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Gibson Basses / Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:34:21 AM »
I know some brands which use Asina parts, like speakers in cabs/amps and pickups in basses. So like a 'Made in Britain' amp or a 'made in Germany bass' with foreign parts. Even some high end brands, but the two I know don't like to tell that. But those pickups are specially made for those brands and in no way cheap or bad or whatever. So it might be a manufacturer like Artec, but it could be to the reverse engineered specs of Epiphone.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:44:27 PM »
ELP: nice sound!

Maybe it's even more the case with octave strings than with bass in general: you don't hear it, but you miss it when it's not there? I guess an 8-string can fill up the sound of a three piece band quite nicely.

Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:30:36 PM »
The new Fantomen of Hagstrom (guitar only) is nice. And of course there were some other RD kinda basses . Forgot which brand(s), but not many indeed.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:38:38 AM »
Great! I like Nick Lowe's bass playing, looks, songs and humour (Bowi!) Nice sound but I can't really hear that it's an eight string.

For a sec I thought the singer was Nigel Tufnell.

Like those pub rock bands!  I know Ian Gomm quite well.

Gibson Basses / Re: NAMM update from Chris (Embassy and Tbird content)
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:49:30 AM »
The Dutch Gibson Showroom has the Embassy available. I'll check one this week for the magazine.

Gibson Basses / Re: NAMM update from Chris (Embassy and Tbird content)
« on: December 06, 2017, 01:29:09 PM »
Nice! I guess the case is an extra?

Other Bass Brands / Re: Höfner custom shop RELIC
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:53:37 AM »
Aah, the relic discussion again: as I always say: it's utterly stupid and still I love them, haha! Same as active versus passive or short versus long. Just a taste. But if you like it, Höfner did a good job. Better than some other jobs. If you don't like it at all: don't bother.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Höfner custom shop RELIC
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:23:49 AM »
One of my Höfners is matte. It plays so much better and it feels so much better. I saw some matte prototypes which were great and ths one is cool too. I'm sure they'll sell a lot!

Gibson Basses / Bob Glaub
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:25:59 AM »
I'm not sure if I can post this here, but I'm not really affiliated to the seller, and I just want you to know:

The famous session player Bob Glaub put his LP Sig for sale on facebook. Played on recordings and live. Maybe one of us here is interested?

While we Dutch some more weed and ask ourselves why nobody playes Egmond.

Not the ugly Healey Sprite with the frog eyes. The normal Healey is one of the prettiest cars around.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Eastwood EB1
« on: November 26, 2017, 07:56:14 AM »
One hope: The V turned out much better than expected....

Of course everybody wanted a Fender or Gibson like The Americans.

Still there's something stylish, European and sophisticated about hollow European guitars and basses. Let's say a P versus a Verithin is Corvette or 'Stang (*) versus BMW 507, Austin Healy, ...

(*) Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang; not Warwick Corvette and Fender Mustang.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Eastwood EB1
« on: November 24, 2017, 03:16:42 AM »
It's like they've never seen one and make a copy by watching an old black and white picture, while checking a cheap Höfner too.

I'll think about the Waffen SS.

I guess every bass has it's charm. I never played a Höfner on stage with my former rock band the La La Lies, but on the other hand: a Thunderbird with my acoustic bass ukulele duo would e a bit too much.

The problem with the big cheap European brands of the sixties and seventies is the diversity in series. Like Uwe said: Framus made cheap beginner's stuff but also high quality stuff like the Akkerman. Same with Höfner: big, gold hardware, fancy inlay, fancy woodworks archtops versus the vinyl covered solid bodies. Same with Dutch Egmond. I guess most people could afford only the cheap ones and have bad memories.

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