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  1. What a stunner! I've only briefly played a Smith but it was sublime. Enjoy!
  2. I don't mind it too much, shame the photo is so heavily shadowed so you can't quite appreciate the changes but I'm sure there will be more photos very soon.
  3. I haven't played a Thunderbird in a while but I tried a D-Bird last weekend - while the shape is very similar the shaping and contouring must be vastly different. I guess the Gibson patent is on the silhouette of the shape and not the execution. For anyone interested GuitarGuitar Glasgow have an aquamarine triple pickup model in stock for £1400 - £400 less than the blurple finish. Great bass and now going to be very rare....
  4. I don't know if you could do a "one size fits all" ramp since basses vary so much, my first thought would be DIY or go to your local luthier and see what he can do.
  5. I played a 5 string one today in GuitarGuitar Glasgow, pretty underwhelmed. Found the sharp edge of the string holders down at the 1st fret on the G string a bit of a shock, and the lightness of it made me feel like it was lacking substance somehow. I appreciate the thought of the asymmetric neck, but I've played other basses that have done it better for me. Unless money was no object I couldn't see myself spending 3k on one. I then picked up a Dingwall D bird on a fancy Aquamarine sparkle finish (at £1400, seemed very reasonable) and it blew the Boden away, tone wise, feeling wise and construction wise. The fan fret system is more natural for me and the tone works better for me. Someone buy it before my G&L sells 😅
  6. I paid £175 for a 5 string version of this and at this price this an absolute bargain! Perfect no frills starter/backup/anything bass
  7. So the Bass Centre (in Melbourne) have them. Can't be long now....
  8. Wonder what the sellers favourite type of moosic is?
  9. That twang of annoyance everytime I hear 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' knowing I'll never be able to play it as cleanly as Norman 😅

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    2. NickA


      that riff in call me al .... near impossible.  But heard a South African bass player name of Schalk Joubert a few years back who can do that and any other S African township riff to order.  Amazing player.  5-string bart rigged afzelia dolphin into a little SWR working man combo.  Sounded great.

      As for "hit me" saw Norm playing that in our local music pub a couple of years back ... blow me .. but have you seen the length of that guy's fingers!!

    3. BassApprentice


      Fun fact about that lick in Call Me Al - it's backwards. Recorded then played in reverse in the record, hence why it's impossible as the phrasing is, well, backwards 😁😂

    4. Soledad


      that is SO cheating. And all these years never knew that. Still fairly bonkers player though. You have to spend years locked away from polite society to come out playing like that. Bit like Alan Rankine on 'Party fears two'... "That's not really how we do it, son".

  10. £1,049 for 4 string £1,149 for 5 string
  11. It's an interesting move to get into the £1000 bracket. They seem to clean up around about £500-600 as Fender alternatives but then when you enter the USA Fender/Sandberg/G&L/Lakland territory - albeit with the boutique look - will be interesting to see how these stack up. Can't deny they look great - roasted maple!
  12. We obviously can't speak for the OP but I understand his "not wanting" the bass as he wasn't looking for that exact bass and had justified a bid of £250 and no more for it. Part of him must have wanted that bass to press the button and it was an unexpected result. He has said he'll buy it and there might be a bargain available for the next person 😁
  13. Feel free to PM if you have a trade! Must have missed that comment @ped 😁
  14. I think this might be the furthest off topic I've seen a thread go on Basschat 😂
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