Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ibanez MC-924DS, Templates and Direct'ers. . . . .

Hi to all out there, including my Direct'ers.

No, it is not a spelling mistake!
There are several people from all over the world, who must have
saved a direct link to the blog and not via Google or any other
search engines - I do it myself.
So, to all of you who visit on a regular basis, always nice to see you.



If you fancy dropping me a line, always glad to hear from you.
contactflateric@gmail.com


I have had quite a few e.mails recently, one from someone who
wants templates to build a replica of one of my Twin Necks and
the other day, one from San Francisco, wanting to know if I was
a luthier and was I looking for some work.
As I am around 5370 miles from SanFrancisco, perhaps it's not
that practical. Nice thought though - would be great to go over
there during the winter!!

And finally. . . . . pulled out my old MC-924DS, just a couple of
weeks short of it's 30th birthday.
It is not the other one, that I have covered in the blog, this is
the older one I keep mentioning but never get round to taking
any pics. Must try harder!!

I haven't played this one for well over a year - shame on me -
and it was great to plug it in (yes I changed the battery) and
realise what a great bass it is.
Strings were perhaps there best, so it's new string time.
I will do this one soon!

Cheers. :)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Peavey T-60 Review. . . . .

Here is another informative review, this time of the T-60.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsKtoGn6qbk


There are at least three of my T-60's featured in this blog and I will
eventually get round to doing the rest of them.

Bit quiet on the gigging front at the moment, so I am hoping to
get a few interesting posts put up over the next few weeks.

Cheers. :)


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Peavey T-40 Bass Review. . . . . . .

I came across this, put up by a fellow Peavey T-40 fan, who
clearly loves the thing.
The best one I have seen.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jbZuUVHt3Y



It is quite long, about 20 minutes but well worth a look.

The only bit he missed was that when only the bridge pick-up
is on, in single coil the phase switch is a coil select - nearer bridge
or nearer neck coil.
He also describes things made of steel - they
are not, it's Zinc
Die Cast. His is 12lbs!!
I do have
one at around that weight but most average 10.5 to
11lbs - about the same weight as a 70's Ash P.

Enjoy!

Cheers. :)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ibanez Blazer Bass. . . . . . .

My slightly battered but much admired old '82 Blazer Bass
has now found a new home.

The new owner had one previously and let it go, regretting
that decision later on.
So, I was really pleased that it was going to someone very keen
to have another Blazer, albeit somewhat battered!

It was like that when I got it and as a player, it's a cracker.
Blazers have more punch than a Precision and they feel more
lively to play. Nice neck, well balanced and an easy player.

It was roped in for rehearsals and some open mic stuff, as
it didn't really matter if it acquired another ding or a chip
on the head from contact with a cymbal - most pub open
mics can be a bit cosy and there isn't much space, so an
ideal tool for the job.

I have an Ibanez RB 650, which is essentially a Blazer with an
added "J" pick-up. I have gigged that one quite a few times
and is really nice to play.

http://flatericbassandguitar.blogspot.com/2010/09/ibanez-rb-650-rs-900-out-for-night.html

If, however a nice Blazer comes up. . . . . I think I just might!!







On another note, visitors seem to be coming in looking for
"Gordy Headless Bass"
Is there another one out there that has come up for grabs?

Just out of curiosity, I'd love to know.
Drop me a line.



Cheers. :)

EDIT: 3rd Jan 2012
I have had so many hits on this during the last couple
of days. . . . any ideas why??
Would love to know - e.mail me at the address above.

Thanks. :)




Sunday, 4 September 2011

Guild B-301 and B301-F 1977 and 1981. . . . . . .

Well, there's a thing!!!!!

Got a Guild B-301??
Perhaps you better read this all the way through.

I have already done a feature on my black B301-F and as detailed
on my last post, I will get round to getting some shots of the B-301.

Anyway, bit of a long story - due to a an accident with a jack plug,
I have cracked the area on the B-301, just around the socket! :(

Sunday and it's raining, bit of a scratchy pot on the fretless, so I
thought I'll whip off the scratchplate, clean the pot and while I
have got the plate off, I'll make a very accurate template and get
another plate made - not that it was terminal but it just looked
odd and I thought I would bring it back to it's former glory.

Not quite sure why but I thought I would hold up the later one
to the earlier one and something didn't look right!
After some basic measurements, I had convinced myself that
they were different and the only way to tell was to lay one
on top of the other.











So, curiosity got the better of me and instead of a 20 min job to
fix a slightly annoying pot, I have spent the last 2 hrs on this!!

They are different, in almost every way.
I used the pick-up hole as reference point.
Almost none of the screw holes line up, the shape is very slightly
different in many ways and the holes for the controls are in a
different area.

So. . . . . if you are looking to buy a used or secondhand plate for
a B-301, make sure you get the correct one.

The plus point - at least it has prompted me to remove it, so
I may as well get it sorted now!

Cheers. :)