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I recall using a baking soda paste to clean battery terminals.  But would that be too sloppy when working in the confines of a pedal?

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Let's see your rig!
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:14:39 PM »
Thanks for the input on the speakers. Reminded me to check if I should buy a spare one of those Faitals.

That, but mostly the look of the binding. I was not tempted to try it out.

If I were in a metal band, I'd probably feel differently. But maybe I'd opt for the well lower priced Epiphone Nikki Sixx bass!

The Noir has checker binding inside black outer binding. It is not set in "a quarter inch" and is not just a painted or printed pattern. But the white checks surrounded by the black outer binding satin black finish overall may give the impression it is further inset depending on the perspective of your view. There's a closeup of the upper body of a Noir on page 141 of the new 2nd edition of my book.

Thanks. That makes sense. That said, it looked sorta cheesy to me. I think the Shadow looks a little better and the Blackstar way better.   

But what do I know?    :-\

There were a series of white dashes on the face (a quarter inch in from the edge) rather than a classic checkerboard binding.

I should have photographed it.

I looked at one of theses in Tokyo last week. I was not blown away by it. Especially the pseudo-binding. 

The Bass Zone / Re: One lucky guy
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:25:49 AM »

Unfortunately I have passed that milestone and achieved saturation level.
Now when anything shows up at my door the standard comeback is: "I better see one go out..."

What did you get?

Actually I try to maintain that one in, one out rule. I figure on selling my Rick Shadow bass once a project I'm involved with now ends.

It's an XP2-A (active) model. The second I've owned.

The Bass Zone / One lucky guy
« on: June 12, 2017, 07:24:26 PM »
So a Steinberger bass mysteriously arrived at my office today. I partially unwrapped it and carried it home. (I usually walk to and from work, about 20 minutes each way.)

My wife greeted me at the door and asked "what is that?" I answered, "a guitar", worried she'd be alarmed at my extravagance.

She was annoyed, but for a different reason.: "Why didn't you call me? I would have picked you up!"

How lucky am I ????

The Bass Zone / Re: So maybe I'll take some lessons
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:38:13 PM »
Geez, no mention of Electric Flag on the flyer?

Go for it!

That one is wicked!

The Bass Zone / Re: About Face
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:06:08 PM »
Now and then I fool with a pick. Learned finger style but once had to use a pick on the road thanks to some negligence.

But at this point I'd really miss the finger muting stuff I've stumbled into. Both hands at work, but I can still sound pretty sloppy on tape

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Monster Fender rig - 400 PS
« on: May 04, 2017, 07:04:18 PM »
Thanks for the clarifications. 

It's still interesting to many of us.

(I deleted the rest of my comment about the people on that thread whining about the weight of the amp.) 

The Bass Zone / Re: One Stop Amp Shopping
« on: April 30, 2017, 01:58:27 PM »
Wrong on the Kustom and the Model T.   No Versatone.

The Outpost Cafe / Shortwave radio kit builders
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:37:52 PM »
No doubt I'm not the only person here who built Heathkit and Lafayette amps and .... Shortwave radios.

Inspired tonight when the local college radio station sent out Radioland by Kraftwerk.

Man, like from fifth grade right up through graduation my short wave receiver got big use. Especially when guys were in altered states. It was early pre -synth electronic music! Just as Kraftwerk sang. A big reason I loved them and got into synths and technopop.

But beyond that ... I wonder if a few of you remember trying to hack the crystals and especially the crystal key thingies you only got if you passed some bogus FCC license if you wanted to turn your shortwave into a two way machine.

The FCC did monitor things back then so it  was a cat and mouse games sometimes, right?

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