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Other Bass Brands / Millimetric Instruments
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:47:54 PM »

I like the idea (not so much the price - yeowzers).  The body shape of the bass is not to my liking but I do like the shape of their single cut guitars, especially the offset one:

Bass Amps & Effects / I am building something ambitious
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:05:59 PM »
Moving on from pedals to something else I have always wanted.... and then I had to make it even better/more what I want. So it's a total scratch build.  Because I did not have quite enough projects on the go.

Here's a teaser (I might be a bit with this one; about halfway done):

^ DIY acid etched BTW (sparkle clearcoat - looks better IRL)

Gibson Basses / weird problem
« on: January 26, 2018, 04:41:24 PM »
So the other week I went to bust out the RD Artist to lay down a track.  No signal (tried new battery).

Took it home to fix it.  Worked fine (old battery).

Took it back to the studio.  Still no workie.  Tried no pedals; diff Amp; diff cable; third amp.

Took home again.  Works there with cable fro the studio into solid state Peavey, but nothing when I plug into my Bogen (tube).  The amps at the studio are tube.  I swear it used to work fine with my Bogen and Garnet at least.

The only thing I can think of is that the output jack went bad and I replaced it (proper long bushing Switchcraft TRS); maybe I wired the 9V and signal backwards; or 9V and ground and somehow this works on the Peavey but no go on tube amps.  But then why doesn't this work when I use a bufferred pedal (figured same as solid state Peavey but maybe the Peavey is just a brick shithouse vs everything else)?  Can anyone confirm for me by wire colour (e.g. which colour to tip, ring and sleeve)?

Incidentally, after the RD didn't work I busted out the Victory; also problems (intermittant signal due to the jack (which freaked me out till I giggled the cable) and in 1of 2 switch modes the D and G strings made no sound (also freaked me out until I realised that it was the series/parallel switch - did we know that was a split pickup in there?  It's even more like a P than I realised).

Gibson Basses / Very cheap Series II Eb3
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:17:14 PM »

CA$900 =US$700. 

3 way switch vs varitone mod might explain the price a bit, but still a bargain (if no surprises) IMHO.  Not close to me or I might have to consider it on principle.

Other Bass Brands / Old Gretsch
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:50:49 AM »
For some reason we get a lot of these (and similar modles) locally (usually at 12th Fret, but this is a private sale).  Looks nice and reasonably well kept.  Price seems not too bad either (CAD2.1K - which is about US$1.6k); but still out of my range.  Nice to look at tho.

Gibson Basses / 3-Point Abuse
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:55:34 AM »
Oh the humanity; the comedy of errors; an object lesson in measure-twice-cut-once.

On first glance (from the front) I thought it was just a more arched knock-off 3 pointer... but when you look from the rear the sad truth becomes clear.  Looks like somebody measured wrong and drilled the rear post holes too close together... so instead of fixing that they bent the poor 3 point until it fit (I doubt that high arch matches the fretboard radius, which would be the only other reason to do this, but I did not check at the time - this was in one of my fave local junky used gear stores).... which made the action too high so they had to route out the body underneath it (hard to see in the pics, sorry). Forget what the bass was but it was a popular Japanese import brand (not Aria, the other big one.... why does my brain suck today).  Nevermind the action must be crazy on the middle 2 strings and either the bridge is too far back or the person also has no idea how to intonate properly.  He coulda have at least swapped the E+G with the A+D saddles to compensate for the crazy arch.  It's just one thing after another here.

Naysayers be damned, it's a fine bridge and it deserves better then this.

Gibson Basses / The Unmudbucker
« on: October 29, 2017, 06:36:53 AM »
Came across this Mudbucker replacement from Sentell pickups while looking around for that random project I have goin on.  He has some vids on youtube, but I haven't found one for this guy.  The name does not bode well, and I'm not into the clear cover, but maybeit's good.

Scroll down, there's a few other things that caught my eye (e.g. the various sidewinders, some with blades, and the EB4/Wal style coil-per-string jobby).

Prices are good too.  In tha ballpark as this guy I've used from NewFoundland (great Firebirds pickups - just asked him if he does a TBird).

Anybody use any of these before?

Gibson Basses / It's in my back yard and it's killing me
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:44:59 PM »
local guy has this for sale:

.... but his price is CA$3.8k, which despite the vintage and the (apparently) immaculate condition, still seems rather high (currently approx US$3k).

Le sigh.

Rickenbacker Basses / Seller: first Ric bass ever made
« on: August 30, 2017, 09:25:06 AM »

In case y'all can't see that:

"VERY good condition and ALL original. The 4000 series basses are rare birds indeed.
neck through construction, cresting wave headstock, cresting wave body, finished Padouk fingerboard, 33-1/2" scale, 20 frets, Grover sealed back machine heads, combination tailpiece/bridge assembly with string mutes.

This bass is the first bass model that Rickenbacker produced. "

CA$3300 shipped (within Canada).  Dude's local to me (also has a beauty 66 Gibson EB2 that I can't afford and is a bit on the pricey side).

I'm skeptical, but hardly an expert.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Random Project
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:39:21 AM »
Someone on another forum, out of the blue (we had a single PM convro once a few months back) just offered me a free project bass (local so no shipping required).  Of course I accepted, so we'll see what happens.

I know nothing about it, aside from it being routed for a P/J set and having dual truss rods.

Popcorn time.

The Bass Zone / Interesting bass comparison
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:37:16 PM »

Not perfect, but interesting nonetheless and probably pretty helpful to the kids.  Personally I think it would be improved by at least stating what settings (pup if there's a choice; where da tone knob at) were used, and I'm not sure it was fair to use a 70s P but a 2010 Tbird, but that might be hard to improve upon for most mortals.

Fingerstyle, it was hands down Ric or Tbird, with honorable mentions to the Stingray and surprisingly, the thumb.   I don't remember Ps sounding that bad (relative to my personal tastes of course); musta had the tone wide open.

With a pick the Thumb just sucked; again Ric or Tbird for the win, though the P was back in the game.

(I skipped they whole slap section)

Didn't make me reconsider my dislike of J tone at all.

The Outpost Cafe / Skol
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:27:48 AM »
So, it's that time again - it's been about 5 years so the fam is heading to Poland (it'll be my daughter's first time, but I doubt my son remembers much).  Since my folks will be there for the first bit as well, we were going to dump the kids and take off on a secondary trip without them.  The first idea was somewhere Mediterranean, but then my wife got nervous about being that far from the kids (no direct flights) so.... Copenhagen, where she has some family. 

Now I don't remember if any of the brothers are actually from there, but I know some of you have been there, so what's the scoop?

- cool gear shops (used rather than new stuff; pawn shops even)
- best tartare steak (I have this habit of trying a tartare everywhere I go, and apparently it is a thing in Danish cuisine - I also look forward to the stinky fish)?  Or eatieries generally.
- anything else?

We're only there for a few days.  Staying in Christianshavn.

Gibson Basses / EB minibucker info needed
« on: May 25, 2017, 12:11:10 PM »
Any of youze know if anyone makes a (good) copy of these?

Failing that, do we know anything about the construction of them, i.e. are they a 4 pole version of the guitar minibucker or a sidewinder like 70s F/TBirds or what?  I know they're 6.6-7.7(ish) K depending on year.He's hoping he can ask one of the pup makers he knows to wind one up. 

A guy I know needs one and I won't sell him mine

Local dude claims "It's a 1972-1973 Marshall 2054 (or possibly 2054B), Picture Frame Cabinet, loaded with a vintage 15" 250w/8 ohms Celestion Powercel speaker" and wants C$900 for it (including a second spare drive unit) which seems fairish given rarity - especially of the  drive units, at least here in NA - but I have no idea really.  Too rich for my blood in any case and I have enough cabs, but I am very curious - anybody tried one of these ever?  I'd never even heard of them before.


Recovered with carpet and no original grilles, but still think it's a good price since they're in very nice shape and the drivers have been upgraded to JBL E-140s (very heavy, but great speakers).  The one on ebay last week (it's been years since I saw one there) went for 205 (all original aside from the Black Widow speaker and one damaged corner with missing hardware) + shipping from Texas (which woulda been +85 for me, whch I was surprised at and almost upped my bid on it, but let it go in the end):

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