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Gibson Basses / Re: Staircase porn and a gratuitous Lo-Z family photo
« on: June 20, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
Here's another picture of the inside edge of the pickup.  It's hard to tell from my crappy photo but the lower corner of the masking tape is actually imbedded in the top of the black epoxy so I'm assumming it's original to the pickup.  Any ideas what the 400/200 means?  I know nothing about these pickups, just makes for an interesting puzzle. If I ever take it out again I should really put a meter on it and see what it reads.

Yeah, please do - this is interesting! That tape/scribble looks the same as on a supposed protoytype les paul guitar pickup I have.
If there is a tap on the coil, maybe you have 200/400 ohms?

I find the stu-mac 'polarity pen' a great tool for quick checking - but even holding a nail or something over the pickup will tell you if you have one or two poles.

MMMMM...white pickup.... they look soooo good!

Unlikely setting for an EB-2.

Wow, they found the place where WASP shot their videos!

The Bass Zone / Re: One lucky guy
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:13:07 PM »
Go shoppig with them! Even though they buy what they want anyway, when she looks at an expensive jacket or something - tell her that she needs it and that she deserves it. You only have to do this once, she'll remember.

When I got together with my wife, I agreed to buy no more than one guitar each year. Every time I come home with something now, I say : ...but this is a bass! and she just goes ah, ok.. Love her :)

Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:45:40 PM »
At $13,745 they couldn't throw in free shipping.  ???

Deduct $13K for a through cleaning to get rid of any trace of Gene's DNA.

I asked a seller of a nice (but overpriced) grabber if the gene simmons signature would wash off. No responding ???

Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Thunderbirds
« on: June 10, 2017, 12:50:33 AM »
Is it just me or does the tone in that vid kinda suck?

There is some acoustic string sound there, guess the amp volume is turned way low. At least the sound I get on the laptop does no justice to this instrument - not that it means this instrument does not sound good.

The Bass Zone / Re: So maybe I'll take some lessons
« on: June 08, 2017, 09:53:21 PM »
No reason not to do it!

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Gibson case lining
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:05:22 PM »
If you were in Florida, I'd say skin a few flamingos. I bet their down would make a great case liner. Since you're in Norway, dyed Polar bear fur might be a better option and you'll have a heck of a story to tell your friends.  ;D

Good Idea!

Thanks, guys :)

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Gibson case lining
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:11:03 PM »
Hi, folks..

I'm finishing up my '58 Explorer bass project these days, and I ended up making a case for it too. I'm not too worried
about the case being historically accurate, but it will be covered with brown tolex of some sort and have pink lining.

..but where does a guy buy pink lining? We have two local stores that sell some kind of pink crushed velvet, but it seems too thin.
They both also had 'pink faux fur' but it was wery long haired.

So, do any of you guys know what product that will be similar to what Gibson uses? None of the US dealers I'm connected to have such products.  I think the closest I came was searching ebay for 'pink faux upholstery fur' or something, but I don't know what the product I'm looking for is called?

Guitars Etc. / Re: Gibson Custom guitars
« on: June 01, 2017, 09:52:03 PM »
I expect we'll get something like this.

Starting at $5,999. Order yours today. Gibson says it's "refreshingly defiant" so it must be worth the price.

Never seen these. Is it a joke? They screw up a finish, paint over it and have the nerve to claim money for both finishes??

Gibson Basses / Re: Tried a 2017 EB Bass today
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:06:02 PM »
A friend of mine turned down a good car deal once because a T-bird case would not fit in the trunk.

Funny thing, he never got around to buying a T-bird, and eventually ended up with an EB-0.

As for cars, my '85 Corolla is rarely seen driving around without the back seats laid down.  Just enough space
to take my Superbass/412 TV, 2 guitar combos and 2 short scale basses to rehearsal.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Cool Rics on eBay
« on: May 28, 2017, 12:48:39 AM »
No, it doesn't. That story is absurd. Unfortunately it's been spread around for years.

Indeed absurd, Gibson would have wanted any solidbody endorsee to bring a goldtop or a custom if they were to appear on TV.

But a few books point out that the TV name was to connect potential solidbody buyers with what they have heard on TV, remember that Les and Mary appeared on TV all the time with their Gibson guitars, and obviously Gibson wanted something that was possible to buy for anyone.

Gibson Basses / Re: EB minibucker info needed
« on: May 25, 2017, 10:36:55 PM »
Well they are little less than 4 pole guitar minihumbuckers.

I put an Allparts repro EB3 bridge humbucker in a EB0/EB3 conversion, and if I compare it to soundclips of other EB3 pickups (originals) they are not good at all. Very thin. The unfortunate sound of a minihumbucker in EB3's have been discussed before,
but I promise you that Allparts unit is the worst bass pickup ever! But maybe they sound decent in other basses/builds.

As Carlo suggested, I tried to rewind/ beef it up a bit. First With 42AWG (not room for enough wire to do much difference) and 43AWG (more output but not a pleasing sound still) .

Then I tried out winding a single coil SideWinder (like the original mud but smaller) and managed to get a somewhat louder and fuller sound but I still didn't like how it matched the original neck mud.

As I have posted before, I found the best match to be this : a sized down mini sidewinder  humbucker with dual mini alnico 5 magnets and 43AWG wire wound up to 27K. This design only came out of desperation, but I find it good sounding, powerful, not harsh but clear and loud. And it matches the output of the neck mud real good. I am currently working on a unit with ceramic magnets, as well as an improvement on the singlecoil mini sidewinder.

Ok, it's become an obsession - but I like the idea of tinkering With this issue.
But I still stress the fact that the sound I like might not be in the ballpark of classic EB3 sound.
Some People rave about the early Gibson mini's, other think they are too thin and just the same as modern mini's.
For reference; I never had personal experience with  a real Gibson mini bass humbucker.

EDIT: Oh, I just remembered that I recently did a rewind of the pickups on a Hofner bass (60's vinyl shortscale).
Owner never took it out because of weak output. Did a rewind (I have specs somewhere..) and they really blew me away.
They had four screwpoles and four small bar poles each, seen them on ebay. Pick up one and rewind, that's a good candidate if you are curious! I think they would fit.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Flying V Bass
« on: May 25, 2017, 10:09:13 PM »

Now that I think about it, it could still be the same bass with a different pickguard.

But the headstocks are not the same?

Other Bass Brands / Re: Flying V Bass
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:39:43 AM »
Gibson neck and hardware? Maybe just an EB3 glued to a guitar V body?

Other Bass Brands / Re: Flying V Bass
« on: May 23, 2017, 09:50:23 PM »
Dusty Hill had an interesting Flying V in the early ZZ Top days

...Complete with mudbucker, minihumbucker and the best bridge Gibson ever made!

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