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BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
2/24/24 11:49 a.m.

I took some stuff into the local store to drop of for repairs and ended up trading one of my 6 string acoustics for a Dean 5 string acoustic bass. It's nothing too fancy but I like how it plays, and surprisingly nice tone with decent volume. It's over 4' long, lol


 

I've been having a lot of fun with it so far.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
2/24/24 12:01 p.m.

Any suggestions for a guitar neck I can use for practice while traveling? Something very inexpensive but close enough to my prs that I'm actually learning and not playing for nothing. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 UltimaDork
2/24/24 1:00 p.m.

In reply to tuna55 :

Lots of inexpensive travel guitars out there. I'd watch for a deal on a used Martin backpacker. 
The unit

If you just want a neck, see if you have a local repair shop or luthier who has some things laying around. The things you'll want to watch for are fret scale and radius. Hard to match PRS scale though. Oddball 25" units. Most are either 25.5 or 24.75. 

GCrites
GCrites Dork
2/24/24 8:32 p.m.
Antihero said:

These are like playing spaghetti, you need a ridiculously light touch to make them work, which I don't have so it's very interesting.

 

The G string is do soft vibrato is hard, you gotta waaaaayyyy over exaggerate it or else it's not even there really

 

Iommi plays those because of the fake fingertips on his middle and ring fingers of his fretting hand. They might help with getting his overtones a bit but his fingers are the reason for the extremely light gauge.

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/24/24 9:00 p.m.

In reply to GCrites :

Oh I know, it's just surprising how spaghetti they are. Iommi is my favorite guitarist and it's a interesting insight to how he plays.

 

Technically these are meant for a half step down and I'm in standard, so even more spaghetti when he plays them

GCrites
GCrites Dork
2/24/24 9:25 p.m.

Sometimes he would go all the way down to C# standard with them! You can see him playing a lot of stuff in unusual positions on video too. Most of the time when we play the second octave of E we do it at the 7th fret of the A string while he does the 12th fret of the low E. I suppose that cut down on the spaghetti feel a little.

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/24/24 10:46 p.m.
GCrites said:

Sometimes he would go all the way down to C# standard with them! You can see him playing a lot of stuff in unusual positions on video too. Most of the time when we play the second octave of E we do it at the 7th fret of the A string while he does the 12th fret of the low E. I suppose that cut down on the spaghetti feel a little.

Apparently he goes up a gauge when he goes to c#. I usually use 11s for c# so I'm gonna have to give them a shot

 

Iommi is a hell of a guitarist and doesn't get the credit he deserves really IMO 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/24/24 10:48 p.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

I took some stuff into the local store to drop of for repairs and ended up trading one of my 6 string acoustics for a Dean 5 string acoustic bass. It's nothing too fancy but I like how it plays, and surprisingly nice tone with decent volume. It's over 4' long, lol


 

I've been having a lot of fun with it so far.

How does the low B do acoustically?

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
2/25/24 11:55 a.m.

In reply to Antihero :

It works, a little muddy but it's there. I think stringing it with bronze wound strings will help too.

Recon1342
Recon1342 SuperDork
3/2/24 5:58 p.m.

This. Bass. Is. AWESOME!!!!!

Flats were definitely the right choice, and it plays so smoothly. Super light touch on the frets and strings, and with the active preamp, it goes from mild honey to habanero hot wings.

 


Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/2/24 6:05 p.m.

In reply to Recon1342 :

That is awesome! Congratulations!

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 UltimaDork
3/2/24 6:24 p.m.

An estate sale in my parents neighborhood netted me another old snare and a couple cymbals, one of which isn't even cracked (badly). The snare is an early 80s Tama Kingbeat. Even in rough shape I couldn't say no for $45. 
 

Chrome steel, with die cast hoops and a parallel strainer. Not sure exactly what to do with it yet, but it's a cool old piece. 

Bummer about the wuhan. It can't be saved. The other is a 16 thin crash. It has a small start, but I should be able to trim it out and buy some life. Worth the experiment anyway. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
3/3/24 8:08 p.m.

In reply to barefootcyborg5000 :

Those hollow logo Zildjians are cool. They only made them for about 3-4 years in the late 70's/early 80's. Story goes that they filled in the logos so they looked better in music videos. And that snare is a beast and definitely worth $40!

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 UltimaDork
3/3/24 8:25 p.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

I'm pretty happy with the purchase. The thing needs new wires, which are an odd style but I think I found a source for them. And the heads are bad. The batter is probably usable, but the bottom is clearly a batter head that is ALL used up. And it's missing a grub screw for the shaft that runs the parallel strainer but that's easy. Seamless steel 6.5x14. I can't decide if I want to sell as is, fix and sell, part out, or canibalize. The hoops alone are worth more than I paid. 
Probably worth taking it apart and cleaning at the very least. 

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
3/8/24 1:46 p.m.

So my plan for the HH Tele project was to use the electronics from this old Peavey that I've had laying around with a broken truss rod. But it looks like a Tele neck can be modified to work on the Peavey body.

 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/8/24 9:40 p.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

So my plan for the HH Tele project was to use the electronics from this old Peavey that I've had laying around with a broken truss rod. But it looks like a Tele neck can be modified to work on the Peavey body.

 

Peavey is almost always best 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 UltimaDork
3/8/24 11:50 p.m.
Antihero said:
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

So my plan for the HH Tele project was to use the electronics from this old Peavey that I've had laying around with a broken truss rod. But it looks like a Tele neck can be modified to work on the Peavey body.

 

Peavey is almost always best 

There's an old patriot with a Floyd or similar at the local place right now on consignment. Also a 93 lp studio with a bigsby, and an 80s epiphone Spotlight Nouveaux. Apparently all from the same guy. All very reasonably priced. I'm trying to buy a house. 

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
3/9/24 11:45 a.m.
Antihero said:

Peavey is almost always best 

Yup. My first ever electric guitar was a Peavey LTD ST that looked just like this:

I'm not sure why I ever got rid of it and I'd kill to have it back.

 

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
3/13/24 10:03 a.m.

I went to drop off an amp for repair at the local guitar shop and the oldest kid tagged along. She was playing a bunch of stuff and kept coming back to this old Ibanez. Eventually she convinced me that she needed it and could earn the $$ this summer so it came home with us.

It's an Ibanez Artstar AS50, a predecessor to their Artcore guitars.  This one has locking tuners and is set up really well. Perfect action and intonation, plays a lot nicer than the Epiphones we compared it to. Proud of her for finding a good one!


Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/13/24 10:09 a.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

So my plan for the HH Tele project was to use the electronics from this old Peavey that I've had laying around with a broken truss rod. But it looks like a Tele neck can be modified to work on the Peavey body.

 

Both are 25.5" scale, so it should work.  Looking at the neck joint and the relation to the 21st fret, you may have to futz with the bridge saddles to get the intonation right. 

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/18/24 6:25 p.m.

My latest ill advised Reverb purchase of an artisanally carved wooden plank has started making its way across the country.

Not disclosing what it is yet, other than it’s rather rare to find one of these in the US, and it’s so late 80s Sunset Strip that it should come in a spandex case. Timing of the purchase wasn't great but it's only the second one I've seen for sale in the US in about six years. 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/20/24 2:29 p.m.

Today's acquisition, way outside my wheelhouse but cool for what it is 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 UltimaDork
3/20/24 2:38 p.m.

In reply to Antihero :

That has one drawback. The only acceptable transportation is something with both tailfins AND a soft top. Just saying. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 UltimaDork
3/20/24 2:44 p.m.

Speaking of new acquisitions, a coworker apparently had the "get rid of all this stuff or papers!" talk with his wife. Which means today I brought home this:

it's a pleasantly worn SR506. I don't really know what to do with it. I have tiny hands, and generally don't need the extended range. But I couldn't let it hit the dumpster. 

11GTCS
11GTCS SuperDork
3/20/24 3:15 p.m.

In reply to barefootcyborg5000 :

Nice score.  My son has the 4 string version of that bass with active pick ups, it's really nice.

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