Friday, 18 July 2014

Two heads are better than one. . . . . .

Hi to all of you who drop in.

Posts have been a little thin on the ground again!

So, here's something to keep you going.



















These are the heads of the next two instruments I will feature.
These were on the article that Lars Mullen did in Guitar and Bass
Magazine but I will be loooking at them in much more detail.

The feature with Lars took up a lot of time organizing but was
well worth it. Loved it and judging by some of the comments I 
have read, so did a lot of other people.

Since then, I have been so busy and have not found any time to
continue with the collection.

So, sit tight and we'll get the ball rolling again.

Next time - Ray Cooper Custom, followed by Peter Cook Axis
Guitar - one of only 8 in the world.

Cheers. :)

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Flat Eric and Lars Mullen. . . . . . . .

Sometime last year, I was contacted by Lars Mullen, who amongst
quite a few other things in the music world, is a journalist and a 
really great photographer, with a passion for his subject.
He does the monthly feature in Guitar & Bass magazine.



He had read quite a few entries on my blog and wondered if I still
had them all and would I be interested in doing a feature.

I said that I still had most of them and more that I hadn't done yet,
so raising a selection wouldn't be a problem and yes, I would be 
interested in getting some of them in an article.

We finally got together a couple of months ago and spent a couple
of days together, sorting out, setting up, shooting. . . .  and trying
to find which case was for which guitar - despite them all being 
labelled, it was still a challenge!! LOL!
 
 Lars didn't stop all day of the shoot - aside from a quick sandwhich,
he worked a straight 7 hours.
I will never look at these articles in the same way again - so much work
goes into them - over 400 shots, so he could choose various alternatives
when it came to selection and editing. 
The following interviews took another 3 or 4 hours and then he has to 
type them up!! 

Anyway, as I said we had a great day shooting 40 instruments - mainly
basses but a few guitars and a Peter Cook Twin Neck, were thrown in
for good measure.
To get them all to stand up in the group shot was a real challenge - I
had laid my hands on as many stands as I could but not forty of them!
Various tricks were used, including a pack of rubber pencil erasers!!

As I mentioned above, finding the correct cases, when all the shots were 
done, was also "entertaining"!

So, if you would like to see some of my collection - all together, along with
descriptions and stories behind them - Guitar & Bass Magazine, Volume
25, Issue 10, is out now.  

A big thank you to Lars and a very big thank you to my other helper. . . . 
who will remain nameless but you know who you are. . . . . . Taaaaaaa. :)
Fancy doing it again?

Always happy to hear from owners out there - I have made so many
friends, over the years, from all over the globe - with so many invites
to "drop in" should I be in that area.
I'd better start saving some air miles!!!

Drop me a line, if you wish or post a comment on the blog.
contactflateric@gmail.com

If you do get to read the article, I hope you enjoy it.

Back next time with the fronts of the instruments I put up the other day.
A Peter Cook Axis Guitar and a Ray Cooper Custom.

All the best.

Cheers. :) 




Monday, 19 May 2014

Flat Eric - Flat Beat. . . . . .

Hi to all out there.

I was going to take some outdoor shots, over the weekend
but sometimes the light is just too bright, so I gave up and 
went to the park!

So, here's some pics of me, in the sun. :)



I just sat on the grass, for a while and watched the world go
by but then decided to chill out on a chair.

A cold beer came in handy and after I had finished that, I was
just Flat Beat!! LOL!

Back next time with more of the stuff you want to see.

To all my readers - have a great summer and stay tuned, for
loads more basss and guitar. . . . . and it will soon be time to
reveal, the big Flat Eric event! :)

Cheers. :)

 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Glad to see the back of it. . . . . .


Hi to you all.
As I said in my previous post, I have been a little tied up,
with all sorts of things to do - commitments etc and have
had little time for getting on with the collection.
I'm glad to say that I can now see the wood for the trees
and I'm glad to see the back of it, as they say. :)

So, how about a little tease. . . . .  these are the backs of
a guitar and a bass that you will see more of, soon.

So, until next time. . . . . . . here you are,

Cheers. :)




 














Thursday, 10 April 2014

Flat Eric - Still very much here and still a long way to go. . . . .

Hi to all my regular readers and all who drop in. :)

I have had several regulars contact me, saying "is that it -
have you come to the end - we thought there was more"!

There is more - a lot of it but I have been very busy, over
the last five or six weeks.

There is a big Flat Eric event, next week - which is top
secret, at the moment, so sit tight and and I'll come back
with another bass or guitar and as usual. . . . . it will be
something unusual!!!!

Thanks to all of you who got in touch, much appreciated. :)

Back soon.

Cheers. :)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Seiwa Jazzman Bass - Take 2. . . . . .

I was going to do a feature on a one off, custom bass, that is just
that little bit different but I will come to that next time.

Any regular readers will remember this bass.
Seiwa Jazzman, that I covered in July, 2012.
Seiwa 


































I can honestly say, I have never, ever seen another one. . . . . . . .
until now.

I was contacted by Frank, who was happy for me to include his
details on this feature, who told me that he had just acquired one.
Not only that but it came with a pristine Original case, tools and
some details on a yellow sheet.
It is in VERY good condition. 
His seems to have been upgraded, with a DiMarzio P pick-up.







































Frank is very pleased with the bass and he thinks it will be a keeper.

Frank has quite a few instruments of his own - this is his site.
http://www.franksguitar.info/

Nice one, Frank!

I would love to hear from anyone who has the third one!! :)

Custom bass - Next time!

Cheers. :)

Monday, 13 January 2014

Aria CSB-450 Medium Scale Bass. . . . . .

Happy New Year!!!

It's been a little while since my last post, I've been busy over the
last few weeks.

This is a great piece of kit!!



















I bought this, along with a few other medium scale basses, when
I had a problem with my left hand, a few years back.

Set neck, nice feel, quality build and a great sound.
This was gigged by a friend, just before Christmas and I was lucky
enough to be able to see it in action.
As I play what I have, I don't very often get to see and hear an
instrument, from an audience point of view.
Very pleased with it - a serious bass but more compact.

I had a 300, some years back - the 450 is the top of the range, in
the Cardinal series.

Top job!

 
















 

I'll be back next time, with something else a little different.

Cheers. :)

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Peavey Foundation - Line around head. . . . . . .

This is something I have been using quite a bit, over the last few weeks - so
I thought it would be a good time to give it a mention.


















This is the Made in the USA, earlier "line around head" version, with the 
Peavey "P" control knobs.
It has the same Super Ferrite pick-ups that my Foundation Fretless has,
which is one of the main reasons I wanted a Fretted version.
See here:
Peavey Foundation Fretless 

There have been various descriptions of these pick-ups but if you put 
them all together, the message that comes through is "like a Jazz but 
with more muscle"! 
They really do have a tone of their own.
This guy does a really great demo.
 
 

It has a slender Jazz type neck, that is so easy to play.
Just a really nice bass - what more can I say.
As with a lot of other Peavey products, they are often overlooked for
the "more established" brands but trust me, if you ever get the chance 
to have a go on one, I think you'll be hooked.



































































Next time I will do my old Aria CSB-450, set neck, medium scale - in 
an AV - Antique Violin finish - I think that's what it's called??
It was out gigging with a friend, at the weekend, so I thought I would
strike while the iron is hot.
The 450 is one of the Medium/Short scale basses I bought, when I was
having some issues with my left hand, which thankfully is now all sorted.

Cheers. :)