Saturday, 23 February 2008
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We've got a nice run of Z's going at the moment. Another one to start soon. Some of you may recognize these bodies already.
12 years ago
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#14652
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As I get down home comfy with the Z3 a few more things have become clear. I am back to my well-worn happy habit of using the JJ type pup config (yeah, I know they're not J pups but you know what I mean) or the soloed neck pup, leaving the genie of burpy and uber nasal growly tones in his bottle-not my thing. The neck is my favorite, on any bass I've played, ever! There is less space between the neck pup and 24th fret on this than my AB2, making it a bit claustrophobic for slap for my taste, since I frequently like to get my thumb under the string to double thump. The other side of this coin, however, is that the output of the neck pup is as super sweet as Quebec maple syrop :D With the band I played it for the std tuning set that I usually break out the fretless for-neck pup soloed, barely overdriven Orange AD200 head and Epi 210s in passive mode with the tone rolled off for She Talks to Angels and Bobcaygeon, then more overdriven with the JJ setting and mids bumped for Little Bones and Tush. After the 4 tunes they all remarked how good and clear the tone was (they rarely notice what bass I'm playing). Just when I was basking in it, the singer said: "Do they make a fretless?" Now I'm scared shitless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12 years ago
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#14627
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The more I see and read, the more I'm jonesing for a Z3. Sadly, I doubt I'll ever have that kind of dough. Might need a C2 with FD-3 4L pups, OBP-3 and DW Sklar-style rotary selector.... In green, of course :wink:
12 years ago
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#14613
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[quote="nastyn8c":2gyd4vcf]LS is bridge-parallel-neck-series, thinnest to thickest. I like it.[/quote:2gyd4vcf] Noted.
12 years ago
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#14610
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[quote="Bocete":7te5ob01]AFAIK, the Lee Skalr Z2 has the 4-way selector wired neck-parallel-bridge-series, which has more variability around the MM hotspot compared to a Z3. Also, both pups on a Lee Sklar are pre-wired to series, they cannot be switched to parallel. So, with a non-signature Z2 you get a tad more variability than with the Lee Sklar Z2. However, IMO NPBS is superb to NSBP.[/quote:7te5ob01] LS is bridge-parallel-neck-series, thinnest to thickest. I like it.
12 years ago
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#14603
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AFAIK, the Lee Skalr Z2 has the 4-way selector wired bridge-parallel-neck-series, which has more variability around the MM hotspot compared to a Z3. Also, both pups on a Lee Sklar are pre-wired to series, they cannot be switched to parallel. So, with a non-signature Z2 you get a tad more variability than with the Lee Sklar Z2. However, IMO BPNS is superb to NSBP.
12 years ago
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#14602
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[quote="Bocete":268gvvv0]According to [url=http://www.talkbass.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1362:268gvvv0]this[/url:268gvvv0], on a Z3 you can choose between: [quote="Fullie":268gvvv0]Pos 1 (most counter-clockwise): Bridge pickup solo-ed Pos 2 (next one): the bridge and middle pickups in series (a la MM) Pos 3 (next one): The bridge and neck pickups in parallel configuration. And finally Pos 4 (most clockwise): the neck pickup solo-ed.[/quote:268gvvv0][/quote:268gvvv0] So, series it is. As I said, it sounds thicker and more pleasing to my ear than a MM 'bucker, which never really did it for me. This bodes very well for the Sklar model.
12 years ago
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#14601
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According to [url=http://www.talkbass.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1362:2cmecsrp]this[/url:2cmecsrp], on a Z3 you can choose between: [quote="Fullie":2cmecsrp]Pos 1 (most counter-clockwise): Bridge pickup solo-ed Pos 2 (next one): the bridge and middle pickups in series (a la MM) Pos 3 (next one): The bridge and neck pickups in parallel configuration. And finally Pos 4 (most clockwise): the neck pickup solo-ed.[/quote:2cmecsrp]
12 years ago
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#14600
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[quote="Beepo":1el5chuz][quote="lomo":1el5chuz] Do you know if the punchy humbucker mode is wired in series or parallel, or is this switchable on the Z3(I'm not talking about the internal S/P switching in the PUps, but the connection between the two bridge PUps)? Thanks![/quote:1el5chuz][/quote:1el5chuz] I have no clue......but however the 2 bridge pups are connected-I like it!!Maybe Sheldon or anothe Z owner can clue us in.....
12 years ago
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#14599
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[quote="lomo":w4yzi6cn] I love the soloed neck pup and, to my surprise, the punchy humbucker mode the best. I'm generally not into the Musicman thing, but for some reason the 2 bridge pups on this baby just kill, and sound fuller to my ear than a 'ray bridge pup. The clarity of notes down through the lowest B is stunning, as with every long scale Dinger I've played.[/quote:w4yzi6cn] Thanks for the review, lomo. Do you know if the punchy humbucker mode is wired in series or parallel, or is this switchable on the Z3(I'm not talking about the internal S/P switching in the PUps, but the connection between the two bridge PUps)? Thanks!
12 years ago
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#14596
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I'm dying to see it in person! We have to make a date when the Combustion arrives.
12 years ago
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#14595
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I had the wonderfully timed luxury of having today off and almost all to myself, the day after the bass arrived.......so I spent 4 hours playing her. Preliminary joyful impressions: Fit and finish: this is the most finely finished and esthetically beautiful bass I have ever laid hands on, and I have been fortunate enough to have played many other boutique basses. The "Stormy Blue Monday" burst on the outrageous burl maple top is nothing short of hypnotic in person. Basics:It weighs 9 1/4 lbs and balances perfectly both on the strap and Knee. The neck feels smooth, not tacky at all and is very hand-friendly. Came in the Dingbag-one of my few niggles at this price point. Sound-I haven't heard it in a mix, so take that into consideration. This thing has such a wide array of tonal options within it that mining them can become an all-consuming obsession. The pup selector can choose neck or bridge soloed, both bridge pups in a "punchy humbucker" config, or the calssic bridge and neck pup combo. In passive mode there is a passive treble roll-off available as well as coil tap switches for the neck and bridge pups. The Glock pre adds 3 band eq with sweepable mids. I love the soloed neck pup and, to my surprise, the punchy humbucker mode the best. I'm generally not into the Musicman thing, but for some reason the 2 bridge pups on this baby just kill, and sound fuller to my ear than a 'ray bridge pup. The clarity of notes down through the lowest B is stunning, as with every long scale Dinger I've played. Usually I like passive basses, but the Glock pre is very musical and powerful and it won me over quickly. The stock Dingwall strings are super bright, which will please many, but IME I like 'em when they're deadened a bit. There's very serious growl in them even when broken in. All in all I think my other basses are in for some serious down time, at least the ones i haven't sold yet :twisted: I'll post more after I play it with the band. I know the no pics no bass rule, but I can't take pics as nice as the ones Sheldon posted earlier. Thanks Sheldon!
12 years ago
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#14582
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[quote="callum":btkzrgfe]Have you seen Michael Manring's Hyperbass? Check out some video of him playing it - insane.[/quote:btkzrgfe] Insane in a good way!! :) His entire bridge detunes at once and each tuning key at the headstock has its own detuner. Very cool design.
12 years ago
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[quote="nastyn8c":plhq69xi][quote="TheGrandEnigma":plhq69xi]Can't you just use a detuner? That way you could both play half a step down AND standard tuning.[/quote:plhq69xi] Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they mean to tune Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb. The detuner is usually used for drop-d, or in our case, drop A.[/quote:plhq69xi] That's right. No possibility of a single detuner doing the trick.
12 years ago
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Have you seen Michael Manring's Hyperbass? Check out some video of him playing it - insane.
12 years ago
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Ah. That would be a little trickier. Should have thought of that I guess. :oops:
12 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":zg0l3xqm]Can't you just use a detuner? That way you could both play half a step down AND standard tuning.[/quote:zg0l3xqm] Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they mean to tune Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb. The detuner is usually used for drop-d, or in our case, drop A.
12 years ago
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#14559
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Can't you just use a detuner? That way you could both play half a step down AND standard tuning.
12 years ago
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#14535
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My band plays 80% of the tunes down a half-step and the rest in an acoustic set in std tuning for which I use either an Emerald ABG or Synapse fretless. I have no qualms about playing the Z3 out, BUT that would mean leaving it down a half step, which would mean I'd actually play it less, since I rarely practice on my own tuned down, and I only gig about 6-8 times a year. It will likely be played the most, but taken out the least. Time'll tell.
12 years ago
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#14527
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Since I got my Z-1, I have only played one other bass...my AB-1. And I only did that for one practice a few weeks ago. The Rastaburst has been to every gig, practice, etc., since I got it.
12 years ago
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These both look awesome, and that's maybe my favourite stormy monday blue bass that I've seen.
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