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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Mar 09, 2009 01:00

Good luck, I hope you get something good cheaply.

Can I ask what you're looking at? or are you going to wait until the end of the auction.

I'm very much thinking about an investment bass-wise myself (as mentioned in the pedals thread) and share your enthusiasm.

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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Jun 16, 2009 20:38

So i finally got my hands on my long dreamed of perfect bass.

Fireglo Rickenbacker. Its a 1993 4003, and it sounds incredible and feels absolutetly perfect to play. Swapped out the roundwounds for flatwounds and got it a set up. Plays just lovely.

I can't believe its taken so long to acquire one, but the wait has been worth it. Now i need to get rid of my music man, and maybe fix up and punt my starfire bass, then i'll have the ric and my jack cassidy to cover all bases.
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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 16, 2009 20:47

Or maybe to "cover all basses".

Eeee, a 4003, mazal tov. You must be so happy. We were talking about what instruments we would buy if money were no object the other day... I invoked the 4003.

I seem to have turned green.

I look forward to seeing and hearing you play it at indietracks.

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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by iainmayfield » Wed Jun 17, 2009 08:53

kingofpartick wrote:So i finally got my hands on my long dreamed of perfect bass.

Fireglo Rickenbacker. Its a 1993 4003, and it sounds incredible and feels absolutetly perfect to play. Swapped out the roundwounds for flatwounds and got it a set up. Plays just lovely.

I can't believe its taken so long to acquire one, but the wait has been worth it. Now i need to get rid of my music man, and maybe fix up and punt my starfire bass, then i'll have the ric and my jack cassidy to cover all bases.
It certainly looks the part Gav! Well done - I've just picked up a USA made Phantom Teardrop bass in vintage cream - absolutely lovely to play - but I could still do with a Ricky as well

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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jun 17, 2009 20:11

By the way Gav, from where did you get it?

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Post by islandhopper » Wed Jun 17, 2009 20:13

I want one (and a band to play it in)! It's a shame they didn't give us any close-ups on the telly.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jun 17, 2009 20:20

You could bring some spyglasses to indietracks.

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Post by islandhopper » Wed Jun 17, 2009 21:10

jayen_aitch wrote:You could bring some spyglasses to indietracks.
Woe is me - I'm not going!

I was going to say something here about how my bass hasn't been restrung for 10 years, but then I bought it second-hand so it may well be longer than that!

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Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jun 17, 2009 21:19

Oh, I'm sorry to have mentioned it then.

I restrung mine recently... it sounds lovely... I also read about cleaning bass strings... there are some crazy suggested methods out there.

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Post by magic tea » Thu Jun 18, 2009 08:50

It works really well if you soak them in some hot water and washing up liquid then leave them to dry in an airing cupboard.

I haven't played my bass in months (actually more like a year, eep), I've lent it to friend after friend because they don't have their own!

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Post by bocken » Thu Jun 18, 2009 09:11

What's this restringing business? Have they broken?

What flatwounds are you using Gav? (I feel like asking every Rickogeek question, but there isn't really much that changes. erm, how heavy is it?). Anyway, I tried some flats once, but I just bought some cheap no-brands on ebay and one of the strings was completely dead so I abandoned that idea. Thomastiks are probably the way to go but fuck spending £50 on a pack.

and pictures already!

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Post by kingofpartick » Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:41

bocken wrote:What's this restringing business? Have they broken?

What flatwounds are you using Gav? (I feel like asking every Rickogeek question, but there isn't really much that changes. erm, how heavy is it?). Anyway, I tried some flats once, but I just bought some cheap no-brands on ebay and one of the strings was completely dead so I abandoned that idea. Thomastiks are probably the way to go but fuck spending £50 on a pack.

and pictures already!
D'addario medium guage at the minute. They were the only ones in the shop at the time, but they seem rather good.

I stopped bothering changing bass strings other than for the start of a long tour if they had been on for ages and i need a set up.

The Funk Brothers were talking about how they used to have bets as to who could keep their bass strings on for the longest without having to change them, they felt bass strings sound better the longer you have them on for. I tend to agree, its a bit different with guitars, but unless you are regularly seriously battering them with a plectrum, they don't tend to get knackered, and a regular clean with some fast fret or whateverkeeps them sounding fine for ages.
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Post by Final Loan » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:42

I ended up getting an Epiphone Jack Casady in the end. Tried one in Sound Control and absolutely fell in love with it. It's got such a great tone and the neck is just the nicest of all the basses I've ever played.

Plus I just love semi-acoustic bodies. We're even working on a tune where I get to make feedback!

The only problem is it's a bitch to try and track down a case for it. Can't find an Epiphone case anywhere and I can't really afford to get a flight case made specially. And in the meantime it's shredding my gig bag cos it really doesn't fit and the stitching's giving up...
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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by iainmayfield » Wed Sep 09, 2009 15:15

Final Loan wrote:I ended up getting an Epiphone Jack Casady in the end. Tried one in Sound Control and absolutely fell in love with it. It's got such a great tone and the neck is just the nicest of all the basses I've ever played.

Plus I just love semi-acoustic bodies. We're even working on a tune where I get to make feedback!

The only problem is it's a bitch to try and track down a case for it. Can't find an Epiphone case anywhere and I can't really afford to get a flight case made specially. And in the meantime it's shredding my gig bag cos it really doesn't fit and the stitching's giving up...
Nice!!! Did you get Gold or Black?

You should be able to pick up a case on line at somwhere like GAK or Andertons??

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Post by Final Loan » Wed Sep 09, 2009 15:34

Black. Never been much of a fan of goldtops... Although I did get it cheap, on eBay, as it's taken a slight bump at some point (which I'm okay with - it just means I'm not too precious with it... terrified to play it in public for fear of damaging it!).

As for a case... every place I've looked on t'interweb has none in stock. I tried phoning a place to see what they said and they reckoned that there were only about 20 coming into the country and they'd all been pre-sold. Which'll mean I'll need to order one, pay in advance and then wait two or three months!
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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by bocken » Wed Sep 09, 2009 15:52

Don't know if you've looked at Thomann or not. Any of these any good? http://www.thomann.de/gb/cases_for_acoustic_basses.html

Ooh, they've got the actual case as well - http://www.thomann.de/gb/epiphone_epjac ... koffer.htm It does say it's sold out but there's a shipment due, so I'm not sure if they're pre-sold them. They've been alright when I've dealt with them in the past so they should be able to tell you if you email them.

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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Oct 02, 2009 22:53

Gav/anyone else with a Ric...

What's the mute feature like? Do you use it much?

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Post by bocken » Sat Oct 03, 2009 13:42

I quite liked it, but I changed the bridge on mine for a Hipshot one because it's a complete hassle to set the intonation on the standard one, plus I kept catching my wrist on the mute screws which was a bit painful and annoying.

I would use it occasionally, but it's a bit awkward - you adjust the height of the damper with two screws, but you have to set it every time, it's not just like an on-off thing, that would be much more useful. Might put it back some time, I love the bass sound on Broadcast's records, he uses a Precision with some foam under the strings.

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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:55

Final Loan wrote:I ended up getting an Epiphone Jack Casady in the end. Tried one in Sound Control and absolutely fell in love with it. It's got such a great tone and the neck is just the nicest of all the basses I've ever played.

Plus I just love semi-acoustic bodies. We're even working on a tune where I get to make feedback!

The only problem is it's a bitch to try and track down a case for it. Can't find an Epiphone case anywhere and I can't really afford to get a flight case made specially. And in the meantime it's shredding my gig bag cos it really doesn't fit and the stitching's giving up...

i really like the jack cassidy.

Its expensive, but you could always get a flight case made for it. Alternatively, Gator make a really big hard case which is designed for people who have horrendous jaggy guitars or other non standard shapes, which you can fit your own foam into.
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Re: Bass Guitars

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Oct 27, 2009 00:10

Yey...

On Wednesday my Rickenbacker arrived.

I was keeping it a secret, hence not writing about it here right away, but tonight I took it along to practice for the first time and the rest of the Nest got to see it.

Playing at a decent level through my amp where we practice, it sounded so much better than it has done on a quiet level in our house, or through headphones.

But yes, she's a 4003 in Fireglo, and I am very happy.

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