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1 hour ago, Maude said:

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I hadn't clocked that @mrtcathad also got a Spector in his life, which has blown him away. Kinda interesting that quite a few of us Yammy fans are also huge Spector fans. I'm definitely a signed-up member of that particular "dual-bass club". 

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3 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

I hadn't clocked that @mrtcathad also got a Spector in his life, which has blown him away. Kinda interesting that quite a few of us Yammy fans are also huge Spector fans. I'm definitely a signed-up member of that particular "dual-bass club". 


I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again - I want Spector to Make me a BB, or yamaha to make me a BB Spector.

 

It’s becoming an obsession, think I need to talk to John Shuker or something…

 

There’s equal Love here - but I know I’ll not find another bb1600.

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11 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

I hadn't clocked that @mrtcathad also got a Spector in his life, which has blown him away. Kinda interesting that quite a few of us Yammy fans are also huge Spector fans. I'm definitely a signed-up member of that particular "dual-bass club". 

 

I've not tried a Spector. I know it's shallow but I just don't like the look of them, they always look a bit Wonky. Although I'm sure there must be Spectors without the melted look. 

 

On the flip side however, I will know what a 1024 is like by the end of the week. 😁

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7 hours ago, Maude said:

 

I've not tried a Spector. I know it's shallow but I just don't like the look of them, they always look a bit Wonky. Although I'm sure there must be Spectors without the melted look. 

 

On the flip side however, I will know what a 1024 is like by the end of the week. 😁

Haha, my guitarist describes my Spector as looking like a half sucked boiled sweet. 

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8 hours ago, Al Krow said:

I hadn't clocked that @mrtcathad also got a Spector in his life, which has blown him away. Kinda interesting that quite a few of us Yammy fans are also huge Spector fans. I'm definitely a signed-up member of that particular "dual-bass club". 

I absolutely love my Spector, it just punches it's way through every mix and I find the body shape super comfortable. 

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11 hours ago, AndyTravis said:


I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again - I want Spector to Make me a BB, or yamaha to make me a BB Spector.

 

It’s becoming an obsession, think I need to talk to John Shuker or something…

 

BB 2004 comes pretty close - even has the reverse-P J set up.

 

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I've mostly had 45–105 GHS Boomers on my 424. I always play with both pickups on, and they fill in the gaps in the sound very nicely. The stiffness and tension suits me. 

 

Now I've got a P as well, I would happily trade a little of the Boomers' presence for even more warmth in the mids, to increase the contrast between my two basses a little.

 

Option (1) Fender 7150. I've the Fender nickel-on-steel 7250 on my P, and like their tension/stiffness/feel/price, so these all-nickel hexcore rounds would be an easy choice.

 

Option (2) DR Nickel Lo-Riders. Said to have lots of warmth for NPS hexcore rounds, but they are a lot more expensive, and might be lower tension than I like.

 

Has anyone tried either the 7150s or the Nickel Lo-Riders on their BB?

 

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7 minutes ago, Ricky Rioli said:

I've had 45–105 GHS Boomers on my 424 most the year and have liked them very much. I always play with both pickups on, and they fill in the gaps in the sound very nicely. They're both stiff and high tension, which suits me.

 

Now I've got a P as well, I would happily trade in a little of the Boomers presence for something with even more warmth in the mids, to increase the contrast between my two basses a little.

 

One option would be Fender 7150, all-nickel hexcore rounds. I've the Fender nickel-on-steel 7250 on my P, and like their tension/stiffness/feel/price, so the 7150 would be an easy choice.

 

Another option would be DR Nickel Lo-Riders, NPS hexcore rounds. They are said to have lots of warmth while still being the NPS I know I like... but they are a lot more expensive. Not sure if they're perhaps lower tension than I like.

 

Has anyone tried either the 7150s or the Nickel Lo-Riders on their BB?

No but in true Basschat style I'll throw my favourite in the mix just to add some confusion. 😁

 

It sounds like you like me in liking a robust feeling string. I've settled on D'addario half rounds (enr72 are great) as they have a decent amount of tension, allowing me to really dig in without masses of fret clatter, they have that flatwound bottom and mid but still have a reasonable amount of treble. They're kind of like old rounds but with a real punch in the mids. In our band they really sit well, playing Mod/Ska/Northern Soul. 

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This mornings fun. Some comparison time and a choice to be made. 

Visually (shallow I know) the 1024's bridge, P pickup, string tree, nut and gloss headstock look nicer, but the 424's fretboard wood is far, far nicer and I prefer the plain black scratchplate. 

The 1024 has white Dr neons while the 424 has D'addario half rounds ( @Ricky Rioli) so sound comparison will be difficult.

I've not weighed them but the 1024 feels heavier, but not substantially. 

 

Time to play. 🙂👍

 

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