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PostSubject: Another new person   Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:43 pm

Hello all, I was directed here from the Talkbass forums and I'm looking forward to learning some more about bass tremolos here. I'm a fairly recent convert to bass trems, having built a bass that uses a kahler this past January. Here's a few pics of the bass:




I think that's it. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:04 pm

Wait, built? You made that yourself? That thing is awesome. Looks really professional.
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:37 pm

Welcome, Yvarg! Glad to have you here!

That is quite the bass you have there! The body style makes me think of a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar.

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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:13 pm

Thanks, I went to Robeto Venn School of Luthiery this past fall to learn to build guitars (hopefully professionally one day), so the bass is biproduct of that.

I styled the bass after Rickenbacker's 4005 model (which was styled after their guitars).
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:26 pm

As everyone here will tell you, I am usually concerned about basses with trems that have extreme string angle at the headstock, and I noticed that your bass has all four strings going off at odd angles. Do you have any tuning stability issues with this bass?

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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:38 pm

That's fascinating! And gorgeous! I'm also curious about the string angles and how it works with extreme use of the tremolo.

Makes me think of something John Entwistle would own...

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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:45 am

Tuning is a minimal issue, when I bend the strings sharp they stay a tiny bit sharp, but when I dump the bar they return perfectly in tune. I mostly bend the pitch flat anyway (took me a while to figure out that bending up too much results in a lot of broken G strings (that's what she said)). The stability may have something to do with the sperzel locking tuners I'm using (never again in the future, the ratio is terrible). I plan to replace the bone nut with a graphite one eventually to hopefully eliminate all problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:04 am

Wonderful! That's good to hear, man. What kind of music do you use that bass for? Those pickups look unique. Do you mind me asking what they are?
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:44 am

Hey, welcome, glad to see you came across!

Man I love that bass! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:53 am

like the rest of the gang here, welcome to the BTF. TB is good for some things, but Kahlers + TB = hahahaha.

only a specialized area of a SMALL board can make any sense if you REALLY want good answers to your Kahler questions. ( and anything else for that matter )
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:09 am

Welcome! awesome looking bass!
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:29 pm

Chowderboots, I play a lot of different music with it but I made it with classic/progressive rock in mind. The pickups are TV Jones Thunder'trons, and to be honest I only picked those because out of all the pickups my school let us choose for a first build they were the only ones that didn't look like they were designed by Leo Fender (I love Fenders, but I didn't want this to be one). Turns out that they sound pretty good; the bridge is nice and bright, but not ear-splittingly so, and the neck pickup is deep without being overwhelming (actually, the neck pickup has a good Black Sabbath kind of tone).

Thanks for the welcoming, everyone!
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:46 pm

I think I remember a thread on TB from when you were building it...
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:01 pm

Sounds nice, man! I think that your creation is the epitome of class Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:41 pm

I agree. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:44 pm

So did you have to take those pickups out of a Gretch or can you get them on their own? I've been interested in those things, but I always figured they were pretty tricky to find.

What were the limitations on the pickups that you could use?
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:19 pm

Nope, TV Jones sells the pickups directly from the site.

The teachers had a list of brands that we could order from (supposedly to assure quality products, but I suspect to make a little profit of their own with discounts and such Wink ). The brand list was pretty short; EMG and Seymour Duncan were the biggest two. For whatever reason they said I couldn't use Ric replacement pickups, so I ended up with the Jones (probably for the better).
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:42 pm

Cool. Those things look interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Another new person   Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:16 am

Wow I missed this!


Really nice bass.
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