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Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 26, 2017, 07:31:30 PM »
Gene was just here for a comic convention Saturday. Watching him take over a live teaser segment from the station where I used to work, literally take the mic away and running way over time and completely dumbfounding the teenage-looking reporter who I doubt even knew who he was... that was funny. My contacts at the show said he was a dick and charged $140k for his MINIMUM appearance guarantee and never talked to anyone who didn't have a tv camera or leave his three armed bodyguards once he was there. And dear Lord, for all the money he has, you'd think he could get a better wig! There's cheap and then there's

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Real people. Not actors.
« on: June 10, 2017, 01:22:05 PM »
Thank Dave! After many years of way too many repairs on my Silverado, if I ever am able to afford a new car, it won't be a Chevy.

Gibson Basses / Re: Explorer For Sale
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:16:58 PM » much for Greco pseudo-'splorer? Inquiring minds want to know.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: RIP Chris Cornell
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:31:09 AM »
One report I've seen mentions possible suicide. Just damn.

The Bass Zone / Re: About Face
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:41:09 PM »
 It's not a simple matter of switching just the plucking implement; my bass is slung low out of necessity. My arms are very long and resetting my strap for pick playing standing just doesn't work for me because I'd have to commit to doing a whole set with a pick. I can do fine playing pickstyle seated, but I've played too aggressively fingerstyle for too long to be able to impart the same dynamics into pick playing anywhere outside a studio. I can slap, but I don't play any songs where it would work musically. Jamerson didn't slap either.

Gibson Basses / Re: '76 Korina Thunderbird
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:59:27 AM »
Seriously, how do they get something THIS wrong?

They looked at a vintage price guide, found the most expensive bass that didn't look like it came from the 60's and slapped a tag on it. I seriously doubt they paid more than $5-600 for the bass unless some idiot manager bought it believing it to truly be bicentennial, and then, I expect $800-1.2K max. GC doesn't pay 60%; they go for the absolute lowball wholesale price on all used gear. In 2003 at GC, I got $600 for an old US-made 60's Epiphone 12-string acoustic. It had a cracked top, which I repaired, but it was an old crack and was discolored. It played and sounded fantastic, but I'm not much of a guitar player and it had too much soul to wait on me to become one. I was happy about the price; it was exactly what had I expected to be offered and bought my Marcus Miller. They sold it for $900, tagged at $1200. I had paid $50 for the Epi.

Gibson Basses / Re: Rex Brown and a Tbird
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:44:39 AM »
Forgot to mention: he just released a solo album and it's NOT featuring him as a bass player. I've not heard it, but EVERY promo shot for it shows him with a guitar. Rex also has a current Framus/Warwick endorsement deal.

Gibson Basses / Re: Rex Brown and a Tbird
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:13:28 AM »
Rex was the glue, musically and personally, that held Pantera together for as long as it did. He is THE most often overlooked aspect of that band ignored for their success: Phil had the big mouth and Dime and Vinnie were the brothers behind the machine when in truth, it was Rex and Vinnie. Dime came later, as did Phil. Rex never seems bitter, but he's said a few things in interviews that hint at him being tired of having the band he built being credited to others.

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Monster Fender rig - 400 PS
« on: May 05, 2017, 09:20:03 AM »
So the bass and treble are passive in an SVT? And as I'm sure you know, the "ultra lo" switch is much more of a mid cut than it is a bass boost.

The SVT was one of, if not the, first amps to feature an active EQ. However, it is only in the midrange. All the other tone controls are passive.

Re: "standby" versus ground shorting- that's the most important thing they got wrong. Fender's use of shorting output jacks to protect tube power sections is well known and there's a big difference between somehow idling the tube, like lifting the cathode ground and removing the drive signal (ala Trace Elliot) and conducting its voltage output to ground.

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Monster Fender rig - 400 PS
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:10:38 PM »
I don't deny the article is a long overdue tribute to an often unknown amp, but it doesn't do anyone any favors to spread falsehoods, intentionally or not. Maybe it's the leftover bad taste of my time in TV news and seeing corners cut at the expense of the truth one time too many.

Other Bass Brands / Re: Explorer bass shaped object alert...
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:06:14 PM »
I used to work for Willis; it's most likely Korean made and if the guitars in my old store were any indication, not well. Nothing against later Korean production, but the guitars (no basses) at my store were late 80's to early 90's vintage and poorly made. We finally sold  them by upgrading the hardware (crap tuners stock, but they had nice Floyd Rose knockoff bridges), changing the strings and setting them up decent. At the time, they literally had 10-15 years worth of dust on them hanging new in the store priced above $1k. No one had even tried them out in years. A little TLC and some realistic discounting had them gone in a month.

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Monster Fender rig - 400 PS
« on: May 04, 2017, 03:07:55 PM »
The comments about tube history in regards to the 6550A are bullshit, as are the comments about the SVT preamp rolling off bass naturally, and though it's an opinion, I would NOT describe the amp's tone on any channel are particularly "clear." Also, not using an output on the 400PS does NOT put its respective output tube pair into standby, but shorts it to ground.

Regarding the tubes, I knew the former head of QC for GE's Owensboro, KY factory; the 6550A was a US replacement for the KT88, a copy of Sylvania's 6550A, who produced ALL the tube glass envelopes for both companies. GE only made it because the envelopes already existed and they could use-off spec 6550A's, bottle and all, rebased as 6CA7's.  The 6550A had more stable screen grids than both the original small bottle RCA 6550 and coke bottle Tungsol 6550, which allowed the tube to be driven much harder for more output power. It was made to accommodate both the burgeoning hi-power hi-fi designs of the day and output power hungry manufacturers like Fender AND Ampeg. RCA, Ampeg's former favored tube maker and neighbor in New Jersey (See the 7027), had already ceased most domestic tube production by the early 70's, though it sold other makes rebranded as its own until the mid 80's. When Magnavox bought Ampeg in 1971 and moved production to East Tennessee, it leveraged its relationship with Sylvania, similarly to Fender's famous "STR" Sylvania 6L6GC's made for the also-mentioned silverface Bassman amps, to help design a higher powered 6550, though SVT's shipped with Magnavox-branded Tungsol 6550's as late as the mid 70's.

In regards to the SVT preamp, a simple perusal of Bass Gear Magazine's curve trace of the SVT preamp set flat shows a distinctive bass BOOST, not cut, or more accurately, an inherent midrange cut that could be mitigated with the active midrange control; the rest of the tone stack is passive.

It's cool to see the 400PS get some press, but though the issues I take may be details, they are important ones.

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: Tube retainers
« on: May 01, 2017, 11:02:19 PM »

Does these amps actually have a test/set point where you actually measure the bias voltage?
I would think (not familiar with the amp, though) the test points are cathode current.

-100mV of bias voltage just seems a tad too hot :)
:o Yep!
It's a built-in test point. I completely missed the "mv" and just read "voltage." A cathode reading should be in current, but who knows what amp manuals say nowadays. I had the amp in question's identical-other-than-cosmetics predecessor, the Sunn 300T, and was never impressed with it so I never dug into it, but from what I remember of its bias monitor circuitry, it was a joke and IIRC caused many output stage failures. I do remember having two of them blow up on me when I was trying them out NEW in stores! (Maybe they were biased in mv, LOL)

Bias is a negative voltage. You WANT a negative reading.

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