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Found a Bacchus 24 on the U-box at a price that just wouldn't leave me alone. Ash body with a black oil finish, 3 piece maple neck, ebony fretboard.




If you look closely you can see the neck extends all the way to the pickup.


Glow in the dark side dots. I really like these.


Rosewood pickup covers with ebony tops. Pickups are their own alnico5 humbuckers and can be tapped using one of the switches.


Bart XTCT pre, almost works like a filter pre, you can entirely cut all of each band of frequencies or boost to stupid levels


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Cheers gents, I'm quite chuffed with it. I'm still getting my head around how many different sounds are in this yoke.

The u-box is Ishibashi's 2nd hand section, frequently with bargains to be had in Japanese domestic market instruments http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/u_box/e/ - I love them dearly for what they do there :lol:

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That is freaking gorgeous! Congrats :) . I too was unaware of the u box. Some interesting stuff on there, how are ishibashi? Every time I've imported something I've got clobbered on taxes.

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Including shipping and taxes this came in at a little over €900 which, for what it is, is a great deal. To put that in perspective, a Mexican Classic 60's Jazz bass will cost you over €800 over here :D

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Tonally, it's a bass capable of being very sympathetic to slap playing. Given the oil finish, it'll stop the finish wearing away with heavy slapping, so more of a slapguard than a pickguard :)

That won't be a problem for me though :lol:

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[quote name='Grand Wazoo' timestamp='1334608999' post='1618590']
Nice bass indeed but... what's with the pickguard, meaning it's hardly functional, is it, what's the point of it?
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My guess would be to avoid damage from "popping". These sort of finishes start to deteriorate quite quickly from wear like that.

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Oh but I have an ABZ Dingwall in the same finish an had it nearly 2 years now, it happens to be the one I play the most and it hasn't deteriorated with popping, just gone a bit shiny over the matt texture and you can only tell if you hold it across a light source.

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[quote name='Grand Wazoo' timestamp='1334609674' post='1618609']
Oh but I have an ABZ Dingwall in the same finish an had it nearly 2 years now, it happens to be the one I play the most and it hasn't deteriorated with popping, just gone a bit shiny over the matt texture and you can only tell if you hold it across a light source.
[/quote]My 5er is probably a better example ;)

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Yes agreed :D

In that case I can consider myself lucky cause if mine wears out like that it's natural ash with no colour stain to get rubbed off.

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/xt660/d3ca6e77.jpg[/IMG]

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[quote name='Grand Wazoo' timestamp='1334610257' post='1618624']
Yes agreed :D

In that case I can consider myself lucky cause if mine wears out like that it's natural ash with no colour stain to get rubbed off.

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/xt660/d3ca6e77.jpg[/IMG]
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Yeah, I think that's the issue really, the colour starts to wear off.

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[quote name='TRBboy' timestamp='1334609453' post='1618604']
My guess would be to avoid damage from "popping". These sort of finishes start to deteriorate quite quickly from wear like that.
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I'm pretty much with you.
I have a maple bodied 5er which has a very very thin clear nitro finish and no p/g - not the same finish but equally as vulnerable from popping. As can be seen by a bunch of tiny little nail digs... right where this wee p/g would have prevented it. I'm not sure I would class it as deterioration though... more like genuine mojo. :D

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That's a beauty, I really like that. Not too keen on the pickguard though, I think it detracts from the natural feel of the body but that may just be me :) Wouldn't be able to pass that one up myself if I'd seen it.

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Cheers :)

If I'm honest, if I was designing the thing I wouldn't have the scratchplate there myself but, in person, it just works :D

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