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First of all, Cimar J's are great basses, far better than what their market price would lead you to assume.

Ironic that Cimar instruments are a bit neglected as they are Ibanez! You can pay X for an old Ibanez Blazer or Y for the Cimar version. All because of a headstock decal...

I guess a lot of gear has that sort of 'mania' period. I just Googled "Dark Star pickup" and saw a lot of basses with those pickups fitted.

Thinking ahead, how noisy is one of these pickups? Will a dummy coil be a sound addition, or will it kill the delicate tone of the pickup?


The Guild reissue pickup is certainly truer to the original than the Dark Star.

Impossible! I thought those things were the pinnacle of passive bass guitar pickups, leaving a trail of knackered up basses with weird square routes in their wake? Honestly I remember a time on Talkbass where any bass that sat still long enough got the Dark Star treatment... glad to hear that you consider my £90 BS-1 pickup to be closer to the original Bisonic than the Dark Star.

The Strat jack comment was a joke-ish. I saw a picture on my Instagram feed of a '60s ES-355 with a freshly compressed/angled output jack with splintered wood etc. It have me the fear! Plus the Strat jack route gives you another angle to get to the pots from. Plus the Bisonic is a big chrome hunk, so why not have one more?

I might be able to provide one in February or March.  :mrgreen:

I've just bought the pickup, and it isn't here yet. It is a Guild BS-1, rather than a Dark Star or Curtis Novak number. I played an M-85 reissue last month that sounded pretty tasty, and since I'm refinishing my JC I might as well go whole hog. And in theory it gets me closer to that Crown of Creation tone...

While I'm routing the top of the bass for this pickup I might as well fit a Stratocaster jack, eh?

My Casady project has taken an interesting turn...

The Bass Zone / Re: String Voodoo
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:34:36 PM »
Restringing the B might have unintentionally set the witness point correctly over the nut, as this point would be slightly weaker on the string from the first stringing?

Guitars Etc. / Re: Odd Gibson
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:35:46 PM »
Those guitars had a bit of a 'spare parts' vibe to them. The weird black Vibrola didn't help. Imagine they had metal in the '50s...

That Ebay example looks pretty rough. The headstock is a lesson on orange peel that any amateur refinisher could learn from.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: RIP Malcolm Young
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:45:48 PM »
Better to be out of all that fog in his mind... rip... :sad:

Bittersweet but ultimately true. I hope we can come up with cures for this stuff in the near future.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Attention Neil Young fans &model train collectors
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:43:08 PM »
Interesting stuff in there. Looks like he was a magpie for Marshall amps, which I didn't see coming! Some interesting stuff in there, and a lot of geegaws and general tat.

The '70s P bass was interesting, as it had a Dimarzio Model P fitted and the pickup halves swapped around. Instead of fitting a new pickguard the tech/luthier/Neil cut the route in the pickguard to make it work, and then inlaid plastic to make it all fit together.

Alright it was mildly interesting.

I'm just a bit worried. Why is Neil selling all this stuff off?

Other Bass Brands / Re: Old Gretsch
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:22:19 PM »
Bernard Paganotti plays a bass like that, which I think he's owned since the '60s. There must be something to them, as he also played custom Jacobacci basses, and presumably could get basses built to any spec he wanted.

Do these basses have end pins? Gretsch made a bass like that and I've seen it called a 'cello' bass in literature.

The Bass Zone / Re: 2014 Jack Bruce Interviews
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:04:16 AM »
That video where Ginger is basically a puddle of angry old man in a recliner is pretty funny.

Going to put it out there, but I'm not the biggest fan of Ginger's drumming.

Hunter Green you say?

The downside is that auto body guys have no idea how to prep wood.  No grain filler, no pre-sanding with grit down to 2000, and probably not a clean enough painting environment.  Hope it turns out OK. If you're re-painting over existing finish, that gets rid of some potential problems.

I'm going to do a bunch of prep myself, including a fair bit of filler work (there is wood missing on the back, and dents in the front). I was advised not to prime it myself as they would be removing the stuff I applied before applying their own.

I'm cautiously optimistic, but I know it won't be the same as getting a dedicated instrument refinisher to have at it. As long as it looks better than whatever I could do for ~£120 then I will be happy.

I spoke a bit with the guy who would do the work. It sounds like a familiar workflow: filler/primer, colour coat then 2K clear lacquer. I think he mentioned 'flattening', but he definitely mentioned buffing the finish if necessary.

The work may well cost more than £120; I have to take the bass along for the guy to evaluate. He has done non-car stuff before, including furniture and record decks.

Nobody got a black JC pickup?  :o

I'm looking at a vinyl dye product to turn my cream Casady pickup black. Apparently it gets down into the plastic, rather than sit on the surface. It might be nonsense....

The Outpost Cafe / Re: I had my Dilbert moment today ...
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:59:40 AM »
My work have issued laptops in the last few years. The problem is that the docking stations they require don't seem very robust. The laptops themselves are also pretty pitifully spec'd. For my work I need a powerful processor, so I get to keep my 'tower' for a while longer.

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