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ZilchWoolham

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  1. Sting is another famous user of the Musicians. In 1985 the Musician MC924 was indeed quite similar to the RS960. Both had the same pickups and a similar body, although the Musician had a more dramatic arch and was made out of ash, while the Roadstar was made out of basswood. The main difference throughout their lifespans was of course that the Musician was neck-through, and the Roadstar bolt-on.
  2. ^Very true. I was focusing on the pickup in isolation, but taking the construction into consideration, the differences could be even bigger. It's hard to say just how much the tone changes with a different bridge, neck construction etc. but eventually there are several reasons why not all basses sound alike. Oh, and by the way, bubinga, Enfield Guitars do make something not entirely dissimilar to your hypothetical bridge-to-neck pickup. They share some similarities to the Musicman Reflex circuits drT mentioned, as well. I haven't tried one of their basses myself but I've only heard nice things about them.
  3. This would all depend on your definition of Jazz and Stingray tone, of course, but I suspect a Stingray and a Jazz pickup are just too different in construction for those two tones to exist within the same pickup. Even superficially they aren't exactly similar; a Jazz pickup doesn't look a whole lot like a Stingray pickup sawed in half. Depending on the era of the pickups we could be dealing with different magnets, different wire, different everything between the two really. And of course the pole pieces will always be different. The pickup placement certainly makes a difference as well, although looking at images of a Stingray and the Lakland, the bridge pickup does seem to be very similarly placed. Anyway, minor variations do make a difference when added up, so I think a reasonable approximation is as close as you're going to get, and depending on your needs, that might just be good enough.
  4. That's an RS950! The non-humbucker versions you've seen are slightly earlier models. The Roadstar series went through a few different incarnations, with some differences between the export and domestic models, as well. The XLR is indeed a modification. I was looking for a Roadstar II (quite intensely) a few months back, but then ended up with a newer Soundgear. I have to say, looking at this thread I can just almost feel the GAS coming back. Here's a scan of an old brochure with a bit of info: [url="http://www.ibanez.com/anniversary/expansion.php?cat_id=102&now=2"]http://www.ibanez.co...at_id=102&now=2[/url] So anyway, congrats on your lovely new Ibanez! Might I ask what you paid for it, and what the original asking price was?
  5. Welcome! (I might not be the best to welcome you, though, as I'm new too!) I don't know too much about the Korean models, but it's definitely from the 90's, or possibly newer. Since enthusiasts usually focus on the Japanese models, they are more well documented around the internet. Hopefully someone else here might be more knowledgeable than me about this particular model. Anyhow, it's not going to be worth a whole lot. If you like it you should certainly keep it, as I don't think you'll be making a profit if you sell it.
  6. If it has fret edge bindings I suppose they won't be there after the refret. Unless you also redo the binding completely.
  7. It does seem your working tubon must have been quite significantly modified, then. It was certainly made to be a bass instrument. From my recollection it sounds quite reedy, more like a bass clarinet than a tuba, in fact. You should definitely get the other one working! I think you're correct about the Beatles thing, as well. EDIT: [url="https://youtu.be/A9R6bqcBPfc?t=16s"]Here's a video[/url] of a dashing Ralf Hütter in a leather jacket bewildering/boring/exciting an audience with a tubon in 1970. I really think it has a sort of band pass quality to it.
  8. Surely everyone recognises the mighty tubon! Actually, I used to be a big Kraftwerk fan, and Ralf Hütter played one on their first record (the closest thing to a synth on that album), and I also have a bit of a penchant for analog synths and old and arcane musical equipment in general. I had thought, for some reason, that the tubon also had some type of connection with Harald Bode, but it appears I was wrong on that one.
  9. Am I crazy or doesn't that bass have a control cavity?
  10. Also, to get that ultra-high end, you'd want as much headroom as possible. And maybe use the DI out on your amp instead of the cab, as even relatively bright cabs do tend to round out the sound a bit.
  11. Sounds like a pretty normal clean, modern, slap-happy tone to me. In the video annotations he mentions he's using an "Audere Audio" pre-amp, but I'd assume you could get something similar with most hi-fi styled pre-amps or Class D amps, which do seem to be dominating the market. Should be fairly easy to dial in with common equipment, and of course, in agreement with the previous speaker, in every way the opposite of what I'd consider good tone! (Go for it, though!)
  12. I think it's quite elegant in a way but it does seem strange that they would make the body out of figured ash and then top it off with a wood that looks just like mahogany. It's certainly no more boring than a solid colour, though. The price, however, is a joke, obviously.
  13. Personally I'd rather have the Status than the Dingwall (and Kestrel), and I'm assuming you feel the same way since you're considering the offer. Going purely by market value, though, he would certainly be the real winner of the two of you. Is he looking to sell it, or was he interested in the Dingwall specifically? Who initiated the negotiations? Since he's looking to trade his bass for two others, I've a feeling he isn't desperately wanting for your particular duo, and might just end up selling one or both shortly after the deal's been made. If he agrees to sell it, that might be preferable for you, provided you're given enough time to sell the Dingwall.
  14. I'd say it's quite steep indeed. As you can see, this particular bass was 65000 yen in 1989. Adjusted for inflation, that's about £560. Very few Japanese instruments, or any instruments, for that matter, actually increase in value as time goes by. Going back far enough, a US Fender certainly does, but this is a Japanese Fender, and not one of the more famous models either (like the Squier JV series), so unless this particular model has some special connection I've missed I would not recommend paying more for it now than you would've payed for it back in the day. In fact, there's one on eBay right now (from a Japanese seller) that's priced at just under £400. Even with shipping and import charges that might still be cheaper than the local one you've found.
  15. The reduced number of strings got me thinking about what might just be the most revolutionary bass design ever:
  16. To me it just seems like another variation on the general boutique blobiness we've seen in recent years, albeit slightly more angular. What strikes me as more interesting is the number of strings on the bass in the timelapse video.
  17. I've always associated the Stagg name with the very bottom of the barrel, but in all honesty I've never tried one myself. The body is supposed to be solid, though, which is good to know. If you can find a nice picture of the sunburst one you might even be able to tell how many pieces of wood they use. The hardware and pickups will most likely be utter rubbish, but you're probably OK with that fact if you're going to be modding it anyway. My main worry would be the fit and stability. A setup upon arrival is of course to be expected, but I've no idea for how long those necks stay in shape.
  18. Sometime in the future I'd like to own an old EB3, but I can't really see myself using it for a whole lot. In fact, it would mostly be because of the Cornick connection. I've tried one of the newer SG basses but it didn't feel particularly great to me, and of course they don't have the interesting 5-way (I think) chicken switch.
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  20. I usually quite despise aged whites, but this is oddly appealing. I'd wager it would look even better with a mint green pickguard. GLWTS!
  21. Not sure how many on this forum are familiar with Navigator, but they're the high-end (and I believe typically period-correct) replica branch of ESP. Top quality Japanese craftsmanship. These retail for more than Fender's own AV line, so this is a terrific price! GLWTS!
  22. [quote name='mcnach' timestamp='1461780952' post='3037639'] when I contacted him for my 'custom' Jake, I indicated the bits I wanted the price was similar to yours (a bit cheaper, but exchange rate fluctuates etc). It could have been cheaper by choosing different hardware, pickups etc... My first Jake was only custom in that I specified neck profile/dimensions and wanted a lacquered neck. That was cheaper as I went with their standard hardware and electronics. For me, the neck accounts for a huge deal, so being able to specify that while barely increasing the cost is amazing. Anything else I can change/modify myself later on if I want to. [/quote] It was the 1200€ as the starting-off point, before the added electronics and so on, that surprised me a bit. I suppose all is as it should if your first Jake was essentially stock, except for the neck, and the price was similar. A little peculiar that a bass with a lacquered neck would be cheaper than standard, perhaps. I take it your second Jake was a bit more expensive then, and had non-standard pickups? Oh, wait a minute. Do you mean he gave you the quote in £ as opposed to €? It's true the minor price difference might be because of the exchange rate, in that case.
  23. Hi there, everybody! (First post here!) Recently I've been eyeing this brand quite a bit, as I've only really heard nice things about them, and I'm quite intrigued by some of the pickups and electronics they offer for their custom basses. So, recently I dropped Adrian an email regarding a custom Jake. I, very quickly, got a reply in which it was stated that a custom Jake 4 starts at 1200€, with pickups, preamp etc. adding to the price. This is of course not by any means a massive price for a solid, EU-made bass, but it did surprise me slightly as some of the Jakes they have ready for purchase are considerably cheaper than 1200€. Of course, it makes sense that a bespoke bass would be a bit more expensive than a similarly-spec'd regular production model, due to the customer contact and added workload, but I do also recall reading about remarkably cheap custom jobs on this very forum. I'll contact Adrian again and ask if I can somehow down-spec the bass to cut the cost a little bit - perhaps he assumed I'd want something a bit fancier and just made an unusually high estimate - but I'd also like to check with you lot to see if you've gotten similar estimates for your Jake inquiries. Perhaps they have become a tad pricier in the recent years? Anyhow, 1700 or so euros for a bass made to my specs, upgraded with the pickups and preamp I want, is not unreasonable, but if that will be the final cost I'll probably have to take a closer look at the old budget. Grateful for any replies!
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