - cheap as chips, Indonesian (I think) played straight out of the box - wish I had kept it.
  9. Ha, ha!! It won't hang around long - new replacements - if you can find one - are almost £500!!
  10. Fender QC is very variable - my first USA Precision - one of the old S1 models - had an asymmetrically cut nut and a loose neck! That one went back. I've also had the high action problem - took the neck off, slackened the nut right off and let it 'rest' for a few days. I use a 2002 version of the Fender owners manual as my guide - usually manage a decent set up - with a few tweaks - for fingers but struggle to get the right 'balance' for pics. Obviously, if an instrument isn't 'fit for purpose' - as in stuck truss rods, dodgy electronics, faulty parts - then straight back to the dealer!! I later owned a Stingray 4 (sadly long gone) and the QC was a revelation - perfect set up right out of the box and a joy to play.
  11. Hi, Would like to buy your Nano 300! How do we do this? Not bought anything via Basschat before.
  12. Hi - thanks for getting back to me. Sorry, things moved on - bought a little MarkBass combo - not convinced so may get back to you!! Updating a cab and selling stuff on Ebay - so have to wait until that's sorted - or not - before deciding on a 'new' head. Apologies again, Bob
  13. Had one - sold it - regret it!!! Might buy a replacement if a good one comes up at the right money. Very nice small amp - has Effects in/out unlike a lot of 'micro' amps - same sound and quality as other MB 300W amps. I would recommend highly!
  14. itu - point taken - changing speakers is not always a simple option. I put a B&C 15" in my Fender Pro 115 - and took out/sold on the ferrite Eminence driver. Cab sounds fine to me - a little different but not in a negative way - but its about 3kgs lighter!!!
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