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Basses that have been well used and loved, growing old gracefully ...

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The feel of a nice fat Precision neck, ideally an early ish onenwith a flattish fretboard radius.  It feels good in the hand, like it means business.

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When I first got a chance to try a Stingray in 1985 in Sound Control in Glasgow, , it immediately said “yes” to me - sound, neck, build, looks everything.  Couldn’t afford one at the time as I was a poor student from a single parent family.    

However now fortunate enough to have owned a few in my time, with an ‘88 2EQ and my current Classic being favourites,   Still get *that* feeling every time I pick it up and my 13yo son loves it too.  Chuffed that he can get the chance to play what, for me, was an unaffordable dream for years.

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A Jerry Jones Longhorn (a now discontinued, sort of high quality, high end, version of the Danelectro one, from a now retired luthier/company), just with a solid body mahogany body (the Longhorn is semi hollow), a Musicman pickup (the Nordstrand Big Blademan) in the P pickup position, an ebony fretboard, and a 28,6" scale length, I would pretty much have my dream bass.

Here's how the regular real Jerry Jones Longhorn, that I once owened, but was stupid enough to part with looked, 24 frets, 16,6mm string spacing, 14,5" fretboard radius (not my bass on the picture though, just a random google one):

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Here are the specs: http://www.jerryjonesguitars.com/longhorn-bass4.html

 

Though I love this body shape as well: 

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And the B.C Rich headstock shape:

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Double P pickups... Fender Precision Elites from the 80s, Westone, BC Rich, Warwick buzzard basses... Double P looks awesome to me. 

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Can I be a party pooper and say that every bass is a sum of it's parts and although I have some that had elements that I wouldn't normally choose, together as an instrument they sounded amazing and vice versa - I'm sure if I took everything I like about basses I have had so far and put them into one bass it wouldn't be any good!

WIth that said:

Pickups near the back

Flat necks

Graphite

Caramelised old maple necks

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Naked Ash bodies, or translucent colours over ash, Maple boards, black hardware and growl.

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I like basses basses that evoke the 60s USA. My current favourites are:

Daphne blue JMJ mustang

Arctic White Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro

Flame Maple Guild Starfire II with biSonics

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The maple fret board with rolled edges on my SIRE M2 4 string bass, absolutely lovely to play, a total joy plus the active circuit is amazing, so many tonal options !! :D 

John 😎 

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I love the point of a gig where you realise you're not thinking about the instrument at all, it's just doing exactly what you want with no fuss. 
Normally less knobs helps me get to this point, both in the band and on the bass

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44 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

I love the point of a gig where you realise you're not thinking about the instrument at all, it's just doing exactly what you want with no fuss. 

What?? Does that happen in real life??

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Swapping to a different instrument, as long as it is reasonably well set up.

Also, my little Orange Crush 25 which always sounds great, while my big amps need more tweaking to get a great sound out of them.

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7 hours ago, ped said:

Can I be a party pooper

That's one thing you could never be. 

Especially with your pink organ giving us all so much pleasure. 

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1 minute ago, stewblack said:

That's one thing you could never be. 

Especially with your pink organ giving us all so much pleasure. 

It’s for my k-pop summer party band Chick Korea

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1 minute ago, ped said:

It’s for my k-pop summer party band Chick Korea

Brilliant 

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3 hours ago, ped said:

It’s for my k-pop summer party band Chick Korea

Sounds like a 'korea - limiting decision'...

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On 07/09/2020 at 19:05, stewblack said:

What's the best bit about a bass? What fills you with joy when you look at or pick up a favourite instrument? 

Or even a less favoured four string friend that might have one feature that makes you smile. 

My Bruce Thomas Profile makes me so happy every single time I pick it up. It feels as though the God of bass looked down upon me one day and said: This man deserves a bass which fitteth him so well verily it is as if it groweth from his body and he shall not feel its weight nor shall he suffereth from the slightest dive of the neck. It shall always be in tune never need fiddling to achieve the right action and his hands shall glide up and down its neck without even friction, thus shall it be. Oh and Bruce Thomas himself who sitteth at my right hand as a noble Prince of bass shall haveth a hand in the design and making of the bass  And Stew looked at what the God of bass had created and he saw it was good. 

I’ve just pulled the trigger on a Bruce Thomas and they’ve set it up with BC flats for me. NBD Monday - can’t wait after all the great reviews. I’ve seen some videos and it sounds and looks great

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22 minutes ago, Duroc17 said:

I’ve just pulled the trigger on a Bruce Thomas and they’ve set it up with BC flats for me. NBD Monday - can’t wait after all the great reviews. I’ve seen some videos and it sounds and looks great

Welcome to the gang! I hope you love it as much as I do. 

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 Cheers sir. I’m hoping so. Never tried Elites flats but hoping it suits it as grounds aren’t right for me. If not will restring - but looks killer. Bruce Thomas is one of my fave bassists 

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A great sound will make me love any bass, amp or cab. I’ve been playing my P bass almost exclusively in lockdown. Fallen in love with that P bass “something”, all over again.

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Changing to a different one of my basses.

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