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The Bass Zone / Took a lession...
« on: August 19, 2017, 01:11:32 AM »
..with Neil Murray yesterday! Just been on a business trip visiting my parent valve company, and since chance made me cross paths with Neil a couple of weeks ago, I asked if he gave lessons and he did. I'm more familiar with his early works (National Health, Colosseum 2 etc.) than what he did with Whitesnake and Brian May, but that man certainly have made a footprint in the bass world.
I have just started practicing more seriously again, so this was a tremendous boost.. just to sit down with  someone who has been a part of the canterbury scene was for me exciting, really a highpoint in my UK trip. I must add that he is a skilled 'tinkerer' too, most of his instruments seemed to have had many different pickup configurations. We discussed pickups to quite some extent, especially mudbuckers and eb3 bridge pickups (I got to play his '68 eb3). He even had a kahler vibrato loaded aria, lots of really fun instruments. A good bass day :)

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Gibson case lining
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:11:03 PM »
Hi, folks..

I'm finishing up my '58 Explorer bass project these days, and I ended up making a case for it too. I'm not too worried
about the case being historically accurate, but it will be covered with brown tolex of some sort and have pink lining.

..but where does a guy buy pink lining? We have two local stores that sell some kind of pink crushed velvet, but it seems too thin.
They both also had 'pink faux fur' but it was wery long haired.

So, do any of you guys know what product that will be similar to what Gibson uses? None of the US dealers I'm connected to have such products.  I think the closest I came was searching ebay for 'pink faux upholstery fur' or something, but I don't know what the product I'm looking for is called?

Gibson Basses / Nice '62 EB3 on the bay
« on: August 11, 2016, 10:56:14 PM »
This one looks fine, rare to see a good one this old listed as 'EB-0'

If it does not skyrocket in the last minute it might be a good investment!

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Pickup parts
« on: March 29, 2016, 02:16:35 PM »
I seem to get more and more pickup work these days... Lots of US suppliers have pickup parts, but none of whom I have done business with before.

Does anybody here have experience with companies like ´tone-kraft´or mojo tone?

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Pickup kit
« on: December 14, 2015, 07:19:06 AM »

Other Bass Brands / NBD : ´63 Gretsch 6070
« on: September 30, 2015, 07:26:30 AM »
Just in!
Nice bass, fantastic hollowbody sound... The neck is a huge log, though.
Killer looks for sure. So now I´m in the Gretsch club, too.
Had to let a ´67 EB3 go to get this one.

Gibson Basses / Such beauty... EB-6 content
« on: June 02, 2015, 12:46:13 AM »
Anybody seen this before?

Ok, so I love EB-6 both sg and es shape. But this is just too beautiful! I usually never lust for things out of my price range, like first year EB-3's and EB-6's in general. But this is too much, couldn't sleep last night! It's soooooo nice!

Bass Amps & Effects / Vox V100 schematics
« on: January 06, 2015, 07:08:53 AM »
Got a 1970 V100 in for service just now. Went through my files and drew a blank. Anybody here got schematics for this one?
I'll be restoring some burnt PCB here, otherwise it's a simple six tube 100w design. Oh, nothing at Google's either by the way.

Ok, got a project now that is somewhat beyond my skills, but fun nevertheless!

WARNING: a lot of text, sorry.. I got carried away :)

A while back (years?) I requested some info on the EB6 (sg shape), because I was buying an EB0 I´d convert to six strings. It´s a looooong story, but I am now in the luthier´s landscape - a dangerous place. Woodworking, glueing...
all done without my beloved soldering iron!

First, I jumped onto a bargain ebay EB0 - my first shortscale gibson. However, it turned out to be a ´63 fuzztone.
The seller, a Denmark street vintage shop(!) claimed that the unoriginal pickguard was there to hide other unoriginal mods/routings. Needless to say, I didn´t have the heart to chop it up, so I put it together as close to original as possible.

Second, I bought another 60´s EB0, this time a body husk only. When it arrived, I noticed the skinny (1967) neck.
No way to put six strings onto that nut! So it became the fretless LoZ project (which I have posted here).

Then finally I bought a beat up (but complete) 1965 EB0, wide neck and ready to go!

My dream project: EB6 in polaris white with gold hardware; ultralite tuners, schaller roller and a bigsby!
This might not sound like a lot of work, but I met some dilemmas. For starters, I decided to complete it structurally
before finishing it, to make sure I was comfy with the layout. Well, I fitted (modded) a 70´s gibson/bigsby vibrato,
bought a set of (expensive) hipshots (wrong size-1/2") >:( and wound a couple of tall bobbin humbuckers.
The problem is, in the end it played so well and sounded so good it ended up being my main axe.
And the worn cherry finish looks so good, except it does not match the gold hardware at all!

So when I saw this really hacked up 65 EB0 on a recent auction, I got it - and yeah, HACKED up!
Finally something bad enough to refin. This will be the white EB6 with gold HW, the red one I have already collected nickel hardware for (including 3/8" ultralites with small clovers)
Actually, the ´usual neck repair´as the seller called it, was a medium scale 3 piece maple neck cut down (truss rod sticking out) , bolted on, and with the original fretboard AND MOP decals/serial glued onto it. Headstock shaped with
plastic metal and painted black. Never seen ANYTHING worse. I´m just glad he didn´t glue the neck on.

Ok, it´s a long shot - but I hope to make it play. Got a luthier to carve a maho shortscale neck, and I have now prepped everything to bare wood. I´ll post pictures when I get things more together, BUT:

Glue seems to be up for discussion. (like oil and sparkplugs at mc foras) Got a bottle of (dare I say it) liquid hide glue, but apparently many luthiers hate this. I glued the trussrod filler strip with this, seems to be ok, but should I not use it for glueing the fingerboard to the neck?
My ´guitar repair book´recommends fresh hide glue (never used it) or regular titebond (not available nearby)
What do you guys think?   

Bass Amps & Effects / Gibson bass amp?
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:57:48 AM »
It's interesting that searching for postings here on Gibson amps give me no results, does anyone here own or use a Gibson bass amp?
I understand they were not very common after Fender took off, and in Europe even the guitar amps are non existent.
I've read a couple of comments from the les paul amp for lo-z, but I'm talking about the regular bass amps.

The reason I'm asking, is because I'm about to build a clone of the GA-100 35W bass amp. I have quite a few oddball radio tubes in stock,
and not many restore radio's these days. They are removing the last few FM antennas over here in 2017.

I discovered, as i was reading tube datasheets the other night, that I had European equvivalents to the compressor (2x6FM8) and the drivers (2x6BD6) as well as a couple of boxes with 6EU7's. I also found a 40w hi-fi output transformer for 6L6GC's, so why not jump into
another amp project?

Anyone ever enjoyed a GA100 moment?

Bass Amps & Effects / MusicMan discussion forum
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:59:01 AM »
Anybody know where the musicman forum is now? I searched for it, but only find links to the old pages wich now only works as an archive. The page is referring to a 'new forum' but there is no links. Anybody?

Gibson Basses / ebay gibsons
« on: February 19, 2014, 02:25:08 AM »
These look nice, collectors story on the EB-0 too. And not threatingly priced?

EB-0 listed as 1964, but it's older... Tempting!

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