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Gibson Basses / Epi Embassy Pro and Masterbilt Acoustic bass
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:51:39 PM »
I've visited the Dutch Gibson artist showroom in Amsterdam today. The place where Rob had his book presentation. It's close to work, so I drop in once in a while. Both employees are bass players and I know them before they went to Gibson. Nice guys. I tried the new Embassy and the Masterbilt acoustic.

Masterbilt. Nice looking! Very well made. A European price around 1000 euros. It has nylon tapewound strings, the tuners are closed and look like old Dutch Van Gent tuners, which were mounted on Burns basses. The amber-ish one looks really fifties and really nice. The burst too, but I preffered the dark natural. The lower f-hole has volume and tone, with a click in the middle and I think a low boost and cut. A nice bass, really well made, but not my cup of tea. So I went to play a red JCS (nice!), an EB and....

An off white Embassy (also a black one, but I dislike black basses in general). And I'm in love. Only euros in Europe so the same as the upper marktet Squiers. Downsides: modern tuners, 2+2 neck (looks good on the bass) and a enlonged upper horn, which also looks good in real life. The horns are strangely (in a nice way) sanded. A bit like a Rick with a more squared end. So no real downsides! The nice things: A really nice set neck, very light, because of a thin body. It played so easy, that I checked it was really 34" and not 32 ör 30". It has the original control knobs which look good and the Tbird pickups are placed upon a black surrounding to get them a bit closer to the strings. It balances good (strap button above 12th fret) and as I said it's light. Easy to use the front pickup as a thumb rest.

The sound: really nice!! The controls are volume, balance (click in middle) and tone. The bridge pickup soloed is nothing special, like most bridge pickups. Both on is warm, but never muddy. Just warm and still pushy and muddy, so a real Tbird character. A bit of to the neck or neck only is even more middy and growly. But still warm and fat. I'm sure it'll blow away any P. Reall Tbird is: Character, warm, mid-heavy, so I think it'll sound great with guitars, cutting through the mix and still offering a big foundation. The notes are very even on all all strings all over the board. Much more even than on a Fender.

In comparison I A/B'd it with a JCS and a modern EB. JCS warmer, fatter and muddier and a rounder tone. So the Embassy more pushy warm, more even sustain. The EB has a lot of maple and it's much thinner sounding. I liked the Embassy better.

So yes, I'm in love. I have a Tbird and 399 is not much, I like the off white a lot, so it's a serious candidate for a future bass..... Shit :)

Gibson Basses / Bob Glaub
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:25:59 AM »
I'm not sure if I can post this here, but I'm not really affiliated to the seller, and I just want you to know:

The famous session player Bob Glaub put his LP Sig for sale on facebook. Played on recordings and live. Maybe one of us here is interested?

Fender Basses / Ford Fiesta Red
« on: November 07, 2017, 07:50:32 AM »
On my weekly trip to my local guitar store I always see a red Ford Fiesta and the colour must be exactly the same or very close to Fiesta Red. I always think there must be a Ford designer knowing about this Fender colour. I try to find the name. Could be race red. IDk. I think this pic is quite the same. In real life it's sometimes orange and sometimes pink, like the Fender.

Other Bass Brands / Music Man St. Vincent Bass
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:50:33 AM »
Since the release of the Music Man St. Vincent I'm a big fan of the shape. And I'm a big fan of hers. Yesterday I talked to her in The Netherlands and she's really cool! A total guitar nerd, knowing everything about wood, pickups and valves/tubes. Nice. I told her it's a pity there's no bass and she told me they're designing a bass version! A scoop, I thought, but she tells it in the vid below.
But still cool news and I hope EBMM doesn't f*ck it up by making it a PJ.

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.

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