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Rickenbacker Basses / Re: One-offs (?) on RIC's fb page
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:34:08 PM »
The wooden pickguard reminded me of the "dumpster bass", a bubinga-topped 4003 that RIC employees have made for John Hall from a bass body that had too many flaws to be sold. They did German shoulders and checkerboard binding and the outcome was beautiful.

Rickenbacker Basses / One-offs (?) on RIC's fb page
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:54:01 PM »
Rickenbacker Guitars (Official)'s facebook page profile pic now shows 4 basses, of which 3 are custom colors: British Racing Green w/checkerboard binding (the coolest imho), gold (not Desert Gold) 4003S, and Walnut (ATG?) with a rosewood pickguard and TRC and dark triangular inlays on a maple fretboard.

Fender Basses / Advice needed - 70s P neck on a new Aerodyne body?
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:53:41 AM »
For my fretless project - saw this Aerodyne body on eBay - does anyone know if the pocket will fit a vintage 70s P neck?

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Rics
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:20:30 AM »
And a Fender-ish bridge. It took RIC some time until they made the 4004 with those features, but it never became as popular as modded 4001's.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Höfner custom shop RELIC
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:20:33 AM »
This is an Antonio Stradivari "Hellier"1679 model replica that a friend of mine, an accomplished violin maker who studied and teaches in Italy, has made for his daughter.

BTW this is the guy that does all neck resets on my Höfners. He's the only one I trust with the job. And of course all the work on my old upright.

This is the real Hellier Strad -

Other Bass Brands / Re: Höfner custom shop RELIC
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:12:00 AM »
Good violin makers have been doing artificially aged finishes for ages. It's not considered or perceived as not honest.

If a bass feels better I'll play it better. And distressed finishes - real or artificial - feel better than shiny new under my hands.

And Swedes can't understand why anyone would want to play Hagstroms, they are considered kindling there.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Eastwood EB1
« on: November 25, 2017, 01:30:25 AM »
I feel your pain, guys.

I would agree that solid body Höfners were junk, they were poorly designed low-grade Fender-influenced guitars. But the hollow-bodies were different. Nobody else made basses with violin-family construction. Gibson's EB2 looked similar but had a center block and sounded very different (you know what I think about their sound. And they definitely don't rock). The Senator, President, Committee, 500/3, 500/5 basses didn't look rock'n'roll - but you can say the same about a burst Les Paul. So it's an image thing.

I'm bemused that you guys actually find this stuff attractive. In the 70ies and in Germany, they were the epitome of uncool, nobody wanted to be seen with them. A Cimar Jazz Bass copy had a better image. Höfner, Hoyer, Klira and Framus were regarded as pawnshop junk.  8)
First of all, Cimar J's are great basses, far better than what their market price would lead you to assume.

Now about the Höfners. I had image issues with the 500/1 - didn't want to look like a fan - and it's not a good bass imho. But the 60s large-body Höfners are different. They are the best hollow body basses I know. They have fantastic acoustic qualities. Really. If you had played one note on my 1960 500/3 you'd be smitten.

As for Hoyer, Klira and Framus, most of them were junk, in my experience. For years I wanted a red Hoyer London bass because it's so cute, until I actually played one and the GAS has evaporated.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Kissed Off!
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:42:17 AM »
One should not speak ill of the dead, unless they're Charles Manson, or worse, Jimmy Saville...
A couple of weeks ago I was live on TV referring to Michael Jackson as a pedophile, you should have seen my inbox in the following days, it seems the guy still has tons of fans that still would not accept that he was anything other than godlike.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Old Gretsch
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:46:19 AM »
It has an end button but when I bought the bass the spike was long gone.

Even Entwistle had a 6070 at one point.

This is the catalog pic. And an old pic (16 years ago) of myself with the 6070. I have always liked double-cut Gretsches because they look like George Harrison's guitar on the Ed Sullivan Show, I thought it was the best looking guitar I've ever seen. And then I learned there was a bass version so I had to have one.

Wow. That's boutique pricing.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Old Gretsch
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:14:33 AM »
Interesting.  The seller  does say it is a 6070 -  I forgot to mention that earlier.  The price did seem pretty good though (still out of reach for me - especially given what Ilian is saying about playability). That's probably mostly due to the neck heel binding cap missing.

Love the finish tho - is that wear on the neck or the original burst?
It's the burst. And the heel cap on mine also deteriorated.

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