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  1. And that was the result of a plea bargain: I lack the knowledge to know if the fine is a good thing. On the face of it, it would seem to be excellent news but this is where someone far better informed points out that the decision will have some terrible knock-on effect that I hadn't considered.
  2. I think the black/maple/black 434 looks nice, particularly with the cream 'guard. However, I don't like the black headstock on the sunburst/maple version but think it looks great on the sunburst/rosewood model. I am also unsure why this is.
  3. I'm sure you know this but I believe Ian Anderson used a non-standard tuning on the mandolin for most of the Tull stuff. I think it was GDGD (as opposed to standard GDAE) which gives a really cool modal, droning effect and is great for chords. ...Until I realised this, I could never figure out why his mandolin parts sounded so cool and why I could never get the same sound myself! EDIT I was being a colossal derrière as usual. Jack Frost was an outtake from Broadsword and I believe that Dave Pegg played the mandolin on the track, which probably means it was in GDAE. A quick experiment seems to back this up in that the chords sound a bit closer in standard, as opposed to Anderson, tuning. I know that Dave Pegg was always very attached to the song and remember him playing it with Fairport around '85. I've got a copy of him playing it on "The Cocktail Cowboy Goes it Alone" somewhere but I find that album a bit of a challenging listen. Anyway, a fantastic tune in it's Tull guise and one of my favourites. I like the 80s version more that the Christmas Album one but both are splendid. Good luck!
  4. I've pretty much parked it for the last few weeks. Just found it hugely frustrating to hit a wall and not be able to get past it. It's almost like I've hit my terminal velocity as a bass player! I realise it's a challenging part for someone like me but I was really enjoying making the progress I did. Once I got stuck, it became a bit if a torment. Thanks again for all the advice.
  5. I've just picked up a VM4 with the Sandberg own label pickups in it (I'm assuming that's what they are as they have the Sandberg 4 dot logo on the covers). I've read a lot of posts,/reviews that say the Sandberg 2 band pre is made by Glockenklang. I guess the German connection makes sense but I've seen no proof and the configurator supplies no information about the electronics. It might even be that each pickup manufacturer has a different pre amp configuration? It would be interesting to know more. I lack the knowledge about active eq to form a judgement. My other bass (Yamaha BB614) is active but the eq on that is like a sledgehammer compared to the more organic, subtle Sandberg. I do however miss an active mid as I like to boost that a bit on the BB to give an überburp, jazz-on-steroids kind of sound. That said, the humbucker on the VM4 is pretty much in that territory anyway, without eq. I'm preferring the passive sound at the moment but it's early days and I just noodle at home. I'd expect the active option to come into it's own in a live setting.
  6. Just received a bass from Paddy aka @knicknack. Absolutely splendid fellow to deal with: accurate description, great communication etc. Highly recommended.
  7. Not as yet. There's fierce dispute between going with the matching Wainwright's Guide shelf or the integrated pipe rack. Also the 1x8 "No-No-Lumbago" cab has to be redesigned so that the port can double up as druid robe storage. They're also worried that any further delay may result in the target market actually dying off before they can buy the thing.
  8. Someone has plenty of things he should be doing but is choosing to selflessly sacrifice cleaning the kitchen and bathroom so that I can enrich the forum with my ideas. I'm very generous in that way.
  9. Fear not. They would be foolish to ignore the mellow market. There are rumours of a limited, "Beige Cardigan" edition being released. The end caps are supposed to be made of recycled leather elbow patches! Get comfortable in your favourite armchair and gently feast your eyes on this leaked image. Speaking of leaked, I think it comes with some Markbass signature incontinence pads, lest we get too jiggy with those low frequencies.
  10. In my case it's not so much caring about which bass was used as caring about challenging my thoughts on which bass was used. (If that makes any sense.) What that does is remind me that although, in isolation, a Ricky and a P-Bass would appear to be two fairly different sounding basses, once they're mixed into a track and mastered, the differences are not as huge as we sometimes think. What I am actually reacting to as a listener is the overall feel, created by a combination of the playing and the sound of the instrument. However, it's clear that the bass used does influence the overall feel. I believe that, more than the sound it makes, it's the associations the player has with a particular instrument that make them play the way they do with it. In the quote above, Glenn Hughes (him again!) says... What interests me is that, despite the above, the Burn-era Ricky lines still sound bloody great played on the P-bass. I do however wonder if he'd have composed those lines in the first place if he was using the P-bass in the studio. Maybe he'd have gone for a more in-the-pocket, Jamerson-influenced vibe because that's his association with the P-bass.
  11. I was thinking that too. Someone should start a Glenn Hughes thread and we can all pile into that one.
  12. Hi @james_027 Like many people here, my older Yamaha BB seems fine with a one piece neck, 4 bolt neck join and top loading bbot bridge! I'd not really be concerned about the structural side of things (as you say, that's what you get on most of the multi-thousand dollar Fender custom shop basses) but it's more a question of whether the laminated neck, and through body stringing give a "better" sound to your ears. The biggest difference (for me) would be the pickups. The 2 series have ceramic magnets while the 4 have alnico5 magnets. Received wisdom would imply that the 4 series pickups are a bit more subtle and vintage voiced. As always, it's a bit more complicated than that. One player's "vintage mojo" is another players "weak and characterless", one players "brash and unsubtle" is another's "punchy and agressive" etc. Bear in mind that, unlike previous BBs, these new ones feature standard-sized pickups so upgrades will be possible further down the line if you feel there's something missing. Needless to say that Yamaha make great sounding pickups anyway! I guess this isn't helping. It's 5am and I can't sleep so I thought I'd put some thoughts out there. I don't think you can go wrong with either choice and a great deal on either is what might sway it for me. I particularly like the yellow natural 2 series look but the teal 4 series is pretty saucy too. I daresay some of the Big Beasts of the BB thread will be along with far more informed guidance soon enough.
  13. I think Geezer still has it, assuming nothing's changed in the last two years... Source: Glenn Hughes on Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Bonamassa and the Rickenbacker He Gave to Geezer Butler It seems a bit mean that Geezer is keeping hold of the bass that Glenn seems to have "given" him. Maybe there was some other, unspecified trade done? (Probably a few kilos of charlie, given the way Glenn was going at the time!) I'd guess Geezer is very well off these days and Glenn somewhat less so (it's all relative, and highly speculative.) I suppose Geezer used the Rick on record and feels it's part of his history now. He also grew up in pretty poor circumstances and maybe that's part of it. Anyway, what's great is that they're both still here to tell the tales and that was definitely touch and go at one point. I'm enjoying Glenn's late career renaissance and that he seems to be getting a bit more recognition for his playing and singing.
  14. Sorry, I wasn't being clear. I know Burn was the Rick. He also used that live, definitely at the start of the Burn tour. At some point the Precision took over - he used it at the California Jam for example. Don't know if he swapped between the two for a while so I'm not sure exactly what he used on Made In Europe (I'm stuck with a small phone screen and can't find any big enough shots of the Graz/Saarbrucken/Paris gigs that were used for the album). The photos in Made in Europe show a Rick (IIRC) but I think they were taken from an earlier concert. Funny about the Glover tone thing. Ruger had stuck two diagonally mounted jazz pickups in his Rick as he wanted a different sound anyway! I think it all goes to show that it's ultimately the player's style that is the most striking thing we hear first and that the difference between instruments isn't always as huge as we think it would be.
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