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[quote name='spectoremg' timestamp='1424620454' post='2698355']
:)
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[URL=http://s970.photobucket.com/user/gelfin5959/media/WhiteMouradian.jpg.html][IMG]http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae181/gelfin5959/WhiteMouradian.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

That inspired me to make this.

[URL=http://s970.photobucket.com/user/gelfin5959/media/RBass.jpg.html][IMG]http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae181/gelfin5959/RBass.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Another slightly wierd shape

[URL=http://s970.photobucket.com/user/gelfin5959/media/20140910_131249_zpsdbec3f05.jpg.html][IMG]http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae181/gelfin5959/20140910_131249_zpsdbec3f05.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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[quote name='Bo0tsy' timestamp='1424705213' post='2699373']
...I don't count these as weird at all...
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No, they're not - YOU are! :P

:D ;)

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1424639500' post='2698691']



Kawai Sleekline


Jon.
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That was my first bass - cost me £90 from some no longer existing shop in Denmark St. I customised it with EMGs, and now it hangs on my wall.
I've also got a Parker, which is a bit odd:

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[quote name='Leonard Smalls' timestamp='1424710662' post='2699448']

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That Wal isn't weird at all, but I'm glad you posted a pic of it. GAS!! GAS!! ARRGGHH!!

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These are the basses I currently own:

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC00290_zpsc18d4a5a.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC03107.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC03062.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC02853.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC01105.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC02163.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/SeiFront.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/DSC01541-2.jpg[/IMG]

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And these are the ones I used to own but don't anymore:

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/TrabenPhoenix5.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/TokaiTalboB135.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/SwitchInnovoBass.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/ReverendRumblefish.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/PedullaBuzz.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/OverwaterOriginal5Fretless.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/ManneMandobass.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/LightwaveSabreA.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/LaceHelix5StringFretlessBass.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/Kramer450B.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/HartkeXL-4.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/CarloRobelli8StringBass.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/BornToRockF4B.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/DSC00198_zps0d689472.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/DSC00121_zpsf61cf347.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/DSC01568_zps7c12b6c5.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/DSC01363_zpsf8363add.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/DSC01129_zps3fb90458.jpg[/IMG]

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How could I have forgotten my Yamaha SBV? :o



And I had a Washburn B20 Stage too, back in the Long, Long Ago. Not the 8-string, though...


[i]Edit:[/i] Or a seven-string! ;)

J.

Edited by Bassassin

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[quote name='charic' timestamp='1424713138' post='2699492']
Where's the batmobile gone? :o
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It's not a bass.

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/HallmarkWingbat.jpg[/IMG]

Edited by BigRedX

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1424713182' post='2699495']
It's not a bass.
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Ah! Must be misremembering (is that a word?)

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I like that a lot, if memory serves it's an aluminium neck'd Hartke?

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/Bass/HartkeXL-4.jpg[/IMG]

Edit: third time's the charm, and clearly a Hartke from the filename

Edited by Graham

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1424701413' post='2699303']
Me too. Until I saw the price tags. :o

J.
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Mr BigRedX has three of the buggers. How can that be fair :(

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1424711855' post='2699473']
These are the basses I currently own:

[i]{pics snipped}[/i]

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Blimey, you must also have an interesting selection of cases to go with them! :)

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[quote name='Graham' timestamp='1424718796' post='2699623']
I like that a lot, if memory serves it's an aluminium neck'd Hartke?



Edit: third time's the charm, and clearly a Hartke from the filename
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It's the XL-4 model which was the top of the range assembled in the US and apparently each one was personally inspected and tested by Larry Hartke himself.

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[quote name='ead' timestamp='1424722828' post='2699701']
Mr BigRedX has three of the buggers. How can that be fair :(
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I also have a G1 guitar:

[IMG]http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n249/BigRedX/GusG1.jpg[/IMG]

I've wanted a Gus ever since I saw photos of the prototypes in a music mag in the late 80s. I got one of the basses relatively cheaply second hand because it was in terrible condition and the others were bought at a time when the prices were considerably less than they are currently.

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[quote name='tony_m' timestamp='1424722843' post='2699702']
Blimey, you must also have an interesting selection of cases to go with them! :)
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I suppose so… A mixture of large flight cases, standard Hiscox Lite-Flights and custom branded gig bags. The Burns Sonic still has the original (very battered) Burns hard case!

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1424736142' post='2699971']
the Burns Sonic still has the original (very battered) Burns hard case!
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I keep meaning to ask... how did your Burns Sonic end up with what looks like a 1980-ish Kasuga bridge?

[url="http://dms01.dimu.org/image/01Szzq3Zgq"]http://dms01.dimu.org/image/01Szzq3Zgq[/url]

And where's the rest of the Kasuga? :D

J.

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1424778941' post='2700288']
I keep meaning to ask... how did your Burns Sonic end up with what looks like a 1980-ish Kasuga bridge?

[url="http://dms01.dimu.org/image/01Szzq3Zgq"]http://dms01.dimu.org/image/01Szzq3Zgq[/url]

And where's the rest of the Kasuga? :D

J.
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When I bought the Burns it still sported the original bridge and machine heads but neither were particularly functional. The machine heads slipped as they approached proper tuning and all the threads on the adjustable bridge had stripped so that it was held together by being wrapped in wire.

The current bridge is the third one I tried and IIRC came out of miscellaneous guitar parts drawer from the old Carlsbro shop in Nottingham and cost me a couple of pounds. It doesn't have anything stamped on it and is only drilled for 4 strings, but otherwise it's the same as the one you linked to. Strangely enough the previous, less suitable bridge was an 8-string one.

The big problem in replacing the original Burns bridge is that it has a very small foot print but the saddles have to be very tall due to the design of the bass. Also the string spacing is quite narrow - 16.5mm. Finding another bridge to replace it has been a real challenge and in the end I gave up looking for one with the same footprint and bought this one mainly because it didn't have pre-slotted saddles so I could file my own. It was then mounted on a piece of mahogany to get the saddles to the right height.

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I like this:

http://basschat.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2009/post-6265-1248696153.jpg

and this:

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/6862/roland20g77fc9.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.urban75.net/forums/threads/g77-bass-what-was-the-guitar-called.113439/&h=138&w=450&tbnid=Os0tW3j9x_yplM:&zoom=1&docid=Yg14H9LYSBSB3M&ei=NJDsVJC3L4Ot7AaeiYDYCg&tbm=isch&ved=0CCUQMygEMAQ

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1424780484' post='2700320']
The current bridge is the third one I tried and IIRC came out of miscellaneous guitar parts drawer from the old Carlsbro shop in Nottingham and cost me a couple of pounds. It doesn't have anything stamped on it and is only drilled for 4 strings, but otherwise it's the same as the one you linked to. Strangely enough the previous, less suitable bridge was an 8-string one.
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Thanks for the explanation - it's good to see orphan hardware being put to good use!

The pic I linked was just the best one I could find online - I've got a Kasuga Scorpion myself, which has an unstamped, 4-string bridge which appears to be identical to yours, and these are the only basses I can remember seeing them on - apart from your Burns. :)

J.

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BigRedX, how did you get on with the F4b?

I dig 'em but I have no idea whether the neck brace works, or how they sound!

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[quote name='Jus Lukin' timestamp='1424812626' post='2700829']
BigRedX, how did you get on with the F4b?

I dig 'em but I have no idea whether the neck brace works, or how they sound!
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I really liked it and if it had 5 strings I'd still own it. Sound-wise it was pretty much a P-Bass - when I took it to a bass bash the main comment was how conventionally "woody" it sounded. The lack of truss rod means that the neck is very slim and almost perfectly flat. The tension of the strings is countered by the neck brace and holds the neck in place rather than pulling on it like a conventional stringed instrument. The downside is that if you break a string the whole bass goes completely out of tune. There were a couple of features that betrayed the basses engineering rather than lutherie roots mostly the bridge which still needs some work IMO (the guitar version sports a standard tune-o-matic bridge).

I used it a couple of times with The Terrortones and it looked and sounded great, but the lack of a low B meant that there were too many songs we couldn't do.

A wrote a more comprehensive "review" of the bass complete with lots of photos [url=http://basschat.co.uk/topic/32239-aluminium-part-3]here[/url].

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