Anyone like bass guitars?

Dodgy rythym and thick strings here...

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Well due to L4 lockdown I have the chance to A/B two fine Fender heads. I have a Super Bassman 300 and a good friend has kindly loaned me his Fender Bassman 500.
Both share the same tube preamp section with two 12AX7s
Power amp with the Super Bassman 300 has one 12AX7, one 12AT7 and six 6550s in the power section. It weighs just under 30 kgs
The Bassman 500 has a lightweight Class D Power Amp and weighs just under 8 kgs :shock:

Awesome sound from both, but there is a bit more "weight" behind the sound of the tube head. Loving the opportunity of playing them both :-)
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Big old Ashdown CTM-300

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Whats the fretless in your picture Dave? Not a SD Curlee? Ibanez?
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1981 Ibanez Roadster. A magic bass that one. Love your Ashdown rig there 🙂
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foal30 wrote: Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:20 pm
TmcB wrote: Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:12 pm
foal30 wrote: Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:05 pm

2004 last changed the Chromes on my 76 Precision

2007 for the fretless 89 Jazz

I can't remember when I got my Tobias but put halfwounds on the day i got it and their still on.

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smallface wrote: Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:58 pm Well due to L4 lockdown I have the chance to A/B two fine Fender heads. I have a Super Bassman 300 and a good friend has kindly loaned me his Fender Bassman 500.
Both share the same tube preamp section with two 12AX7s
Power amp with the Super Bassman 300 has one 12AX7, one 12AT7 and six 6550s in the power section. It weighs just under 30 kgs
The Bassman 500 has a lightweight Class D Power Amp and weighs just under 8 kgs :shock:

Awesome sound from both, but there is a bit more "weight" behind the sound of the tube head. Loving the opportunity of playing them both :-)

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Also loving the fact you’re literally not allowed to move the 300 anywhere at the moment I bet! :shock:

Fond memories of an old cream all-tube Fender Bassman amp & matching 4x12 “inverted pyramid” cab they had at Musical Sounds in Greenlane when I was a uni student in the 90’s. I think it might have been a 100, but TBH I’m not sure. Wonderful buttery warm sound, especially with a fretless. Unfortunately Imhad neither the money nor appropriate transport to acquire it.
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Hamsta wrote: Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:58 am
smallface wrote: Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:58 pm Well due to L4 lockdown I have the chance to A/B two fine Fender heads. I have a Super Bassman 300 and a good friend has kindly loaned me his Fender Bassman 500.
Both share the same tube preamp section with two 12AX7s
Power amp with the Super Bassman 300 has one 12AX7, one 12AT7 and six 6550s in the power section. It weighs just under 30 kgs
The Bassman 500 has a lightweight Class D Power Amp and weighs just under 8 kgs :shock:

Awesome sound from both, but there is a bit more "weight" behind the sound of the tube head. Loving the opportunity of playing them both :-)
Also loving the fact you’re literally not allowed to move the 300 anywhere at the moment I bet! :shock:

Fond memories of an old cream all-tube Fender Bassman amp & matching 4x12 “inverted pyramid” cab they had at Musical Sounds in Greenlane when I was a uni student in the 90’s. I think it might have been a 100, but TBH I’m not sure. Wonderful buttery warm sound, especially with a fretless. Unfortunately Imhad neither the money nor appropriate transport to acquire it.
Haha it's very nice to have the luxury of not having to move it. Not sure the neighbours would agree though :lol:
The vintage channel on each head has that warm sound for sure, but the other channel has a few more EQ & overdrive options. Love the weight of the 500 though, it was a shock to find out how light it is :-)
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So I think I want a 5 string Fretless now.
Prefer 35"scale
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Missing my bass already. Too big for my suitcase, even stripped down. So have brought a Tele with me. Time to get in touch with the dark side again.

Will have a look around local pawn shops, see if I can find something cheap.
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So a guy with 3 Steinbergers told me you can use normal strings. How I don't know

If it's true that really would of been handy to know 30 years ago when I bought it.
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I think you need an adapter though. They did them with a locking allen screw thing at the top end, or at least the knock off ones did.
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foal30 wrote: Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:10 pm So a guy with 3 Steinbergers told me you can use normal strings. How I don't know

If it's true that really would of been handy to know 30 years ago when I bought it. 20210828_202937.jpg
and you know the balls are supposed to go in the holes eh?
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