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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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":11i6tvs6]John, you were asking about this one. This one's kind of a Gretch Orangeburst. Really striking in person.[/quote:11i6tvs6] That's a great orange, it just needs to be bursted to brown at the edges to match the board (IMHO of course, LOL).
12 years ago
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#14516
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Wow! Congratulations, Lomo! You lucky duck :) The Ziracote is really striking, and really spices things up! Wasn't that bass originally going to a UK internet-dealer? Can't remember the name, just saw it from Google the other day... EDIT: I still think you should keep your Montr
12 years ago
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#14518
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[quote="lomo":1qcuaqhj][quote="TheGrandEnigma":1qcuaqhj]Mmmm, so that's stormy monday? Looks fantastic, congradulations Lomo.[/quote:1qcuaqhj] Thanks. I wish there was an emoticon expressing Mike Myers from SNL in the 90s doing Wayne Campbell in a full-blown "I am not worthy" chant![/quote:1qcuaqhj] What a coincidence that you were also able to jump to the front in queue, sort of, after once giving me your spot. Kharma? Beautiful bass, Morris. Congrats. You're gonna love it as much as I love mine. However, I still feel funny about toting a $5000 bass to gigs, so my Z3 sees limited stage time. Mark
12 years ago
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#14519
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[quote="guitarded":3cij8vzn]. . . I still feel funny about toting a $5000 bass to gigs, so my Z3 sees limited stage time. Mark[/quote:3cij8vzn] I sort of thought that was the point of getting a $5000 bass - to use it. 8) I understand not wanting to damage your baby though.
12 years ago
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#14521
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":lnn7uv0i][quote="guitarded":lnn7uv0i]. . . I still feel funny about toting a $5000 bass to gigs, so my Z3 sees limited stage time. Mark[/quote:lnn7uv0i] I sort of thought that was the point of getting a $5000 bass - to use it. 8) I understand not wanting to damage your baby though.[/quote:lnn7uv0i] Believe it or not, I feel much differently about taking my Z basses to gigs vs the AB or SJ. I consider the cost to replace them, and then usually reserve them for more sedate, inside, climate controlled gigs. I can afford to be a bit more liberal with the SJ and AB. Mark
12 years ago
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#14522
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[quote="guitarded":2qa8b8tf][quote="TheGrandEnigma":2qa8b8tf][quote="guitarded":2qa8b8tf]. . . I still feel funny about toting a $5000 bass to gigs, so my Z3 sees limited stage time. Mark[/quote:2qa8b8tf] I sort of thought that was the point of getting a $5000 bass - to use it. 8) I understand not wanting to damage your baby though.[/quote:2qa8b8tf] Believe it or not, I feel much differently about taking my Z basses to gigs vs the AB or SJ. I consider the cost to replace them, and then usually reserve them for more sedate, inside, climate controlled gigs. I can afford to be a bit more liberal with the SJ and AB. Mark[/quote:2qa8b8tf] "Sigh"........I'm really torn over this very subject, I'm so ready to pull the trigger on a Z3, but when I consider the places I'm playing, and the stink of cigarette smoke that reeks out of my AB1 when I pull it out of the case on Sunday morning, I shudder. Why spend that much money for something I can't use out? Of course I could make the Z3 my church bass :twisted:
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.
12 years ago
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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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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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#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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[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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#14573
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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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#14576
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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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#14579
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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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[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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#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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#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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[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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[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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#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]
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