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Al Krow

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3 hours ago, Machines said:

TBH all the BB finishes are a bit dull. Bring back metallics ! I'd take orange or pewter any day.

Agreed, lovely looking 615 has just appeared on ebay in a great natural finish. Highly conservative colour options on the current range of BBs. 

We must be due a new range of BBs soon? Last ones released in 2017.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334064513759

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I’d say…(puts on fender/Gibson hat)

Indonesian reissues of;

BB3000 - with a good neck through, passive 5000 with modern spacing.

BB1600 - a Tony Kanal sig?

BB2000?

BB1200?

Reissue the basses which are the iconic ones - like the BBPH was sort of a 1200s reissue (albeit a bit off).

Dunno. I might be well off.

But a neck through bb at £1000 p/j in some funky colours would be ace.

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The BB424's victory over my TRBX604 is complete: Bass Direct have agreed to take the TRBX on as a consignment sale and it's on its way to them.

Despite the fact that I never got a sound I loved out of it, despite the fact that my thumb gets tired gripping the back of its very thin neck, I'm still feeling very bad about waving goodbye to it, and that's because its such good quality, especially for the money, it's completely without faults. Good weight, good balance, keeps in tune, looks beautiful, active electronics work immaculately.

In every respect the 424 feels a more basic object - presumably the fair like for like comparison would be the BB734.

Damn you, picky hands, damn you, picky ears. Grrr.

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19 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

In every respect the 424 feels a more basic object - presumably the fair like for like comparison would be the BB734A. BB434 / BB234

Fixed.

The current Series "3" BB734A doesn't really have a direct predecessor in the Series "2" range, it's really a combination of features from the Series 1 BB614 with the Series 2 BB1024.

Personally if I had to chose, I would actually go for a 1024 over the 734A  - or more accurately the 1025 over the 735A.

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6 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Fixed

Not fixed, but misunderstood - I meant a more fair comparison with the TRBX604FM would be the BB734, they have the same preamp with 3 band active EQ + passive tone, and not dissimilar prices. 

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41 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

Not fixed, but misunderstood - I meant a more fair comparison with the TRBX604FM would be the BB734, they have the same preamp with 3 band active EQ + passive tone, and not dissimilar prices. 

Aha - gotcha! 

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1 hour ago, Al Krow said:

Fixed.

The current Series "3" BB734A doesn't really have a direct predecessor in the Series "2" range, it's really a combination of features from the Series 1 BB614 with the Series 2 BB1024.

Personally if I had to chose, I would actually go for a 1024 over the 734A  - or more accurately the 1025 over the 735A.

And yet interestingly, for tonal reasons, if I had to choose between the 734A and the BBP34, I'd choose the 734A.

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1 minute ago, Dean Vincent said:

And yet interestingly, for tonal reasons, if I had to choose between the 734A and the BBP34, I'd choose the 734A.

I have been very impressed with the sounds I can get out of the 734A. I have also been very surprised how good it sounds in passive mode and I love the fact there is no change in volume when switching between active and passive. 

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12 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

The 450 looks a smidge smaller than the newer ones 

Think that’s the burst making it look that way but the 350 and 450 have a slightly deeper treble cutaway - maybe 3/4 of an inch.

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17 minutes ago, Machines said:

It's just the lighting. Definitely orange.

Andy, stop the car, turn around and head back to Manchester... it's not pink and you've already got an orange one. 
Plus I'm not sure how much you would like Coatbridge?!
 

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7 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

450 is livelier, great for cutting through. 424x warmer, fuller.

This has helped me get some vague thoughts in my head into focus: the difference between the general tones of a P and a 424 neck pickup (whether through the pickup itself or its location a little bit to the left) is that quality which allows a P to cut through

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There was a really excellent comparison video of a Fender P vs Yammy BB posted on this thread a while back. On solo'd P setting the Fender seem to edge it. It wasn't played in the mix but, lets be honest, we all know just how iconic / great a Fender P can sound in a mix so we don't need any further "proof" of that!

I completely agree with the general sentiment about pups though - for me they are the single most important tone shaping component on a bass. 

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21 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

This has helped me get some vague thoughts in my head into focus: the difference between the general tones of a P and a 424 neck pickup (whether through the pickup itself or its location a little bit to the left) is that quality which allows a P to cut through

I’m on holiday after Tuesday next week, I’ve ordered fresh sets of strings for al my basses and will do a comparison between a few of the Bb’s.

Hoping to have an up and running reverse p/j by then too.

 

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1 hour ago, AndyTravis said:

I’m on holiday after Tuesday next week, I’ve ordered fresh sets of strings for al my basses and will do a comparison between a few of the Bb’s.

Hoping to have an up and running reverse p/j by then too.

 

Same strings on all the basses??

 

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