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  1. It's Tom Jenkinson's band - of course, he's better known as Squarepusher. I have two Bongos - fretted and fretless 5-string HH models. The fretted one is candy apple red, older, heavier and has the older design hardware. The fretless is purple, a couple of years old, weighs practically nothing and mwahhhs like there's no tomorrow. Absolutely love 'em.
  2. Spaffer and his cronies have absolutely no interest in the performing arts or in doing anything to help. Just look at the whole Fatima ad campaign from a couple of months back.
  3. The biggest competition for these basses is the likes of Sire (who are also burdened with the issue of an ugly headstock), so I'd imagine that's what Roger has benchmarked these against. He's not exactly going out of his way to promote them though. There is not a single mention of them on sadowsky.com and there seems to be very little talk about them elsewhere - there's no hype, basically. The Sire stuff was very well hyped before it came out, and were sold out and backordered from day 1 due to their popularity.
  4. I'm sure Roger is noting that people don't like the headstock logo and will do something about it. Warwick also have form for this - people hated the huge Rockbass headstock logo when they first used it, and it's now been relegated to the truss rod cover. G&L did the same with their Tribute instruments, replacing the ugly, single-colour Tribute logo with the proper G&L one. It wouldn't be half as bad if the Metro Express logo actually lined up with the line of the bottom of the headstock!
  5. On another note, can you believe dUg is 70? That's one well-preserved bloke.
  6. Congrats! I have some personal issues with Bernie regarding his politics and will not be putting any business his way in future, but, as a former GB owner, there's no denying he makes some beautiful instruments. The Merlin is a stunning design. I prefer his older headstock design though, with the notch in the corner - the new one is more like his old Lowden/Goodfellow instruments.
  7. Whatever happened to Toasted? Back in the day, he had a lovely Celinder J-Update just like that one. Maybe he sold it to The Gallery?
  8. Yep, the website's pretty much 20 years old and hasn't really been updated in all that time. I'd love a graphite neck on my Bongos, but the Status ones are too short - Bongos have two-octave necks. Moses used to do a drop-in replacement Bongo graphite neck, but they've gone out of business now.
  9. At this point, Trujillo has been in Metallica longer than Newsted was (he's been in Metallica for 17 years now, Newsted was in the band for 14 years). I guess he just hasn't made his presence known in the music - there's very little in the way of exposed bass parts in the albums they've put out since he joined, and he didn't play at all on St. Anger. Which is a shame, as you rightly say, Trujillo is an absolute monster bass player - check out his work with Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies and Mass Mental for some absolutely immense playing.
  10. It is an active bass, and it has a 5-position switch with a bunch of presets, rather than being passive with just volume and tone. That might be cool if you had a way to edit the presets via an app or something, like the Game Changer guitar they came out with a while back, but I don't think it does.
  11. If they want to sell any to anyone except (rich) bass-playing Dream Theater fanboys and fangirls, they are going to have to do something to impress beyond sticking Myung's name on the back of the headstock. The two-tone fingerboard thing, in this design, is dull - there's so much more they could have done with that idea. Look at some of the 'melted' designs that the likes of Conklin and Fodera have done over the years. It's not like Ernie Ball don't have the woodworking skills to do stuff like this, especially for an exclusive instrument such as a Myung signature.
  12. I have two Bongo 5s - the 17.5mm string spacing is tight enough to begin with, I can't imagine what it'd be like to have to stick another string in that amount of space. Maybe he's got really little fingers or something. A Bongo with 19mm string spacing would pretty much be my dream instrument. Also, the whole EQ thing - one of the defining features of the Bongo is its massively versatile 4-band EQ. Without that, it's lost a big chunk of its character. I'll reserve final judgement until I've tried one, but colour me unimpressed so far.
  13. More or less. I'm sure he has a perfectly respectable covers, blues or jazz band somewhere.
  14. Didn't he used to write for Bassist magazine back in the day? I vaguely recall meeting him at The Gallery at one point. Not unpleasant, but not the friendliest of chaps.
  15. The DBS range was very well regarded, despite being huge and heavy. I think Chris from Muse still uses his DBS rig. The MB stuff they put out later was decent but apparently quite unreliable. And, of course, the VBS and Lemmy stuff was great, but incredibly expensive and very niche. I guess the problem was that bass stuff was always secondary for them. In some ways it's better that they have the Eden marque to use for bass gear, although a 'Marshall Edition' amp, with distortion, etc, like the Blackstar one, would be very cool.
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