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   Hey guys, Someone on TB asked me to make a Demo of The Chain. I  used my Epiphone Vintage Pro Thunderbird through a Fender 200 Rumble. Thought you guys might like to hear it. 

Gibson Basses / Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:20:18 PM »
   My Vintage Pro arrived yesterday only to be greated with a raised eyebrow from the missus.
     I am very impressed with this bass, it really sounds like a 60's Thunderbird! I'll write some more thoughts later but for now this will have to do. 

3 Who's That has been rehearsing away, here is Naked Eye from our most recent show.

Other Bass Brands / '59 Multivox Marvel it's alive!
« on: February 15, 2017, 11:21:55 AM »
    I  finally got the Marvel on the bench and it was a real simple fix. The hot on the pickup lead had grounded out due to deteriorated insulation.  Really cool sounding bass with old school thump. It even intonates pretty good. No adjustable truss rod if any. The action is a bit high for me but a upright player picking up this bass in the late 50s would find it perfectly acceptable. I'll post a demo video.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / 69 Precision body build
« on: November 26, 2016, 01:41:05 PM »
 I bought this off ebay. Back in my formative years stripped natural 60's P basses were all over the place. I am going to do a Randy Jo Hobbs/Greg Ridley build with this. Hope it's the real deal, looked right to me.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Keeper of the Kliras
« on: September 13, 2016, 07:56:32 AM »
 Oy not only do I have four of these basses plus a never built body this followed me home from ebay several months ago, I couldn't pass it up. Now I have two Klira builds on my hands! I need to retire so I can get to this stuff!

 As most of you guys know I went out on a limb buying a original Cardinal red NR Thunderbird II with a headstock repair. Always a leap of faith lol. The bass came with lower gauge strings the E is maybe .100 this made me go hmmmmm. I strung the bass up with my standard gauge Roto Sounds .45-.105 and sure enough the hairline crack opened up, a little paint flaking off in the process. I took off the Rotos and put the lighter gauge strings on and decided to think about how to approach this. Less is always more in these cases, it didn't seem like the entire repair had failed so I gently opened up the crack and pumped in as much Tite Bond as I could and clamped it up. I strung it up with the lighter strings and it seems to be doing fine. I'll play it and test it in travel and playing to see if it opens up, then go to the Rotos, if it handles the Rotos I'll touch it up. Patience grasshoppper , patience. Sorry no before or during the process pic. But here is what it looks like now.

The Bass Zone / Who's That second gig!
« on: September 11, 2016, 08:20:22 AM »
 Hope this works! I am having trouble sharing this. Marginal PA support but you get the idea.

The Bass Zone / New gig subbing for Lou Gramm's bass player
« on: July 20, 2016, 02:35:55 AM »
   My long time friend AD Zimmer is the bassist for the Lou Gramm band. They were in a bit of a bind for a show and AD asked me to fill in late last week. I am really excited and have been working my tail off. We drive up to Canada on Friday  for show number 1, AD does that one, then me and the band fly up to Sascatuwan for the gig on Monday. Full report to follow! 

Gibson Basses / Cardinal red '66 Thunderbird II
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:27:55 AM »
  What choice did I have ?   I'll definitely be thinning the herd after this.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / R.I.P Drbassman
« on: June 24, 2016, 07:03:55 PM »
  Bill was a gentle guiding hand here, miss him already.

     I  have a touring pro's Epi Blackbird in the shop for a setup and solve a ground issue. The ground wire coming from the bridge looks like it was never soldered. I grounded it to the toggle switch and no hum comes from touching the bridge but I do get a faint hum when I touch the toggle switch. Anyone got a wiring diagram?

Gibson Basses / Who's That rehersal
« on: May 12, 2016, 06:13:10 AM »
 Another short clip this time with the whole band represented. Not the best song to feature our lead singer but I am pretty pleased with it. Little glitches here and there everyone freaks when the camera is rolling.

Gibson Basses / Hiwatts and Thunderbird and The Who
« on: May 11, 2016, 06:01:43 AM »
      My Who tribute Who's That is getting closer to a full scale rehearsal and our first gig so I figured I better dust off the Hiwatts. The rig is not a exact replica of Entwistles but it is the best I can muster at the moment. The rig is set up to resemble Entwistles rig circa 69-70. Here is the run down left to right.  Hiwatt 2150 cab, Then a DR201, DR103, Bass 100 all three stacked on a turned around Sound City cab (often the heads were stacked on a chair, later a road case) next a MarshallJCM800 2x15 (soon to have a salt and pepper grill and bagged Hiwatt) topped with a Hiwatt4123.  I am still tweaking it, I have two Sound City 4x12 cabs I may incorporate as At one point Entwistle had some Hiwatt badged SC cabs mixed in.

Gibson Basses / Who's That? featuring my '66 NR Thunderbird
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:33:52 AM »
  My new gig second rehearsal. We are doing low volume for now and will break out the Hiwatts later. This came together really fast, we already have about one hour of material and are planing on a hour and a half set. My beat '66 through a Fender rumble 200. Don't ask me how I reversed the video, I'll put up better stuff soon.

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