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  1. Play what you like. I've never been one to entertain any comment from bystanders re my choice of gear - I know better than they do what I want to play and I'm usually the one being paid for attendance as well. Used my Alembic 6er at a wedding just after I got it in '98. Groom was a bass player, as it turned out and was over the moon that the guy in the wedding band at his wedding was playing a 6. He had a shot and got the photographer to take pictures!
  2. Shop I worked in in the 80s sold a few of these. Really interesting instruments. They were planning a bass but I don't think it ever materialised. Surprised you can get spares today - who is Ashley Bond- family member? I seem to recall at the time they were also talking about "fretless" fingerboards being an option for the guitar. The boards swapped out with 3 or four screws I seem to remember although I don't see any on your pics. Great to see and a quick search shows me that Guitar Guitar currently have an Electroglide for sale at just shy of £2K
  3. I suspect it's not a USA Curlee - I think the Curlee logo was kind of branded into the headstock and I can't see any trace of it in the pic. So possibly an SD Curlee Intl. (international) - licensed replicas made in the Matsumoku factory in japan or more likely still an SD Curlee Design series made by Hondo. As far as I know, all USA and Intl basses used DiMarzio pickups - if the bass you have has its original pickup, that would be a cream coloured DiMarzio Model P if it was a USA or Intl bass. I love Curlees - mine is an Intl model that I've owned on and off since about 1980 and it's one of my favourite basses. Birdsong Guitars in the States acquired the remains of SD Curlee USA and now build updated versions - you'll get the info on their site but here's a link to their Curlee history page. http://www.birdsongguitars.com/sd-curlee-info
  4. If you'd never tried a headless or 5'er before, I'm not sure the Boden would be a fair representation of either of those concepts.
  5. That's when it starts to be fun!
  6. Many (in particular it would seem bass players) buy assuming it will be easy enough as they've got the left hand going already. Unfortunately, the combination of tapping to sound the notes and a reversed 5ths tuning on the bass side quickly puts paid to those assumptions. So many languish in cases for years and are then sold on to the next optimist. I'm an experienced, relaxed and confident bass player but I've had the Stick for over 10 years now and I still feel like a novice a lot of the time I'm playing. On the up side, it's a beautiful sound and I have learnt so much about music in general and chord construction in particular by playing the Stick that it's a journey I'm happy to continue with. Don't think I'll ever be a virtuoso now though...LOL.
  7. That's a great price from Newtone! I've not really had to meddle much with the setup of mine - just the odd tweak to the truss every few weeks according to the weather. A Railboard might well be more stable generally. The most irritating thing about the setup is the need to lift the string off the bridge saddle to adjust height. I've seen some players who have made up a little wire hook that lets you lift the strings on and off the saddle without de-tensioning them. I've never bothered but for a full setup with a radical change of strings, it might be worth your while to cobble something together. Let us know how you get on.
  8. Sounds as though you’re doing well with it- I couldn’t contemplate taking it to a gig for years!! Interested to hear how you get on with the strings- I have so far bought them directly from the States several sets at a time. On the upside, they last me much longer than bass strings do.
  9. What’s going on with the inlays on your Stick- kind of almost looks like double frets at each inlay position. Not seen one like that before. Also, is that the EMG pickups? What tuning? Lol- so many questions! Enjoy it!
  10. Flats but it was quite difficult to find a fretless Fender in those days. Don’t think production numbers were very high. Oh, and they were all Precision’s- no fretless Jazzes.
  11. I like many of the recorded sounds produced by folks using flats but every time I tried them myself, I couldn't stand the clankyness of them - probably because I use a full range sound. I haven't bought a set of flats for oh… about 40 years but must confess I'm thinking about a wee experiment and will probably now throw a set onto my old Tokai PJ to see what transpires.
  12. This is my most favourite bass, my 1984 L2. From December 1984 to the middle of 1993, it was essentially my only fretted bass and came with me to gigs, sessions, tours throughout the busiest time of my music career. It's been with me all over the UK and as far afield as the Middle East. That's the original Earth strap still on there too! Thing is, Steinbergers are pretty tough really, EMG pickups slightly less so... Yes, I sometimes dig in and my slap technique is in the Louis Johnson mould. And yes, it appears that a human thumb, used to anchor against the pickup can wear down carbon fibre! Original frets - they've been dressed once - she still plays and sounds magnificent!
  13. That's also a fair point! Andy Lewis, proprietor of Acme Bass, the designer of my favourite bass cab the Low B2, was testing the design of a new cab for old school sounds and discovered that with an old P bass and flatwound strings, the tweeter made no difference to the sound whatsoever. So they just missed it out and called the cab the Flatwound! https://www.acmebass.com/pdf/b112_flatwound.pdf
  14. Some Chapman Stick players do this for a muted sound.
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