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Maude

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Talman turned up today (a day after buying it). Looks like brand new even though it's 2nd hand. First impressions are excellent. I'm new to short scale but immediately felt very comfortable and fun to play. Sounds pretty huge too which is a nice surprise. It's quite weighty but certainly not a back breaker. Can't wait to crank it up at next rehearsal now.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Gave the Talman a run out at a full volume practice yesterday. Holy Moly! It pumps out the sound and has a very hot output. Super comfortable to play and sounds huge. This is going to see plenty of action when the gigs pick up again.

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2 hours ago, barrycreed said:

Is the J pickup on these standard size? Thinking about one of those oil city Ric J pickups in the J position could turn one of these into a monster!

I think so. Earlier in the thread someone said they'd put the Entwistle PBXN and JBXN in theirs, which are standard size, albeit very deep. 

 

The Entwistle neos are animals, and very competitively priced. If I choose to upgrade mine, I reckon this'll be the route I take. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, barrycreed said:

Is the J pickup on these standard size? Thinking about one of those oil city Ric J pickups in the J position could turn one of these into a monster!

 

52 minutes ago, Maude said:

I think so. Earlier in the thread someone said they'd put the Entwistle PBXN and JBXN in theirs, which are standard size, albeit very deep. 

 

The Entwistle neos are animals, and very competitively priced. If I choose to upgrade mine, I reckon this'll be the route I take. 

 

 

 

That was me :D

 

@barrycreed Yes, the jazz pickup is a standard jazz bridge pickup size. I've swapped out 2 or 3 different sets of pickups on my Talman before settling on the Enwistle neo's. Never had any problems with fitting anything into the existing routes either although as Maude says, if you go for a set of Entwistle neos yourself, the pole pieces protrude a few mm from the underside of the pickups but as the cavities in the Talman are pretty deep there was no need for any additional surgery to the bass, just drop the pickups in and then balance their heights using the screws, there was no need for any foam or springs with these particular pickups in my case. 

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4 hours ago, barrycreed said:

Is the J pickup on these standard size? Thinking about one of those oil city Ric J pickups in the J position could turn one of these into a monster!

I know you're likely thinking 4 string but just a heads up I needed some routing done to fit some Aguilars on the 5 string. Along with custom plate to make it a bit neater too.

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First proper gig with my Talman last night, and first gig for over 2 years for the band too. Really enjoyed playing it. Super comfortable and fun to play. Put it through my 'little' rig which is Genz Streamliner 600 into a GK 210 cab and a few pedals (Ampeg Scrambler and Valeton FET preamp). I couldn't hear what I was playing because of being swamped in vocal and guitar foldback, but by all accounts it sounded epic out front. Good to be ut and about again, and best of all my back was OK at the end. Happy days.

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