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OK - I picked up this bass Saturday (turns out the seller was also a Talkbass member) and cleaned it up, put on new strings, and set it up. A few observations:
This bass is in great shape - it doesn't appear to have been played much.
That said, the bass looks - odd. My guitarist stopped over yesterday and asked if it had been refinished because the headstock is a dark stain and the body is natural - I hadn't paid that much attention (yes, I'm daft). If it is refinished, someone did an exemplary job of it.
It is a HEAVY bass - I haven't weighed it yet, but it's possibly the heaviest one currently in the arsenal.
The electronics had some issues, but I discovered that 99% of those issues were dirty pots - a quick spray with cleaner helped tremendously, and a couple more applications should hopefully eliminate the problem completely. The active system is useful and musical, and about a 2/3 bump on the bass control gives the bass a deep, resonant tone that rivals any other bass I have ever played.
The string spacing at the bridge is TIGHT - really, really tight. Like about 16mm tight.
(As an aside, I measured the bridge spacing on the rest of my basses - almost all of them are 19mm, including my Yamaha RBX765A, which feels tighter than 19mm for whatever reason.)
I have no clue as to the type of body wood - anyone know or want to guess? The following post has a close-up of the body wood.
The original model sticker is still on the back of the neck heel, which really surprised me given the age of the instrument. It reads AVB-TN-6/N.
The only real problem I have had with it thus far is the bridge - with no grooves to hold the saddles in line they tend to wander quite a bit, especially the low B string. I just ordered a closeout replacement Carvin/Hipshot bridge that should take care of that little issue nicely.
Anyone know anything else about this bass?
Bright Bassist Club #5 - Yamaha Club #357 - Yamaha BB Club #58
Last edited by BritFunk : 02-12-2013 at 07:56 AM.