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  1. Generally if I’m not a fan of a song then I find it hard to disassociate myself from the whole thing, regardless of the parts, but In the spirit of what I’m sure Mr Spiders intended, I really don’t like Ain’t No Doubt by Jimmy Nail, but I think the bass line is an absolute killer. I remember seeing it on TOTP at the time and being a) perplexed by the sight of Jimmy Nail rapping, and b) blown away by the bass line. As an aside, the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is still one of my favourite bits of British telly, and Jimmy Nail’s Oz one of the finest TV characters of that or any era.
  2. Excellent! Would love to have seen his medical claim form! A mate of mine was a big fan - he told me about the trampoline thing after seeing him at Brum Odeon in the 70s. Did he do Cry Tough on the OGWT, or am I imagining things in my old(er) age? think I need to have a listen to some of his stuff...
  3. Re. Nils Lofgren, didn't he used to enter the stage via a trampoline, or some such?! David Lee Roth eat your heart out. Anyway... over the years I've come to realise that Herbie Hancock is one of my favourite artists. From his work with Miles Davis, to his 60s soundtracks, his merging of jazz and funk on Fat Albert Rotunda, his funky Headhunters period leading into the pure pop of I Thought It Was You and into his electro-themed Future Shock album, his output has been phenomenal - I'd argue unsurpassed by any other jazz musician. His recent projects aren't too shabby either. I hadn't realised until recently that I own more of his records than any other artist, with the exception of Mr Bowie! This is from his 1974 'Thrust' album and features the most wonderful Paul Jackson on bass. For me it's perfect for a calm summer day..!
  4. From a dealer/via retailer (and depending on which dealer it was) then I imagine it would be listed anything between £10k-£15k. Of course if it were a private sale then the price would in all likelihood be lower, which has always been the case... To put it into context some of the Fender Custom Shop models are listed via retail at close to £4k - there’s a master built Precision listed at Peach Guitars for nearly £8k.
  5. It works well too. You can either string through the bridge or the body. It also has the grooved saddles, which I actually prefer to the type of saddle they used from (circa?) 1968 where they phased the grooves out. I like being able to have the ability to move the strings slightly either way if I need to - not all Fenders are built in a way where the strings sit exactly where they should in relation the pickup magnets! I think it’s their version of a Badass style bridge...
  6. Many thanks for your kind words, sir - much appreciated! It is indeed a lovely instrument. I hadn’t considered some of the more modern aspects of the bass previously. Even though I don’t venture towards the ‘dusty end’ that much the contoured heel feels really comfortable - it’s a surprise (to me, at least!) that something as simple as this hasn’t been considered until recent years (maybe it has and I’m not aware of it?)...
  7. If you were interested in the bass I’d be happy to meet closer to Stroud - have a think about it and let me know.
  8. Hi Kev, it’s a lovely bass, but I need to let it go (I’ve also got a ‘66 P-Bass on sale elsewhere - really cutting back!). I shouldn’t encourage you (or perhaps I should!) but if you’re tempted then you know where I am!!
  9. 2015 Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Journeyman Bass in Dakota Red finish. Weight (by kitchen scales) is a little under 9lbs. I purchased the bass recently from Music Matters in Maidstone for £2,150 but owing to a need to free up funds I have priced this to (hopefully) sell quickly. I believe similar (new) models are currently listed at £3k+. The bass plays really nicely and looks lovely. I really like the marriage of a Jazz neck on a Precision body, and with modern touches like the hi-mass bridge, contoured heel, modern tapered tuners and the A-string retainer, this is an instrument that genuinely offers a blend of the old and the new. As you'd expect, the Custom Shop hand-wound pickup sounds great. Full and meaty, and also warm and thumpy. Pretty much what you'd want from a Precision! It's currently strung with DR Sunbeams (45-105). The finish has a light relic, where there is checking on the paintwork and a few dings and dongs, for those of us who don't mind that kind of thing! Hopefully this is shown in the photos, but happy to take more if required. It comes with the original CS case, but I don't have any of the case candy or certificate. I contacted Fender regarding information on the bass and I have copied their response below for fuller details of the specs. Hey Michael, Thanks for contacting us. This one shows in our records as a Custom Shop Postmodern Journeyman Bass in Dakota Red from February of 2015. Full specs below. I hope this helps! Model Name: Postmodern Journeyman Relic® Bass Model Number: 1500910800, 1500910805, 1500910854 Series: Postmodern Body: Lightweight Alder Precision Bass® Body Neck: Quartersawn Maple Jazz Bass® Neck, '60s "U" Shape Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood, 7.25" (184.1 mm) Radius with Aged White Dot Position Inlays No. of Frets: 20, Medium Jumbo Scale Length: 34" (864 mm) Width @ Nut: Micarta, 1.48" (37.59 mm) Hardware: Nickel/Chrome Machine Heads: Fender® Light-Weight Vintage Style Keys with Tapered Shafts Bridge: RSD Designed Hi-Mass Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment (854) Pickups: Custom Shop '63 Hand-Wound Precision Bass Pickup Switching: None Controls: Volume, Tone Colors: (1500910800) 3-Color Sunburst, (1500910805) Olympic White, (1500910854) Dakota Red, Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish Other Features: Precision Bass Body with Jazz Bass Neck, Contoured Heel, Vintage Chrome Pickup Cover, “F” Logo Engraved Neck Plate, "Stealth" A-String Retainer, Schaller® Straplock Buttons, Lower Vintage Finger Rest I'm not looking at trades and ideally not looking to courier at this stage (apologies to anyone outside of the UK), though this may change subject to whether the bass sells etc. I'm happy for collection or to meet/deliver, subject to distance and of course adhering to social distancing etc. Drop me a line if this is something you want to discuss. Thanks for reading!!
  10. Some of the What’s Going On deluxe reissues have a live gig from 1972 as part of the package. It has Jamerson as part of the band. I think Marvin Gaye was going through a tough phase at the time and there’s a version of Inner City Blues where he stops the song/band at two minutes as the performance/band isn’t “groovy” enough. He then coaxes the band through a wonderful version - offering a reassuring “that’s better” (?!) to the musicians. He revisits the song again later in the set - informing the band “don’t run with it” at one point as the groove begins to falter slightly. If it happened these days it’d be on YouTube recorded on a mobile phone titled ‘MARVYN GAYE SONG FAILURE!!!’, or some such...
  11. That’s similar to my experiences when attempting to get a decent sound out of various percussion instruments I’ve tried! With tabla, it’s the little ghost notes and subtle ‘taps’ (for want of a better way of explaining it) that make it sound so good for me. An old friend of mine used to produce a number of tabla artists and he said that to get anywhere near being competent - let alone master the technique - would take years and years of discipline and practice.
  12. They fascinate me! I love percussion and rhythm (especially repetitive) and the sound they make is something I’m really drawn to. When you tried them how did you get on?
  13. I know the Top 40 is full of this stuff these days, but what the heck... here’s some more! Edit to say, not sure if it works or not, and I don’t understand how all this kind of internet/social media stuff works, but well worth seeking out if you can! Edit again... I’ve copied a link from YouTube, which will hopefully work better!
  14. I had the pleasure of buying David's Lakland Joe Osborn bass - what a bass, what a seller! It was the most wonderful and straightforward experience. David was a joy to deal with throughout. The bass was couriered from Czech Republic on Monday and arrived safely in the UK via DPD today (Friday). So much care was taken to not only pack the bass in a reinforced and tightly packed and cushioned cardboard box, but also inside the case itself David had taken the time to carefully package/protect the tuning pegs, electronics and bridge with a ton of bubble wrap. Buy with supreme confidence from a lovely guy and a top, top seller!
  15. Thanks again to NoirBass. Pretty much every day for nearly two months NoirBass has taken the time to share these videos... thank you so much!! They’ve now become part of my lockdown ritual! And whilst some of the actual music may not be to my taste, to be able to watch, listen to and learn from such a consummate and experienced musician as Lee Sklar is wonderful. It’s a good job he’s played on over 2000 albums!!
  16. Off the back of these videos (thanks NoirBass!) I’ve been seeking out and having a listen to some of the other stuff he’s played on, much of it I wasn’t aware of. Over the years I had assumed (incorrectly) that Lee Sklar was pretty much a singer songwriters bass player, and until recently hadn’t heard of his early group, The Section. Blimey, what a talented bunch of players! This album is well worth checking out - his playing is phenomenal! https://open.spotify.com/album/6jietaVl69G4VQKbrCKIlH?si=MILJA9Y_QxeJ2VRhQ-8bJA
  17. Thomann have some B-stock items listed - not sure what this means, but if it’s an odd nick or ding here and there it may be worth considering? For some reason I can’t post a link to the page?!
  18. There were a few scheduled within a short time of each other; Darius Brubeck at a local Methodist hall in Loughton in April (cancelled and not rescheduled) Jeff Beck at the Albert Hall in May (put back a year to May 2021) Snarky Puppy at Ronnie Scotts in June (not heard anything about this yet but assume it will be cancelled) I was really looking forward to all of them!
  19. Definitely! Fabulous on both bass and saxophone. A musician I always love listening to. Over the years I’d assumed he played a Precision, but whatever he used he made it sound wonderful. I’m a sucker for that late 60s/early 70s bass sound, or rather that should probably be a sucker for late 60s/early 70s bass players!
  20. “Ponk”! I really like that! I’m a big fan of Wilton Felder and his newly-coined ‘sound of ponk’. His playing and sound on Joni’s ‘Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow’ and ‘Hissing of the Summer Lawns’ tracks from the album of the same name are perfect for me. Beautifully fluid bass lines, with a little woodiness of tone and a splash of ponk... what’s not to like!
  21. There’s a well known Stones one where Bill messes up - can’t remember which one! As I’ve gotten older I quite like the looseness that I hear on various songs. When I first went into a recording studio in the early 80s it was the most daunting and unenjoyable experience. I was nervous as hell and didn’t enjoy it one bit. Some of the bass sounds in the 80s didn’t help either - very unforgiving. Skip to the late 80s and into the 90s and things got better. It’s only in recent years (thanks to things like YouTube) where I’ve heard some of the tracks that I’ve loved and been inspired by, and surprise surprise, they’re not all perfect but still sound great and inspiring! Maggie May is a great example...
  22. With regards to Muzz Skillings, there’s a lovely bass solo/feature off their debut album on this track at about 2mins 15secs in... (edited to say it’s well worth listening from the beginning of the track as the bass feature works really well within the context of the song - a most important consideration!)
  23. Completely agree. It was incredibly moving and he was a genuine inspiration for all those at the school. Came across as a wonderful human being, and I hadn’t considered it in that way before, but you’re right, his emotional intelligence had a profound effect on his music.
  24. There was an excellent documentary on BBC Four a few years back, Still Bill. As well as being a wonderful musician he came across as a thoroughly fine human being. It highlighted some of the work he did to help fellow stammerers - most of which the outside world knew nothing about.
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