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14 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Here's a BIG question for you, then: of all the hundreds of basses you've ever owned, which has been your all time favourite / biggest regret in moving on?

Maybe the Modulus Flea. For both.

 

Sadowsky HPJ too.

 

Yeah, typing the Modulus Flea in, made my stomach turn. So. That.

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52 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Here's a BIG question for you, then: of all the hundreds of basses you've ever owned, which has been your all time favourite / biggest regret in moving on?


Thinking about this, been playing and buying selling basses since a teenager and now an awful lot older, I can’t feel

regret about anything I’ve let go of. I can remember feeling like I didn’t want to sell at the time but looking back now any post sale remorse has long gone.

 

I have more regrets about ones I didn’t buy, mostly not common or easy to find things that at the time I wonder if I really need and spend a long time mulling over as the things get sold 😂 
Several Warwick’s, mostly Dolphin Pro 1’s

couple of Basslabs 

Turner Renaissance 5

Rob Allen Deep 5 - impossible logistics

a fantastic Carl Thompson Rainbow 6 string replica
Several 90’s string basses

a Bee Bass

a couple of Callowhills

and a few others including a ridiculously cheap Ampeg B15. 
 

Funny how I remember these but struggle to recall all the ones I’ve bought and sold. 

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10 minutes ago, Dazed said:


Thinking about this, been playing and buying selling basses since a teenager and now an awful lot older, I can’t feel

regret about anything I’ve let go of. I can remember feeling like I didn’t want to sell at the time but looking back now any post sale remorse has long gone.

 

I have more regrets about ones I didn’t buy, mostly not common or easy to find things that at the time I wonder if I really need and spend a long time mulling over as the things get sold 😂 
Several Warwick’s, mostly Dolphin Pro 1’s

couple of Basslabs 

Turner Renaissance 5

Rob Allen Deep 5 - impossible logistics

a fantastic Carl Thompson Rainbow 6 string replica
Several 90’s string basses

a Bee Bass

a couple of Callowhills

and a few others including a ridiculously cheap Ampeg B15. 
 

Funny how I remember these but struggle to recall all the ones I’ve bought and sold. 

Is it a case of "the ones that got away" that affect us most? We humans, eh? 

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It could well be. Have a terrible habit of hunting stuff down, finding it then not buying it, feeling like it’s mine and safe. Some of those in the list were for sale for over 12 months without a buyer and not necessarily because of a high price but in obscure little shops. Always followed by that stomach turning sick feeling when someone else had discovered and bought it. 
 

I think I’ve realised it’s the chase that's the thrill and quite often I’ve lost interest when the purchase arrives.

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I was going to put Fender pure nickels on my 424, but from having them on my P briefly I learnt they're definitely not for me. So, out of curiosity, I've bought a set of Roto Bass I'll try once the GHS Boomers need changing.

 

Youtube doesn't have much in the way of Roto Bass demos so I'm not too sure what I'm expecting. Either adding a little more bite to the P pickup, or thickening up the PJ sound would be a result. But tbh, I am expecting to want to go back to the GHSs afterwards.

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Hi @DWeekes90 - came across your FS post recently: John East UNI-PRE 5 (no knobs) and was interested to understand a bit more about which Yamaha bass you were looking to upgrade the preamp on, as I've got an eye on potentially doing something similar on my BB 2005, and wondering what the incompatibility with the pups was you found?

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I bought this Yamaha SB1200s on Ebay before Christmas, a previous owner removed the stock pickups and replaced them with cheap ones, tuners were in bad shape but the body was in good overall condition despite the routing. So I striped it all down to the bare wood and oiled it with gunstock oil. New P an J pickups, new kiogan loom and it all turned out well.

 

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4 minutes ago, briansbrew said:

I bought this Yamaha SB1200s on Ebay before Christmas, a previous owner removed the stock pickups and replaced them with cheap ones, tuners were in bad shape but the body was in good overall condition despite the routing. So I striped it all down to the bare wood and oiled it with gunstock oil. New P an J pickups, new kiogan loom and it all turned out well.

 

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See if @AndyTraviscan spot the body shape 

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6 minutes ago, Maude said:

Wow!! 

That looks loads better. Nice job. 

 

I saw that on ebay but it looked like a bit of a disaster, nicely rescued though. 

😎👍

I could not pass it up Maude, it was a pleasure to work on and im pleased with the result, you have to love that fretboard ...

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17 minutes ago, Dazed said:

Great rescue job! Looks much better now. 
Is that how they were made with a laminate body?

yes you can just about see it when it was sprayed red, such a pity to cover up that lovely grain

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That was my thoughts re the thumb rest too. Good price though :D I have just spent around 3 months tinkering with my BB714 to get the action right. Initially thought there was a bow in the neck but there is more than enough movement in the truss rod to rectify that aspect so, put a shim across the two screws closest the neck pocket heel to change the geometry and have to add, worked a treat after all the tinkering was done. 

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On 08/01/2022 at 20:25, Ricky Rioli said:

out of curiosity, I've bought a set of Roto Bass. I'm not too sure what I'm expecting. Either adding a little more bite to the P pickup, or thickening up the PJ sound would be a result. But tbh, I am expecting to want to go back to the GHSs afterwards.

 

The Roto Bass are a tiny bit stiffer than the Boomers, especially the E.

 

They make a much thicker and more narrow sound than the Boomers. So they do help fatten up the PJ sound.

 

It's easier to play cleanly with them, but harder to play expressively. I'll be going back to the Boomers, I think.

 

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