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Gibson Basses / Re: Dire financial situation at Gibson?
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:04:03 AM »
Dallas Seger, a smallscale luthier I follow on Instagram, posted the threatogram he received from Gibson over his 'YG' guitar design:

The YG is a bit like an SG for sure, but the horns are shorter like a Guild S-100, and he adds a German carve to a number of his creations. It seems odd that Gibson chase down small luthiers who produce Gibson-like instruments when there are companies like Tokai who produce much closer replicas. They presumably know that the small luthiers can't afford big lawyers.

Gibson Basses / Re: Epiphone or Steinberg
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:05:17 PM »
Looks like vapourware for the moment. The site suggests that these new Spirit models are coming in a range of finishes, but I can only find photos of black and white ones. Just like the old ones in fact. The quilt top one looks fairly nice, but then again it seems to only come as a 5-string variant. Ok I lied, because one instrument on the website has a black/white harlequin finish, like Michael Schenker had on his Flying Vs. I think this is the 'ying yang' finish they refer to on the page, but it looks like a Photoshop creation.

Gibson have presumably got the permission of Ned Steinberger to use his likeness. Or do they own his likeness, hence all the NS-branded instruments out there? Scary stuff. The Spirit stuff was, from memory, the cheaper wooden instruments?

I must admit I have a soft spot for Steinberger Spirit instruments after I saw Gong perform a few years back. Both Daevid Allen (RIP) and Steve Hillage used a contrasting black and white Spirit guitar each. Daevid's was white, and he was running it through a Vox AC-30. Quite interesting to see Steve Hillage use a minimalist guitar, through some sort of rack processor set up next to him onstage, and then out into amps. Photos of Steve in the '70s show him to be a wacky-backy hippy guy with either a Les Paul or Strat in his arsenal, and probably a gnome hat perched on his head. By contrast this guy in a black t-shirt shuffles onstage and straps on a black Steinberger guitar. Both players used that 'glissandi' guitar effect at various points during the night, and it sounded great, but Steve has toned down his image a lot!

The Bass Zone / Re: No Treble on Facebook
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:45:07 PM »
And there is this John Falstom guy, who only posts about... John Falstom (third person singular).  :o

People that refer to themselves in the third person singular usually have a bit of egomania on the go. I looked this guy up, and I saw four minutes of him playing a Uriah Heep song and them him talking about the bass he played it on. Ok I guess, but he is hardly a master of technique and hardly a master of teaching either. Thumb over the top of the neck is alright, if a bit oldschool, but I wouldn't be teaching that sort of stuff. His right hand technique is also pretty hard and imprecise as well. Ok I guess, but hardly exemplary playing. Beyond that he isn't really brilliantly up to speed on the tech of the basses he 'reviews'. Plus, the video is shot on a wee handycam or similar, so the audio is mono, unmixed and pretty raw.

There is a broadly similar guy on Talkbass that keeps uploading mobile phone videos of him playing basses in guitar shops. I don't get that either. I'm learning very little about how the bass performs.

The Bass Zone / Re: No Treble on Facebook
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:00:28 AM »
Alright, 24 hours in.... gosh that page is full of idiocy. Some lad had a buzzing problem at the nut on his Fenderoid bass. One useless piece of advice was "adjust your truss rod". I've not editted this down from a longer post, and the grammar is lifted intact from the post. Should one tighten or loosen the truss rod? How would it mitigate an E string buzzing in or around the saddle? Just go with "adjust rod" next time. Even greater economy with words, paired with an even more obscured meaning. Or maybe just go with "adjust".

Bassists have a reputation for being the thick, deeply dogmatic dudes in the band, propagating myths and dreadfully outdated ideas about equipment. This page is sorta proving this to be the case.

I think part of the problem is that these guys are terrible at posing proper questions. The same is true of Talkbass. People always ask totally loaded questions like "which Bart PJ set do I need?". Bartolini offer what, maybe 4 flavours of PJ pickups in total. The guy has already decided on which manufacturer he's hunting for, and just needs to fit a product to this decision. And then you get "Well Seymour Duncans sure made my P bass sound real purdy when I installed them in 1985". Aye? Thanks for that insight, Grandpa.

"Which Orange head should I use as a backup on my next gig?"

"Maple and rosewood sound the same?".

"Is my Genz head underpowering my cabs?"

The Bass Zone / Re: No Treble on Facebook
« on: February 01, 2018, 02:59:37 PM »
I just signed up! Seems like everything wrong with a discussion forum with all the convenience of Facebook.  :mrgreen:

Two minutes of scrolling and already way too much attention-seeking webcam videos.

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson's legal department strikes again
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:59:52 PM »
Yeah the view inside that Les Paul reminds me of the view inside my Jack Casady. Maybe it was an experiment, prototype or other one-off? It looks too intentional, and surely way too big an oversight to have missed it?

I've read of ES-355s built with the center block the wrong way round. As such the wiring holes for each pickup is on the wrong side, feeding nicely into the bass-side cavity.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Jim Rodford passes
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:40:04 PM »
Russ Ballard it is! He still has the Strat:

I have the first two, but I need to track down a copy of Benefit. I might track down the Steve Wilson remaster or Stand Up as well, as my copy is a bit murky and there isn't always a great deal of separation between the instruments.

The Bass Zone / Re: New bass tuners
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:02:42 PM »
A solution looking for a problem. I've never re-strung a bass and wished desperately that each tuner had a subtly different gear ratio... I use a peg winder anyway, and usually I'm way more interested in making sure that the string feeds onto the post correctly.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Here we go again
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:59:30 PM »
Rickenbacker basses are a daft candidate for 5-strings anyway. What next, 5 string Hofner Violin basses? If Rickenbacker redesigned the 4003 from the ground up for 5-string configuration then fair enough, but I wager they've simply tacked on another tuner, filed the nut with 5 slots and stuck 5 saddles on the bridge. Maybe jimmied 5 poles onto the pickups as well.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: CME Limited Edition WAL/CB basses on preorder
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:54:26 PM »
A nice nod to their heritage, but I'm not sure I would keep the gold guard on there.  ;D

I've said this before I'm sure, but I feel that the top horn is too thin. Rickenbacker have gone past '60s specs and really thinned that top horn down. This is especially apparent if you compare it to the elephant trunks they were putting on basses in the '80s.

I love seeing the footage of the band onstage, with Glenn playing an EB-3. It looks like the same gig as this:

An interesting period for the band, somewhere between being a blues/jazz/heavy group and slowly getting their prog trappings. It looks like Martin Barre is taking a long solo spot and Glenn and Ian are mocking his drawn out solo by bunking down on stage. Quite a lot of implied camaraderie and brotherly unity (as also shown in the footage) rather than the slick ultra-disciplined band (Ian's band) of a few years later .

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Jim Rodford passes
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:47:07 PM »
Last saw him with the Argent spin-off Phoenix years back... rip...
Vaguely remember a modular P/Strat he used...?

Yes! As a Strat/P it looked like this:

And as a P bass:

Rod Argent's Strat was also much modified, with the top horn shrunk down and a lot of holes added:

I'm not sure if this was done by the band themselves or whether an early luthier like Dick Knight or Sam Lee did the work. It doesn't look like John Birch's handiwork.

It looks like Jim also had a Mustang (going back to the '80s or so?) with PJ pickups fitted. He brought this out recently, as well as Status headless basses. The Mustang is here:

And previously:

Anyway, RIP Jim. Falling down the stairs seems an unfortunate and tragic way to go, and one which could potentially claim any of us at any time. Very unlucky.

You get a glimpse of the psychedelic Jazz bass in this footage:

The lighting doesn't bring out the colours especially well, and I actually think it looks quite bad! I like the lefty neck however.

It looks like the odd reverse V bass has Guild humbuckers fitted? It seems that he was rather fond of these pickups. He also had that sonic blue refin'd Guild Starfire that he had modified to a two pickup instrument. It had Bisonics (somebody on Talkbass has/had it). Clearly Glenn was semi fond of Guild basses even if this doesn't seem too apparent form the lineup here.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Suggestions for photo hosting site?
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:16:27 PM »
I use imgur, no issues yet! I upload photos to albums on there which I set to private. I then right click on each image and hit 'open in new tab'. I can then copy the URL in the browser into the image upload thingy here and on other forums.

For example, here is my photo of the storage yard at the air museum in Malta:

Name those cockpits!

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