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  1. I have one and it's my favourite Jazz Bass, admittedly probably because of the 24 fret neck and compact body. Pickups are great and match very well with the preamp. Woodworking is nice (typical Korean of the time) but note it's a veneer top, not a thicker maple layer. The battery box allows you to put the battery in reverse polarity which I'm led to believe destroys the preamp- worth checking. I'd have no hesitation buying another to defret or a five string version. I've had several queries about it when out gigging- most bassists assume it is an expensive one-off Custom Shop bass. 😀 I'm playing it albeit in a folky context in this wee demo that one of my bands put together from footage taken at a gig. Audio is from the camera mic so lets say honest. Played through a Phil Jones Bass Briefcase combo.
  2. like many on basschat, the amount of time I spend here is in inverse proportion to the amount of stuff I have going on in real life. I used to enjoy @Dingus' posts but he left after some altercation during a period when I wasn't paying attention. Happy new year to all basschatters past, present, future and MIA!
  3. Sounds a bit like looping or pattern based composition?
  4. I've extensively played headless basses since the 80s- all until recently Steinbergers or built to that shape. Of course they balance brilliantly due to the strap pivot being mounted at or very near to the centre of gravity. A recent ACG which I had built however very much suffered from this "bridge dive" problem, probably exacerbated by it being a six string fretless with a 32" scale. The wonderful and ever helpful Mr Cringean solved the issue for me by installing a recessed straplock into the back of the upper horn further back from the tip. Bass now balances pefectly and sits in the position I like on the strap. I use the strap when seated too as I have always done- it generally keeps things consistent whether playing seated or standing. You can see the recessed straplock socket adjacent to the last top neck bolt in the photo.
  5. RIP Emmet. Absolutely one of life's good guys and changed my and many others' musical lives for ever.
  6. That's right. I decided that what with having to play and also control multiple camera takes, I would sub out responsibility for the audio to a pal of mine. He used his old Tascam HD recorder because it had more mic inputs than his computer interface. he ended up with three vocal tracks, four acoustic guitar tracks ( mics and DI's) and one bass track for each song. These were then popped into Reaper for processing. A clapperboard was struck at the start of each song take. I used that sound to line up all of the video tracks for each song edit and also to bring in the finished audio mixes.
  7. Thanks. Audio was recorded live on a tascam hard disk multitrack. Acoustic guitars were miked and pickups, vocals through normal live vocal mikes and bass was DI’d from my wee Phil Jones double 4. Video was recorded on a Panasonic camera and 3 mobile phones. Audio mix in Reaper and video editing in Shotcut.
  8. My latest attempt at home made video production. This is one of the projects I'm regularly involved in and we were doing a wee gig for a venue we have performed at several times over the past few years. Easy listening, it would be fair to say.
  9. I have a Briefcase and a Double 4. Use them on acoustic type gigs - Briefcase if there's percussion going on but use the Double 4 on a wee quiet duo gig that I do. Sounds fantastic and just ludicrous for the size.
  10. I have an L2 that I bought new in the 80s. It was my main bass for about 12 years during the busiest period of my playing career. Joined later on by a matching L2 fretless. Joined later again by an XL2T- XL2 with the Trans Trem bridge. And finally joined later by an XL5W- the wide necked 5 String. I'm not going to count the Status 6 that Rob built for me in the Steinberger form while I was still looking for a 5'er! Pics if you like that sort of thing are all in this post Graphite (Steinberger vs Status) - Page 2 - Bass Guitars - Basschat
  11. If you need the money sell it. If not, keep. That's my take on selling instruments that you enjoy. My Steinbergers will be amongst the last to go when/ if I ever decide to downsize/ thin out.
  12. Did you look at this? I would agree with @Bassassin that the routed channel to the neck pickup doesn't look right. there is a 65 model in that catalogue without a scratchplate and it's unlikely that they would have used a different routing pattern for just one version of the same bass at the same price. Could it be that someone has popped an old Fernandes neck onto a different body - not suggesting the seller - he just bought it fairly recently- might have been that way for a long while.
  13. And there was me thinking that almost every Status is likely to be a joy to play.
  14. Actually, thinking about the above, on watching these top guys talking about what they had been doing during the pandemic, it came home to me why I’ll never be as good as them- the dedication to practise and improvement. I’m ages with most of these guys and I have no motivation to sit for hours honing my technique. I’d rather just continue to enjoy playing within my own limitations.
  15. Funnily enough, I’ve been doing it for so long it’s completely natural to me, as is sideways in a fretted bass but I recently was given a cello as a present and I can’t seem to get it together in the upright orientation! As you say, I really must work on it.
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