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  1. Presumably he isn’t going to pay for the return airfare from the US out of his own pocket, so even if he commands no appearance fee, and given that he’s unlikely to attract a crowd of thousands, it’s not unreasonable to charge a smallish fee to meet the man at the top of one of the most well-known and iconic bass manufacturers? ... and for the record I’ve never owned a Ric and haven’t like them when I have tried one, so not a fanboi
  2. I get mine from Thomman as no-one sells the black label strings in the gauges I use in the U.K. Annoyingly, the last two sets I’ve bought had a dead string
  3. How much does it weigh - what’s the balance like?
  4. Just look at the big, long-established retail chains that have gone under in the last 15 years. From Woolworths to Debenhams, If a chain/shop isn’t making money it won’t survive. I can’t find the strings I use in any UK online store, let alone a shop, I’ve bought my last 5 basses off here or eBay and the only shop I’ve been into in the last 7-8 years has been Bass Direct. Even 25 years ago the standard town music store had little to offer other than beginner instruments plus some accessories. The only reason they survived is that there was no choice other than the shop in the next town or nearest city. The Internet was the final nail in the coffin. Dare I say it, if I’m looking for a used bass, the first place I’d go would probably be Basschat Clearly there’s still enough demand for the odd specialist shop, but you won’t see 10 Bass Direct or Bass Gallery-type shops setting up in the UK any time soon!
  5. Thanks for that - yes, my SR3006e is the same weight as your 5005 and doe feel quite heavy on the shoulder. The bottom end really is tremendous - the 1605 is excellent too but as you say, the wenge makes for a tight yet rich and open tone.
  6. What do you see to be the differences between the 1605 and 5005 (other than the obvious - singles vs humbuckers)? My 1605 has a Darkglass pre that has no treble control but TBH the bass sounds so good completely flat I’ve not needed to use it (and it has huge boost so only a tiny bit is needed to make a big difference). What’s the weight difference, if you have weighed them?
  7. How do you find single coil hum on your 1605? For some reason I assumed Big Singles were an in-line humbucker, but they appear to be a fat but regular single coil, and disappointingly have a quite a bit of hum. I wonder why Ibanez didn’t go with Big Splits, seeing as what little information I can find about them seems to indicate they sound very similar? In other news, I’m eyeing Bass Direct’s SR5005 - amazing wengé grain in the body, but it looks like the original model with the 3v circuit (no mid switch), which was distinctly underwhelming on the first edition SR5006 I had a few years ago...
  8. If he did build them all himself then it makes perfect sense for him to shut up shop - his legacy will be all those great basses, all with the same high-quality construction and unique tone. I did play a buzz once, many years ago, and it was the best fretless I’ve played.
  9. The good news is that (according to headstock distribution) you can still order them from cottamguitars.co.uk. The bad news is that it’ll likely to be a 3-month wait!
  10. So - newer monorail bridge units definitely don’t drop in - your bridge units are about 7.2cm long and the newer models are 6.1cm. Looks like your best bet is to see whether Ibanez can still supply them. I’ve emailed Headstock Distribution, the Ibanez U.K. representatives. The part number is 2BB1MR25K, FYI.
  11. That’s an SR3006e, right? The hardware is Cosmo Black and I believe it has long ceased manufacture. You could try asking Ibanez UK? I’ve been meaning to check whether the later mono rail bridges are a direct replacement as they are available (and much better). Having just scored an SR1605 at a very tasty price, I’ll check and report back. The only downside is that you’d have a black bridge and off-black tuners, but I’m looking into the feasibility of swapping out the tuners with (black) Hipshot Ultralites as they’re 50% lighter than the stock Gotoh GB707s.
  12. Mick Karn was a class act and one of the few fretless players that truly had his own voice and instantly recognisable style. I’ve learned a few of his bass lines and he tended to approach them about as far away as you can be from a conventional bass line. They’re very challenging to get down, and then almost impossible to recall without playing over and over again until memorised. He played across the bar line a lot, and often went nowhere near the root note of the chord, but because the bass line worked as a melody in its own right, it fitted in with the song. Oil on Canvas (the post-Japan live album that ended up being bigger than any of their albums when they were a band) is a perfect showcase for intelligent, interesting and creative bass playing. It matters not one jot whether he had theory or technical knowledge.
  13. Yes, loading on the P pickup with two volumes or a pan seem to suck the life out of both pickup on all the basses I’ve tried - and I’ve had a few (Fender P bass Deluxe V, Yamaha BB etc). Not tried one with a pickup selector switch - if it truly isolates the two pickups it should do the trick, but I suppose you then lose the both pickups tone. In theory it’s the best of both worlds as I prefer the P bass pickup sound to the J neck pickup, but much prefer a j bridge pickup to a MM, as I prefer more bite from the bridge pickup.
  14. There’s just something about a Jazz bass with matching colour headstock - olympic white, candy apple red, lake placid blue, they all look fabulous!
  15. Make life easy for yourselves. Plug in a synth bass pedal and a nice compressor, connect it up to a loop pedal, play the sequence once and go get a beer from the bar. Happy days! Wont quite work with NGGYU, however.
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