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  1. I dislike playing with a pick. And I don't like flats either. But together they seem to make sense.
  2. As you're a convert, I dare say I was flipping amazed by how decent the output is. It tends to 'pop' when switched between active and passive, but I never played it live. I'm central Bristol. PM replied to.
  3. A great sound for the price, and it's an impressively even output across the range. I haven't discovered any problems with the construction and it's been easy to set up with a low action. The neck is a bit too chunky for my medium hands and small fingers, and I have an Ibanez sixer which suits me better.
  4. This Variax is in very good condition and hasn't received a great deal of use. Everything is in working order and the mains power unit and a stereo lead are included. I've had it a couple of years and it's fun to play around with, and the variety of sounds can be inspirational for working out new ideas. When it comes to live performance, I've always picked a bass with simpler electronics, so it's time for someone else to own it. Every bass player should be able to play with a Variax for a while, and their secondhand price seems to be holding up. Please ask for more pictures. There are a couple of dents in the finish which I can photograph in close-up.
  5. Yeah probably! But I had noticed this listing with three days to go and it was already at £295 with at least five bidders over £200
  6. So my silver one will struggle to make £100?
  7. I thought this didn’t quite qualify for eBay weird & wonderful, but I did find it weird. Why did this ordinary Jaguar get bid up to £395? (I might have one for sale!) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FENDER-SQUIRE-JAGUAR-BASS-GUITAR-SHORT-SCALE/233855582184?_mwBanner=1&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11010.m1951.l7534%2F7%3Feuid%3Db432c118186341c68923b0d8693d4324%26bu%3D43413767321%26ut%3DRU%26segname%3D11010%26crd%3D20210121102803%26osub%3D-1~1%26ch%3Dosgood%26loc%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F233855582184%26sojTags%3Dbu%3Dbu%2Cut%3Dut%2Cch%3Dch%2Csegname%3Dsegname%2Ccrd%3Dcrd%2Curl%3Dloc%2Cosub%3Dosub%26srcrot%3De11010.m1951.l7534%26rvr_id%3D0%26rvr_ts%3D26aad3391770ac3d5ed0e306ffd74818&ul_noapp=true&pageci=ee34a7d6-1f2d-464c-85b8-acd820eed0be#vi__app-cvip-panel
  8. The bass is on eBay at £795 Buy it now price.
  9. I was taught never to play an open string (but not much maths, clearly!)
  10. A fiver usually means extra weight, uncomfortably wide fingerboard, uncomfortably narrow string spacing, even extra expense, and all for the sake of four extra notes! A poor trade off, many would say. But you can play R - 3 - 5 - 7 - 11 - 13 in one position. And if you want to do that, you NEED one.
  11. I think it's partly because of the investment in time or even elbow grease that's often needed (instead of money!). By the time the bass is functioning properly, it's personal. I've sold perfectly good higher end guitars (Sandberg, US Fender) ahead of some old bangers which owe me too much effort.
  12. Jermaine Jackson? Many people must think he recorded some famous Motown bass lines.
  13. One example where sustain is very useful is when playing a line originally written for a bowed double bass. An orchestra I play with has plenty of such numbers when fast decaying notes just doesn't work.
  14. Curtly Ambrose, former West Indies and Northants fast bowler. I've seen a picture of him playing a Steinberger Spirit headless - the extremities of scale!
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