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About MortallyWounded

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    Space planes, truck trains, and electric automobiles. And basses. Electric bass mayhem.
  1. I know this is six years late, but... You got my PM, right? Okay, so just for everyone's benefit, here's how I got my corroded set screws out. This will help with many types of bridges, though I have never seen anything rust like these things. Same problem, and I am still hoping to replace the bridge, but I managed to get all of the screws out by soaking the saddles in PB Blaster for several weeks. (I have 11 other basses to play with so time is on my side.) The screws need to be gently manhandled. Intonation screws are easy: Put the saddle in a padded vice, lock a pair of Vice Grips around them, and just wiggle back and forth, turning one way and then the other, back and forth until the crud breaks loose with each motion. Eventually, you'll get past the stuck spot and when it starts to move beyond that, you can probably get it the rest of the way out. It might also help to use a die and chase the threads all the way to the saddle, so that once you get past the corroded part the rest of the threads will be nice and loose. The screws are 3mm, two threads per millimeter (or M3x0.5) so you know what die to use and what to replace them with. I suggest 40-50mm replacement intonation screws. The action screws are a little harder, because you're dealing with short stubs. If you grab the top end with Vice Grips, you'll probably crush that end with the hex inside. And chances are, you might not be able to grab the bottom end because it's too short. So with these buggers, I have the luxury of using an ultrasonic cleaner at work. But if you don't have access to one, here's whatcha do: 1. Go into the basement and turn off the breaker to the outlet your practice amp is in. 2. Tip your practice amp onto its back and remove the speaker grill. 3. Place the saddles in the speaker cone and fill it with enough PB blaster to cover the saddles. 4. Turn your EQ settings to nothing but treble, turn up all your gains and volumes. 5. Pipe in a cellphone or computer and go to YouTube. Search for "Pink Noise" and put it on loop. 6. Turn on the amp, go into the basement, and flip the breaker. (Note: you don't want to go back in there.) 7. While your amp is cleaning your screws, run down to your local music shop and pick up another amp, because yours is going to be fried by the time your saddles are clean. 8. Upon returning, make sure you shut your breaker off first. 9. Your amp should be reduced to a smoltering pile of synthetic wood, burnt resistors, and molten plastic. (Note: if you had aluminum cones, the screws and saddles are probably permanently encased in foil by now. Don't use aluminum drivers to clean screws.) 10. Talk to my lawyer, who will probably tell you that you can't sue someone for telling you how to do something via the internet.
  2. My three influences: 1. Steve Rowe of Mortification. Christian deathmetal. My introduction to heavy metal and metal evangelism. 2. Primus, of course. First song I ever heard was My Name Is Mud. First album was Tales From The Punchbowl. 3. Jazz band. I learned to play trombone, then urged my friend who owned a bass to try it out. He owned a bass. I didn't say he could play it.
  3. On behalf of the great Michael Tobias, please be aware that he has absolutely nothing to do with these things other than the fact that he designed the shape of the body waaay back when he and his California team made real basses. Other than the shape of the body and headstock, and his great name, these are NOTHING like the original Tobias basses. I won't even TOUCH them at the store. They are cursed. There was one in a floor stand, directly in my way to picking up a beautiful Ibanez. I couldn't reach the Ibanez without moving the Tobias. Since I couldn't push it aside with my foot, I came back later once someone had removed it from the floor. I'm not saying they're junk. But I'm not saying they're any good, either.
  4. I own two Epiphones, and there are more than 20 years of quality loss between them. I fixed up the old one and it is solid as a rock, but it probably should have been burned. The newer was broken before it was even purchased. Will I ever buy an Epiphone again? Probably not. Closest thing I might get is a Gibson EB-3. And even that is iffy.

  5. I'm pretty sure I contacted you about this bass on another forum, but just to confirm... you got that from Rumble Seat Music in Ithaca, correct? If so, I played it myself and was very interested in going back to buy it. Alas, it was gone. Now I know why! But I have my own now, a 1991 but otherwise the same thing. I will keep it for a few weeks and try gigging with it. I may part with it, if anyone is interested. You can probably find me on that other really popular bass forum with the same user name and a picture of Darth Vader's voice. I'm also on Google+ and have posted it on several other bass communities there.
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