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22 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

Stick with the 1300 for a bit. It might grow on you, and you’ll not find another

But if I’m not over the moon, I most likely wouldn’t chase for another…

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9 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

But if I’m not over the moon, I most likely wouldn’t chase for another…

Have you had it long enough to know you’re not over the moon? Does it do things that are unique and mean it’s a counterpoint to the rest of your herd? 

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29 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

Have you had it long enough to know you’re not over the moon? Does it do things that are unique and mean it’s a counterpoint to the rest of your herd? 

Will see tonight - the trade ad got removed anyhow because I put a silly price (schoolboy error)

Hopefully, I’ll be over the moon later.

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if you have two basses you will have your main bass that sends you to the moon, and the backup 

the paradox of owning more than a few basses - you want all of them to send you to the moon. But you can only play one at a time, so if you pick the best the rest of the basses you have, by definition won't be the best you've got and won't send you to the moon...

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Just got some 45-105 GHS Bass Boomers (identical to the Flea signature set) back on my 424, and very happy the bass is to see them again after a month with Swing Bass. I suspect that's partially because the Rotosounds were too responsive to the infelicities of my amateur touch, but in general the tone of the instrument seems a lot more even across the fretboard with the GHSs. In the UK, Bass Boomers are usually alarmingly priced, but Bass Direct have them for a much more reasonable £22+postage. To they're worth it because their straightforward character seems to match the 424 so well.

Whilst sorting the action the tech has left the pickup heights as the previous owner had them, which means with both pickups it sounds fantastic but the neck soloed sounds a bit underwhelming. Bridge soloed with tone turned right down can have its moments too.

After a few days with only the TRBX noodle neck for company, the BBx24 tree trunk seems much more comfortable. Given that my hands are definitely just medium-medium, I don't really understand why I find this to be the case. Best guess: my thumb is more relaxed as it doesn't have to press forward to grip the back of the neck. In Fenderspeak, would the x24 neck be called a U-shape?

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The idea of swapping the 1300 for a standard 2024 seems odd to me, however much £££ is added to balance - if you had wanted one of those, wouldnt you have spent your money on one of the ones up for sale?

Also: that racing blue is handsome enough that the 1300 would be pleasing company unplayed, and wouldn't the thought of it being there, ready for you if the PJ-only mentality proves to be less than permanent, also be a pleasure?

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14 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

BB1300 vs 424x at rehearsal tonight…

played 1 hour with 424

played 1 hour with 1300

played 3rd hour with 424x 🧐

And the winner is?

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3 hours ago, Ricky Rioli said:

The idea of swapping the 1300 for a standard 2024 seems odd to me, however much £££ is added to balance - if you had wanted one of those, wouldnt you have spent your money on one of the ones up for sale?

Also: that racing blue is handsome enough that the 1300 would be pleasing company unplayed, and wouldn't the thought of it being there, ready for you if the PJ-only mentality proves to be less than permanent, also be a pleasure?

All true. Hoping I get more time with it through the Vanderklay cab tomorrow or Thursday when it arrives

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55 minutes ago, crabman said:

They look so good in white. I must pick up a white 425x if they pop into the ads. 

Well…mine just got better-ised…

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5 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

I'm wholly ignorant of what benefits which bridges bring ... in what way/s is that one an improvement on the stock bridge?

So, a bit more mass - seems the harmonics jump out a little more.

Quick release for top loading.

It’s basically the Sadowsky bridge but with sides and string through option…

comfier for palm muting as the saddles house the height adjustment so no Allen bolts to gouge side of hand.

And it’s prettier…

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Looks great Andy.

Was it a straight retrofit or did you have to drill new holes?  How hard was it to set up post installation in regards to getting saddle positions set correctly for height and intonation?

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6 minutes ago, PatrickJ said:

Looks great Andy.

Was it a straight retrofit or did you have to drill new holes?  How hard was it to set up post installation in regards to getting saddle positions set correctly for height and intonation?

Two extra (but shallow) holes at the top.

I set the saddle height by feel (gotoh include the Allen key).

Intonation hasn’t been checked with a tuner yet, but is close - put on my guessing hat and it seems close enough for now.

I’m too tired after my few beers and late night with the band…

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Just picked up a 425x  after placing a wanted advert. Keeping my 424x company as the 414 and 734a  have been under the bed since lockdown began.

Fell out of love with the BB shape a few months ago but I've been seduced back into the fold 😲.

Bought a Harley Benton 5 string to tip a toe into the 5 string pond. Really liked it so thought I would give the 425x  a shot. So far so good. Not miles better than the Harley Benton and a hell of a lot heavier but with a wide leather strap you don't notice to much and it balances well too. 

Currently wearing old Cobalt Flats which seem to suit the bass. The B string feels pretty tight, possibly better than the Harley Bentons.

Think am going to get on with this but may alternate between this and the Harley Benton, which is wearing DR Hi Beams

 

 

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