Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Bass Restoration - Reeve - The electronics. . . .

Before I started this feature, I had only had it out of the case once.
This was to give it a look over and plug it in.
The first thing that came to light, was the neck pick-up didn't work,
which wasn't a surprise as it was noted that the electrics were not
all fully functioning.

Having got the back off, it didn't take long to work out why!
The red and blue wires for the neck pick-up, had broken away
from the switch.
So, just after this shot was taken, I positioned the wires on the 
contact and bingo! It worked!

With the jack plug not fully pressed in, the active is not powered.
Jack in and the active circuit has power.
Micro switch forward and the active is engaged.

All I can say is - with some really old strings on, I got some great
sounds from the rotary switch - from bass boost to mids to highs.
Very nice indeed!
All the fun came to an end when the wire fell off again! 

All of it works - the pots are a little scratchy but nothing a clean
won't cure.
Very pleased so far!

I'm still not sure what the pick-ups are - that will be investigated
on the next post.

The bridge is very well made and is fully floating.
Height adjustment is in the usual manner but the intonation is
altered by physically pushing the saddles, backwards and forwards.
When all is correct, they are locked into place, with a grub screw
either side, which clamps them together and are then solid!

I'm quite looking forward to working on this one.

Back next time - pick-ups out and bridge and tuners off.

Cheers. :)

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Bass Restoration - Reeve Headless Bass. . . .

I sometimes get emails asking what sort of condition 
I look for, when adding to the collection.
Well, the short answer is - as good as I can find.
That said, when you come to something unique, you
just have to go with what you have got.

So, for something a little different, I thought I would
show you something a little unusual - how it looked
when it came to me and after several updates, how
it looks when finished.

Not a common name in instruments but I now have two
and have come across several others.
My other one is "Mr Lee" - a twin neck.

This is exactly how it came to me, untouched.
I have plugged it in - there are some wheezes and crackles
but you can get a sound out of it - other than that, it comes
with the finger marks of the previous owner/player and no
attention from me, whatsoever!

Next post will be all about a first going over - check the truss 
rod, a brief investigate into the crackles and a general check,
before the work begins.

I'll leave you with this - what a great little feature - keeps the 
bass upright, when stood up and doubles as a tool for string
changing. Brilliant!! 

Cheers. :)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Fender Japan PB 57. . . . . .

I am in the process of getting some shots together,
in order to carry on with the collection, as time
constraints have meant that the blog has not had
my full attention, so sorry to all those who drop in.

Here is a blast from the past! :)

Whilst I was going through some images on a memory
stick, I came across these two, which to date, have
not been seen on here.

I had three Fender Japan basses, at one time - this one,
another precision, with a rosewood neck and a lovely
None are with me now but these two pictures have 
finally surfaced and I thought they were worthy of
sticking up on here. 

Next time - another Reeve and some more Reeve content.

Cheers. :)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Another Ibanez Blazer. . . . .

Around 4 years ago, I sold my old Blazer, to someone
who I have now got to know quite well, on line.

This one.

Well, after some time, he sold it and has regretted the moment, ever since!

This was a battered but trusty old friend - a cracking bass, in many respects.

I sort of regretted it, when I let it got but I had an RB650, which is the same
bass with a J type pick-up and that was also a joy to play. - I now have 3
of them but still lacking a Blazer.

That was until a few weeks ago, when another Blazer, joined the fold.

I sort of have plans for it but not sure if I have the courage to go ahead
with them!!
I am still thinking about it but those of a squeemish nature, may not want
to look, if I do!!!

Talking of Ibanez, I have been playing my old RS824, quite a lot, recently.
I have searched the blog but can't find it!
Can't believe I have not covered it.

So, next time - more Ibanez content!!

Cheers. :) 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Greco GOB II 750, one of the best!

Well, it's time to do this one.

I took this shot, quite a few years ago and was going 
to feature this truly great bass, some time ago... but. . 

I then had second thoughts.
If I tell everyone how good they are, they will be harder
to find!
So, I set about finding another one, which took several
years and when I'd got it, I thought I would do a post
on it and have it over and done with!
But. . . . . . they also did a Maple version and wouldn't
it be nice to add that one?

Well, I've decided, enough is enough, I'll just have 
to go ahead and do it!

There is just something I just love about this bass!
It feels just right, in almost every respect and has,
as I often describe when talking about pick-ups,
tone and sound - a punch that would destroy
kidney stones, at ten paces!!
Single pick-up, in just the right place, volume and
tone control - simple!

Both of mine are 1979, making them 36 years old.
The quality of build, is A1 Triple Star - Plus!!
The pick-up is the same used in another favourite
of mine - The Ibanez Blazer, 1980.
It is also used on the Roland, G-33 and G-88 Snyth
Bass, as used by. . . . . . Phil Lynott, so the pedigree
is all there!

There isn't much else to say - I'm not going to compare
it to a Gibson or Fender or anything, for that matter,
as it is what it is - a truly great instrument.

When you look at the quality of some of the bigger names,
during that period - let's face it, quite a lot has been 
said over the years about how some of them lost their
way, for a period of time - then look at what was coming
out of Japan.
Greco, Ibanez, Aria - you look at magazine adverts, around
that time - major artists were moving over in droves!!

As soon as you pick this bass up, you can see why.

Some one said, back end of last year "why don't you
list some of your favourites?" . . . . . well I certainly 
have done so with this one!!

Anyone out there got one - Would love to hear from you.

Anyone in the UK got a Maple one??

Cheers. :)

Friday, 13 February 2015

Another Ibanez. . . . . .

Just a short post today - Eric and friends!

I bought yet another Classic Ibanez, quite recently.

Nothing entirely unusual about that - to form a 
collection of anything - cameras, china, model cars,
whatever the interest of the collector is, you have to
add to it.

Two, three or four of something, doesn't really make
up a collection, so by default, acquisition is part of
being a collector.

The reason for this post. . . . . .
I often reflect on the people I meet doing this sort of
thing and I have, over the years, made some genuine
friends, along the way.

The owner of the Ibanez, who will remain anonymous, 
other than he has a love of aircraft and model railways,
can only be described as a perfect gentleman and a very 
interesting person.

His custody of the instrument, has lasted for almost
25 years - mine has just begun and so the story continues.

I am aiming to try a get at least two or three posts up every
month, during 2015 - plenty more to go, it's just finding the
time to do a post justice.

Back soon.

Cheers. :)


Friday, 6 February 2015

Flat Eric 2015!

Hi to all out there! :)

Well, 2014 was a bit hectic - not a great deal of time to keep 
up with the blog but hopefully, this year will be different!
No time for sitting around!!

Early last year, I was planning the feature with Lars Mullen
and when the time finally arrived in April, it was all systems go! 
We had a lot of fun and he took some great shots.
I just love the one he did with two of my Peavey T-40's.
Nice!! :)

The year seemed to fly by after that and some of the instruments
I had hoped to do - just didn't get done!

I am helping out an American journalist and writer, at the moment,
who is writing a book.
Best not to say too much at the moment but when the time is right. . .
Will keep you posted!

I had many emails last year - always great to hear from other owners
or people who are interested in a particular instrument.
If you would like to drop me a line, my contact details are below.
Contact Flat Eric 

So, it's a case of getting some shots done and making a start.
Still plenty more to go, so let's get the ball rolling.

Will be back soon.

Cheers. :)

Monday, 22 December 2014

Flat Eric's Blog - 200 Posts - A Milestone!!!

Two Hundred Posts!!!!!!!

Yep, two hundred posts and an average of 711.15 
visits to the blog, every week - just over 3000 a month.

So, Hi to all of you out there!!!!

This is a directory of some of the more popular posts
but if you have landed on here - scroll down to the 
December 10th post, start there and you can see extracts 
from the first 100 posts.

You can then come back here, to the top link (Ovation 
Magnum) and it will follow in date order.

You can contact me here:
Contact Flat Eric 

OK, off we go!

The MOST visited post, by far! 

Peter Cook and July 

Yamaha Super Bass 500 

Jaydee Twin Neck 

Jaydee and the Cryer Gig 

Peavey Fury Bass 

Aria Rickenfaker 

Bass Pics

Gibson RD Artist and Peter Cook Axis 

Fender Jazz 62 reissue in Pink 

Electra Outlaw Bass 

Electra MPC Bass Part II 

Peter Cook Firebird Twin Neck 

Westone Quantum Bass 

Seiwa Jazzman

Some of the ones that have gone

Fender Telecaster 50's reissue

Peavey T Story

Peavey T Story continued

Peavey T Story - even more

Chip Todd 

Early days

More Peavey Tee

Peavey T cases

Peavey T cases II 

Peavey T-40 and T-60 users 

Yamaha BX-1 Bass

Ibanez RB920

Peavey T-60 and Ibanez ST-55

Antoria 12 string guitar

Ibanez RB-650

Basses on the lawn

Aria RSB Deluxe

Odyssey Basses - two more found

Early guitars

Ritchie Blackmore's pick-ups

Peavey Foundation - Line around head

Aria CSB-450 medium scale

Lars Mullen Feature

Ray Cooper Custom Bass

Peter Cook Axis

Jaydee Twin Neck goes home

Peavey Foundation bass - the other one

That's all for now. :)

There is still quite a bit to go on the collection - some even
I haven't seen for some time - time to dig them out!

Hope you have a great Christmas or whatever you celebrate,
depending on whereabouts in the world you are and that the
New Year brings you health and happiness.

There is a link at the top, if you would like to get in touch -
always great to hear from other owners.

Until 2015. . . . . . . . . .

Cheers. :)