Anyone like bass guitars?

Dodgy rythym and thick strings here...

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StrummersOfThunder wrote: Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:15 am
Omg... :mental:
So...I grew up a raving Macca / beatles fan. All through high school pretty much devoted to learning every bass line. Self taught along with piano and guitar. My dad bought me that big white beatles music book. Also he bought me my first CD player and I used to spend my hours in the sleep out with that book and various beatles CDs playing along. At the time I had a samick bass, but when I got a supermarket job (and also one making boxes) I eventually afforded one of those epiphone violin basses. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I remember seeing an actual hofner on the wall in cadenza guitars in takapuna. Man oh man I used to just go into the store to look at the old wood grain on it and the weird flat wound strings.
Once I saw a hofner for sale one for sale in the local trade and exchange for $500 and I begged my folks to call them up but once we did it had gone.

Then university/jobs/life/changes of musical taste ensued and I all but forgot about my frothing adoration of that bass. It wasnt really until I got back into guitar stuff and started ordering things from Japan and noticed that bass in the back ground (story allready told) that It resparked things.

As soon as I get the strings back on this bad boy my first port of call wil be to put on a bit of 'Dear Prudence' and play along. Always loved that.

I was in the garage yesterday cleaning the hofner up a bit. truss rod nut got some penetrating lubricant and a turn. Neck straightens nicely. Board cleaned and oiled and frets a fine sand and polish.
That is a thing of beauty right there :D
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Finally getting round to some old projects

The 1960s kauri body Jansen beat-t0-death bass

Grabt did a refret on the neck some time ago.
Robbie sprayed the body rose lobster
The body had allready been badly molested before any of us got to it.
JUst sussing out the bridge. I need saddles. The ones I have are too wide so ive started to grind them down....
Need ot cut the tort guard, might do that this weekend oe bring it to someone in Auckland with the right router bit.


I had to install (after widening the holes) new ferrules for the tuners. They only just permit the posts.
I like the wave motif on the tuner plate.

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I came into the ownership of an old Ibanez Blazer on the weekend. High action, strings only a couple years younger than the dinosaurs. Looking forward to having a decent bass around the house.

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Anyone got some old 18mm saddles laying around?

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StrummersOfThunder wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 4:55 am Anyone got some old 18mm saddles laying around?
Pretty sure I don't . I've actually just bought one of these beasts this week on TM :crazy:
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smallface wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:43 am
StrummersOfThunder wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 4:55 am Anyone got some old 18mm saddles laying around?
Pretty sure I don't . I've actually just bought one of these beasts this week on TM :crazy:
Ah well, back to the grinder for the time being for me then
I saw that. In much better shape than this one !
I’m just going to put p bass pickups in this as I never really liked the mudbucker thing.

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StrummersOfThunder wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:46 am
smallface wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:43 am
StrummersOfThunder wrote: Wed Nov 08, 2023 4:55 am Anyone got some old 18mm saddles laying around?
Pretty sure I don't . I've actually just bought one of these beasts this week on TM :crazy:
Ah well, back to the grinder for the time being for me then
I saw that. In much better shape than this one !
I’m just going to put p bass pickups in this as I never really liked the mudbucker thing.
Tend to agree, but will tidy it up and re-assess.
I think they were mostly used in the construction industry to level buildings or in some cases, small townships. ;-)
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This is my new guilty pleasure

https://instagram.com/graceaberhart?igs ... E1ZTI0Zg==

She’s an Australian bass player and vocalist.
She posts instagram reels of her doing bass covers, we’ll play alongs. Plays some really cool stuff. I love the Marcus Miller snd Chuck Reiney content she does (steely Dan/fagan)

Enjoy !

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Here she is! Freshly cleaned, set up and restrung with the rotosound flats.
Pretty happy with how I got the acition. The low tension strings helped alot.


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Some bargain basement prices on pickups over at MP currently: https://www.musicplanet.co.nz/guitars/pickups/bass.html?
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10:30 start so an hour - hour and half on bass this morning

As I’ve aged I have really enjoyed early morning practice
It’s almost like a different part of the brain
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No idea but he’s a well respected guy
Buy with confidence

However SOME PARTES may be replicas THE SELLER may actually be OVERSEAS
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Re: Anyone like bass guitars?

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whats the problem? its what he says "A PAUL McCARTNEY BEATLE BASS (UNUSUAL ORIGINAL MODEL)"
So, is that low alcohol or no alcohol at all? mmmm, no alcohol, do you want to try it? Noooooooooo.

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