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  1. The only reason I shouldn’t buy it is that I have one already, and even then there is a chance I’ll PM you.
  2. Sweet baby jesus, this is wonderful!
  3. Hi All, So, I am relisting this semi-hollow beauty, which is in tip-top shape. It is a fantastic instrument, but having a Prestige 5005 I find myself privileging that over this one—not because it's a prestige (the quality is really up there, really) but really because of the different pick ups, which work a little better than the Nordies for me. It is, overall, a stunning specimen, and it comes with its lightweight case. Happy to send additional pictures if there's a need for that. Specs pasted below. The bass you see in the video is the one that is actually for sale. Excuse the wrong notes! The bass is in Liverpool., but it will be in London from around the 5th of August as I am moving there. Shipping of course possible. Body Lacewood/Ash/Mahogany Neck 5 Piece Wenge/Bubinga with KTS Titanium Rods Neck Shape Atlas 5 Fingerboard Wenge Scale 34" Frets 24 Medium Pickups Nordstrand Big Single 5 Pickup Set Controls Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot) & Mid frequency switch Bridge Mono Rail V Bridge Tuners Gotoh
  4. I second the truss rod question! Very interesting bass.
  5. So, I got this beauty from @Pinball of this parish. This was my second Ray and, as much as I enjoy them and could use their tone for a thing or two, they just are not for me. Considering that I now have to move all of my stuff to London and might be reasonably expected to get rid of a few earthly possessions in the process, I thought that this was as good a time as any to list it and have it go to a good home. I would really prefer for it to stay in the BC family. The bass is a 1998 (September 23rd, 1998) ceramic-equipped Musicman Stingray in Trans Red with a maple board. The bass is stunning, and has a few very small dings which I have tried to capture as well as possible—clearly, the instrument has been gigged, but I would say lovingly. The neck has some discolouration, which is to be expected, especially in a bass this age. I did, however, clean the fretboard following the process recommended by Ernie Ball and it is now looking quite a bit better. I also polished the frets with extra-fine steel wool, and the bass really plays great. I think I liked it better than my old HH, which had to alnico humbuckers. This, I think, sounds more balanced. Some photos available here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/M7u3Wh7DRZMLiGrt5 (I now notice I left a piece of tape attached to the pick up: that was to protect the pole pieces from attracting steel wool debris when polishing the frets, and it will of course be removed.) It will come with a hard case, which is extremely battered, but will do the job at least for the purposes of protecting the bass during transit. Which leads me to the topic of shipping, which is of course possible. In terms of trades, I regret to say that I am not really interested, unless you have an Ibanez EHB1005SMS (the short scale, multiscale version), in which case let's talk. Feedback below.
  6. I have the version powered by the two AA batteries. I have no idea why they made that choice, but I will say that I really don't think it's useless. Incidentally, I think somebody on Talkbass did try to see how it worked and they found out that there is some op amp trickery which jacks up the voltage. I would agree that it requires some more extreme adjustments compared to an average pre, but I think that's also its charm. Also, it works extremely well in cut mode, which, I find, is a weakness of most preamps I have tried. In comparison, I think the preamp on the Premiums is okay-ish—I really don't like how the high frequency has been set. At any rate, I really don't like onboard preamps that much anymore. There are a number of other solutions that work better, especially post-tracking, so I don't worry too much about it. Another important point is that the Barts on that bass really require some adjusting to. First, they need to be set much, much closer to the strings than you would a different pick up—really, EMG distances: 2.5 to 2mm depressing the strings at the last fret works well. Second, they really shine when they are not blended 50/50. Although I think that tone, too, is quite good, the phase cancellation is really significant. In terms of working well in a mix, the 5005 really has no comparison among my basses. The SR30th5pII Premium I have works well too, but the Nordies generally require some additional work.
  7. Hi All, I might be willing to part ways with my trusty SKB as I am moving back to London and I have far too much stuff that I have to carry over. It's just a fantastic case, which has accompanied me to a number of exotic destinations without no problems whatsoever. It's in excellent condition. Some people have reported serious scratching with these cases, but either I've been very lucky or they were greatly exaggerating... It comes with the gigbag I used for it, which (unlike many gigbags) fits nicely in it and is well padded. Happy to upload pics later on if requested. I am based in Liverpool at the moment, but I will be travelling back to London frequently until I find a flat there and then be based there. Also happy to ship if needed.
  8. Bought a Stingray from Pinball. Seamless transaction and fantastic instrument. Strongly recommended!
  9. biro

    Withdrawn!

    And withdrawn again, apoogies!
  10. I am really tempted by the 'ray... but you already know that!
  11. Hi All, So, I am relisting this semi-hollow beauty, which is in tip-top shape. It is a fantastic instrument, but having a Prestige 5005 I find myself privileging that over this one—not because it's a prestige (the quality is really up there, really) but really because of the different pick ups, which work a little better than the Nordies for me. It is, overall, a stunning specimen, and it comes with its lightweight case. Happy to send additional pictures if there's a need for that. Specs pasted below. The bass you see in the video is the one that is actually for sale. Excuse the wrong notes! The bass is in Liverpool. Considering the pandemic currently wreaking havoc on whatever is outside our homes, I would prefer shipping, but after restrictions are lifted it might be possible to do a socially distanced collection in Liverpool or London. Body Lacewood/Ash/Mahogany Neck 5 Piece Wenge/Bubinga with KTS Titanium Rods Neck Shape Atlas 5 Fingerboard Wenge Scale 34" Frets 24 Medium Pickups Nordstrand Big Single 5 Pickup Set Controls Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot) & Mid frequency switch Bridge Mono Rail V Bridge Tuners Gotoh
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