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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« Last post by bassilisk on December 06, 2017, 11:11:16 AM »
Pinkie shortly before takeoff to San Clemente, CA.


That is absolutely killer. :toast:
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Gibson Basses / Re: NAMM update from Chris (Embassy and Tbird content)
« Last post by TBird1958 on December 06, 2017, 10:57:45 AM »


 Mine showed yesterday, got a little time in with it last night, pretty nice bass! 

 
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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« Last post by dadagoboi on December 06, 2017, 10:54:50 AM »
Thant's nothing but SWEET!
and. . . . the trees are back  8).

Thanks!  Yep, trees.  That sparkle finish was difficult to photograph.  I'm having the same problem with this one, metallic gold with a dust of sparkle.





Customer changed the color from black cherry pearl to gold.  Neck is rosewood shaft/ebony fretboard.
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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« Last post by Rob on December 06, 2017, 10:01:19 AM »
Thant's nothing but SWEET!
and. . . . the trees are back  8).
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Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Rics
« Last post by ilan on December 06, 2017, 09:20:30 AM »
And a Fender-ish bridge. It took RIC some time until they made the 4004 with those features, but it never became as popular as modded 4001's.
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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« Last post by dadagoboi on December 06, 2017, 06:35:45 AM »
Pinkie shortly before takeoff to San Clemente, CA.





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The Outpost Cafe / Re: A new itch for Uwe to scratch...
« Last post by lowend1 on December 06, 2017, 05:46:46 AM »
Good eye! With that proof, now Uwe will have to buy it.

He's been conspicuously quiet - perhaps he's been pulling some OT hours to finance a purchase...
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Gibson Basses / Re: NAMM update from Chris (Embassy and Tbird content)
« Last post by lowend1 on December 06, 2017, 05:38:58 AM »
I still feel that the Thunderbird's "niche" status does not warrant the coexistence of both the VP and the CIVP at virtually the same price point. Unlike iterations of SGs, Les Pauls and P or J basses, the VP is not simply a repurposing of the existing Thunderbird husk with upgraded hardware. It is, in fact, the "faithful" execution of the vintage TBird format and dimensions - headstock, cutaway and all - that a lot of us have been clamoring for - and we are the niche dwellers, after all. However, the Classic IVs that are already in the pipeline will need to be disseminated before going full tilt with production/distribution of the new model, IMHO. There has been no price drop on the CIVP as yet (that I've noticed) to send it the way of the dodo, so I would think that the flow of VPs will remain a trickle until all the holiday "need it now" gift shoppers have been cleared out by selling them the CVIP.
This is not to disparage the Classic IV Pro. It is an excellent instrument - mine will likely remain a "go to" for gigging even after my VP (finally) arrives.
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Gibson Basses / Re: Music videos that feature EB0 to EB4 and SG variant basses...
« Last post by Alanko on December 06, 2017, 02:27:38 AM »
A much more sensible look.... dunno about angry tho.

Anywho, that added middle pickup is no EB mini; soemthing else.  Can't quite tell (vid quality and reflections of the stage lights) but it could be Jim Lea.  You know he could have taken the bass to him more than once, and this was just the stage 1 modification.

They look like John Birch mini humbuckers, I just couldn't see the bajillion pole pieces that JB pickups tend to have. It could be down to image degradation or the film it was originally captured on.

Slade had a close working relationship with John Birch, so I wouldn't be surprised if the bass made multiple trips to him. When the bass was refinished white it also lost the mudbucker and gained a bigger batwing pickguard. After the mods the bass was closer to the custom basses John Birch built for Jim, so maybe Jim requested the mudbucker be removed and it was the refinish that was above and beyond the work requested.
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Gibson Basses / Re: NAMM update from Chris (Embassy and Tbird content)
« Last post by Basvarken on December 06, 2017, 01:08:52 AM »
I think they will be up there with the JCS.
The demand must already be overwhelming, since they've postponed the release twice...
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