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Gibson Basses / Re: 20th Anniversary JCS [new pics]
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:51:18 AM »
A guy over at TB just took delivery of one. These are apparently made in China.

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/nbd-jack-casady-20th-anniversary-bass.1298148/

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Other Bass Brands / Re: My "Phoenix" G&L L2000
« on: August 03, 2017, 10:14:35 AM »
So I finally got an idea of what this bass sounds like out front. This was a town Summer concert series show at their mid-town gazebo.
All stage sound, nothing reinforced. I was using my trusty Aguilar GS212 with a Thunderfunk 550b amp, very little EQ.
The Moses neck provides for a nice tight and even muscular tone. I am liking this pairing more and more.

Had 2 very capable subs on this night - drums and guitar.



P.S. Couldn't control the camera limiter from kicking in.....


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Guitars Etc. / Re: 63 Korina Explorer
« on: July 28, 2017, 06:12:34 AM »
Now that's a deal that tough to argue with!!! ???

At the very least it'll get you a really nice strap....

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Guitars Etc. / 63 Korina Explorer
« on: July 28, 2017, 04:03:05 AM »
I came across this in an email from Elderly Music. I didn't know they had one.
Time to go through the sofa cushions for booty....

https://www.elderly.com/instruments/web-vault/gibson-explorer-1963.htm


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Guitars Etc. / Re: '59 Melody Maker with "marks and scuffs"
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:53:58 AM »
Ooooo...my guitar player has been perving for one of these since he first heard Leslie West.
I passed this along.

I can only imagine the plate is protecting the beginnings of a split.

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Gibson Basses / Re: 20th Anniversary JCS [new pics]
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:44:36 AM »
Here's a thread from TB about the JC electronics. See if it helps you.

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/how-do-the-epiphone-jack-casady-electronics-work.1241184/

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Gibson Basses / Re: felt for Gibson mute
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:54:48 PM »
I know Dave. I got caught up in the conversation and moved away from the point.

Having said that, I bought a brand new 94 EB Sterling which at that time had individual string mutes, and it looked like a piece of mouse pad at contact. I immediately took them off.

That being my frame of reference, I offered me preference on "fuller spectrum" basses.

Restoring an original EB-2 is an understandable venture, and fully lauded.

I have perved for an EB-2 for many moons and finally settled for an Epi JC. No regrets, but....

As an aside, my mudbucker luv goes back a long way. I bought this Tele bass brand new in 1970. By 1975, when this picture was taken, I had refinished the bass twice and performed a very popular mod of the day. Part of me is still smitten



P.S. I did own a '76 EB-3 for a few years, so even with the treble pu,  I hear you bobyoung!


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Gibson Basses / Re: felt for Gibson mute
« on: July 23, 2017, 03:49:06 AM »
I don't like heavy muting action either, like a dead thump. That's why I prefer a softer material like the soft foam a pickup is packed in when you buy it is perfect. I cut a strip 1/2"-3/4" wide, have it only high enough for the string to just nestle in it and push it right up against the bridge saddles.

That's enough the stop unwanted overtones and have minimal affect to the sustain.
Changing the location lets you get how much you want.

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Gibson Basses / Re: What Is This One?
« on: July 20, 2017, 10:11:24 AM »
Well, there you go. The reason I've kept this one is because I like the neck and it's one of the most even playing basses I have. Very smooth and consistent notes. I also really like the top. I've seen a bunch and not many with such a nice figuring. I can deal with the slab body as well. I wasn't crazy about the black hardware, and at the time I was able to get NOS chrome Gibson replacement tuners. The Schaller bridge was easy.

The current pickup combo can be dealt with using some judicious EQ and output control. They have a wicked hot midrange. I did manage to find the chrome covers from a Kramer dealer moving excess stock.

I'm still trying to "normalize" it a bit more to suit me.
It's great for outdoor gigs going through my Mesa M-Pulse which softens it some.


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Gibson Basses / Re: What Is This One?
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:18:57 AM »
My 96 doesn't have it.

All Deluxes have the TCT/Bartolini pups electronics combo, which makes for a powerful, but incredibly sterile/hifi sound. Period piece of the early 90ies trying to sound like a bass in the mid-80ies.  :mrgreen:

I initially bought mine because it had an excellent flamed top. Though the initial impression of its tone was enjoyable the novelty wore off (see above - spot on Uwe) and I've been on a replacement pickup hunt ever since. Tried real Gibson TB+ (passive) and currently Schaller/DiMarzio (passive).

I'm thinking of going back to the TB+ and using the original Bart pre. I didn't know that was the typical setup.
OR
I have a set of Alumitones that I'm very curious about.

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The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:09:37 AM »
I think the problem with that is that any good sci-fi series requires thought and an attention span lasting longer than the last explosion.

Almost all of the successful shows require neither.

Clearly, they are in short supply..... :rolleyes:

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:05:42 AM »
Sometimes the cozmik wheel turns, the right stars align, and a well deserved outcome becomes a reality. 8)

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Fender Basses / Re: Signature Mustang for JMJ
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:17:52 AM »
It just seems odd to me. I see popular players getting Signature basses from what were always considered the most basic beginner models.
Growing up I didn't know anyone that had a Mustang, or a Melody Maker for that matter. Maybe I needed a larger circle to sample.

I guess there's not much fruit left on the tree. Maybe I am the victim of a certain degree of instrument snobbery, but I started with
a piece of firewood and made every effort to get away from it ASAP. I don't know - maybe I'm just too old for this kind of thing.

I'm sure it'll be fine with a custom pickup(?) and whatever they have to do to bring it up some notches.
But, I'll always see this as the proverbial silk purse from a sow's ear. To me, no matter what you do, it'll always be just a Mustang....



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The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:55:42 AM »
I have an Epi Jack Casady (34" scale) and it suits me to the ground. I don't play music requiring an aggressive tone, but I can attest to the versatility of the pickup. The 3 position varitone goes from a low output mellow setting (1) to a high output P bass plus setting (3) with an intermediate step up the tone ladder.

The construction of the bass is first rate, and the neck is nice and slim. The hardware - meh. The tuners were okay enough but the 3 point bridge didn't do it for me. The Epi version is not nearly as robust as Gibson's. I put in a Hipshot, which made life easier all around. This was a personal preference of mine and not strictly necessary. Babicz makes a fine upgrade as well.

New ones are right at your price point and used ones are a good deal IMO.

Among the hollow bodies currently available this is a model well worth checking out.
If you can't find one to try you can always buy one and take advantage of the 45 day return policy most retailers offer.

BTW - mine was brand new in a sealed box but a cosmetic second so the price was really right. After meticulously going over the entire bass the only cosmetic issue I found was the edges of the F holes weren't blacked out. Fixed that with a felt tip marker.

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