Show us your Bass!

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martyforrer
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Location: Napier.

Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by martyforrer » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:38 am

Basshead56, would you care to tell us about your Baby clone? I play upright, and I have yet to find an EUB that I really like. The Warwick/Framus that Joppo just bought is pretty cool, but it was the last one available. I have tried Stagg, Palatino, NS, Eminence and Joppo's Framus, and come to the conclusion that expensive ones are little different from cheap ones, some are good, some aren't. I've always dug the look of the Ampeg Baby but never had the chance to try one.

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by basshead56 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:21 pm

Hi Marty,

Gladly:
I picked it up off trademe from a bloke named Murray in Wellington late last year.
He wasn't sure of the make or vintage. I reckon it's not very old- probably less than 20 years and possibly an eastern european Baby clone.
Not sure why, just the general look and feel.

She is a true Ampeg copy down to the magnetic 'diaphragm' pickup (DeArmond too I'm told!). The two dials on the body control volume and tone.
One of the nuts is cracked and doesn't 'take' to the neck so the action is quite high (but weirdly good for slap).
When I first got her she had steel strings and sounded a bit woolly, like a lot of EUB's do- not an authentic DB sound, more like a fretless bass guitar.
Took her to my mate who's good with string instruments and he lowered the action slightly. It sounded a bit brighter but still not 100% there, I thought.
Since I got her to slap some rockabilly on, I decided to try a set of weedwackers and BOOM - totally transformed the sound. More resonance and a much darker, richer tone. I've had compliments from studio techs (and one time an orchestra leader!!) about my tone, no real EQ'ing required. And it plays like a champ, even with my limited technique! Wouldn't change a thing!

That said, Bungalow Bills has got a Ramirez Baby clone in the store, crying out to be loved. I saw it when i was in Auckland for work last month and asked if I could have a go - man, I'd still be in there slapping away on it now if I could!!! Best DB I've ever played!!! Only downside was the tone wasn't as dark/good as mine, but apparently it came with a preamp!!! What a beauty and in a pearl white finish.
Would have had it only for the price tag $2750!!!
Still, for a decent giggable bass, what's that really? and Bill's a good sort too, for a Geordie :lol: :lol: :lol:
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martyforrer
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Marty's Juke Joint.... 40s & 50s boogie woogie, rock n roll, jump blues.
Location: Napier.

Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by martyforrer » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:16 pm

Cheers for that.

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by Mr Bass Man » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:13 pm

My New Bass - and amp set up..... at sound check before last nights gig

Fender Squire Vintage Modified Jazz 4 string Natural (Try saying that fast after a couple of ales!) - bought new from Rock Shop last weekend!
Ashdown ABM EVO 900 III Amp Head
Warwick 4x10 - 600w @ 8ohms

Bass was easy to play - played like it had been my bass all along.... and there was NO Buzzing through the PA - DI'd straight from amp to desk and sound out front (and through my amp) was mint!
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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by john » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:52 pm

Nice one!!!

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by Mr Bass Man » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:33 pm

Yeah - Guitarist said it sounded mean.... and sound check was a breeze!
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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by martyforrer » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:26 am

Cool!

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by pins » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:39 pm

no more gas for you then,nice bass,solid kick butt rig....now your missus is gonna want big time :lol:

my basses cost me a new lounge suite and fridge so far !

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by nightmares » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:55 pm

This is my current main rig. Yep I love the Warwick stuff. The Bass has been modified with Hipshot ultralites with a drop tuner on the B string to go to A. The pickups have been replaced with Delano SBC quad coil pickups with three way switches for each pick up so it can be P shape, reverse P , or all on in series and the pre amp has been replaced with a Noll 4 band so has bass, low mid, high mid, Treble, pan and preamp bypass all on three knobs.

All running through Warwick Jonas Hellborg system with Darkglass B3K for dirt
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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by nightmares » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:08 pm

Did I say I love Warwick ha ha , Thumb 5 fretless bolt on, Thumb 6 neck through and Alien 6 string acoustic
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Bands / Groups: Borderline.... country rock
Blues Deluxe... jazz/blues/jump
Cabin Fevre..... Americana
Marty's Juke Joint.... 40s & 50s boogie woogie, rock n roll, jump blues.
Location: Napier.

Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by martyforrer » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:37 am

Some serious stuff there Nightmares.

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by john » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:27 pm

nightmares wrote:
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Nice, I bet that puts out some volume

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by cjj » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:24 am

Just thought I'd try posting a pic of a few of my favorite "Weapons of Choice"...
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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by Fenderfan » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:34 pm

^^^^^ Damn! Fine looking lineup!
Fender MIA Precision, Squier Jazz, Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0, Ashdown ABM 1x15, 2 x DIY Jack 112 now complete!

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Re: Show us your Bass!

Post by beagle » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:42 pm

Yeah that's quite an impressive collection of Ric's.
Musicman Sterling, Fender Jazz, GK 800RB, 400RB, Neo412, Neo112, 410T

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