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  1. hsech

    Midtown bass

    I really like my Midtown. I bought mine from Sweetwater and they give it a good going over and inspection before shipping it out. It was perfect (the cloudy places on the finish are light reflection). The only thing I have done to it is change the bridge out for a Hipshot Golden Tone. I also have a Hipshot on my SG Reissue. The Hipshot really allows for finer adjustment.
  2. The EB 5 String doesn't suffer from the rough frets. Still not quite a smooth as My Midtown and SG Reissue.
  3. Does anyone know if the pickups on the Midtown and SG basses are identical?
  4. I have a 2013 Vintage Sunburst Midtown. The Midtown series is alive and well.
  5. I owned a Brown Faded SG Bass at one time. It sounded good. The only thing I noticed about the Faded SG is the fret ends weren't dressed as nicely as my SG Reissue. As far as my EB, I think the thin finish is cool and that the bass will "age" quicker. I noticed the EB actually has an unfinished wood smell to it. A bass with a heavier finish doesn't have a smell IMO. The finish is perfect because there are a few rough spots on the bass, but nothing that really turns me off. I've owned other American basses that weren't much better. This bass reminds me of a throw back to some of the Gib
  6. Here's mine. Midtown, EB, SG Reissue, 1969 Fender Mustang
  7. hsech

    335 bass

    Some of the EB Bass write ups said "Vintage Gloss" and it is actually a satin finish. Not bad, but the finish, at least on the EB, is not high gloss.
  8. hsech


    I still use GK for big gigs with my Texas Blues Band and Southern Rock Band. We play a lot of outdoor gigs and big halls during the summer. When winter rolls in to Iowa, that will be the time to use the MarkBass rig for smaller clubs. I'm 65 with health issues so all of my amp gear and cabs are light weight.
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    Here's my MarkBass mini rig with the CMD112P and NY121 cab
  10. I was underwhelmed also when I opened the box, but after putting a set of LaBella flats on it and playing it through my MarkBass for the first time, I've become a true believer.
  11. hsech


    In the vein of being an old guy who can't schlep heavy gear anymore, I have a Markbass mini rig, and I also have a GK MB Fusion 500 head and a GK MBEII-212 Cab. The GK set up moves some air. I also have GK MBEII-115 and GK MBEII-210 cabs. All the GK stuff is good because of the light weight.
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    I played with my CMD-121P and ext speaker for a fund raiser last weekend and just used the CMD-121P by itself for practice last night. I've been using it with a Gibson SG Reissue Bass and it shakes the floorboards from all the low end. I was shocked by the amount of low end it had the first time I used it.
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    I have that same Markbass setup. Cool indeed, and easy on my back. I even have a matching Rock-n-Roller cart with black frame and yellow and black wheels to transport the mini rig.
  14. Try them both. I played Fender for years and have recently switched to Gibson thanks to my SG bass. The SG bass is short scale, but the sound is more bottom end than I expected. I also have a Les Paul Money Bass that is long scale. I like the pickups and feel on the Money bass more than did on my previous J bass. It's all a personal thing. It would be best if you could find a music store that had both to try and hear through the amp of your choice.
  15. Beautiful bass. I have the same one. How do you like the short scale? I love mine.
  16. If it ain't broke, why mess with it? My SG Reissue Bass sounds fine with the original neck pickup. If I need it brighter, I just tweak the EQ a bit on the amp. I also have a Precision Bass with a Fender 62 Vintage Pickup. If I need a totally different tone I use the PBass. I'm an old guy and somewhat of a purist. I think the thump the original Gibson pickup puts out adds to the Gibson mystique. I play in a jazz trio and a soft rock band and the SG and original pickup work fine for both.
  17. I use a Carvin Micro MB10 when going through the PA. It only weighs 23 lbs and has a full paramemtric EQ and built in compression. It has a DI balanced line out or a direct line out.
  18. My 2008 SG Reissue Bass doesn't seem neck heavy if you use the right kind of strap with it. I use a 4" wide soft leather strap that doesn't slip. It's very comfortable to play.
  19. Being an old fart like myself, I like small and light. Depending on the size of the venue, I use either a Carvin Micro MB10 (200 Watts and 1x10 speaker) or a Carvin Micro MB15 (200 Watts and 1x15 speaker). I've found that either amp handles the low end of my SG bass without a problem. Both are room shaking amps. I also have a matching extension cab with a 1x15 that works with either of the Carvin amps. When adding the extension cab it goes to 4 Ohms and 250 watts. What I really like about the Carvin Micro amps is the weight. The MB10 only weighs 23 lbs and the MB15 weighs 32 lbs. My ol
  20. I was worried about buying my SJ200 Custom Elite sight unseen, but when it arrived it was absolutely flawless and perfect.
  21. I had a low end Taylor and a Baby Taylor at one time. I never cared for either one. The sound was too bright. If I had the money for a high end Taylor it might be different. Of course if I had the money for a high end Taylor, I would just get another Gibson.
  22. I think it sounds good and I like the idea of a 12 fret parlour size. I'm wondering about the actual sound though. Sounds like a studio mic set up or something, at least on my computer.
  23. I would have to pass. It's too pricey and it just doesn't have that Gibson vibe for me. Maybe in a different finish.
  24. Give me my American Strat with a maple neck any day. No mods, just plain Jane. I've been playing Strats for over 40 years. I've never been without one that whole time. I've owned two Les Pauls over the years. I liked them both, but they were just too heavy. I've owned a couple of SG Specials and liked them OK, but still prefer my Strat. I gave my oldest son one of my SG Specials and he loves it. I've also owned a Night Hawk, an ES137 and a Blues Hawk. Of the three, the Blues Hawk was fun to play but seemed cheaply made to me. The Night Hawk was solid, but I didn't care for the tone.
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