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I like the balanced tension sets they do. I used to buy a 4 string set and a .125 separately. Not the cheapest way of doing it though. 

The reason Ive switched to the Pro steels is because I seem to kill strings quite quickly. 

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51 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

I like the balanced tension sets they do. I used to buy a 4 string set and a .125 separately. Not the cheapest way of doing it though. 

The reason Ive switched to the Pro steels is because I seem to kill strings quite quickly. 

The flip side with steels, being harder than nickel, is that you're going to get greater fret and fret board wear, so it's a bit of a trade off. 

Having said that, the bespoke KS steels on my KS do sound fantastic! 

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Hokay, sooooo after a dalliance with a 1024X, which proved to be too heavy and too big in the neck department, I've got hold of a 414VW, and for what I need, it's much, much better: lighter, slimmer neck, and a P-pup as good as anything I've heard. The J-pup is nice, too, but this being me it'll never get used... 🙂

I might change the tuners for some Hipshot Ultralights, and if a bridge comes up the BBOT is getting replaced, but other than that I'm a happy chap. Oh, and possibly a brass nut...but it doesn't really need it; that's just me GASing for tweaks... 🙂

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Something like this, right?! Luverly! And has the MHS (see earlier post on previous page for list of 3 letter abbreviations!) common to the 414 series.

Can't really go wrong with vintage white IMO, other than thinking that VW is much more associated with a cheating diesel German car maker...😂

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Yup, just like that, tho with a lighter, much browner board. I've some wood dye I was thinking of darkening it with, but it may do as it is. The VW was the main deal, as it's gonna be a one-gig bass, for a 30-year reunion of an originals band I was (and now am again) in. I had a VW 3000A back then, and this is close enough.

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The Boardwalk, Manchester, 1989...I had a better back, back then... 😀

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Talking of MHS (or MH?), its a shame Yamaha didn't match the headstock on the P34/35 to the body, at least on the dark blue version. A bit of cost cutting i imagine. Shame as its not a cheap bass.

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6 minutes ago, Muzz said:

The Boardwalk, Manchester, 1989...I had a better back, back then... 😀

And a better toupee as well by the looks of it 😆

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6 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

Talking of MHS (or MH?), its a shame Yamaha didn't match the headstock on the P34/35 to the body, at least on the dark blue version. A bit of cost cutting i imagine. Shame as its not a cheap bass.

I actually prefer the natural wood HS on P35 to a midnight blue one, so I guess it's squarely aimed at the more middle-aged-spread (MAS) gent like myself 😂

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11 minutes ago, Muzz said:

Yup, just like that, tho with a lighter, much browner board. I've some wood dye I was thinking of darkening it with, but it may do as it is.

Aha - sounds like the one posted by @sykilz a little while back? No need for wood dye IMO, looks great as it is! 

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9 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

I actually prefer the natural wood HS on P35 to a midnight blue one, so I guess it's squarely aimed at the more middle-aged-spread (MAS) gent like myself 😂

It doesn't bother me that its black, i think it looks close enough, and as its a RW fretboard i dont mind a coloured headstock, but i can see that the same neck is used on different finishes, and the 734/735.

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13 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

It doesn't bother me that its black, i think it looks close enough, and as its a RW fretboard i dont mind a coloured headstock, but i can see that the same neck is used on different finishes, and the 734/735.

Ah yes - I see what you mean. It's natural wood on the side and rear of the P34/5 headstock (which is obviously what I see when I'm playing it) but black rather than midnight blue on the front of the headstock. Must admit I hadn't noticed - so good spot by you! And I agree the HS paint colour should really match the body colour, particularly on their flagship passive BB.

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1 minute ago, Al Krow said:

 the HS paint colour should really match the body colour, particularly on their flagship passive BB.

Perhaps for solid colours - but no bass should ever have a sunburst headstock... (IMHO)

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19 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

It doesn't bother me that its black, i think it looks close enough, and as its a RW fretboard i dont mind a coloured headstock, but i can see that the same neck is used on different finishes, and the 734/735.

 

3 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Ah yes - I see what you mean. It's natural wood on the side and rear of the P34/5 headstock (which is obviously what I see when I'm playing it) but black rather than midnight blue on the front of the headstock. Must admit I hadn't noticed - so good spot by you! And I agree the HS paint colour should really match the body colour, particularly on their flagship passive BB.

This is curious. The headstock on my 735 is black all over. Front, back and sides. It’s definitely the same on both the matte black 734/5s which it obviously matches, and the sunburst ones. But since neither of the P34/5 colours is black, it seems odd that the front of the headstocks would be black? I’d never actually noticed it before but it looks great on the sunburst P34/5 IMO as it seems to be an extension of the black edges of the burst. See below

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But on the Midnight Blue version it just seems like a poor match - though again I have to say I hadn’t noticed it before. I think the Midnight Blue version would look much better with a natural finished headstock.

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12 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Ah yes - I see what you mean. It's natural wood on the side and rear of the P34/5 headstock (which is obviously what I see when I'm playing it) but black rather than midnight blue on the front of the headstock. Must admit I hadn't noticed - so good spot by you! And I agree the HS paint colour should really match the body colour, particularly on their flagship passive BB.

I went off to try and find a natural HS P35, wasn't sure if it was a special run lol. Now we are both on the same page.

9 minutes ago, jrixn1 said:

Perhaps for solid colours - but no bass should ever have a sunburst headstock... (IMHO)

Totally agree, although i do like the look of the Stingray headstock.

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5 minutes ago, CameronJ said:

 

This is curious. The headstock on my 735 is black all over. Front, back and sides. It’s definitely the same on both the matte black 734/5s which it obviously matches, and the sunburst ones. But since neither of the P34/5 colours is black, it seems odd that the front of the headstocks would be black? I’d never actually noticed it before but it looks great on the sunburst P34/5 IMO as it seems to be an extension of the black edges of the burst. See below

But on the Midnight Blue version it just seems like a poor match - though again I have to say I hadn’t noticed it before. I think the Midnight Blue version would look much better with a natural finished headstock.

 

Ah, i wasn't aware of the black all over on the 734/735. im glad the P34/35 aren't though. i think that would bug me.

Agree the black matches the sunburst perfectly though.

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1 minute ago, dave_bass5 said:

I went off to try and find a natural HS P35, wasn't sure if it was a special run lol. Now we are both on the same page.

Totally agree, although i do like the look of the Stingray headstock.

Haha - this is going to annoy me now that I've you've noticed it and pointed it out to the rest of us. I suspect the easiest option would be to simply strip the paint back to the natural wood on the headstock, although it shouldn't be a biggie to get it resprayed in midnight blue either.

But once I've started meddling I know I'm just going to end up going the whole hog...😁

 

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2 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

Ah, i wasn't aware of the black all over on the 734/735. im glad the P34/35 aren't though. i think that would bug me.

Agree the black matches the sunburst perfectly though.

Indeed. And it’s a matte finish on the 734/5 whereas the black front face of the P34/5 headstock is glossy, which actually matches the gloss finish of the sunburst P34/5 basses better than the matte equivalent on the sunburst 734/5

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Just now, CameronJ said:

Indeed. And it’s a matte finish on the 734/5 whereas the black front face of the P34/5 headstock is glossy, which actually matches the gloss finish of the sunburst P34/5 basses better than the matte equivalent on the sunburst 734/5

I really love the matt finish on the 734/5. One of the nicest black finishes ive seen. One of the things that attracted me to my old TRBX505 was the matt finish.

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6 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Haha - this is going to annoy me now that I've you've noticed it and pointed it out to the rest of us. I suspect the easiest option would be to simply strip the paint back to the natural wood on the headstock, although it shouldn't be a biggie to get it resprayed in midnight blue either.

But once I've started meddling I know I'm just going to end up going the whole hog...😁

 

Yamaha BB425 - that finish!.jpg

That bass woudl be great during the boring songs, something to colour in lol.

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Just now, dave_bass5 said:

That bass woudl be great during the boring songs, something to colour in lol.

We don't do boring songs.

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4 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

I really love the matt finish on the 734/5. One of the nicest black finishes ive seen. One of the things that attracted me to my old TRBX505 was the matt finish.

Yeah I have to agree. It is utterly glorious in every way. 

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8 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

We don't do boring songs.

Ok, during the guitar solos then 🙂

 

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A quick gig update from yesterday. I played at the Hampstead summer festival in north London. Outdoors on a wooden stage.

i was helping out my guitarist other band, and this was the first time out with my P34. It performed like a dream. I got a few comments about the bass from a couple of other bass platers.

Backline was an Ashdown ABM EVOII combo, might have been a 410, im not sure now. Never been a fan of Ashdown, even though i have had 3 amps from them, but this sounded really full and punchy no matter who was playing through it. There was  PA support, but it sounded great in the crowd.

The bass felt so easy to play. Tone wise i love how tight every note sounds, none of the muddy stuff interfering with them like my Fender has. Ok, it lacks a bit of girth (gigaddy), but more than makes up for in punch, which is what ive been looking for over the years.

Im really starting to appreciate how rigid the bass and neck feel. i don't know how to describe it, and im sure most of you know what i mean, but it just feels like there are no limitations to it, in the right hands of course. Every note will sound just as it should, and with almost the same authority.

I also love the body size. it feels like it was made for me. it make me feel its like a compact powerhouse. Ive even stopped using my BDDI now, as i feel the bass has most of what i need without an always on Pre amp. I plan on using just my Mojomojo for dirt, at least for now, but ive given up on using an always on effect.

I really enjoyed the gig, but oh my, the singers.......... I m happy to share this as its not my band. Really nice guys/girls, but need a lot more practice.

EDIT: Actually i should point out the female singer went on after this band and fronted a jazz band, and she sounded fine.

 

 

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