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  1. Bassassin

    Greta Van Fleet - Birmingham O2

    Realistically, I'd suggest that a band that looks & sounds like this, is marketed at Grandad & his scratched Led Zep discography just as much as it is at Da Kidz.
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    Rare Basses

    Just had a quick shufty through that list and I have to say it's tragically incomplete - none of the various Hohners I own or have owned are on it, it makes no differentiation between Japanese & later MIK etc guitars - and not even their arguably best-known instrument - The MadCat Tele copy, played and made famous by Prince - features. Needs work. And consultation with geeks!
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    Rare Basses

    If a paint job qualifies a bass for the thread - I have a first-run ('85) B2A in black & white, all original, had it from new. Keep thinking about selling it, then deciding - it's a Steiny clone, doesn't take up much room...
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    Greta Van Fleet - Birmingham O2

    Until Grandad gives them Houses Of The Holy to listen to.
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    Greta Van Fleet - Birmingham O2

    But that - with this band - is patently absolutely never going to happen. You have heard/heard of them because they have been marketed at you. They look exactly the way they look, and sound exactly the way they sound because that is the thing that is being marketed. If the marketing is successful (which for some reason it currently appears to be) then they will be expected to repeat that success in future, and it's unlikely that the formula will be allowed to change. And if it does, then you probably won't hear much from them again. Briefly considering musical history over the last 40-odd years, there have been a good few bands who came to short-lived but significant prominence by cloning Led Zeppelin. Off the top of my head I can think of four, three of which have long since achieved well-deserved obscurity. Those three are (or probably were) a German band called Kingdom Come, an ar$e-end of BritPop band called (imaginatively) The Music, and some Canadians called The Tea Party. All of them, like Greta Van Fleet, went well beyond influence, & deep into the territory of imitation. The fourth bunch of shameless Led Zep clones were lucky enough to pre-date the level of label & management control that many of the bands of the 80s & later found themselves subject to. They recorded their Zep ripoff debut in 1974 and released it on their own label (unheard-of at the time), and got picked up by a major for a further 3-album deal, importantly maintaining full creative control. They subsequently sacked their old drummer, bought a bunch of Yes & Genesis albums & started reading objectivist philosophy, resulting in a slightly altered musical direction. That was another bunch of Canadians called Rush. Not sure I can see Greta Van Fleet being in a position to follow a similar path, even if they had either the talent or the ambition. But they might well end up supporting members of The Music or Kingdom Come on a touring tribute band festival in a few years.
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    Greta Van Fleet - Birmingham O2

    Keep hearing about these & just watched a couple of minutes the video posted at the top of the thread. My first exposure to them. Pathetic. Led Zep copying by numbers, the singer's beyond awful and has all the charisma of an upside-down mop with some plastic teeth stuck on. Does make me think though - it must be pretty awful being that age & wanting to play rock. A generation seemingly incapable of bringing anything whatsoever of their own to the genre, re-hashing and imitating ancient music and styles that their parents would likely have found embarassingly dated. If the likes of this is all that's keeping rock alive - then switch off the life support, ffs. Just wretched.
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    Pickguard bevelling?! Help

    I've struggled with this. I'm pretty handy cutting out accurate shapes for scratchplates, but always get to the point where I don't want to potentially wreck the hours spent doing a tidy job by bodging the edges. I tend to round off & polish a straight-cut edge, which sort of allows the layers to be visible - but not as well as a proper bevel would: Liking the look of the Stanley knife blade on-a-stick tool, think I'll knock one of those up and get practicing on a bit of scrap.
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    Rare Basses

    I have a few basses you won't see many of. Gordy Blueshift twin-neck. As far as I know this is a one-off, built in 1985 for a Manchester-based pro - his name's on the case but I can't remember it off the top of my head. Did a bit of research when I got the bass & sadly I don't think he's with us any more. It's been refinished in this rather fetching transparent pink - the original black's visible in the routes & pockets. The fretless neck is gorgeous, but my back hurts just looking at the pics. Thematically related - Retrovibe RV4 - only two in the world with this subdued and sober finish: Some may be aware that I have a vague interest in Japanese instruments - some of which don't turn up on Ebay (or anywhere else) much, like this Tokai Talbo B135. This is the 2000-ish reissue, but still spectacularly uncommon. Had this since 2003 after being consumed by a fit of GAS whilst stumbling around Denmark St. The only one I've ever seen in real life, and not seen another come up for sale since. Continuing with MIJ stuff - Washburn SB-40. This model doesn't appear in any catalogues, and seems to represent a halfway point between the Vulture & the Force series - there is some dispute amongst Washburn anoraks whether the model designation's correct, despite what it says on the sharp end. It's almost a fretted version of the bass Bathiki Kumalo used on Graceland, apart from the reversed P pickup. From the same era, a gorgeous through-neck from Kasuga Gakki. Badged as Pro Martin, which I think was exclusive to European markets, elsewhere this was the Kasuga Scorpion SCB1200. Another bass you could search for for years - as I did. Staying with the Big K - 1975 Kasuga EB750, one of the most elusive (and prettiest) MIJ Rickenfakers out there: And a curious Japanese take on the Jazz, with styling influenced by mid-60s MIJ design (and a few sympathetic reversible mods by me), a Kawai KB-10 Sleekline:
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    Blueshift project

    Love that finish!
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    Best postage company in uk to uk

    I'm currently working out a deal with someone for a guitar I'm selling - him being in Brighton & me just outside Edinburgh would involve a 21+ hour return journey costing £162! Think it's going to be £35 with UPS & fingers crossed...
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    Best postage company in uk to uk

    It can't really work like that, if I understand you right. He's sending it, regardless who pays, so a courier can't be booked unless they have the dimensions & weight of the package - which is info he will have. They will also probably require an address/phone no. for each end before they'll even quote. And yes - never use Parcelfarce, and avoid MyHerpes if at all possible. I've heard some horror stories about UPS, but have used them several times myself with no issues. I don't think any of them are immune to disaster, unfortunately.
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    Blueshift project

    That's how I know about the pups/hardware - still got your old twin-neck! It is so heavy that that light falls into it, but tbh I'm not sure it's a great deal worse than the Peavey T-40 I traded with you! Bought it for my prog band which sadly came to an end not long after, so I've never used in anger. Much to the relief of my back... Might be the original bridge here - it's string-through, and the bridge on it is the type used on early 80s string-through Washburns & other Yamaki basses. Always got to be an MIJ link...
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    Blueshift project

    It's the complete bass minus pickups & electronics, by the looks. Tuners look like cheap & nasty replacements, would expect the originals would've been Schallers. It's definitely an interesting project but no idea where you'd find pickups, other than another Blueshift - AFAIK they were unique to these, unusual fitment with back-of-body height adjustment.
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    Cleaning Ibanez SR500

    It's a very thin coating so fine sandpaper will get it off easily. In fairness you could probably scratch most of it off with your thumbnail! Btw if you get bored with that SRC6, give me a shout!
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    JapCrap Spotting

    Related to Paul's Rickenfaker - Diamond is an Aria-related brand & a Matsumoku build, early 70s. I actually have the same bass branded Eros Mk II, unfortunately with a warped neck. If this is decent (and no reason to think it's not) then that's a bit of a steal.