Any sexy new basses you've got your eye on?

Yeah, I like the Snow, and the green mist, but my favorite is that blue one.
Of the new colors I mean.

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She arrived! Sounds amazing, and the build quality is off the hook! Although it is very odd to get a new ‘old’ bass, it really has so much attention to detail on the relic-ing, they do a great job. From the pickling on the metal covers to the ‘corrosion’ on the saddles. I was having some buyer remorse as I waited for it, but no more. Put Labella 760M original flats on it and just love the tone.

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What an absolute beauty. Strange that they ship it with roundwounds on but I guess that is what most people are used to these days

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Great that you got it, @John_E . . . :slight_smile:

It’s beautiful alright, and your detailed photos shows off that “old and used” look.

Wish you lots of happy playing!

Cheers
Joe

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Beautiful bass. Congrats!

Have to admit though I just don’t get the appeal of relicing a nice new bass. Especially buying them from the shop that way; I am unfortunately very capable of trashing and degrading my own nice things :slight_smile:

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I had them swap out the round wounds with Labella 760M flats so the nut could be adjusted for the fatter strings. But rules are the one took I haven’t invested in yet.

Got it through Empire Music in PA, btw, great shop to deal with.

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Yes, it seems pretty strange to pay for it, though I must admit that the Sandberg hardcore aged look fantastic… they even got cigarette burns on the headstock :sweat_smile:

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It’s a debate that will run and run Howard and will always divide opinion. I have to say when Fender first started relicing with (I think) their ‘Roadworn’ Series I thought it was bizarre. They were so crudely done it looked as if they’d just taken a belt sander to the obvious edges. I couldn’t really understand anyone A) thinking it looked in any way authentic or B) actually wanting to buy them. John_E’s bass though is off the scale beautiful and so well done. I always go through trauma with new basses/guitars and hate it when they get the first ding. I almost can’t pick them up I’m so upset. At least this avoids the problem :grinning:

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It’s just a different mindset I guess. I do not find old or vintage to be a priori cool. When I see things like corroded saddles and tuners, I think that would drive me crazy until I replaced them :slight_smile:

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, as they say . . . :wink:

John_E’s new bass is great if you like the “aged” look, and remember it’s the 75th Anniversary Special, so it ticks a number of boxes!

I prefer the “brand new” look myself . . . I wipe my baby off and polish the chrome! :grin:

Oh well, to each his own . . . :slight_smile:

Cheers
Joe

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When I bought my first strat in 1974 I got so upset by a ding that I deliberately picked away at it until a third of the paint had gone and it started to look like SRV’s but not in a good way. I think I probably decimated it’s value - people hadn’t got the relic bug back then :grinning:

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no, it’s way older than the Roadworn series !

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You better start posting some Jamerson covers or else…:sunglasses:

Great looking bass.

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Great looking bass! Many years of happy playing!

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I really have my eyes set on an Epiphone Jack Casady bass. I don’t want to get it just yet, namely for the fact I am still pretty much a beginner. Maybe when I develop my skills more than they are.

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so when I was a kid I ordered a red rickenbacker 4003 from the factory. waited months for it, but it was beautiful. 25 years or so later, and I haven’t touched a Ricky in decades, but it was on my bucket list to get one again. so yes I had my eye on it. yesterday I had to stop by the world famous Chicago music exchange, even brought the missus to show her around. while I was there, I grabbed a black jetglo off the wall, hit one of the big leather couches and had a play. and… I kinda hated it. the neck is just far chunkier then I’m used to, or remember. which made me sad a little, but also scratched a very expensive bass off my list.

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I kind of had the opposite happen to me with my Dean Metalman.
Way wide neck, like P bass all the way. it is not super thick and fat like a baseball bat, more like a plank.
I first plugged it in, cuz I realized it was the only passive bass I had, and I started just playing it a little, and I love the tone, it is fat and sick.
And then I started playing some songs on it, and I was not hating the neck, actually I was kind of lking it for some of the songs I was playing on it.
Sure, other songs I would hate on it, and I would probably hate to have to run scale exercises on it (although, it might do wonders for my technique?)
but I just found, playing the right songs on this bass, and I really like it, in fact, the wider strings actually fit my fingertips with I walk up a few strings with pluck hammer pluck cross pluck hammer pluck cross pluck, from e to G string, Cross meaning going to next string, but played in one motion in one played from the ANd to the And. 1. And 2 and 3 and 4 and.
So, my fingers fret better on the wider strings without having to try to pay attention to where I am placing them, if that makes any sense at all.

Yeay, I love my my SLO Jazzish Ray4 neck the best for sure, but I did not hate that plank I played, as a matter of fact, I have fun with it now.

I also think it is how critical of myself I am being. I am not being critical of myself at all, and just playing very relaxed and casual, and if I miss something oh well, where as playing on my other neck, not that I get hugely discouraged or anything, but sometimes I can kind of scold myslef. “come on, you can hit that, you do it all the time”
You know, I am not like that on the dean, so I hit most of what I tried for , so its a win, and did i mention the tone was bad ass. lol

Yeah, I don’t’ think I would buy a rick priced bass to treat it casual like that, butI am just saying, I might learn to love many-necks, and by the time I get around to a rick, maybe I will really enjoy it, or maybe not

I always lusted after one of those super expensive 50s reissue Gibson Les Pauls. Thank God I spent a few hundred on an Epiphone Les Paul first to confirm how horribly uncomfortable they are :rofl:

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as often with Gibson, these are beautiful objects but not excellent instruments …

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I am glad I learned my Warwick lesson with Rockbasses and not MIG’s. I liked them, but in the end, not what I wanted after all.