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5 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

Has anyone put a set of 50-110 Rotosound flats on a BB1100S? 

Given that his Precision is 11½ lbs of maple, his idea of comfortable might not be entirely in tune with, say, mine 😬

The blue sparkle one was always on my shopping list, when I worked in a shop - the lightest one we had In was 10.5lbs hahaha

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3 hours ago, Ricky Rioli said:

Has anyone put a set of 50-110 Rotosound flats on a BB1100S? 

Given that his Precision is 11½ lbs of maple, his idea of comfortable might not be entirely in tune with, say, mine 😬

I did many years ago, and given that I had that bass & string set up from 87 to 91 I suppose I must have liked it.

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Photos of the BB350 MoJo linked to on the previous page.

It's full of dings & dents & it was so dirty it could have classified as a bio hazard (especially the frets & fretboard) but I've begun putting it right.

Somehow the truss rod had come out of alignment with the nut being right up against the fretboard side of the hole. This pretty much rendered it useless so to remedy it I just took the nut off & added a washer to keep it central & the result is a nice straight neck & decent enough action.

One of the tuners is a bit clunky & the pots need cleaning but I'll get to that tomorrow.

Cheers to MoJo for the link!

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1 minute ago, AndyTravis said:

@Horizontalste I love that 😉

Me too Andy, I'm still astounded at the quality of Yamaha's 'budget' basses.

 

I was considering refinishing it but I'm actually liking the honesty of the battle scars. I will completely re-do the neck at some point though. The fretboard could do with sanding down a bit & the frets are a bit flat for my liking but all in all its ninety quid well spent!

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I've been playing the BBG5s for about half an hour - don't know why but I'd forgotten how good the tonal package was on these mid range Yamahas. Lovely phat tones with that mid 80s Cappuccino feel - lovely. 

I'll be changing the strings to a lighter gauge in the next few days - maybe see if I can find a set of tapewounds in my desired range.

Free set of strings anybody?

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My BB has been packed away for a while, been playing on my 'little' Ibanez mezzo which is a nice enough instrument, however got it out this weekend and am in love with it all over again. Was still in tune too. EDB43698-C7ED-45F7-AAC1-2A3A4E8260EE.thumb.jpeg.7dc5064e6dddf4b02da6bae49708b7ce.jpeg

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6 minutes ago, sykilz said:

My BB has been packed away for a while, been playing on my 'little' Ibanez mezzo which is a nice enough instrument, however got it out this weekend and am in love with it all over again. Was still in tune too. EDB43698-C7ED-45F7-AAC1-2A3A4E8260EE.thumb.jpeg.7dc5064e6dddf4b02da6bae49708b7ce.jpeg

Looks like a BB414 if I'm not mistaken?

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2 minutes ago, EJWW said:

Looks like a BB414 if I'm not mistaken?

Indeed. Got it from  basschat , gigged at pub level for 3 or 4 years most weekends, and to be honest I don't think I'd gig any other type of bass now, ( if I ever were to gig again), it's just so solid and sounds great.

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1 minute ago, Ricky Rioli said:

I'm holding that photo up to my sunburst 424 and asking it, wouldn't you much rather look like that?!

I do love the white, but my absolute favourites were the red sunburst type one and the orange sparkle, of which there are two for sale and I'm soooooo tempted!!!!

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