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Gibson Basses / The Return of the EB-0F ?
« on: August 02, 2017, 07:09:37 AM »

[sarcasm mode on]

This might be the start of a new series? Let's hope the EB-0F comes back. If it has the same price, around 6000 dollars, it would be a steal!

[sarcasm mode off]

Other Bass Brands / New Supro basses
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:48:07 AM »

Gibson Basses / 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:00:04 AM »
Gibson Limited Run Guitars:
Theme: 100th Anniversary of Orville Gibson’s Heritage
100 Limited Runs released through the year
Limited Runs announced per quarter
Exclusive features:
Modern-Retro “Gibson” headstock logo
“Only a Gibson is Good Enough” decal on the back of the headstock

EB Bass 5 String 2018 Satin Trans Black

EB Bass 5 String 2018 Satin Trans Black Left Hand

EB Bass 5 String 2018 Natural Satin Left Hand

EB Bass 4 String 2018 Satin Trans Black

EB Bass 4 String 2018 Satin Trans Black Left Hand

EB Bass 4 String 2018 Natural Satin Left Hand

EB Bass 4 String 2018 Natural Satin

Thunderbird 4 String 2018 Bright Cherry

Thunderbird 4 String 2018 Ebony

Thunderbird 4 String 2018 Bright Cherry Left Hand

Thunderbird 4 String 2018 Ebony Left Hand

Thunderbird 4 String 2018 Vintage Sunburst Left Hand

Thunderbird 4 String 2018 Vintage Sunburst

RD Artist Bass 2018 Antique Natural

RD Artist Bass 2018 Ebony

SG Standard Bass 2018 Ebony

SG Standard Bass 2018 Heritage Cherry

SG Standard Bass 2018 Ebony Left Hand

SG Standard Bass 2018 Heritage Cherry Left Hand

SG Standard Bass 2018 Walnut Left Hand

SG Standard Bass 2018 Walnut

Exciting news from Gibson. At the end of the summer the 2018 model line starts and I have all the information, specs, and prices of all the Gibson basses. It will give Uwe, as Gibson buyer, and Basvarken Rob, as archivist, busy times. And this forum will need more server space for all our discussions, user reviews, rants about black hardware, et cetera.

Okay, hold on tight:

No basses for 2018.  :sad:

Having said that, Gibson unofficially states Epiphone will be more or less the bass brand. There will be a 100 limited runs so there could be a bass in it somewhere. And it'll be wrong  :mrgreen:

The Bass Zone / Stirratt and League
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
Just because I like the team behind the brand, I did some exclusive interviews with John Stirrat of Wilco and Michael League of Snarky Puppy, about Höfner basses (and more). A third interview, with Paul Weller's bass player (and a bit of Paul) will be published online later. Hope you like it! My magazine is Dutch only, but this is in English, of course.

The Bass Zone / New songs - Cirque de Juliette
« on: June 05, 2017, 01:26:30 AM »
I'm still on good and speaking terms with my ex girlfriend Meryem. I'm quite proud she started playing guitar and piano because of me and I have her some confidence to make music.

Meryem wrote some songs and they are strange and poppy. She knows nothing about musical theory, so last year a befriended drummer and I started helping making the songs ready for recording. For instance: one song has a 7/8 beat and she didn't knew it had it and she even didn't knew what 7/8 was, haha! We kept that. We changed other things. In one song she started singing on the 4th bar, but second part she started at the one, so the kick/snare pattern changed. Can be cool, but not in this song. We had to change all kinds of little things.

In the end we recorded it in a local bar, which was closed for a week around Christmas, with one good mic and some borrowed drum mics. The drummer, who recorded it does the SAE sound engineer school... ....but he started after recording. So it might not be comparable to a Lady Gaga production, but mind you that this was no budget with inexperienced musicians (most of 'm no recording experience at all) and almost no recording equipment. So I'm still quite proud what we achieved. A friend added some Rhodes to Mindtraveler, recorded at her home.

For the gear nerds: I used a Behringer (yes!) 4x10", which was in the bar. With a Warwick LWA1000 amp, compressor full on. Mic'ed and Di'd. I used the Mustang for a song like Motorfly, the Rickenbacker with flats (I like the bassline in Mindtraveler) and a Höfner 500/1.

I hope this spotify link works, otherwise you can go to spotify and search for Cirque de Juliette. The pics are of the release aprty. We did two shows now.


The Outpost Cafe / RIP Chris Cornell
« on: May 18, 2017, 01:12:13 AM »
52. It looked like a hoax for a while but all serious media are reporting it now. I'll just blast  Black Hole Sun out of my speakers.

Was never much of a grunge fan, I still dislike Nirvana, but BHS is a classic. And 52 is far to young.

Gibson Basses / Rex Brown and a Tbird
« on: May 08, 2017, 02:35:35 AM »

I saw this vid of Rex brown. Seeing the gold tuners, gold bridge and EMG's, I was wondering if this could be special made for him.

Rex Brown. I never listened to his music but I got to know him a bit over the years. First days at a bass week he was kinda bullying me, but it seemed he was trying me out. When he said something bad to me again, I said I would beat the hell out of his skinny ass in a fight or something like that (I'm quite tall, he sure is skinny). After some seconds he laughed and for the rest of the week we were drinking buddies haha! Once I saw him at the hotel breakfast and I joined him. I loved one certain quote:
'Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It's not true. It's all a rumour. I was much too busy for that. I was much too busy with women, coke, making music.'
I think he believed what he said in a certain kind of way.
Great guy:)

Other Bass Brands / Höfner Pickups
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:03:58 AM »
Posted this at a Höfner 500/1 group on facebook. I thought you might wanna read it too:

I had the opportunity to check those very different Höfners in an A/B/C test. That was not only nice but I also encountered some surprising differences. This is not an in depth review, but just a small report about the differences. Of course I'm open for any questions. (About the basses, that is.) English isn't my mother tongue, so apologies for some strange sentences.

Of course all three are light, all three have quite chunky necks, but all three feel very different. The orange one is the most 'normal' violin bass. It's light, the neck is quite a hand full and because of the narrow body with a carved back, it's always a bit wobbly on your body. The red one has that same feeling, but the neck is more comfortable and easier to play. The satin/oil kinda finish feels less sticky than a high gloss neck. I prefer Fender's with satin finish and I always roughen up gloss necks a bit with steel wool. I love that satin feel. I also think the neck is a bit thinner (not narrower) and no bindings feel different.
The Club, of course, has a bigger body and because of that it's a bit more stable on your body. The neck is more like the orange one. The orange is the only one with real side dots. The other two have gaffa side dots :)

Let's first compare the Club to the orange one. IMHO there's not much difference between the neck pickups solo of both basses. Maybe a tiny bit of difference in character (Club might be a bit rounder) but that will also have to do with body size, set up, string age. To be short they are very similar. I don't think the bridge pickup solo is usable on a 500/1, but it ads some treble to the overall sound with both pickups on and it makes the overall sound a bit more compressed.

The neck and middle pickups together makes the Club sound enormous. Open, wide, big and great. Bassier than the Violin. The middle pickup solo is more middy and pushy. A tad more 'modern' although it will never has a solidbody sound. It's still big but a bit tighter and it's more usable for modern songs or rock songs. I gigged this one and I use the volume controls (imho faster than operating two switches) as pickup selector. Both pickups in ballads and the middle one in more up tempo songs.
Now the most striking difference. I wanted to compare the red one and the Club only, because of the similar spacing. But the output of the toasters on the red one is an awfull lot lower. After playing the red one, I had to put the volume down, cos the paisley was totally distorting the amp. After playing the paisly, there was hardly any sound, with plugging in the red. I almost thought the red one was broken, but I guess it is single coil versus humbucker. And maybe pots? I gigged and recorded with the red one and sound engineers love it (both studio as live) so it definately isn't broken:)

Now comes the difficult part, explaining how the red one sounds. Still Höfner, but les round and woolly than the others. More focused, tighter, but still warm and low. But first a comment: I'm a very bad pick player and I almost always use fingers. Sometimes the orange and paisley can be a bit too much oomphy, but I don't care. With a pick you've got the instant Höfner sound. As fingerstyle player, I love the cavern spacing cos I can use the middle pickup as a thumb rest (I mounted a rest on my HCT Verythin). But I think the red one suits finger style better, with the focused more mid heavy sound. The overall tone is very organic and woody, versus more boxy and low end heavy on the others. Both pickups are still very warm and the middle one pushes out mids a lot more than the paisley. Sound wise and feel wise it's my favourite.

I thought there would be a lot less difference in pickup sounds. I learned staples (orange) would be a bit hotter than diamonds (paisley) but both are a lot hotter than the toasters (red), but not that different from eachother. I also think that I want a Club once with satin finish and Cavern Toasters, haha! I always wanted that for looks and 'finger rest', but I think that would be perfect. That's an awfull conclusion, haha, cos I don't need any more Höfner basses, cos it's already hard to choose between sunburst, orange and paisley:) I just let it depend on what clothes I wear.
Sorry for boxy, woody, oomphy, pushy, woolly, etc. I guess you nerds will get it!

Thanks guys. I did some checking here and there. Both the singlecoils Toasters as the two humbucking type pickups use the same pots. The last couple of years, the humbuckers are a bit more overwound than they used to be, while the toasters are quite tiny, so that explains the much higher output. I do like the lower output ones, but all is a matter of taste, playing style,

Other Bass Brands / Flying V Bass
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:00:38 AM »
No Gibson content, so please remove to 'Other Bass Brands' if needed, but I still thought this was the right place.

Gibson Basses / More Gibson news
« on: April 29, 2017, 03:59:06 AM »
From a Dutch shop website:

Latest news: Edwin Wilson - The go-to person, THE man behind the Gibson Collectors Choice program and True Historic, walking encyclopedia at Nashvilles Custom Shop has been sacked by Gibson. These two programs have now been shut down. We thank Edwin for assisting us and helping us to get the Dutchburst among the famed Collectors choice models as model #18. We have hear he already has found employment elsewehere and want to tell him KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Gibson Basses / 20th Anniversary JCS [new pics]
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:31:15 AM »
In July this one will be availablevery limited. All the specs are in the (bad) pic. Wine red, hand signed, bag and strap, flamed maple top.

Uwe doesn't collect finishes, but I guess this has to be in Ze Kollektiön:

Gibson Basses / maybe I'm amazed
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:30:26 AM »

Did we already discuss this picture?

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