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  1. Yes, there is a difference, but up to a certain extent. EDIT: actually...
  2. This to me says enough. And I've given up trying to talk about that on TalkBass with US members who are throwing in costs of petrol in different economies and so on and seem to me both rather defensive and missing the point. Really nice new colours anyway, IMO.
  3. Sorry to reply with no buying intentions ATM (besides upping the thread) but I'm really curious: as a C50s owner, what are the main tone differences you find between the two, if you had to describe them?
  4. You can get in a similar ballpark, but for THE 51 single coil it can be tough: I have both a 51 and a split P, and to me what really gives the 51 its peculiar tone, attack and fast decay is mainly the single pole piece per string. It can also be problematic at times (try doing a bend on higher frets and the volume massively drops) but is definitely its own mark. I also have a Duncan Quarter Pounder 51 coil which tames that effect thanks to the larger poles, but in the end I kept a Bare Knuckle mounted for "that" tone.
  5. Even though I mainly use Elixir, sometimes I might want to try some very cheap brands found online as some of them can actually sound decent for a while and be a spare set, a set to experiment with, etc... I guess I'm not the only one as well. Anyway, I'd like to warn against one particular "regular" set by "Bray" which seems to be quite popular on Amazon, or at least comes up amongst top results within cheaper sets and I decided to give them a try... The set I received was so "regular" that all strings, even if sealed in plastic pouches, seemed to be cut rather short - almost to a nice length for the first three, but the low E was literally sitting on the nut with the thin, tapered end by a good cm on my body-through 51 P, making them useless. It might have been barely ok for standard bridges, but honestly I didn't even bother and returned them.
  6. Thanks for the info. Are you saying that the headphones out has the cab roll-off but the DI hasn't or am I mistaken? That'd be a bit awkward. I'm quite positive the overdrive has some kind of tweakable roll-off or cab response in the deep digital editing though. Anyway, based on the feedback I'll happily stay on the Vt deluxe if the drive is not this pedal's highlight. IME, the Vt and similar analogue preamps/drives pack more punch and sound more satisfying than any (even great) digital model I've ever used, when in live/band settings and at "real" volumes. I even got one of those Ammoon/Joyo American Sound "Fender-style" pedals for close to nothing (about £20!) out of curiosity and to have a cheap small backup (the Vt stays in the pedalboard) and I have to say it does the job better than I thought. Moreover, I have other options for headphone practicing and in the end I mostly revert to the simple Vox plug: the size, the fact that it goes straight in the bass with no cables and you are set in 2 seconds with no distractions are a great plus.
  7. Upping the thread as I came to know about this pedal just yesterday and only through the web. Not using T.C. stuff as of now and being it not explained around, I have a doubt: Does the Toneprint capability act as in my Vtbass deluxe, therefore triggering relays for instant setting adjustment and leaving the signal analogue or does it process the sound through an actual digital processor? If that's the case, the eq section remains analogue, doesn't it? Looks like a good piece of gear for the price, I was just wondering how it could compare to Vtbass pedals or the similar-ish new Fender bass preamp/multi-effect - as they call it. Cheers.
  8. The "green" Fender set of flats plays fine in my newly acquired CIJ 51 P, they are also long enough to go through body, if your bridge allows it. I think they have a rather standard mellow/all-round flat attitude (as opposed to more peculiar Rotosounds) and are not expensive at all. I slapped them on already one year old, so quite worn in, all strings sound balanced.
  9. [quote name='EmaTheMirror' timestamp='1472941133' post='3125538'] [...] Let's also say that I wouldn't mind "bumping" into a good single coil 51 P reissue, if I saw one. I have good memories about the JAP ones they used to do around 10 years ago. [/quote] The irony is, that very same night I happened to find one for sale in the marketplace section of the forum, contacted the guy and after a visit I came back home with it the next evening XD Great find, obviously you guys are all responsible for me draining my yearly tax refund in less than 12 hours.
  10. [quote name='XeTK' timestamp='1473018365' post='3126153'] SOLD [/quote] That was a great trial and buy. The bass is great, killer with some flats on - I even used it for my band's recordings yesterday, everyone was complimenting in the tone. A keeper.
  11. [quote name='EmaTheMirror' timestamp='1472942479' post='3125544'] I'd second this and what's written in Mcnach's post. I'd rather wait just as little as it take to invest £100/150 more and get something which will get you fully satisfied when you have it. It's not nice when you get a compromise you regret just a few days after buying it - or live with the constant "what if..." If I'm not wrong, both Mcnach and I own a classic 50, so we know what great value for a slightly higher (but very good) price tag means. It looks like the "selected" Squire series are good and well built instruments, I wouldn't be surprised if their QC is more consistent than some 70s USA batches, build-wise. Remember that if you realise Ps are not for you, you will retain some value anyway when selling them. If you buy second hand, I wouldn't see any reason why you couldn't re-sell for the same price, provided it's in the same condition. But it looks like you're in for that kind of instrument and IMO you won't be disappointed: I wouldn't go back to the hi-fi things I fancied before now. I'd also advise against P-like instruments for a simple reason: if you like it, you might regret not having "the thing". But that might just be psychological and YMMV. [/quote] Sorry, re-posted by mistake with my mobile, please remove this post :/
  12. [quote name='mcnach' timestamp='1472076303' post='3118405'] Cheap is ok... but don't go too cheap, on Precisions. [/quote] I'd second this and what's written in Mcnach's post. I'd rather wait just as little as it take to invest £100/150 more and get something which will get you fully satisfied when you have it. It's not nice when you get a compromise you regret just a few days after buying it - or living with the constant "what if..." If I'm not wrong, both Mcnach and I own a classic 50, so we know what great value for a slightly higher (but very good) price tag means. It looks like the "selected" Squire series are good and well built instruments, I wouldn't be surprised if their QC is more consistent than some 70s USA batches, build-wise. Remember that if you realise Ps are not for you, you will retain some value anyway when selling them. But it looks like you're in for that kind of instrument and IMO you won't be disappointed: now, I wouldn't go back to the hi-fi things I fancied before. I'd also advise against P-like instruments for a simple reason: if you like it, you might regret not having "the thing". But that might just be psychological and YMMV.
  13. ATM probably either a USA/JAP Fender Jaguar (the ones with switches) or a nice Jazz - I was quite curious about the new Flea, never tried one though. I did a thread about that last month. Let's also say that I wouldn't mind "bumping" into a good single coil 51 P reissue, if I saw one. I have good memories about the JAP ones they used to do around 10 years ago.
  14. Happy owner of a classic 50 here, with a well performing spb1 loaded. A keeper. IMO, the wide (but not massively deep at all) neck is way nicer in the hand than many think. But I might be biased as I also studied double bass and no electric bass feels unbearably chunky to me. Give it a go in person, they are often around in stores, that's the only way you can tell. On a side note, it's probably the most stable neck I've owned so far.
  15. [quote name='machinehead' timestamp='1471035993' post='3110205'] You know you want one. [/quote] You're not helping here XD
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