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About bigjohn

  • Birthday 23/08/1974

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  1. I use 760FMs (49, 69, 89 with a 104 E from the 760FL) and roll my tone all the way off. I cut through 2 heavy distorted guitarists. One on a Les Paul, the other on a Firebird both using Fender Deluxe amps. I used to use TIs but found them a bit wimpy. La Bella's cut through no messin.
  2. Am interested in the head so maybe we can work something out?
  3. We're playing at the Flowerpot in Derby tomorrow night. Come dig the ditch with us
  4. I have one of these, exactly the same. The matte black is an FSR. They also have factory fitted US pickups. It's a great bass, v similar to the US California series.
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  6. EADG. Always have, always will. The tension on the higher gauge strings is more likely to put the lesser gauge strings out of tune. That said, it's a pretty small consideration once the strings and neck are settled in. So long as temperatures are relatively stable. But when putting on new strings or adjusting a set up, it's more important. I do have a bit of quirk though, I tune to songs that are in G rather than using a tuner. I find G is ever to slightly easier for me. Probably because I've always used songs that are in G I don't bother with a tuner unless I'm on stage. In which case I intend to tune up ASAP on arrival, once again at beginning of soundcheck and once again at end. But usually just end up tuning at soundcheck and checking just before we begin. To be honest though, with my bass and my strings (I use heavy flats) they don't go out of tune so it's all a bit moot unless I'm setting up a bass or stringing, which is rare.
  7. I've tried many a flat. La Bellas are where it's at. They feel great and are thunderous. Thomastics are good but they're a bit like rubber bands in feel. They sound good. I used them for some years. I went through a run of snapping the A strings though. I sort of like Fenders. All the others I've tried were a bit meh. Although I don't recall ever trying the Ernie Balls. To be honest, and has already been said £13 or £30, they're cheap. They last and they are integral to your tone and feel. Just put some La Bellas on and forget about it. Or if you don't like them, sell them on.
  8. I haven't played a P with neck dive and I've owned 4 or 5 and played countless others. I have a Cowpoke which is supposed to have a 36" scale neck with an old P neck on and that's really well balanced. I can balance it on one finger under the heel.
  9. We've made a new promo video. And we some gigs coming up... We've been gigging quite regularly recently, but I've not been posting on here. I will make the effort if anyone is interested... Oct 13, The Donkey, Leicester Nov 2, The Lion, Nottingham Nov 30, The Old School House, Barnsley We're also playing "Scousechella" as part of International Beatles week. https://www.internationalbeatleweek.com/events/scousechella/ on August the 27th in Liverpool.
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