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LeftyJ

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  1. I was unaware they ever made a bass of that! Very cool. I've always had a sweet spot for the guitar version, but never played one.
  2. Thing is, the harmonic nodes move around while you're fretting. Fender did place his pickups based on harmonic knots (they don't call the P-position the "sweet spot" for nothing), but only relative to the open string. It's more noticeable on his guitars (for example, play a 12th fret harmonic on a Strat or Tele with the neck pickup selected, and you'll barely hear it!) but some thought did go into it. Here's a cool schematic that I stole from Talkbass that shows the pickup positions relative to a few harmonics:
  3. Lovely! There were some properly cool instruments in the Vista Series. The Musicmaster guitar and the Jagmaster (not the later 25,5" one, but the proper Vista 24" version) were really cool too. Then there's the Courtney Love signature Venus guitar though...
  4. They cut right through. Bass sounds fine here!
  5. Saw an old TOTP show where they used a Burns. I'm guessing a Vista Sonic. Not quite sure about the record though!
  6. I would have said Danny Stewart as well, but his site explicitly states: "Please note: We are NOT a free consultation service. Please do not write here expecting appraisals or info on instruments that are not from us, we will not reply. You can use our appraisal form for that purpose instead and expect to pay a fee or recommend us on your SNS network. Thanks for your understanding." So he may not be too eager to respond. He would be my best bet for this specific knowledge and without a language barrier though. Is something wrong with your pre?
  7. Lovely finish, I've never seen that before on an MIJ! It looks somewhat like Sunset Orange.
  8. Saw the Stereophonics live from Cardiff stadium on BBC2 last Saturday, and saw their bass player Richard Jones rocking a lovely black BBP34 the whole time. Looked awesome!
  9. If by 3-knob you mean volume-balance-stacked 2-band EQ, then the wiring schematic is right here in their webshop. I hope this helps: For passive pickups (typically labelled "MEC Dynamic Correction" on the pickup casings in silver): https://shop.warwick.de/en/pickups/accessories-parts/bass-electronics/20995/mec-2-way-electronics-for-passive-pickups https://shop.warwick.de/media/pdf/11/cf/e3/M_60013_Schematic_Drawing.pdf For active pickups (typically just labelled "MEC" on the pickup casings in gold): https://shop.warwick.de/en/pickups/accessories-parts/bass-electronics/22373/mec-active-bec-2-electronics-for-active-pickups https://shop.warwick.de/media/pdf/64/8d/20/M_60003_Schematic_Drawing.pdf This difference is important, as you may need to match the pot value to the pickup impedance. It surprises me both of these schematics use a 500k volume pot. However, they do not have the same part number between the two schematics, despite both being B500k push/pull pots. Not sure what's going on there.
  10. I'm a huge (craft) beer fan, but when I'm gigging I typically don't have more than 1 beer before the gig - and since I'm the fool who bought the biggest car, I always have to drive. So usually no more than 1 beer after the gig too . All of us are good friends, and playing a gig is a night out for us too. I wouldn't be able to tell if it affects my playing. Recordings of rehearsals and gigs never sound quite as tight as it feels to us while we're playing, regardless of alcohol consumption . The guitars always appear to be rushing ahead of the tempo, but the drums are always on time (we usually played live with a click track) so I'm sure that was noticeable even for people who don't listen to us with a musician's ear. I wouldn't blame that on alcohol though, the rushing has always been a thing in our band
  11. I remember that too! I looked it up a while back in the Waybackmachine when there was speculation about future models in the Statii Facebook Group. Here's the screenshot I took.
  12. Yes, they made a few prototypes of the V-bass, a cross between an S2 Classic and a Jackson Warrior:
  13. I'm not so sure about that. https://carillionguitars.com/alessandro-venturella-slipknot/
  14. Tenor guitars are a thing too. They're just a bit larger than a baritone ukulele, essentially 4-string guitars tuned ADGB (the middle 4 strings of a regular guitar) and there are some affordable options out there. I've seen the Loog guitars, and at the price they seem like fun but also like something any kid will quickly outgrow if they're serious about wanting to make music. Also, I would hate having just the GBE-strings and not at least some bottom to make it sound more like a regular guitar the way I recognize it on recordings. Even as a young kid that would have bothered me eventually.
  15. I'm 6'5" as well, and I play a teeny tiny headless Status S2 Classic Before I got the Status, I mostly played a Warwick Streamer LX5 which has a very compact body and short headstock, so it would also look small on me. I'm not just tall, but also uh... quite "big-boned". So I guess almost any bass guitar would look smallish on me. Pic below is 9 years and 20 kgs ago
  16. Here's a recent thread about acquiring the right length strings for short scale basses. Further down, the subject changes to gauge. Might be of use to you too
  17. Don't know if it matters anymore, but these original Skylines were made by Cort in South-Korea rather than the current Indonesian production (still by Cort though). I don't know if they all still go through their Chicago workshop for QC and setup. There's also the Shoreline Series which is made by ESP in Japan and I think they're exclusively for the Japanese market - so I doubt these go through the US.
  18. That would be 1966, on the Mustang Bass On the first Jazz Basses of 1960-1962 was a predecessor of that system, but not yet adjustable: they just bend into place - and I suppose you could twist them away when you don't want to use them but that wasn't easy when you kept that huge bridge cover in place 1966 saw the introduction of this system on the Mustang Bass, which is adjustable with the set screws and works well:
  19. I once bought a guitar-sized Mono gigbag for one of my headless basses on my way to a gig so I could retire the unnecessarily large (full-sized) Hiscox case that came with it. Does that count?
  20. Yep, I think these were introduced at the 2021 Winter NAMM! The 5-string had some issues at first (because the Fishman Fluence pickups they used were too short to be mounted at such an angle) but they appear to have solved those. The lefties were a limited run I think! I know someone who has a lefty Dimension 4-string that was part of a small run.
  21. Thanks, me too! They're a custom option derived from the John Entwistle Buzzard models. They're actually not inlaid, but rather liquid white epoxy resin that was cast into routings in the fingerboard - so they're absolutely seamless. I love the contrast with the ultra black phenolic fingerboard and how they closely match the white of the body. So much that I chose one as my avatar 😎 It's the looks of this bass that made me want it in the first place, and made me buy it without trying or hearing it first. No regrets!
  22. The band I'm with is opening for Pallbearer at a cool venue in August I'm looking forward to it a LOT! https://patronaat.nl/event/pallbearer-11-08-22/
  23. I have two lefty bolt-on S2 Classics, a 4-string and a 5-string. I love them!
  24. This is an interesting point, as this appears to be more or less the strategy embraced by Warwick. Their German-made instruments were split into a "teambuilt" German Pro Series, and a "masterbuilt" Custom Shop line with eye-watering prices that quickly rise in excess of €10.000 even when you don't go nuts on exotic woods, solid brass hardware and other exclusive options. They introduced a "Rockbass" series of cheap Chinese basses which had none of THE famous Warwick features other than the same basic shapes and electronics. They then introduced a Korean-made "Pro Series" line, and quickly dissolved it again only to cease production of the first Rockbass line, and replace the Pro Series with a higher-end Rockbass line that does share some iconic Warwick features but not the typical wood species associated with the brand. They barely have a European dealer network anymore, aside from the big internet names like Thomann, and exclusivity of the German basses has only gone up it seems. Pricing is insane, but people still seem willing to pay them even when many a skilled luthier will build you something similar at half of what Warwick charges. I don't understand I'm not saying Wal should do something similar, I think they're a niche brand that serve a very specific market (80s music lovers and Tool fans ) but the outsourcing approach seems to work for some manufacturers.
  25. If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning
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