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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Jim Rodford passes
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:40:04 PM »
Russ Ballard it is! He still has the Strat:

I have the first two, but I need to track down a copy of Benefit. I might track down the Steve Wilson remaster or Stand Up as well, as my copy is a bit murky and there isn't always a great deal of separation between the instruments.

The Bass Zone / Re: New bass tuners
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:02:42 PM »
A solution looking for a problem. I've never re-strung a bass and wished desperately that each tuner had a subtly different gear ratio... I use a peg winder anyway, and usually I'm way more interested in making sure that the string feeds onto the post correctly.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Here we go again
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:59:30 PM »
Rickenbacker basses are a daft candidate for 5-strings anyway. What next, 5 string Hofner Violin basses? If Rickenbacker redesigned the 4003 from the ground up for 5-string configuration then fair enough, but I wager they've simply tacked on another tuner, filed the nut with 5 slots and stuck 5 saddles on the bridge. Maybe jimmied 5 poles onto the pickups as well.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: CME Limited Edition WAL/CB basses on preorder
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:54:26 PM »
A nice nod to their heritage, but I'm not sure I would keep the gold guard on there.  ;D

I've said this before I'm sure, but I feel that the top horn is too thin. Rickenbacker have gone past '60s specs and really thinned that top horn down. This is especially apparent if you compare it to the elephant trunks they were putting on basses in the '80s.

I love seeing the footage of the band onstage, with Glenn playing an EB-3. It looks like the same gig as this:

An interesting period for the band, somewhere between being a blues/jazz/heavy group and slowly getting their prog trappings. It looks like Martin Barre is taking a long solo spot and Glenn and Ian are mocking his drawn out solo by bunking down on stage. Quite a lot of implied camaraderie and brotherly unity (as also shown in the footage) rather than the slick ultra-disciplined band (Ian's band) of a few years later .

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Jim Rodford passes
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:47:07 PM »
Last saw him with the Argent spin-off Phoenix years back... rip...
Vaguely remember a modular P/Strat he used...?

Yes! As a Strat/P it looked like this:

And as a P bass:

Rod Argent's Strat was also much modified, with the top horn shrunk down and a lot of holes added:

I'm not sure if this was done by the band themselves or whether an early luthier like Dick Knight or Sam Lee did the work. It doesn't look like John Birch's handiwork.

It looks like Jim also had a Mustang (going back to the '80s or so?) with PJ pickups fitted. He brought this out recently, as well as Status headless basses. The Mustang is here:

And previously:

Anyway, RIP Jim. Falling down the stairs seems an unfortunate and tragic way to go, and one which could potentially claim any of us at any time. Very unlucky.

You get a glimpse of the psychedelic Jazz bass in this footage:

The lighting doesn't bring out the colours especially well, and I actually think it looks quite bad! I like the lefty neck however.

It looks like the odd reverse V bass has Guild humbuckers fitted? It seems that he was rather fond of these pickups. He also had that sonic blue refin'd Guild Starfire that he had modified to a two pickup instrument. It had Bisonics (somebody on Talkbass has/had it). Clearly Glenn was semi fond of Guild basses even if this doesn't seem too apparent form the lineup here.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Suggestions for photo hosting site?
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:16:27 PM »
I use imgur, no issues yet! I upload photos to albums on there which I set to private. I then right click on each image and hit 'open in new tab'. I can then copy the URL in the browser into the image upload thingy here and on other forums.

For example, here is my photo of the storage yard at the air museum in Malta:

Name those cockpits!

A bit like Marshall and Park?

I've seen those Japanese basses referred to as 'Rivolis' a few times. I figured it was always wishful thinking on the part of the owner or seller. I think the assumption is that the Japanese bass was envisaged as direct replacement for the Rivoli, but I've never seen this verified anywhere.

I for one would be interested in a Glenn Cornick bass history lesson!

Any idea as to where he got the black pickguard he put on the Tbird he played at the Isle of Wight?

The Bass Zone / Re: NAMM Rumours?
« on: January 03, 2018, 01:46:59 PM »
Chris, any chance you could convince Fender to make me a signature model?

Coronado EB-2 alike with a WRHB in the neck position only.  ;)

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Rics
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:01:25 PM »
Some early Yes here:

Early Yes strike me as a sort of lighter-footed band in the Vanilla Fudge/Deep Purple mk 1 pattern. Long, drawn out Beatles covers that go through the whole laundry list of tempos and dynamic changes to get there. A bit precocious and boring at times, but also fairly entertaining.

Two Rickenbackers! Chris Squire's and a (refinished?) 1997 RM in the hands of Peter Banks. Interesting to see Chris's bass when it still had the silver paper stuck to it. I don't buy the story that a lot of wood was shaved from his bass, as it doesn't look any thicker in this video than in any later videos.

The guitar survives:

I feel a bit bad for Peter Banks, really. Then again, one of the reasons I like Fish Out of Water is that Steve Howe isn't on it, adding his off-kilter country bends and nasal lead licks to all and sundry. By the time Yes were producing Going For the One I feel that Steve is the musically weaker link in the chain as he didn't really modernise or change up his style as the sound of the band adapted. Peter Banks might have!  :mrgreen:

Thanks guys! The Coronado and I hit the road last night:

A good gig. Ramshackle, but it all came together. Another band, who were headlining and sort of the local heroes for this scene, brought a lot of extra lighting gear, smoke machines and stuff down to the gig. Very psychedelic.

I ran the Coronado into my VT:DI, into the PA system and then into that wee Laney amp sitting on the beer crate behind me. I had the Laney set to only give me upper frequencies, and I had a lot more of my bass coming through the wedge in front of me. Between the Laney and the wedge I had a few hotspots onstage where I could get certain notes to feedback, or at least sustain nicely. I noticed this with the Coronado more than I've ever noticed with other basses.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Cool Rics on eBay
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:26:30 PM »
The neck plate looks very rusty. Did anything on those basses give off corrosive gas over time, or has this been stored somewhere unfavorable?

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