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  1. ah yes, the Rickenbacker argument! Supposedly the reason that Rickenbacker relentlessly pursue fakes is that other manufacturers have lost copyright claims because they had left it too long and there were so many similar designs on the market that they had seemed unconcerned with to that point https://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/fender-loses-guitar-copyright-case-201886 Even the lawsuit that gave us "lawsuit era guitars" only concerned Ibanez copying Gibson's the headstock design, not the fact that it was on a Les Paul copy
  2. I also got something from the Netherlands last week Ordered from an Amazon Marketplace seller on 31st Dec, posted on 6th Jan according to the label (2nd according to Amazon, but, whatever) which showed it having gone via France, delivered by Royal Mail on 9th (well, the "sorry we missed you" card arrived on the 9th, while I was asleep) Marked as goods, not a gift, €34, no VAT or handling charges - my understanding is that Amazon handle all of this, even for Marketplace sellers, so the price charged should include all VAT
  3. I've had three Wals - one from the early '90's that was given to the guy I bought it from by Ian Waller, one from the turn of the century that I got direct from Pete Stevens, just after they switched to custom builds only (and was actually someone else's custom build, I just happened to make contact when the customer had said there would be enough of a delay before he could collect it for Wal to build him another one), and the latest from Paul Herman that I got last year. All Mk II five strings, in an array of different woods The first two have gone (one partly to finance the latest), and they both had fairly chunky necks. The current one is much slimmer and quicker and a pleasure to play. I'd also say that the finish is better - feels less plastic-y than the older models, although they were still well made and looked stunning. What hasn't changed is the sound
  4. This sort of thing makes me laugh - one company tells you how long a build is and what the cost will be, and someone will always pipe up about how a completely different company with a completely different business model will make a completely different product quicker and cheaper so there's no excuse for the cost or the build time
  5. I depped for a name band a couple of years ago while they were between bass players - big fish in a small genre pond, not entirely my sort of thing but within the Venn diagram of what I like, and I know all the band members pretty well, and play/have played in other bands with most of them I had a ball playing shows at Rebellion in Manchester and the Underworld in London, in front of very enthusiastic fans, who seemed keener for me to sign autographs knowing that I was only doing a couple of shows than if I'd been a permanent member. In fairness, being their bass player is like being Spinal Tap's drummer, so those posters must be ultra rare collectors items They played in London a few months later at the Garage (with their new, permanent bass player) and I met their lead guitarist over the road for a couple of pre gig drinks. The pub was packed with their fans, and a few came up to the guitarist to say hello, and one at the next table couldn't believe that he was meeting his hero and turned his chair round so that he could start chatting. He tells the guitarist that he's such a huge fan, loves the last album, has been to all their London shows in the last couple of years. "Oh, you'll recognise him then" says the guitarist, pointing at me "er...yeah, I'm sure I know you...are you in *insert name of band I've never heard of here*?" Fame is so fleeting...
  6. Excellent - thanks @Eldon Tyrell The Between Dog and Wolf (The New Model Army Story) documentary (essentially their 35th anniversary film) is also well worth watching
  7. hmmm... This is an interesting point - JC Carroll is still with the band, and played on everything they've released, but technically wasn't their first guitarist, and Chris Payne can make a very similar argument as their bass player. Are we counting this from the first day that everybody sat down together and said "let's form a band" or from the point where the band first came to prominence, or first released a recording?
  8. I seem to remember that Dusty Hill of ZZ Top played with a non-original version of the Zombies, but as I recall that was some fake band put together by an american promoter, something like they had a tour booked and split up, so the promoter formed a band and called them the Zombies to fulfil the bookings
  9. Tank Although, it's complicated...They had no original members left (and none from their first two albums, easily their best) when Algy Ward left, but he then formed a new band, also called Tank, of which he is the sole member. They seem to get along without the need for any lawsuits, I suspect because there's no enough money to be worth suing each other for
  10. for clarification - the Jazzman only has one of the MusicMan style humbuckers in the bridge, with a Fender Jazz style single coil in the neck position (Jazz+Man, geddit?). They are more common as Streamers, but they are available as Corvettes: @DiMarco had a $$, not a Jazzman My first Warwick, also my first five string, was a Streamer Jazzman - Great sounding basses
  11. Another veteran of the Grey Horse here! 25 years ago or more... It's a shame that you haven't got anything out of the lessons, and I can understand how they may have put you off. Not exactly the same thing, but an ex of mine didn't read a book for ten years after doing English Literature at A Level because for her it squeezed all the enjoyment out of reading. We all learn in different ways, and have different levels of ability, and it's all about finding what works for you Maybe the course wasn't for you, and hopefully you'll get more enjoyment out of playing the guitar. But like a lot of the others, I question that it needs to be a "one or the other" decision - I have more guitars than basses at the moment, have played guitar in bands in the past, but would always consider myself a bass player. I used the extra time at home from lockdown to concentrate on playing 7 string guitar, just getting more used to how to get around the neck with an extra string. And while I play an instrument most days, more often than not it's a guitar rather than a bass - my motivation is often "what haven't I played for a while?" so with more guitars than basses it's usually six strings that win. Add to that the fact that I think I'm a much better bass player than I am a guitarist, so I will spend more time practicing technique on the guitar to try and improve. But I'm still a bass player, always will be. Just sometimes I'm a bass player who is playing the guitar All playing is good, whether it's improving your technique, just playing for fun, learning a specific song (and learning other people's songs is much underrated - learning how to play a favourite song and understanding the structure is a really valuable exercise) or playing with a band. I personally get the most from playing with a band, but just noodling away in front of the TV also helps, and there's certainly been more noodling than playing in a band over the last year Playing the guitar has definitely made me a better bass player, and vice versa, although I haven't always realised it at the time...which brings me to my last point. You may not feel the benefit of the lessons right now, but you might in due course. All our experience contribute to how well we can play, and I can definitely see the benefit of stuff that I learned on the bass when I'm playing the guitar, and stuff I'm playing on the bass that is informed by knowing guitar chords and progressions. I'm a much better musician now than I was 25 years ago when I was playing the Grey Horse, a product of all the experience I've had in the meantime, whether that's playing different instruments, in different bands playing different styles of music, whatever So while I understand you wanting to concentrate on guitar, I'd say that you should leave the door to the bass open, hang on to your gear, certainly keep your favourite bass, and see if you feel the urge to play coming back in a while
  12. I haven't played one of those - I assume that it's OK, although it's difficult to track down the exact specs One difference I do notice is that the fingerboard is rosewood rather than Wenge, which is the German made standard, and allegedly part of the Warwick growl. I also note that they are passive electrics, so no active eq. Quite a nice demo at the end of the video - doesn't sound much like I do on my $$, but that's mainly due to the playing style. You get the growl when you dig in
  13. can you post a link? It depends on whether the model is NT (neck thru) or not - the NTs have very slim necks, the bolt ons slightly less so, but not hugely noticeable until you get past the 15th fret
  14. Agreed, although the "we asked and the EU said no" is the line being spun on this over the weekend One apparently well informed piece that I was reading over the weekend made the point (actually to do with fishing rights, but it applies across the deal) that there is little to be gained from complaining about the deal because the EU are unlikely to come back to it within the next five years - they work in five year cycles, and after all the stress and posturing from both sides over this deal, they are not going to start picking away at it in the meantime.
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