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8 hours ago, Grahambythesea said:

Ghastly. Looks like design for the sake of design without purpose. 

I think the opposite - weight saving is the purpose, so I think it’s purpose for the sake of purpose without design!

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Well whatever your opinion, Nathan East obviously thinks the design has purpose!

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I think it's kind of cool looking. Would I ever own one even if they did a budget version? Probably not, but I've seen far worse looking basses that usually fall under the 'boutique' bracket 

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8 hours ago, MDWagstaff said:

I think it's kind of cool looking. Would I ever own one even if they did a budget version? Probably not, but I've seen far worse looking basses that usually fall under the 'boutique' bracket 

If they made a budget one, I'd be tempted depending on how much and what features. 

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I sort of like it - looks like it’s based on an F11 D blaster - but that’s cool in my books.

just needs less a strings, less knobs version and it’s a winner

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I can see it being a great bass for all the slappers and tappers out there, somewhat like the kubicki basses that Stu Hamm used. Perhaps a 6 string would be too much and too many knobs for most people to appreciate but then as a signature model, I guess it would serve all his needs. 

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Always confuses me when people say 'too many knobs' - is it just aesthetics, because if you can't remember what 6 knobs do, how do you cope with driving a car, using a computer, or even an amplifier?!

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5 minutes ago, ped said:

Always confuses me when people say 'too many knobs' - is it just aesthetics, because if you can't remember what 6 knobs do, how do you cope with driving a car, using a computer, or even an amplifier?!

It's not remembering what they do, it's 'option anxiety', the nagging self-doubt that says I might need +3dB at 1.2kHz... or should it be 1.5kHz? That and an aversion to running critical stuff off batteries. Each to their own though, and whatever everyone else for you is fine for them.

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3 minutes ago, JapanAxe said:

It's not remembering what they do, it's 'option anxiety', the nagging self-doubt that says I might need +3dB at 1.2kHz... or should it be 1.5kHz? That and an aversion to running critical stuff off batteries. Each to their own though, and whatever everyone else for you is fine for them.

As long as the bass sounds great flat with it bypassed, I'd much rather have the options there to play with. I know what you mean, though. A bit like an electric car seat with 10 adjustments and lumbar support and thigh rest extension.. three years and I still adjust it ;)

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I just don’t like the look of that many knobs primarily, that and they would be wasted on me as i wouldn’t use them

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1 minute ago, bigsmokebass said:

If it sounds great flat, then let the amp do the talking? 🤔

Indeed - but then the pre on the bass will do things the amp can't do (like specific pickup EQ or coil taps) - and I guess he probably goes direct to desk a lot anyway

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That is appreciated although back to the 70's and 80's when that was largely a thing to plug straight into desks (no doubt what NE did a lot of) but today there's so much out there to use, from hardware like DI pedals with all the bells and whistles, to amps with different functions or software these days that can almost make your instrument sound like anything you'd like it to. 

Is too much eq on a bass needed? As a passive player, I'd personally say no, strip it out but the next person may say "keep it and add more" 😁

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20 minutes ago, ped said:

Indeed - but then the pre on the bass will do things the amp can't do (like specific pickup EQ or coil taps) - and I guess he probably goes direct to desk a lot anyway

+1^^

For playing live, there's definitely the convenience of having everything to hand (or foot) and not needing to traipse back and forth to the amp.

Doubly so when you have FOH effectively limiting the use of your amp to being a stage monitor. 

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13 minutes ago, Cuzzie said:

Depends if you take a post EQ DI out the amp

Yes fair comment.

(I was actually meaning amp and cab together being reduced to stage monitor).

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Yep I gets ya - if it’s post amp EQ DI then it also goes FOH so both sounds are matched unless the desk further tinkers

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On 12/02/2019 at 20:04, Dood said:

It's beautiful.

Oh and it's a six string headless.. which is, of course right up my street!

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There is one big difference. Your bass looks nice!

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Good news for everyone (be it monetarily or hating the aesthetic) is it probably won’t ever be produced... It can be added to my long list of basses from the Yamaha LA custom shop I wish I could own, along with Pattituci’s 2 semi-hollow basses... 😩😢

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1 hour ago, TJ Spicer said:

Good news for everyone (be it monetarily or hating the aesthetic) is it probably won’t ever be produced... It can be added to my long list of basses from the Yamaha LA custom shop I wish I could own, along with Pattituci’s 2 semi-hollow basses... 😩😢

They need to stop fann*y-ing around with esoteric £4k designs and make stuff that we would all buy e.g. how about offering their BB735A:

- in white and / or 

- as a neck through?

That would sell, believe me! 

Yamaha are you listening?! :) 

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Not gonna be prevented by some software programme from saying my piece! - lol! :)
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1 hour ago, Al Krow said:

They need to stop fann*y-ing around with esoteric £4k designs and make stuff that we would all buy e.g. how about offering their BB735A:

- in white and / or 

- as a neck through?

That would sell, believe me! 

Yamaha are you listening?! :) 

Those BBs in white would being gigged with me in an instant....

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18 minutes ago, TJ Spicer said:

Those BBs in white would being gigged with me in an instant....

You and me, both! 

There - two sales already! And 100s to follow, I suspect! 

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32 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

You and me, both! 

There - two sales already! And 100s to follow, I suspect! 

 All they need is some white paint for at least two sales... 🤔

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You certainly know a Yamaha player when you hear them talk about models going back to 1984 and refusing space age models 😂

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