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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6631
    Yeah I prefer the corvette shape but the pickups are in a different position on the thumb.

    Though if I got another bass at this point it’d be a G&L L2000 I think, based on tone. Though I’d love to try a Dingwall to see how the low B comes out on a fan fret

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    Cabicular said:
    Cabicular said:
    I have a bit of experience of Warwick Basses (recorded a few via Neil Lough aka Bassoctopus who is the bassist in 300ft Gorilla) and I highly recommend a 90s thumb bass (if you can find one) or an Infinity (semi hollow with F holes)
    90s thumbs are getting quite collectible, and the prices are going up. I'd have to try one - I hear mixed reports on the necks and how playable they are
    You either like the neck or you dont
    Neils is a 5 string so it is chunky alright
    the infinity is a more contemporary neck and probably a better all round sound, but the thumb has something... a real density and evenness in the low end I don’t think you can get from anything else.
    they sit quite comfortably to play although Neil and I are both over 6ft.
    They record really well. If you listen to any of the 300ft Gorilla stuff it is all over it. Only in the later albums he started using the infinity.


    If the new Ibanez has taught me anything, it's that I need to be more open to trying new stuff more, so I wouldn't discount a thumb at all until I'd tried one. I would like a few more "modern" styles/sounds in the collection and a Warwick probably needs to be in there. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    I've seen a few original L2000s recently for silly money. My worry is how much the sound overlaps the core precision sound
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2123
    He also used it in my stuff which is a little less heavy

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8s0u1b1o1x38efc/04%20Sufferance.mp3?dl=0
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6631
    I've seen a few original L2000s recently for silly money. My worry is how much the sound overlaps the core precision sound
    Never tried one, but there are a lot more sounds in them otherwise with the series/parallel switching and second pickup, plus you can wire them for splits too.

    From what I can tell from the demos I’ve heard it can sound similar to the precision in one position but not the same.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    Cabicular said:
    He also used it in my stuff which is a little less heavy

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8s0u1b1o1x38efc/04%20Sufferance.mp3?dl=0
    Thanks - I shall have a listen later.

    I do appear to be negotiating another left field purchase this morning tho..
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    I've seen a few original L2000s recently for silly money. My worry is how much the sound overlaps the core precision sound
    Never tried one, but there are a lot more sounds in them otherwise with the series/parallel switching and second pickup, plus you can wire them for splits too.

    From what I can tell from the demos I’ve heard it can sound similar to the precision in one position but not the same.
    Funny you should mention series parallel switching. My current negotiation includes exactly that.. hmmm
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6631
    I think the Tribute L2K is supposed to have a huge neck, which IIRC is you’re preference. They seem an excellent deal used
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    I think the Tribute L2K is supposed to have a huge neck, which IIRC is you’re preference. They seem an excellent deal used
    Yes - the original l2000 was a 1.75 nut and slim back to front - the tribute is the same.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    Having said that, the Ibanez is a super slim neck and I'm quite liking it - nothing is off the table.

    One of these days I'll find a Jazz that I actually like playing... maybe.
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2123
    Having said that, the Ibanez is a super slim neck and I'm quite liking it - nothing is off the table.

    One of these days I'll find a Jazz that I actually like playing... maybe.
    I don’t even particularly like mine...
    I’ve got a 70s maple neck precision which is a fantastic Bass. The jazz just seems kinda flat
    I put quarter pounders in it and that helped but they are maybe just not my style
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 3908

    If I was buying basses today (money no object) then:

    If allowed one, I'd buy a nice P bass.

    If two, I'd buy a P bass and a Rickenbacker 4003.

    If three, I'd buy a P bass, a Rickenbacker and a Musicman Bongo 4HS

    Other than that I don't think I'd want anything, apart from maybe a Yamaha SBV500 for old times' sake.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    Paul_C said:

    If I was buying basses today (money no object) then:

    If allowed one, I'd buy a nice P bass.

    If two, I'd buy a P bass and a Rickenbacker 4003.

    If three, I'd buy a P bass, a Rickenbacker and a Musicman Bongo 4HS

    Other than that I don't think I'd want anything, apart from maybe a Yamaha SBV500 for old times' sake.
    Well I have 3 nice P basses ;)

    At the moment this is supplemented by a hollowbody. I have some Partscasters which do individual things and are handy to have. 

    Will be interesting to see where I end up!
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6631
    edited January 6
    Cabicular said:
    Having said that, the Ibanez is a super slim neck and I'm quite liking it - nothing is off the table.

    One of these days I'll find a Jazz that I actually like playing... maybe.
    I don’t even particularly like mine...
    I’ve got a 70s maple neck precision which is a fantastic Bass. The jazz just seems kinda flat
    I put quarter pounders in it and that helped but they are maybe just not my style
    Does that have the bridge pickup closer to the bridge?

    I prefer the 60’s position (which is the current standard position) where the bridge pickup is closer to the neck.

    Took me a while to work that out though, I did GAS after a 70’s position bass for a while but I think the in between position is nicer on the 60’s position. Nice scoop but not too aggressive.

    If you want fatter the EMG J set is nice. Though I went back to the stock pickups on mine, through an Aguilar Tone Hammer it sounds great and can get the level bump it needs (IMO).


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    It's official. New bass deal negotiated and paid.

    So, new bass incoming... 
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    Sneaky peak from the seller - new photos when it arrives..


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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2290
    Too many frets, already, Reuben.
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    Too many frets, already, Reuben.
    I need somewhere to keep my dust.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    More pics I don't hear you say?

    Oh, ok then..

    (You're getting them whether you like them or not)




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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 519
    Ah lovely, the ACG cricket club auction bass, that's a real corker. And a bargain too!

    Is that a flat radius board? Interesting...
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    KKJale said:
    Ah lovely, the ACG cricket club auction bass, that's a real corker. And a bargain too!

    Is that a flat radius board? Interesting...
    Yes it is - and that was part of the attraction. As was the handwound pickup and the 7.5lb weight..
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2123
    Never heard of them but it looks nice?
    get it plugged into the Helix and record something
    really interested to hear it

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    Quick update - ACG arrived safely today. Got home late from work so not much time to play, but..

    Blimey it's light. Really bloody light!

    Pickup is punchy. Proper growly bark punchy. Nice.

    Flat board feels really good - nut is about 42mm I reckon and it's a comfy asymmetric neck. It's a corker
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 6777
    Going back to your comment about Jazz basses... one to try is the rarely found Trace Elliot T-bass. I had one briefly that I picked up for £550. MASSIVE sound and none of that Jazz bass 'politeness'.
    The old bass player in my previous band had one for playing Punk/New Wave on - it sounded epic.

    The difficulty will be finding one and some were... not so pretty in terms of the colours.

    Warwick bases - the early ones did balance. An old work collegue loved his solid walnut one (EMG pickups) and utterly regrets selling it.  I doubt he could afford to buy another now.


    Final suggestion:

    Shergold Marathon bass. :-) You know you want one...
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    edited January 11
    impmann said:
    Going back to your comment about Jazz basses... one to try is the rarely found Trace Elliot T-bass. I had one briefly that I picked up for £550. MASSIVE sound and none of that Jazz bass 'politeness'.
    The old bass player in my previous band had one for playing Punk/New Wave on - it sounded epic.

    The difficulty will be finding one and some were... not so pretty in terms of the colours.

    Warwick bases - the early ones did balance. An old work collegue loved his solid walnut one (EMG pickups) and utterly regrets selling it.  I doubt he could afford to buy another now.


    Final suggestion:

    Shergold Marathon bass. :-) You know you want one...
    I shall keep my eye out for a T-Bass to have a look at. Dunno what it is about the Warwicks, they just don't seem to be my cup of tea. I really should try one, but I feel quite meh about them.

    I know some one with a really nice Shergold Marathon - lightweight, punchy, nice neck - sadly the selfish bastard doesn't want to let it go

    Interesting factoid I heard on the radio: Gary Numan wrote the main riff to "Cars" in ten minutes on his newly acquired Shergold Modulator - which he still has!
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    I know some one with a really nice Shergold Marathon - lightweight, punchy, nice neck - sadly the selfish bastard doesn't want to let it go ;)

    Interesting factoid I heard on the readily: Gary Numan wrote the main riff to "Cars" in ten minutes on his newly acquired Shergold Modulator - which he still has!
    Indeed he does still have his Modulator bass. Apparently he wrote the riff while testing it in the shop, so bought the bass and hurried home to finish the song.

    Keep thrusting folding money under my nose... you never know... ;-)
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    impmann said:


    I know some one with a really nice Shergold Marathon - lightweight, punchy, nice neck - sadly the selfish bastard doesn't want to let it go ;)

    Interesting factoid I heard on the readily: Gary Numan wrote the main riff to "Cars" in ten minutes on his newly acquired Shergold Modulator - which he still has!
    Indeed he does still have his Modulator bass. Apparently he wrote the riff while testing it in the shop, so bought the bass and hurried home to finish the song.

    Keep thrusting folding money under my nose... you never know... ;-)
    What's the going rate for a Shergold marathon these days? £50?

    ;)
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 6777
    impmann said:


    I know some one with a really nice Shergold Marathon - lightweight, punchy, nice neck - sadly the selfish bastard doesn't want to let it go ;)

    Interesting factoid I heard on the readily: Gary Numan wrote the main riff to "Cars" in ten minutes on his newly acquired Shergold Modulator - which he still has!
    Indeed he does still have his Modulator bass. Apparently he wrote the riff while testing it in the shop, so bought the bass and hurried home to finish the song.

    Keep thrusting folding money under my nose... you never know... ;-)
    What's the going rate for a Shergold marathon these days? £50?

    ;)
    Hah! I remember those days. My first Shergold Masquerader came out of a skip...
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 11234
    impmann said:
    What's the going rate for a Shergold marathon these days? £50?

    ;)
    Hah! I remember those days. My first Shergold Masquerader came out of a skip...
    Bit harsh on the Shergold factory there mate ;)

    Tho yours would look nice on my wall and would complement my collection nicely too ;)
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 2163
    I think you should get yourself a fretless and embrace your inner Palladino/Karn.

    Stingray fretless, or a Wal.

    go on...
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