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9 hours ago, TrevorR said:

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My number 1 ever since I bought it second hand in about 1991 or 1992! 1985 Mk 1 Custom Series Wal.

 

Wow, would love to try one of these. Saw someone selling a mk1 on FB, I'd have bought it if I had £9k burning a hole in my pocket 🤣

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13 hours ago, MrDinsdale said:

 

Wow, would love to try one of these. Saw someone selling a mk1 on FB, I'd have bought it if I had £9k burning a hole in my pocket 🤣

Yes, I worked out the way to get a nice Wal at a reasonable price… buy second hand but do it 30 years ago when they were rather unfashionable and un-sought after. ;) 

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I currently love this Schecter p-4. Might just be that it's the first time I've had a 4 string in the last 20 years or that it's my first p-bass but it makes me feel happy every time I pick it up.

 

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1 hour ago, TrevorR said:

Yes, I worked out the way to get a nice Wal at a reasonable price… buy second hand but do it 30 years ago when they were rather unfashionable and un-sought after. ;) 

yes ..a wal mk2 is another one of my basses that i haven't seen in years ...locked up in a room in south east asia ... its probably now a race between me and the termites....can termites chew their way through a wal case??? i hope not.

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On 02/04/2022 at 19:10, OliverBlackman said:

Number 1 for jazz/ fretless styles is an Overwater fretless

 

Number 1 for replicating a P bass with flats is my fender P bass with La Bella flats

 

Number 1 for replicating Jazz bass with steel sound is a Squier VMJ with MB steels
 

Covers most of my needs

I have exactly the same collection of basses (plus a Spector). Doubtless we’re both following some great, universal law. ;) 

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My number one might surprise a few people as it’s not my sonic blue jazz, or indeed my sumptuous SR1200. 

It’s a tatty, banged up old SR500 that looks like it had an accident with a wood chipper.
I bought it for £150 after the whole ‘nearly died of covid’ thing when I realised I needed a light bass. It has a dodgy 24th fret and a badly shimmed neck. And I love it. 
Its the bass I do most of my gigs with and even at home, I pick this one out the rack nine times out of ten. 

Go figure. 
 

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And in just over two months, I've changed my mind completely!

My current obsession is this Warwick Thumb. It was a present from my wife for my 40th birthday, so it's already a very special instrument, but it's just so tactile and responsive to play.

A deeply rewarding instrument.

 

Thanks @vincbt!

 

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35 minutes ago, Cosmo Valdemar said:

And in just over two months, I've changed my mind completely!

My current obsession is this Warwick Thumb. It was a present from my wife for my 40th birthday, so it's already a very special instrument, but it's just so tactile and responsive to play.

A deeply rewarding instrument.

 

Thanks @vincbt!

 

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Gorgeous. Just keep it string with fresh strings. Nothing sounds better with fresh strings and worse with dead strings than. Thumb. I've had a couple in the past and there is no doubt I'll have another. I wanted to go back to Spector first and then a Thumb, when the right one comes up. 

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18 minutes ago, Chris2112 said:

 

 

Gorgeous. Just keep it string with fresh strings. Nothing sounds better with fresh strings and worse with dead strings than. Thumb. I've had a couple in the past and there is no doubt I'll have another. I wanted to go back to Spector first and then a Thumb, when the right one comes up. 

It's wearing DR Hi Beams at the moment and they're just starting to go dull - 14 months later! 

Admittedly I haven't been gigging it or anything like that.

 

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23 hours ago, Cosmo Valdemar said:

And in just over two months, I've changed my mind completely!

My current obsession is this Warwick Thumb. It was a present from my wife for my 40th birthday, so it's already a very special instrument, but it's just so tactile and responsive to play.

A deeply rewarding instrument.

 

Thanks @vincbt!

 

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I love a Thumb bass, only bass I regret selling

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I'm a simple man! 

 

Fender Pro ii. 

 

I know they can get a bad rep when it comes to value for money, but it feels and sounds lovely to me. 

 

I just can't settle between rounds and flats... 

 

 

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On 03/04/2022 at 08:38, Paul S said:

My #1 is a Squier JV Precision.  I kissed a lot of frogs before finding this prince which is just the best P bass I have laid my mitts on.  The neck is gorgeous.  The maple has a little 3D figuring in it and has aged to that wonderful warm caramel.  It weighs just 8lbs and the stock pickups have a woody tone that is just the rude side of vintage.  It now sports a Schaller 3D bridge which I prefer.  I bought it from the original owner who was a drummer and barely used it so really low mileage, too.

 

Tart that I am, I am regularly unfaithful as new and different basses catch my eye but this is the one I would grab if the house caught fire.

 

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That's a cracker. My JV Precision is my #1. My Bass VI is a lot of fun, and I have a MIJ PB70 that I haven't used much, but it's the JV that passes the house fire test.

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2 hours ago, Jackopie1 said:

That is beatiful! Is that a G&L style j-pup? 


Think the Tony Franklin has a DiMarzio J pickup as this was his original preference?   I’ve got a reverse of this as my go-to fretless, a Tony Franklin neck on a 78 P body with EMG PJ set.   The neck is hands-down the best P neck I’ve played (think it’s B width or 40mm-ish at nut) and the ebony fingerboard with flats plays amazingly.

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1 hour ago, MattM said:


Think the Tony Franklin has a DiMarzio J pickup as this was his original preference?   I’ve got a reverse of this as my go-to fretless, a Tony Franklin neck on a 78 P body with EMG PJ set.   The neck is hands-down the best P neck I’ve played (think it’s B width or 40mm-ish at nut) and the ebony fingerboard with flats plays amazingly.

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Ah Ok, thanks. 

 

That is also a beautiful bass. 

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This is the bass I played the most during my 2nd phase of gigging (2004 to 2015). When the pressure was on this instrument got the call.

 

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Pics or it didn't happen.

 

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M. M.

 

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The number one 'in my heart'. Purchased mainly for use at home. Gigged just a few times.

 

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Singing lead over the top of fretless bass is a lot of hard work. And I ain't no Gordon Sumner.

 

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M. M.

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Well, after last night, the Epiphone Embassy has gone up a grade.

 

I put a reasonable bass boost and a slight lift on mid and treble on the TE Elf, that made all positions of the blend control usable. In neck position I could get a lovely powerful but rich tone, but also plenty of presence by moving my fingers towards the bridge. With the bridge pickup I could vary hand position to move between a serious cutting honk to a more mellow sound. It just seemed much more pronounced than the variations on my Jazz basses.

 

I was playing through the TE Elf (which gives a bit of built in compression) and the GR Bass AT212. Our guitaruists commented "That Trace sounded killer, very tight sound, no farting bass tones haha"

 

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An outstanding instrument for the price. I can't imagine anyone wanting to change the pickups.

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11 minutes ago, Stub Mandrel said:

Well, after last night, the Epiphone Embassy has gone up a grade.

 

I put a reasonable bass boost and a slight lift on mid and treble on the TE Elf, that made all positions of the blend control usable. In neck position I could get a lovely powerful but rich tone, but also plenty of presence by moving my fingers towards the bridge. With the bridge pickup I could vary hand position to move between a serious cutting honk to a more mellow sound. It just seemed much more pronounced than the variations on my Jazz basses.

 

I was playing through the TE Elf (which gives a bit of built in compression) and the GR Bass AT212. Our guitaruists commented "That Trace sounded killer, very tight sound, no farting bass tones haha"

 

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An outstanding instrument for the price. I can't imagine anyone wanting to change the pickups.

T'Bird in disguise.

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