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Retrovibe Vantage is weird. Part Rickenbacker, part Jazz bass. The electronics are also unusual, with a single coil right down at the neck (replaced with a humbucker in the second gen versions) and a humbucker in the bridge. Not a Stingray, not a Jazz bass, certainly not a Rickenbacker...

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Just came across this on the EGC Facebook page



Love the shape and material, would go for a more subdued colour though

Edited by Graham

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[quote name='stingrayPete1977' timestamp='1424814825' post='2700873']
I'd still like a Big Al 5 SSS, probably in white with a maple board, they just dont appear used in any colour :(
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If a black/black/maple one comes up, I'll fight you for it ;-)

Edited by Roland Rock

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Until very recently I had one of these...

http://basschat.co.uk/topic/136006-for-sale-shergold-twin-neck/page__view__findpost__p__1233806

(see http://basschat.co.uk/topic/254282-more-love-for-wunjo-and-basschat for what happened to it)

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Geez Louise! Guys, where in blue blazes do you find these basses?? Some of them are so outlandish I'm almost feeling pangs of GAS! Well, to be honest, it may be the chili I had for lunch, but STILL, those are some great basses!

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Kinda liking this bass. How does plexi work out as a guitar material? I know a lot of drummers hated the plexi drum kits (except for Bonzo - gratuitous opportunity to show his lovely Amber Vistalite) :P

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[quote name='spectoremg' timestamp='1425213181' post='2705068']
Kinda liking this bass. How does plexi work out as a guitar material?
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Depends how much abuse your back can take. I built this:

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...and it's heavy enough to have its own gravity & weather systems. Seriously, it's about 13.5 lbs, a proper boat anchor.

I wouldn't say the body material affects the sound, it sounds pretty much like any other Precision with a DiMarzio Model P.

Jon.

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[quote name='spectoremg' timestamp='1425213181' post='2705068']
Kinda liking this bass. How does plexi work out as a guitar material? I know a lot of drummers hated the plexi drum kits (except for Bonzo - gratuitous opportunity to show his lovely Amber Vistalite) :P
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The acrylic body is quite heavy so it's smaller than the standard J shape which IMO is a good thing as I found it more comfortable and there was much better access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard. What I didn't like was the angled neck pickup. Far too uncomfortable to use as a thumb anchor and IMO the tonal advantages of moving the pole-pieces a few mm in relation to the string length are dubious to say the least. Unfortunately because most acrylic and plexi instruments are low-budget, the finish especially on the see-through parts is less than optimal.

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I'm probably gonna get the dillweed of the week award here but I'd have thought a denser/heavier material like plexi would have been a good thing?
Also that angled pickup thing has always puzzled me too. But then we are very 'butterfly flapping it's wings in China' about our gear :)

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I've had Fortress Flashback GAS for years... B)

J.

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I still maintain that this Carl Thompson is one of the most beautiful things ever made.

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This un

http://basschat.co.uk/topic/217616-crazy-concept-bass/page__fromsearch__1

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[quote name='Jus Lukin' timestamp='1424640668' post='2698709']
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[*]Crafted of lightweight aluminum tube with an aluminum fretboard, backed with wood. Weighs less than a standard bass. Optimum balance, since tuners are mounted on body rather than headstock.
[*]Stainless steel frets.
[*]Flexible pivot joints at the nut and bridge absorb all warping forces, so the neck stays straight for the lowest possible action.
[*]Fits a standard bass gig bag.
[*]Brushed aluminum subtly reflects the colors of stage lights -- ideal for live performances and videos.
[*]Even response at all playing positions from fret 1 to 24 on the two-octave neck. Dead spots common to conventional necks are a thing of the past.
[*]Produces incredible attack and overtones impossible to achieve with a wood-body bass, because wood absorbs sound. Think of the advantages of a piano with a metal frame over a harpsichord with a wood frame, and you can imagine the advantages of the F4b bass for modern playing styles.
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A Voivod fan then? :D Piggy RIP.

No Warwick Buzzard love?

Love, love, love gelfin's Kramer

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[quote name='gelfin' timestamp='1424710441' post='2699445'][url="http://s970.photobucket.com/user/gelfin5959/media/20140910_131249_zpsdbec3f05.jpg.html"][/url]
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SWEET!

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[quote name='toneknob' timestamp='1424883410' post='2701562']
Until very recently I had one of these...

[url="http://basschat.co.uk/topic/136006-for-sale-shergold-twin-neck/page__view__findpost__p__1233806"]http://basschat.co.u...ost__p__1233806[/url]

(see [url="http://basschat.co.uk/topic/254282-more-love-for-wunjo-and-basschat"]http://basschat.co.u...jo-and-basschat[/url] for what happened to it)
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How curious - if anyone's interested, the guy who bought my Shergold double from Wunjo has recenty listed it on eBay... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shergold-Custom-Double-8-String-4-String-Double-Neck-Bass-UK-1980-/141595790819

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