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After a nightmare shopping trip with Mrs Bass (and bad clutch pedal) I’ve finally dropped off a coupla basses with Steve Robinson in Sale, Manchester; http://www.manchesterguitartech.co.uk/
I’ve used him before (he finished off a vintage WEM Rapier bass for me once my limited ability ran out) and he’s both competent and reasonably priced. His first job is a setup on my 5-string, fretless EAB. Good old Starfire made a lefty version (thankyou) but factory-fitted it with a righty nut (not so thankyou). Also, he drew my retina to the fact that the saddle is an acoustic sixer that’s been plonked into a 5-string bass. Not a problem, but that’s Chinese factory cheapies for you.
His second job is more complex. I’ve given him my defretted Fenix Jazz copy which also has a duff nut. Now, I’m not keen on slicing my own nuts and would rather someone else did it 😉 . But, he has more to do. The neck pup is fine, but I don’t like the stock bridge pup (not very Jazz sounding). I’ve given him a Fender Custom Shop Vintage 60s to stick in its stead. Also, I’ve bunged him the Graphtech “Ghost” piezo saddles and mixing preamp; http://www.graphtech.com/prodghost.htm
If everything goes according to, I’ll have a fretless Jazz with nice pups, a dual pot for the two mag pups, a vol pot for the piezo and a tone pot for the mags (some day, I’ll find a use for it), and a stereo jack. Here’s the clever bit; the Ghost senses a mono jack cable and blends the mag/piezo but, if I plug in a stereo-Y jack, the mag and piezo will be sent to different paths/amps. Yummy.
I’ll let you know how it pans out. Poor Steve doesn’t know my next job if it does all work. Chisel sharpening required.
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