Let's you and I get together and take this one apart and see what it has going on.
Or, if you don't have time right now, drop it off to me this week and I'll do it and also take detailed pictures for you for purposes of both identification as well as sale (Unfortunately I'm out of town again...
I have a Strat from this era. . .83-84. . .and it has a similar bridge with the strings that clip into the front and the L & J shaped bridge saddles. Mine plays like a dream but is a nightmare in tone and sound. Bah. Those saddles are cheap metal that wears quickly and leave the instrument kinda...
I have a fretless Jazz loaded with fralin '63s that sound great. I've also played a bunch of P's that while sounding good, don't have quite the trademark sound you get from that fretless Jazz. With the 2 pickups, you can get an upright thump out of the neck slot and some nice bark and growl...
I may be wrong, but I don't think you'll see many 1 ply green guards. . .or ones on black Strats.
First off, I believe that all green guards were originally 3 ply guards. . .most of the one ply guards pre-dated those and were white.
Also, in the years of the green guard roughly 59-63...
I agree with the above post.
100 watts into your bottom end is nothing. You should be looking at 300+ watts to push heavy low end. 100 watts makes for a fairly loud guitar amp, but in the bass world, 100w isn't even a practice amp in my experience. . .especially if you're playing with a...
I have a set of Lindy Fralin's 1963 Jazz pickups in my MIJ
fretless. They sound pretty dead on good. That's a great
bass, so put in something good and you'll have an
instrument you can keep and be proud of.
Hmmmm. Good question. I'm a fan of mixing and
matching heads and cabinets to get what you want from
each, but combos are both space and weight efficient.
First off, I think you should be looking at 10's for
speakers. Clear and forceful sound doesn't usually come
from 15 inch...
The serial number would indicate that it's a 1999 (N+9) .
. .I would question the swamp ash part if it's an american
standard though. I would think it's probably alder unless
it's a sunburst or a natural finish. Even so, I don't think
they used swamp ash, just ash (probably northern).
Bass amps are a different animal than guitar amps, and
their development doesn't quite follow in line with guitar
stuff. I happen to love vintage Fender guitar amps, but
don't feel that vintage for bass amps will give you the
With bass, wattage equates to clarity of...
Every singer and half the drummers I've run into believe
that amps are glorified coffee tables. My guitarist and I
have a heck of a time convincing them that food and
drink are inappropriate on top of an amp. I play bass on
stage in a reggae band, and I can shake a drink off the
If you want to take the shine off, then etchant solution is
really your answer. It's easier and less painful than the
muriatic acid and has a better outcome. If you're careful,
than it won't rust the hardware either. It works on both
chrome and nickel hardware, and is...
Bob, You're right!
The good ol' Fender P-bass pickups are really nice. When I
got my now #1 Precision, it had EMGs with the preamp
and all. Luckily it also came with the original pickup (1973
issue) and a set of vintage reissues. The 73s sound
fantastic. Great depth and liveliness. Warm...
To my ears, the best of the replacement crop for basses
are Lindy Fralin's. Not just that his stuff sounds good and
authentic to me, but also. . .you can give him a call and
he'll make them sound like whatever you want. My
fretless Jazz currently is sporting his '1963'...
Nice clean amp.
I've never used one as a regular gigging amp, but have performed with
them. I also played with a guitarist who used one as his main amp for
about 10 years. I had been shopping for one back in 1996, but I got a free
SFTR from a friend. . .so. . .
In the Reggae world...
A strat will always sound like a strat, since the guitar is still the sum of it's
parts, BUT. . .a considerable part of the strat sound is the springs that hold
the trem together. It gives the guitar a bit of natural reverb and some 'air'
to the sound. I happen to like that, even if I...
I'm interested. . .
. . .In knowing how you feel about them once they're worn in a bit. A lot of
people around this board swear by them, but I haven't had a chance to try
em. . .so give us an update in a bit. . .do they die fast or bright and fresh
for a long time. . .