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Guitars Etc. / Re: Odd Gibson
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:35:46 PM »
Those guitars had a bit of a 'spare parts' vibe to them. The weird black Vibrola didn't help. Imagine they had metal in the '50s...

That Ebay example looks pretty rough. The headstock is a lesson on orange peel that any amateur refinisher could learn from.

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: RIP Malcolm Young
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:45:48 PM »
Better to be out of all that fog in his mind... rip... :sad:

Bittersweet but ultimately true. I hope we can come up with cures for this stuff in the near future.

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Attention Neil Young fans &model train collectors
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:43:08 PM »
Interesting stuff in there. Looks like he was a magpie for Marshall amps, which I didn't see coming! Some interesting stuff in there, and a lot of geegaws and general tat.

The '70s P bass was interesting, as it had a Dimarzio Model P fitted and the pickup halves swapped around. Instead of fitting a new pickguard the tech/luthier/Neil cut the route in the pickguard to make it work, and then inlaid plastic to make it all fit together.

Alright it was mildly interesting.

I'm just a bit worried. Why is Neil selling all this stuff off?

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Other Bass Brands / Re: Old Gretsch
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:22:19 PM »
Bernard Paganotti plays a bass like that, which I think he's owned since the '60s. There must be something to them, as he also played custom Jacobacci basses, and presumably could get basses built to any spec he wanted.

Do these basses have end pins? Gretsch made a bass like that and I've seen it called a 'cello' bass in literature.

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The Bass Zone / Re: 2014 Jack Bruce Interviews
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:04:16 AM »
That video where Ginger is basically a puddle of angry old man in a recliner is pretty funny.

Going to put it out there, but I'm not the biggest fan of Ginger's drumming.

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Hunter Green you say?


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The downside is that auto body guys have no idea how to prep wood.  No grain filler, no pre-sanding with grit down to 2000, and probably not a clean enough painting environment.  Hope it turns out OK. If you're re-painting over existing finish, that gets rid of some potential problems.

I'm going to do a bunch of prep myself, including a fair bit of filler work (there is wood missing on the back, and dents in the front). I was advised not to prime it myself as they would be removing the stuff I applied before applying their own.

I'm cautiously optimistic, but I know it won't be the same as getting a dedicated instrument refinisher to have at it. As long as it looks better than whatever I could do for ~£120 then I will be happy.

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I spoke a bit with the guy who would do the work. It sounds like a familiar workflow: filler/primer, colour coat then 2K clear lacquer. I think he mentioned 'flattening', but he definitely mentioned buffing the finish if necessary.

The work may well cost more than £120; I have to take the bass along for the guy to evaluate. He has done non-car stuff before, including furniture and record decks.

Nobody got a black JC pickup?  :o

I'm looking at a vinyl dye product to turn my cream Casady pickup black. Apparently it gets down into the plastic, rather than sit on the surface. It might be nonsense....

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: I had my Dilbert moment today ...
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:59:40 AM »
My work have issued laptops in the last few years. The problem is that the docking stations they require don't seem very robust. The laptops themselves are also pretty pitifully spec'd. For my work I need a powerful processor, so I get to keep my 'tower' for a while longer.

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The Bass Zone / Re: Bass Player's Rant About the RRHOF
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:18:50 PM »
I don't care what he says because he plays a Stingray.  :mrgreen:

For me, the Stingray marks the point that bass technology and design started going in the wrong direction. That stubby bridge-position active tone became the norm, and tones became thinner, percussive and less rich as a result. Not for me. This is the point that bass playing became a rhythmic pursuit rather than a melodic one, and a wealth of knowledge and judgement garnered by the prog rock bands was thrown out the window in place of all that 'always on the one' tedium.

Anyway...

Anybody wasting calories on the RRHOF is a bit of an idiot. The place is a museum, not a governing body. The bands in the 'hall of fame' aren't accredited rockstars at the end of the ordeal. Alice Cooper became a chartered rock singer in 2011? The place gets endless free promotion from dullards complaining about who is, and who isn't, in the RRHOF. Occasionally they let a rap band or other undeserving entity into the hall of fame, expressly to drum up a bit of anger. Anger equates to free publicity.

I suppose the RRHOF is the Guggenheim for gas jockeys and the Smithsonian for short order cooks, but it is just museum! Rooms full of old guitars, notebooks, stage clothes etc. As I've said elsewhere, I'm sure the toilets are clean and I'm sure the restaurant does a reasonable burger. That is all that anybody needs to worry about.

It seems to be the norm for a RRHOF thread to kick off on Talkbass every six months or so, as somebody else allows their righteous indignation to boil over. Such people are remarkably easy to wind up, even if they don't see the joke:


How come Bill Haley is in the RRHOF but Stryper aren't?

How come Bruce Springsteen is in there, but GG Allin isn't?

When will the RRHOF recognise the contribution Wall of Voodoo made to rock music?

Why are Steely Dan even in the RRHOF?

Why are Lynyrd Skynyrd still in there? They didn't even play on their own records! It was the dudes out the Alice Cooper band!

How come Bobby Womack is in there? Can you say 'one hit wonder'?

etc, ad nauseum.

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Using an experienced painter makes sense to me

It was quite a funny phone call. The painter felt he was letting me in for some bad news, as it might cost me £120 or so to get the bass painted.

Guitar refinishers are quite rare in the UK, and they would charge £300 - £400 for the work. Hollow bass (tick), set neck (tick), body and neck refinish (tick).

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Two months later....

I'm getting the Casady bass refinished by an auto body shop. I'm looking at RAL 9001 as the colour, which is a pleasantly vintage shade of cream. I saw a cream EB-2 online and took a shine to it. No binding, just acres of 2K lacquer. I'm glad somebody else is dealing with the 2K lacquer.

I will cut either a black or a red tortoishell pickguard for the bass and clean up the wiring loom harness. I'm going to put a shout out for a black Casady pickup and mounting ring set, as mine are cream and might clash with the body.

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Fender Basses / Re: Ford Fiesta Red
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:03:54 AM »
Not a huge fan of the Mikey Way bass, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking about tracking down an already modified Mustang reissue and then fitting one of my Gibson Thunderbird pickups.

The other thing keeping me up at night is the idea of tracking down a Rivoli reissue next year some time.

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Fender Basses / Re: Dylan Wilson
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:06:03 PM »
Richie Kotzen doesn't use a pick! Only noticed that in this video.

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Fender Basses / Re: Ford Fiesta Red
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:59:49 PM »
My Mustang GAS is slowly coming back....  :-[

I've seen a few of those Fiestas in that colour. Presumably they're simply reissuing a historic DuPont colour, rather than trying to make a visual pun off the fact that they're selling a Fiesta in Fiesta Red? Maybe they could knock out a special edition with competition stripes and a pearloid-finish roof?


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