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Gibson Basses / Re: The EB2 Triple Bypass (Choke Bypass Modification)
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:17:17 AM »
Thanks for refreshing the pics; I do hope to need this one day   ;) :-\ :-[

One question though.

Looks like Position 2 is open/nothing connected (I see you drew a connection between pole 1 input, or pin2, to pin 3, but since pin 3 isn't actually connected to anything, that's superfuous but indicates what the switch is doing).  Wouldn't a simple DPDT on-off-on 3 way work here?  (I have tones of those, but minis vs full size).  Since the LP Custom toggle is on-on-on, what you mean by bending 'pin 4 upward' is that you effectively defeat the connection of the second pole in middle position (which connects 2-3 and 4-5, as shown here ).

I get that these switches look cooler (though personally I hate the cream plastic tips, and nobody sees the guts when it's inside a guitar), but it'd be easier (and more reliable long term as regards performance - bending the leaves out of whack can slip back over time; also some tech being able to figure out what's going on in there without you explaining the mod to the switch itself) to use an on-off-on.  Mini's are nice and unobtrusive, but too small for the existing (baritone switch) hole I assume. They make full size ones, usually for use as main power switches (or battery handling switches in automotive applications - sometimes with screw terminals vs solder tabs); in either case solid metal lever (vs screw on plastic tip, so that's a plus for me personally) and sealed mechanism (vs exposed leaves) and they are cheaper ($5 or less vs 10 or more) except on Amazon or Home Depot who charge double/triple that for some reason, and easier to find (not specialoised guitar use only sort of thing). Sealed units are better these days (vs the mark of a cheap switch on an import guitar back in the day).

Gibson Basses / Re: Need pix of the brothers!
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:20:32 PM »

That is everything that's bad about Meatloaf.  It's a shame he had to drag down Cher with him. 

Gibson Basses / Re: LP Triumph pickguard for sale in Sweden.
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:02:17 PM »
Don't see it (maybe sold?), but do you mean control plate or pick guard (unlike the 6 string version, Triumphs had no pickguard... but that hasn't stopped intrepid ebay sellers from listing them for sale every now and then).

Gibson Basses / Re: It's in my back yard and it's killing me
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:00:57 AM »
So I see frauline has seduced tyou to the world of butt play.


(good flick)

Gibson Basses / Re: It's in my back yard and it's killing me
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:56:10 PM »
geez, get an ear horn and stop standing so close to your Hartke stack.  :-*

Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Thunderbirds
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:48:33 PM »
Oooh thats Gorgeous!  I have daydreamed about a white and gold  335 type guitar, but I find full size acoustics too cumbersome so I'd like a thin falcon :p 

Thanks, yeah, I actually burnt my forearm (2nd degree - blisters) on the binding from too fast strumming when I took it to the studio to plug it into a big stack fro the first time - came up with a Duffyish riff I wanted to hammer it into my brain so as to not forget. 

For my teens and 20s the Cult's musical evolution and mine mirrored each other. I was a 14 year old  punk when I first saw them, as the support act for my girlfriends crush Big Country. we then went our separate ways. through Siouxsie I discovered the Sisters and Bauhaus and was a full fleged goth when Love arrrived. Then at college  I rediscovered metal and was a denim wearing motorhead type when Electric arrived!  after that I drifted away I dutifully bought the records and went to the shows but was disillusioned with them for for Sonic Temple and  Ceremony, but  the  Black Sheep album came at a time when musically I was getting involved with dance music and electronica so that really worked for me.

Interesting trajectory; wouldn't have guessed half that from the pics I'd seen of you.  I didn't swing so far one way or the other but I did add goth to the punk/new wave and then threw in some rave culture at around that same time.  If I had a metal phase it was in grade school - it never really took with me; kinda like hip hop.  Both of those were what most of the kids around me were into, and though I liked some of it, I just wasn't that into it in a general sense - couldn't commit to the subculture.  Siouxsie is still a favorite (and an inspiration, both her for the singing as well as Severin for the bass playing) but I never did get into Bauhaus or Sisters of Mercy as much as I should have.  They weren't as accessible to me; didn't know where to start with them (they both had a lot of albums and some were actually not that great - the Sisters especially had some weird periods - I had a very limited record budget and didn't know where to start; didn't want a dud - this was before youtube so no other way to find out since I didn't know any other fans).  I went with Joy Division and stuck a toe into the industrial scene which is what goth morphed into over here (Skinny Puppy was Canadian and their first record is seminal - that one is still in regular rotation for me... though most kids were all about NIN and KMFDM; I tried to convince them Puppy and JD were Trent's influences with limited success).  On my most recent European holidy to visit the fatherland 2 months ago I actually was going to buy the Bela Lugosi's dead 12" cuz I never see that around over here but it was gone when I came back for it.  I did grab the Southern Death Cult Record though.

To bring it all back on topic  here is Craig with his thunderbird from that period

A great example of Duffy restraining himself; just a little feedback play for the entire first verse.  And yes, now that you mention it the bass tone on that record was great and typical TBird. The whole thing also felt more intimate - Ian's vocals were rawer and he displayed more range ( both in delivery as well as tonally; sings a lot lower for the first time) than his usual full-on wail (see Emperor's New Horse or Black Sun - speaking of, loved that out take of Bob Rock at the start of Emp; 5 takes ain't all that bad).

The band shot on that record's sleeve was the catalyst to get my nose pierced.  Been wanting to since I was 15, but had to wait til I was 18 to legally get it done. Then forgot about it for a few months after my birthday, got busy over the summer and then picked up that CD off the shelf to take for listening on the subway to class and as soon as that was done walked right up the strip from campus and got it done before heading home.  Weird little kink den place with some dominatrix piercer lady and this sub dude inna back who made the jewelry; a friend had her nipple pierced there so I knew they were clean, if a bit creepy (apparently the lady was into  her - I wasn't concerned for myself in that regard).

Anyway, that whole record is solid front to back.  ... I did forget about the drug references tho (and they're not positive ones); The Cult just never struck me as a drug band, but maybe that's what happened with Temple and Ceremony.  I mean, they did move to LA and all.

  This one doesnt show the t-bird, but on this non album release from the same period  you can definitely hear the power of adding Craig's bass musculature to the bands dynamics

That was the sign to me that the Cult might be bouncing back.  The sheep record sound isn't there yet, but the elements are there just not  glued together as well and polished up, but you could see where they were going.  It's possible that Craig deserves more credit than I have realised up til now (he did get some cowrites on the album  IIRC).  Compare The Witch to Star and it becomes plain. ... which has some good TBird shots so:

This record made me think about so many new things musically.  Like before it I didn't even consider radically different snare sounds for different songs on a given session; or weird lofi tunings (I had hated ringy snares from back in my drum line days; love them now when appropriate). Extreme panning.  Not erasing what at first seem to be mistakes or flubs (Ian's voice hits the limit in Star there a few times but it's wonderful); not having to have everything absolutely perfect all the time can humanise a song (something I think is really lacking in modern productions).

Gibson Basses / Re: Ibanez epiphone slothead?
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:45:45 AM »
the worst of both worlds

Gibson Basses / Re: Ibanez epiphone slothead?
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:11:22 AM »
I don't think it is an Epiphone. As far as I know Epiphone never made slothead EB basses like that.

Looks like the headstock was refinished black and the Epiphone decal was added.

I am with you.

The bridge pup and bridge itself are what were used on cheap knock off hos - I would like to think that Epiphone would have had a 3 point and minibucker with only 1 row of pole pieces, but we have seen lower end (ho-like) hardware and bolt on necks on some Epis from that period,m so there is a sliver of possibility that this is legit (but if so it was a prototype that didn't go to production, and I would be very skeptical).  Case in point: the EA-260.

Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Thunderbirds
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:04:28 AM »
I forgot Bob Rock produced Sonic Temple!   Damn.  Probably because it is not like most of the other Bob Rock records I immediately think of.  Very LA hair metal.  I know he did Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and David Lee Roth.... but I never listened to those records so they don't define his style for me.  This is the guy who did Nelly Furtado (not sure how big she got outside Canada, but it's the furthest thing from hair metal) and the Tragically Hip.  So I wouldn't say it's what he does best, so much as something he learned to do well due to the demand for it (during a certain period of time; I mean excess is easier than restraint, right?).  Even Metallica's black album (post hair metal period, if only just) isn't half as shazz-laden as Sonic Temple, and there's a band who are at least a little pre-disposed to that (at that point in their career at least).

Yes, Sonic Temple does have some good songs (Edie was a favorite to a younger me), but the never ending soloing over all of it drove me batty.  Sweet Soul Sister is a standout track (one of the few where Duffy let the riffage stand by itself for most of the song) but the Bon Jovi backupo vox are ridiculous and have not aged well.

I wish I had caught that tour; the stop here got cancelled for some reason.  I was not happy about that.

What tour was is it where Jamie switched to guitar and they got a diff bass player?  Logically I figure Temple would need that more, but maybe it was Electric.

Considering how The Cult became a revolving door for drummers and then entire rhythm sections, it never occurred to me that either of the guys on the goat record were proper known guys from other bands - I didn't recognise Craig from Sisters of Mercy.  At the time I didn't realise it was Sorum on Temple either (but that was before he got known with GnR, whom I wasn't really into anyway, so ..). 

Getting slightly closer to back on topic, I recently completed my second attempt at a White Falcon/Gibson Les Paul Jumbo hybrid guitar.  Surprisingly (the Gibson LoZ pup is nothing like the Gretsch pups) thru my Sunn Solaris and a 4x12 it gets close to Duffy tone (but nowhere close on any other amp I have tried so far):

Other Bass Brands / Re: Burny Thunderbird anyone?
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:45:19 AM »
Yeah, not a bad price at all - especially for (what appears to be) a proper neck thru. The text says bolt on though ("4 point detachable") - see no such thing in the pics, but maybe the seller reused a template from another auction and forgot to change that bit.  Makes you wonder what else is an error (e.g. 'maple neck" - the dings on the back show what look like maho poking through both the wing and centre sections - could be a set neck disguised to look like neck thru though).

If you're going to ape a unique Gibson finish, silverburst wouldn't be the one I'd pick, but it looks alright.  I'd be tempted if it was closer (shipping is half the price of the bass again).

Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Thunderbirds
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:42:41 AM »

LOL - the beer the dude throws his bandmate when he picks him up is a Coors Light.

Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Thunderbirds
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:45:58 AM »
The Cult were my first-love.  The picture when freezed is to blurry but the way he moves it's definitely Jamie with both the Bird and the slothead,

Yeah, after I posted that  I started thinking it was him.  I never realised that Sorum playing this Cult tour is how Slash found him.  He already looks old (there's hope for me yet ;p).

Anyway  Sonic Temple was obviously the next step in the change in direction from the melodic gothic rock of their beginnings to the riffage of Electric.  Edie in particular showcased their relenting to the excesses of the LA production tropes of the day, which was a mistake (because otherwise it's a good song).  The next record, Ceremony, was near unlistenable, as it took production indulgences to their very extreme (the best thing I can say about it is that Duffy's hair was better).  They had to retreat from LA (where they had moved to and recorded those last two records) to Canada so that Bob Rock could save the next record (self titled; with that black goat on the cover) which was an amazing return to Love era guitar work (but tasteful again) melded with modern rhythm section and even some industrial elements.  The lyrics got better too.  ... then I totally never even checked out any of the 2-3 records since then, I probably should, just to know, but Ians voice isn't quite what it was anymore (I am starting to sound like Uwe) - though that may be not so much aging vocal cords so much as style change post filling in for Morrison on that Doors tour (Ian was always evolving, which is good, because he was a little too unbridled in the very beginning), and I'm not sure Duffy's musical ego has come back to earth yet, but at least it can now be seen with the naked eye.

I know many 'die hard' fans have little love for Electric (I felt outnumbered on that point), and when the first attempt at those songs (Peace aka The Manor Sessions) came out many of them felt vindicated because they thought it was Love all over again, but I was thought it sucked (and Love is my fave record of theirs).  It seems that Rick Rubin saved them from themselves on that one - too many layers of guitar for no good reason  just because they could, acute arpeggio abuse, too much shazz, and a bit of a return to Ian's propensity to sing over the music rather than with it (see The Southern Death Cult Record, with the exception of Moya, which is perfect and stands up today; it took Ian a few records to integrate properly, taking well through into the Death Cult era and even a bit into the first proper Cult Record, Dreamtime).  This is especially noticeable on Wildflower; Love Removal Machine is not so bad, but still (note the changes in the timing and cadence of key lines, and the that 3 note solo all over the hole thing). No, Electric is not Love, but Peace was a disaster and the band was right to call it a mulligan and go see Rubin in NYC.  I wonder where that sense went when they went to record Sonic Temple and Ceremony; they fell into all the same traps on those two records.  I did not miss the ironic correlation of Duffy's switch from the White Falcon to Les Pauls on those records; something about LPs brings out the worst in him.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Random Project
« on: September 06, 2017, 02:10:31 PM »
yeowzers.  I dunno.  Dude hasn't got back to me and since it's free I'm not gonna be a pest about it.  Not as if I have a shortage of projects at the moment.

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Let's see your rig!
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:27:46 PM »
I've gone stereo (at jams only - not lugging all that to gigs) since the studio got a little Sunnier.

So that's the same Sunn 1200s with MM 115RH on the left (the other, head-sized cab between them I don't use for bass) and a new to me Sunn Solaris (essentially the same as the 1200s but half the power) driving my slightly less new to me Riviera [sic] tall style 4x12 with a pair each of Weber Neomag 12s (best JBL D120 clone; I have compared them side by side; not like the earlier Weber Toneclones with stamped frames, these are proper cast jobbies; all the tone, half the weight) and Faital 12PR300s (highly recommended FYI - Sound better than the JBls or EVs for bass; a tad dark for guitar; Avatar has a great deal on these while supplies last - they bought out some old stock a while back). I changed them out from an actual pair of JBLs and a pair of EVs (as I had it a few posts up) because it was so heavy I couldn't lift it up the studio stairs.  Much better now.

The PA horns are also Sunn and I feel like a tit that I cut off the left one in this pic.

Gibson Basses / Re: Need pix of the brothers!
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:17:53 PM »

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