Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Flat Eric, Bass and Guitar. . . .

Hi to all out there. . . . yes I am still here! : )

This is post number 249 and on October the 6th, my little contribution to the world of Basses and Guitars, will be ten years old!
Yes, Ten Years Old!!
In the early days, I was putting out over fifty posts a year, with a pile of information, some of it useful!! : )

There were off the shelf instruments, customs, specials - all sorts and on top of that I did features about Peavey, the T Series, T-40 and T-60 as well as a large feature on Peter Cook, the guitar builder and member of the band, July - all was buzzin'!
I also did an extended piece about Reeve Guitars, which attracted a lot of interest, as did the magazine feature I did, with Lars Mullen.

Then, things changed and I couldn't find enough time to dedicate to this blog on a regular basis - that's life. I now feel that I can get back into it and as it is the 10th anniversary and the next post will be number 250, I think I will climb aboard again and kick start this blog back into life.
I may start a parallel blog, sort of a 2019 remix - not sure yet but what I can say is, if you were with me from the beginning - Thank You and I hope to keep you interested.

Cheers. : )

PS. If anyone of you wants to drop me a line - perhaps detailing their favourite post or just to say Hi - Now is the time. Ping something on the comments and I'll respond. : )

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

MPC Electra 620 Bass. . . . .

Haven't played this for ages. . . .

Hi, back again! 
Life seems to speed by at an alarming rate but I thought is was time to write a few lines.

I dug this out, the other day.

I played this quite a bit, when I first got it and then it only came out now and again. It must a while since I had this out of the case and it was time to have a quick go - I had forgotten how nice it was to play.
I have just found the pics, from my original shoot, so thought I would put them back up again.

Very nice, indeed.

Cheers. :)

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Attilla Balogh Odyssey Bass. . . .

Almost full circle! Ten years later, I am still writing about this bass. I was a regular contributor on Basschat, for many years and then a change of software meant the format had changed and I was no longer familiar with it, so I became a stranger to Basschat, with the odd post, now and then. Talk about the Atilla Balogh Odyssey Bass, brought be back to the fold. : )

This is the bass. . . .

This is a link to Basschat:Basschat and this is a link to the thread Basschat Odyssey Bass 
Maybe you have knowledge, experience or have one of Atilla's instruments?
Why not join up to Basschat and share what you can?

Cheers. : )

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Happy New Year and Ray Cooper Bass. . . .

Happy New Year! All the best for 2019!

Over the Christmas period, I dug out a couple of old friends but whilst doing that, I came across my Ray Cooper Custom Bass!
I have not even opened the case on this one, for a while and thought it was time to flick the catches and have a go!
A joy to look at and play, medium scale and totally unique!
Here it is, with a couple of like minded friends.

 Here is a link to the feature I did in 2014, which has several more images, taken at the time. Ray Cooper Custom Bass

Magic! I'm going to try and find the Ibanez Explorer and the Gibson RD, over the next couple of weeks and give them a go.

All the best.
Cheers. :)

Friday, 14 December 2018

Merry Christmas from Flat Eric. . . . . :)

Well, another year has almost passed by!

I was sent this and just had to share it - really made me chuckle and reminded me of more simple times!

Hope you all have a great time and the New Year brings you health, happiness and some new strings!! :)

All the very best to all of you out there - back next year!

Cheers. :)

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody Film. . . . .

Went to see this film, last Saturday!


I have been a Queen fan, since Seven Seas of Rhye and as part of the collection, I have two Brian May Red Specials - this is one of them.

The film is as accurate as Roger and Brian wanted it to be, as they were part of it and given some artistic licence, it seems pretty close to me.
Just Brilliant!
I spent a large part of Sunday working my way through John Deacon's bass lines - we used to do some Queen, so a couple of the number came back to me quite quickly but a few of the others took some time. Loved it.

John was - and I'm sure still is, if he chooses to play - a really great bass player.
Never much of a fuss, not exactly in the limelight but he put some really great lines into the songs of Queen.

If you get the chance - go and see it Now!!

Cheers. : )

Monday, 19 November 2018

I'm still here!

Hi to all. :)

I have several posts to put up about instruments that readers have sent in but unlike years past - I have been running this blog for over 9 years, now - I really struggle to find the time.
So, now that winter is on it's way, with many more days indoors, I hope to press on.
Stick with it folks. . . it'll be worth it!!
I have many more instruments in my collection to list - the sale of some of them, didn't really take off, as I found it hard to go through with it and was seriously short of time, so lots more to see!!

Cheers. :)

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Twin Neck, Guitar and Bass

Hi to all out there - still very busy and lacking in posts - I'm still here, honest! : )

This is a bit of a request to readers, a Twin Neck or Double Neck question.
I have/have had various twins, some shown below:

There are several more than this but none have Guitar on the top and Bass on the bottom.
I very nearly had a Shergold with that configuration but it slipped through my fingers.

Anyone know of 6 on the top and 4 on the bottom Twin Necks?

You can either leave me a message on comments or ping me at contactflateric(@)

I would love some feedback on this - there is a very good reason. : )

Cheers. : )