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. :)

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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. :)

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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. :) 

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