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  1. On 03/07/2021 at 11:26, ubit said:

    Sometimes it's the perfect storm that makes you love a gig. We went to see NIN at the Glasgow Hydro a few years ago. We were in the seating area but right at the front. The view was second to none and the sound was superb.

    It was the same with Def Leppard. I have seen them may times over the years and wasn't bothered but Mrs Ubit loves them and had never seen them. For her birthday I bought really expensive tickets and when we sat down, again the view was brilliant. When they came on I can honestly say I have never heard such a good sound.

    All the people who say The Hydro has a bad sound have obviously not experienced sitting/standing all over the place like we have because there are spots where the sound is superb.

    We were seated  for Black Stone Cherry and their sound was rotten. Next time they played we were standing. Their sound was rotten again but Shinedown who had proceeded them had a great sound, as had Halestorm who started the gig. We decided that was the last time we went to see BSC. Love them on record, not so much live.

    I saw "ver Leps" at Don Valley Stadium toward the end of their Seven Day Weekend tour in 1993, big one dayer with Terrorvision, Ugly Kid Joe, and Thunder on the bill. Great day out and my first stadium gig.

    Saw them again at Wembley Arena on the Slang tour in 1996 (or 97...?) and they were Ok, but it was a bit half-hearted.

  2. Best one? Too many to pick just one, but the first is usually very exciting so I'll plump for my first - Level 42 at the Hammersmith Odeon (as it was then), December 10th 1990, as part of their 15 night run.

    Can't say I've ever been to a gig that I would consider to be bad or the worst, but I saw Madness as the Isle of Wight festival in 2019, and man they were very disappointing. Came on late afternoon, I'm pretty sure they had all been on the ale, and everything was played S-L-O-W. Not like dreary or Lewis Capaldi dirge-like, but imagine something with the energy of One Step Beyond played a good 10bpm less than it should be. Half-arsed.

  3. My copy arrived yesterday, stuck it in the Bose and turned it up. Holy mother.... it sounds immense. Great production as well as Wolfgang's superb playing and singing. Recommended.

    Eddie did a good job. :)


  4. I used to own an Aria electo-acoustic bass that I used in a jazz band a couple of years ago, but after I left the band I didn’t really use the bass much so I sold it. What I missed about it was the “go to” nature of it, in that I could just pick it up and have a noodle on it without the need to amplify it, so I started looking for another one.

    Came across these on Gear4Music’s site - at £130 I thought “why not?” I’ve always liked the Ovation style guitars, they’re a bit different to the usual stuff out there, and this looked more comfortable than my old Aria.

    Arrived today (after two weeks from ordering), was a little surprised at how little packaging there was inside the box considering its an acoustic instrument, but the bass is intact. First impressions: needed tuning and the truss rod tweaking as the action was a little high for my taste, the strings are incredibly bright (I think they are G4M’s own brand strings) but I was pleasantly surprised at how loud it is unplugged, machine heads are ok, seems to hold its tuning well, intonation is spot on as well. So far, so good.

    I’ve only played it amplified through my little practice amp and I can say that while the strings are new and fresh you do not need to touch the treble control at all, it’s too harsh. Boost the bass and add a touch of mid and it sounds great. 
    Downsides? The usual - fret finishing is poor, and there is some neck dive while playing seated. I haven’t strapped it on yet because there is only one strap button on the bottom side, but I’m going to be using it at home for the most part, sitting down. 

    All in all, for the money it’s a surprisingly usable acoustic bass. I’ll post some video at some point soon to give you a better idea of how it sounds. 😊


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  5. On 29/05/2021 at 01:43, GeeCee said:

    There is a Pangborn FaceBook page that has some pictures of it now.  It's hanging up in a bar somewhere in Amsterdam (I think).  There are a bunch of decent photos of Warlords on BC, just search for Pangborn.

    Can't seem to find the FB page.... :(


  6. Hi folks,

    I'm in the midst of another one of my bass related art projects and I'm after some decent pictures of the Pangborn played by MK (as seen in the videos for "The Sun Goes Down" and "Lessons In Love").

    I've managed to get a couple of fuzzy screenshots from those vids, but there seems to be very little else in the way of quality photos of it. If anyone has any (or of the same model - a Warlord I think) I'd be eternally grateful if you could share them!

    Many thanks! :) x


  7. Hi all,

    You may have seen another thread here where I asked about replacing the pickup casings on my Squier jazz bass with closed ones. Well, I've done this and the neck pickup is working fine, but I suddenly have no output from the bridge pickup. I've no idea what I've done, but I don't really think its anything to do with the pickup covers. I don't have a meter to test the electrics with, but giving the pole pieces a tap with a screwdriver gives me no sound either. All wiring is intact.

    Any ideas? 

  8. 41 minutes ago, madshadows said:

    I dislike slap, to me it's just not very musical and just noise, very annoying noise !!, reviews with a lot of slap in them are rubbish IMHO as you don't actually hear what the bass or amp can do just the incessant slapping and popping !!, just my opinion of course ;) 😛 


    John 😎 

    I agree - looking for instrument demos and reviews on YouTube can be frustrating. Demoing a bass by playing a load of slap and some chordal stuff up the dusty end is not showing me what I want from bass. It's just showing off.

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  9. I love slap - the two main players who made me want to take up bass are Flea and Mark King. But I can't slap for toffee. 

    There are a lot of players who leave me cold when they start whacking the stings - Victor Wooten being one of them. Slap is great when it's in the context of a song, think of all the great classic funk tunes that incorporate it. But slap solos are generally naff (as are most solos actually), especially when they just descend into a load of tuneless clicking (see Wooten).

  10. Welcome and enjoy your new found way of burning money.....😁

    Nice bit of kit there.

    Apart from the headstock.... Whoever is in charge of designing them at Sire needs to take a step back from the monitor once in a while and have a really good look at what they've created. Then erase, and start again. :)


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  11. Hi all,

    Has anyone ever replaced the covers (the actual black plastic enclosures as opposed to the chrome ashtray jobs) on pickups with exposed pole pieces with blank or closed type covers?

    I want to try a set on my Squier jazz bass but am concerned that a blank cover will cause a reduction in volume/output as the pole pieces will be covered. Some reasons for me wanting to try this:

    I'm quite heavy handed when digging in and often catch the string on the pole piece, causing that horrible clicking sound.

    I can't keep the pole pieces clean for love nor money. I get sweaty hands when playing and the poles on all my basses have a certain degree of corrosion. In the past some have actually gone a bit rusty.

    I don't actually like the look of exposed pole piece pickups, closed ones look much nicer.

    Thoughts/experiences anyone? :)

  12. Hi all,

    I've been looking for new bass bodies for a possible build project, but I want one with no routing, so I can decide at a later point what type of pickup to put in. P-bass style with contouring and neck pocket, but no other routing.

    Anyone come across such a thing?

    Cheers. :)


  13. On 23/08/2020 at 13:08, haimesy said:

    I picked up the same bass on eBay recently ,  and for the price it’s fantastic .

    I have had quite a few high end basses in my time , but as  for the sound it’s 

     as good as anything I've owned .Already on the lookout for a 4 string version as well ...John 



    What is the B string like on that? I've never understood why some manufacturers make 5er's with only 20 frets, and not a minimum of 22 frets...

  14. If it's for charity, then yes, I don't have a problem with it. I do have a problem with pubs/venues asking if we can play for free as "we don't have a budget for music/it would be good exposure". Why will it be good exposure? Are Sony Records coming for a pint of Bishop's Finger and a bag of pork scratchings?

    Musicians playing for free and giving their recorded music away for nothing are devaluing the entire medium. 

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