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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:29 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top


....at Guitar Center Shocked

Last Wednesday night, I broke the A string on my Bronco Bass during rehearsal - no spare set with me or at home. Sad

Yeah, I know, dumb!

Had SC call Guitar Center to see if they had any in stock. First call, she must have caught someone coming back from a toke break. Rolling Eyes Second call was a little better, except he didn't think they had any. Of course, partly my fault - I told her they were 5150's and they're really 5250XL's d'oh!

So, Thursday morning, I call them with the correct # - yep, you guessed it, no strings and I need my bass for Sunday.

Soooooooo.... lunchtime, I beat feet over there to see what we can do. Finally settled on a set of strings to fit a J bass...................................






$425.00 ! ! ! ! !






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Of course, they were nice enough to throw a few goodies in the deal:





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and a case and a nice, soft, Franklin strap.

All said, I think it was a fair deal.

Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:33 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Dude...Those strings are like USED! Man, you got screwed! Wink


She looks purdy...Bound Neck? How's she feel / sound?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:45 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Russ wrote:
Dude...Those strings are like USED! Man, you got screwed! Wink


She looks purdy...Bound Neck? How's she feel / sound?


Hey, you're right - they ARE used.... Bang Head

Yep, bound neck. The "inlays' are actually just painted on. Feels.........odd. It'll probably work itself out in a few days but going from a short scale to a full size bass is taking a little time to adjust to - where I was used to just moving my hand or arm a conditioned distance, I have to actually watch what I'm doing right now to be sure I hit the right frets - that and it's noticeably heavier, too.

I haven't tried it through my PB100 yet but I really liked the sound through the Mesa in their demo room. Neck PU was nice and fat and the bridge was bright and articulate. What blew me away was mixing the two - it's like they cancelled the extreme's out of the 2 pickups - it was a real nice, mellow sound. Once I get a better feel for the size, weight and all the tonal possibilities, this bass is really going to open me up to a whole new sound and style. I'm just wondering why I waited so long d'oh!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:50 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I picked one up when passing thru a store, here. Good bang for the buck. Out of curiosity: Is your's made in Indonesia or China?

Also came across this avatar, Paul, and thought you might like it...


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Indonesia

Thanks for the avatar - I'll update it over the weekend.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:00 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

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Indonesia

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Those that I played (looking for a beater @ MF warehouse) were OK.

The ones from China... Sick

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:00 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

It was nice of them to throw in that bass for free with that $425 set of strings, Peb! Laughing

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...and it's noticeably heavier, too.

If memory serves, the Vintage Modified Jazz Bass has a maple body. That should make it more noticeable on the shoulder. Shocked

Haven't tried one yet, but that will be one of the first basses I'll check out if looking for a J. They seem to get a lot of rave reviews.

Nice new bass, enjoy it! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:48 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

LOL Those strings will kill you. Wink

Love the look of that bass, man! Applause

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:10 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Not bad for what it is, but your painted on inlays are no match for.... drum roll please.. my cheapo acoustic witha fingerboard painted black to look like ebony Razz

Personally i've never understood the bound fingerboard thing. I do however like the look of a good J bass, as long as it is not solid black. How is that bridge though, it looks a little dinky?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:49 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

For a second there I thought you really spent that much on bass strings then I scrolled down...So what is your main use for the bass?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:43 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Squiers are aweseom these days !! Exclamation Guitar

I did something similar. Called the local shop to talk about low-end basses for dabbling with, being a guitarist wanting to expand. He says well I''ve got a display model that fell off the wall. A Squier P-Bass Special, nailed it for $180 with a ding in it Dancing , AND STRINGS ON IT Laughing . It's a killer entry bass and I haven't found anything under $1,000 that makes me wanna upgrade. I'd even gig with one, but it does the basic recording and practice I need.

That J-bass is killer. Squier stuff will blow your mind these days. The quality is actually decent, the prices unreal.

THeir bass J and P's , and strats and teles make killer hotrod starting points or even very good backups if that's your need.

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Yep! Bought a Squier Tele a year or so ago pretty good player right off of display Shocked

The switch and volume pot have been getting progressively troublesome over the past few months. Got a "care" package in the mail this week from Stew-Mac - new pickguard and electronics going in sometime next month. The Tele plays just too damn nice to let her sit idle over some "iffy" electronics.


Michael, I use the bass on a side project I've got going on Sunday mornings.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:19 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nice! Yeah, I've heard good things about those Squiers. Enjoy it! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:06 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I confess, you had me going with that story. I was wondering how I could get my boss (the little woman) to fall for the "the strings were expensive but they threw in a guitar" thing. Bang Head

Enjoy the new bass man!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:44 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I knew bass strings were expensive, but that's a little out of my range. Mr. Green

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How is that bridge though, it looks a little dinky?


I think that's the same size as what's used on the P's and J's except for the American Series.

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That J-bass is killer. Squier stuff will blow your mind these days. The quality is actually decent, the prices unreal.


They've really improved the Squier reputation since the Vintage Modifieds came out. I've seen a lot of threads on the Fender forums about people getting them to hotrod and then not having to change much on them. Usually the stock bridge gets replaced with a BadAss, which people do with Fenders that cost much more anyway. Then the pots are swapped, which is a cheap fix. None of the Squiers I've owned or played had good tone pots. I haven't changed any yet, but the middle range does nothing that I can hear.
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Yep! Bought a Squier Tele a year or so ago pretty good player right off of display Shocked

The switch and volume pot have been getting progressively troublesome over the past few months. Got a "care" package in the mail this week from Stew-Mac - new pickguard and electronics going in sometime next month. The Tele plays just too damn nice to let her sit idle over some "iffy" electronics.


Michael, I use the bass on a side project I've got going on Sunday mornings.

peb


Ha, Laughing mine has GFS Lil Puncher rails PU's and coil taps. And You ain't lyin. They really play great. I got a vintage Mod strat demo too for $175, Arrr! Guitar

And who knew Agathis was a great tone wood ?? Laughing Squier+GFS = freakout fun

I run heavier strings and open tune-E for slide with it occasionally. Fun fun fun. Guitar Exclamation Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:09 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Hey, Paul, I can beat that story. My father-in-law once drove into town to get some cucumbers and came home with a Cadillac. Crazy, but true!

Anyway, I think those Vintage Modified Squiers are a great deal. Nice score. I kinda' wish they would use swamp ash bodies, even if they had to charge a little more. Of course, they look great now, so I'm just nit picking. Have a blast with your new set of strings! Mr. Green

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