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Hadn't seen that clip - thanks. Colors of chloe is my favourite burton track. The album version is worth checking out for Eberhart's contribution - as well as Goodrick's amazing solo.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: CME limited run - Cieloglo
« on: August 01, 2017, 10:07:15 PM »

Apple probably would have to license it though.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Skol
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:48:22 PM »

Considering how hot the Bonamassa Sig Firebird I reissue is (mostly sold out in Canada; limited Edition), I had to check out the one they had when I spotted it.  I was underwhelmed; plays great but not as resonant and sustainy as the bolt on Duosonics I played.  Coulda been a bad one, but def a play before buy sort of thing. Love the banjo tuners tho (the Steinberger tuners that recent Gibson FBrids have had can blow goats).

I played one of those in a ¤sound shop locally last week, awesome guitar. I think it's the best 'new' gibson guitar I have played since I fell in love with a orange sparkle finish explorer in the same shop early 2000's. The epi bird was quite light, balanced and was impressively good set up - played like a dream. And I was somewhat impressed by the acoustic sound too, very rich. Don't need another guitar, but it's nice to see that they can make them this good, right from the factory.

London City[/url] 4x12 in super cool green tolex that had just been sold but not picked up yet (made in Holland; loaded with vintage Celestions and larger than a typical 4x12 so probably better for bass).
I just sold a London City 130 head (superlead clone) in that same green colour; took me nearly two years even at a very good price. That brand was rated 'crap' in the 70's, even though the amps are very good SL clones. They sound like marshalls, only practical difference is the chassis, wich is aluminium on the LC amps. I think the bad rep. comes from the cabinet material, though - they are made from chipboard and really just fall apart. Before I restored mine, when lifting the head by the handle, the amp just wanted to go back to the floor, leaving me with a rather oval chassis. The speaker cabinets are extremely heavy, and many people think they sound too dead. Usually ithe old ones have lost their original speakers, and most of those heavy LC chipboard cabinets have been junked. But yeah, they look cool!

Some of those prices are actually not bad (when converting to C$), so some of you Northern Euro members may want to snag a deal if the conversion is in your favour and the shipping not too bad.
A friend of mine makes a sport out of buying things at a good price in Denmark and sell them with a small profit here in Norway. Seems like a lot of work for saving a few pennies, but I've noticed that at least vintage instruments is far better priced in Denmark. The few shops here in Norway. that actually sells used guitars have insane prices, basically just equals the highest ebay asking price for that instrument.

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:52:33 PM »

The new Blondie album Pollinator is kind of wearisome though.

I'm no big fan but I bought the 'comeback' album (No exit) when it came out. That is one of the worst albums I
have ever heard, it was 15 or so songs in 15 different genres.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:44:11 PM »
Sometimes when I watch musicians moving around on stage so much, i honestly wonder how they do it without bumping into each other.

I think that's what we call choreography :)

Gibson Basses / Re: What Is This One?
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:09:36 PM »
Yup, check this from around the same time period.  Starting at 7:20 they talk about the bass and she jams on it a little unaccompanied:

They talked about her being bi-sexual, but how out of place was that fender strap?? It should be illegal and probably is!
You just cant have both at the same time when it comes down to Gibson/Fender...

The Outpost Cafe / Re: German vs. Italian technology
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:12:07 PM »
I was surprised when they told me that they had found Spain a little unfriendly.  It just isn't the kind of thing you'd expect to hear from them.  I wouldn't want to let that stop me from going to Spain some day, though.

Spain is actually the only country I have had such a bad experience with that I will never go back there. I'm not a fan of sun and beachlife that is one thing, but I was overwhelmed by the general unfriendlyness. My wife and I + another couple decided in 2003 to go to Spain for 3 weeks, rent a car and see the whole country. We started in Alicante and drove the east coast up, visiting many citys but avoiding the tourist places. Maybe that was the catch, we got that 'I hate tourists look' everywhere. I spoke decent Spanish at the time, but that seemed to piss them off too, if I asked them to repeat anything they responded by talking even faster. And the reckless driving, never seen so many accidents. We even ended up in one..
          That was the longest, worst vacation I ever had. As we approached Barcelona, we heard on the radio that there had been bombing there. So we went up to the pyrinees instead, stayed in a mountaintown called Xandadu (I remember I read it like Xanadu). It was like another country! Just so nice, friedly people, great food. I wished we had just stayed up north, It was the same thing all over again when we travelled back to the south (through Madrid). Except for that stay in the north, Granada was the only town where we felt welcome. Well, with heat like that I'd be grumpy too!

Since that vacation, we stick to Belgium and Holland, great places.. Been to England too (and travelled through a couple of German cities)  and only ever met nice people.

The Bass Zone / Re: best place to sell?
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:24:54 PM »

I've only bought on Reverb, not sold. The plus side to Reverb is that its owned by the same people who own Chicago Music Exchange. They know their stuff, and from what I've read, they will get actively involved if there's a dispute about condition, etc., unlike eBay, which has a reputation of almost always siding with the buyer. In either case, you still have to face the possibility of a shady buyer disputing through PayPal.

I put up my first item for sale on ebay last week, and prepare for this.

Ebay is great if you buy. But I have noticed sellers responding with anger if there is a problem with an item, perhaps because some buyers take advantage of the ebay protection. I'd say 99% of my ebay buying have ended well, but I don't expect that to happen when I start selling stuff.

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson EB-0 serial number help needed
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:57:01 PM »
I have a vintage Gibson BO bass. the junior body style
 I am trying to determine the exact year. The serial # is 105689

 Can anyone help me?

Given that they only made them from '59 to '61, pot dating might help here. If they are dated 1961 it's simple, but of course if they are 59 it could be either. Also, they switched to regular tubers (early had banjo tuners) at a specific point. Think it was mid 1960 but I can look that up. Do you have original hardware/electronics?

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:51:23 PM »
I love my Gretsch 6070. It has a huge neck but if that's OK with you, the reward is a full and authoritive tone with the ability to cut through too. They are not too common, but not in demand either so you can stumble upon a vintage one for a good price. When I got mine a couple of years back, I remember the few I saw were about $800-900. I saw a couple priced higher too, that did not sell. Worth checking out!


With world-class-one-of-a-kind products such as this, what's all your moaning about that alleged trade deficit?!

We can only hope Gene Simmons doesn't get a whiff at this. Isn't he the original turd, this product being just another copy? Patents office look out :)

Gibson Basses / Re: Epiphone Delight
« on: July 09, 2017, 10:26:32 PM »
Wish I was in the us... Couple of months ago, I decided to try a set of DTB, since you guys here speak so warmly of them.
I asked for LaBellas in the local guitar shop, they said they did not stock them. They had some guitar LaBellas, and actually said 'have you looked for them online'? After my reply (well, it's not the first time I've had to remind them that they should think twice before pointing a customer in that direction) they picked up the phone and found out that the distributor actually had two sets of DTB short scale flats in stock. After a week, I stopped by the shop to see if they had arrived, but the shop called the distributor who answered : funny, we seem to remember sending them but still have two in stock... and they needed to investigate what have happened... Ok, by this time I could certainly have them if I bought them online.

End of story: Another week and they arrive. Strung them up, and .. hey wait, this set have three short scale strings and one long scale. Sent a mail to the distributor, still got no reply. This was in May. And that set was almost as expensive as the TI flats, wich is the set I usually use. Guess it's juststrings or something next time :-\

It wasn't even played for the last two years or so (I had left that particular band, the amp was still mothballed in their rehearsal space), still all I get now is distortion at very low volume and the master volume obviously not working at all (full gain and full master = you can barely hear the signal and it is all distorted, brittle and keeps cutting out).

When people ask what they can do to prevent tube amps from breaking down, I say play them :)

Although probably not the case here, many a situation of 'it played great when I put it away 20 years ago, tried it yesterday and it blew up!' could be prevented if the amp was played a couple of times a year. Electrolytic capacitors can crystallize in a year, old or not. Presented with very high voltage in that shape they can fail. A good amp on the road usually gets tubes replaced now and then, and a tech looks throug it from time to time. So you get the 'forever lasting amp' stories - if a touring band takes a break a couple of years, the amp is checked before they power it up. It's kept clean, rebiased and those caps are checked/reformed - but not necessarily retubed.

As Dave said, you could send it up here (guess shipping these amps is expensive) and I look through it. You can get a special price if i can deliver personally and soil your EB-6 at the same time (the semiacoustic), still never got the chance to play one!

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Photobucket Alert
« on: July 06, 2017, 09:54:47 PM »

Looks like BBCode is the ticket.

I don't know, look at the two instruments you posted - they look as if they have gotten quite edgy and weird :)

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: A mere 50 years of misunderstanding
« on: July 04, 2017, 10:20:05 PM »
Thank Aspen Pittman's marketing of Groove Tubes in its early days for the ideas the kids have about tube life.  Between his and Mesa Boogie's asinine suggestion that tubes barely last six months (convenient when you sell them, no?) the modern myth about tube life exists. In the early days of Chinese and Russian imported audio tubes when dealers were selling REJECT tubes from said countries, caution was more in order, but making tubes is not rocket science and nowadays modern tubes equal the sound and robustness of nearly anything from the past. The most dangerous thing for tubes outside of vibration and physical shock is very rapid cooling of the envelopes, which will shatter them, but you really have to try to do that.

..I'm with you PBG, but let's add mains voltage to the list. I don't know how it is in the US, but here in Norway (and many other european countries) mains voltage have increased with about 20VAC since the late 70's. Some tube equipment rated for 220V just don't work well if you feed it 240V. Add tolerance and you can have an amp that actually 'wants' 210V but 'gets' 250V!

If you have no mins selector that lets you switch it to 230V or 240V you'll wear tubes fast. I've had musicman amps with 825-850VDC on the plates because of this, with the owner going 'it must be these crappy modern tubes I installed when the originals wore out'. Well, no tube could take such strain over time. And high anode voltage is only half the story, you also get too much heater voltage - and that shortens the tube life drastically.

And, on top of this.. Many eastern countries (those who supply most amp factories with transformers) still have 220V mains voltage in their countries. Very few of them make 'special' export transformers. They just label them 230/240V. Whenever an amp with eastern transformers come to my shop, first thing I do is measure heater voltage. In most cases (I've documented this for over 10 years now) I get 6,3V when the variac is set between 210V and 220V. I've seen as low as 6,3@200V.

So yes, as PBG said - modern tubes can equal old in quality. But modern people don't care about giving the tubes correct operating conditions.

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