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Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Rics
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:27:07 PM »
Samla Mammas Manna. Twisty turny Swedish progressive rock.


Other Bass Brands / Re: Ibanez Ice Man Bass Q's
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:25:35 PM »
A freind had the guitar version, a real one from the 70's with the weird triple size humbucker and it was cool.

That's why they called it 'Iceman'  ;D

Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:13:27 PM »
Nice switchmaster!

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson Ripper/Grabber/G-3 bridge cover
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:12:58 PM »
Amptech, do you know how tall yours is, and what company/ebay seller you got it from?

Just got a message from my friend, it's 35 millimeters at the highest point. I bought it in 2011, wow time flies.
Still had the bill in my mailbox, the seller on ebay was called kmahlke, PM me if you need his mail address.

I think it's too tall, perhaps better on a ripper with three point. GOT, how tall is your repro cover?

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson Ripper/Grabber/G-3 bridge cover
« on: November 28, 2017, 11:06:42 PM »
Amptech, do you know how tall yours is, and what company/ebay seller you got it from?
A guitarist friend of mine borrows it now, I'll call on him to measure it - and check my ebay if it's still there.

Gibson Basses / Re: Oops... I did it again. 2016 ES Les Paul Bass
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:18:59 PM »
The first version of the Hobbit is the largest. It might be similar to the Les Paul Standard Oversized Bass. They shrunk it down a bit for the Les Paul Triumph Bass, but still larger than a normal Les Paul body.

It looks like the difference is huge, but then I see that the 'scale' is shorter on the triumph :)

Don't know if it's my computer or the pics but the difference between nut and bridge is notable between the old les paul and the triumph.

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson Ripper/Grabber/G-3 bridge cover
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:22:18 PM »
Good-bye palm muting then.
I pluck in the neck end area, and the instrument is too long anyway - I've gotten used to shorties by now.

I have experimented with a technique that allow you to pluck by the neck and palm mute; you just use your left foot.
The octagrab might be useful here, you just put your pinky toe in the grab and mute with the foot side or heel.

A nice technique all in all, the only downside is that you look a bit like Ian Anderson when you do it.
So I try to restrict it to studio work exclusicvely.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:55:54 PM »
I'm expecting David Mustaine any minute now to claim that it was actually him who invented coffee and how the coffee makers of this world cheated him out of his deserved success.
...AND it was him who saved those people at the bus ;D

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson Ripper/Grabber/G-3 bridge cover
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:35:18 PM »
It's wide enough. But you're going to need spacers underneath the feet to get enough height.

I bought one of them repro grabber covers years back, on ebay. good quallity, but crazy tall! How tall are the originals?

Other Bass Brands / Re: Old Gretsch
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:29:13 PM »
I have a '63. Huge log of a neck, but sounds equally huge!

The Outpost Cafe / Re: RIP Malcolm Young
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:16:20 PM »
Thanks for everything, Mal.

That price is more than reasonable.

That's a good price indeed. The local atuto paint shop charges £1000 for a guitar paint. I think that price reflect their interest in painting instruments. I know a guitar player that paid that price, but the paintjob was awful.

On the other hand, you have to be very good at what you do to be able to do  good instument finishing at a good price and actually make money doing it.

Gibson Basses / Re: Ripper project - questions
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:44:20 AM »
Back then, the phenomenon wasn't that widely known, I'd say that has radically changed in the last 10 years or so.

That's evolution. You just cannot stop it, god knows what kind of mysteries the Rippers/Grabbers will unwind in the future!

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Rics
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:37:39 AM »
I tried that bass line while singing and it's not that difficult. I can't carry a tune, that's the real problem for me.

I'm more impressed with Ray Shulman, not only playing bass and sing, but on songs like 'on reflection' plays a complex melody on a fiddle while singing another melody on top of that. Great songs to challenge your coordination skills on!

Gibson Basses / Re: Ripper project - questions
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:22:07 PM »

Interestingly enough, the gassing of the pg is never - in my experience  - an issue with Grabbers or G-3s of any age, probably because their pups are closed.

But the Grabber single coil is such a sturdy consruction, nothing would kill it!

Seriously, a friend of mine wanted to borrow the Grabber so I decided to give it a setup first. It then came to me that I had put it away because I had worn it completely down over the years. So it became a full day's work, I had to level the frets a lot and file the nut.
Bridge was fine, but took some time to loosen those screws..

But the biggest issue was the electronics, all green of corrosion... Or pickguard gas?  I had put a sticker in the cavity, reminded me that I had cleaned the electronics/pots in 1993. I had to replace even the shielded wire, all green too. And there was two pickguard screws that had lost their heads, just by sitting in the case for some three years without attention.

We have disgussed Grabber gassing before, and I strongly suggest thar the plastic that the pickup itself is made from produce gas.
The iffy smell some Grabber/Ripper cases have comes from that gas I believe, as I happened to remove plastic from a 70's gibson recording pickup (it was broken) a while back. While grinding down that very plastic, my workshop was filled with the very same Grabber case smell.

EDIT: My point was, if the Ripper pups are made of the same plastic, corroding that thin and very exposed wire is an easy job...

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