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3 minutes ago, Velarian said:

“Escutcheon”


So that’s what they’re called. Every day’s a school day. 😉

Yep, thats what they call the brass plates around key holes ect. for protection 

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Having just got hold of a soft flexible tape measure, I took the opportunity to find out exactly how the split pickup location on my 424 relates to that on my P.

 

Measuring the distances from the nut, the bridge-side edges of the pickups are in exactly the same place.

 

However, the halves of the BB's split pickup are 2mm wider than those of the P. This means that on the BB

 

• the mid-point where the two halves meet is 2mm closer to the neck than on the P

• the pole pieces of the E+A half are 3mm closer to the neck

• the neck-side edge is 4mm closer to the neck

 

Try not to be too fascinated by this news.

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So a recent NBD occurred, I was in the market for P bass, when a fellow in these very pages was selling a Tobacco burst BB1024. As I used to have a 1025,I know how good these are, at getting that P tone, so got some old Tomastiks put on.

I've made a couple of cosmetic mods, in that I've had a lovely Tortoise Pickguard made, and added some Art Deco esq knobs. It has a similar vibe to the newer BB models only with IMO a more elegant Guard and body shape. Just waiting on some pickguard adhesive tape,as I don't have a drill,I can then fit it properly.

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7 hours ago, lee650 said:

So a recent NBD occurred, I was in the market for P bass, when a fellow in these very pages was selling a Tobacco burst BB1024. As I used to have a 1025,I know how good these are, at getting that P tone, so got some old Tomastiks put on.

I've made a couple of cosmetic mods, in that I've had a lovely Tortoise Pickguard made, and added some Art Deco esq knobs. It has a similar vibe to the newer BB models only with IMO a more elegant Guard and body shape. Just waiting on some pickguard adhesive tape,as I don't have a drill,I can then fit it properly.

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My goodness! I love what you have done with the 1024. So glad that its new home is with you 🙂

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3 hours ago, Greg.Bassman said:

My goodness! I love what you have done with the 1024. So glad that its new home is with you 🙂

Thanks Greg! I'm really pleased with it, smoother P tone than the 425 I have (it had rounds on) so suits the thumpy flats. I do prefer a pickguard for a more Fender vibe, these BB'S are so much better value though.

Massive thanks to @AndyTravis for the loan of his template and general Bass advice across the board!! Love ya man 😁

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40 minutes ago, lee650 said:

Bit of pickguard tape and it's nicely secured. I got this pickguard from Earlpilanz on EBay, highly recommended 😁

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Nice, thanks for sharing! I was considering adding a pickguard to my burst 1024. I hadn't considered pickguard tape. I'm thinking of going traditional black/white/black! 

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I miss my old school BBs.  If I was to dabble again, it would have to be old school, passive reverse P, no bridge pickup so BB300, BB400, BroadBass VI, BB800 - BB1200 if I was feeling fancy...

 

I had a BB434 a while back but it didn't feel right to me like the old ones did.

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1 minute ago, neepheid said:

I miss my old school BBs.  If I was to dabble again, it would have to be old school, passive reverse P, no bridge pickup so BB300, BB400, BroadBass VI, BB800 - BB1200 if I was feeling fancy...

 

I had a BB434 a while back but it didn't feel right to me like the old ones did.

I’ve a BB424x I may be selling I mean it doesn’t tick any of those boxes you’ve listed... Just saying 😀

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On 30/05/2022 at 15:28, yourfurryfiend said:

Nice, thanks for sharing! I was considering adding a pickguard to my burst 1024. I hadn't considered pickguard tape. I'm thinking of going traditional black/white/black! 

The pickguard tape works very well, it's more like an adhesive gel. Earlpilanz on EBay just made mine, so id imagine he kept the template dimensions. I had to borrow one, to send. Be aware my Friend sent me a genuine black pickguard from a 1024x and it didn't quite fit,so bear in mind if buying from Yamaha.

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We must be due a new or refreshed BB range sometime soon?

 

The current range was released in 2017, apart from the Hooky nothing new since. 

 

Anyone heard anything?

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On 04/06/2022 at 11:29, EJWW said:

We must be due a new or refreshed BB range sometime soon?

 

The current range was released in 2017, apart from the Hooky nothing new since. 

 

Anyone heard anything?

 

I hope so. 

I've just decided I 'need' a dark coffee burst 734a and if a new range come out, hopefully the current prices will drop. 

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I can't wait that long! 

 

Once I get these feelings, I've usually got about a week before I cave in. 😁

 

Edit - If anyone's toying with the idea of selling their coffee burst 734a, in the words of George Michael, I'm your man! 😉

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  • 2 weeks later...

just a wee update on my Yamaha Superbass 1200s

 

I took out the pickups that were installed in my first post and installed Yamaha P and bridge pickups that I ordered from a UK company that @AndyTravis recommended to me. Took over 8 weeks to land due to a backlog of orders, anyway they landed 2 weeks ago and I had to get my Luthier friend to make another Scratch-plate to accommodate  the new pickups.

 

The result was a massive improvement on the what I had installed, hope you like the new look and a proper Yamaha sound..

 

Pic to follow

 

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Saw the Stereophonics live from Cardiff stadium on BBC2 last Saturday, and saw their bass player Richard Jones rocking a lovely black BBP34 the whole time. Looked awesome! 

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14 minutes ago, LeftyJ said:

Saw the Stereophonics live from Cardiff stadium on BBC2 last Saturday, and saw their bass player Richard Jones rocking a lovely black BBP34 the whole time. Looked awesome! 

I think they look really tasty but this has got me thinking... are there any well known players that regularly use the P34/35?

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1 hour ago, LeftyJ said:

Saw the Stereophonics live from Cardiff stadium on BBC2 last Saturday, and saw their bass player Richard Jones rocking a lovely black BBP34 the whole time. Looked awesome! 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0018lg7/stereophonics-live-in-cardiff-well-keep-a-welcome

 

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A BBPH has just ended on ebay at £1400.

2 bids 1 bidder, so bid the starting price of £1400 and then put in a higher amount to make sure they didn't get outbid. Obviously happy to pay more than £1400. 

 

Anyone on here? 

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51 minutes ago, Maude said:

A BBPH has just ended on ebay at £1400.

2 bids 1 bidder, so bid the starting price of £1400 and then put in a higher amount to make sure they didn't get outbid. Obviously happy to pay more than £1400. 

 

Anyone on here? 

Not me.... really great basses.... I asked Hooky if there would be anymore.... he said yes and the he was working on it with Yamaha  ... unfortunately it won't be this year sadly....

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