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Complete a bass with this top...

Discussion in 'Roscoe Basses' started by SteveC, Nov 15, 2012.


  1. SteveC

    SteveC

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    OK, I'm itching to get a Roscoe again. Playing in church would be easier with a B string instead of a D-tuner. At home the D-tuner seems to be fine, but in reality, it's not. I think I want to have a 5 string (B-G) again.

    As usual, there are so many nice Roscoe's to choose from - new and used - that it's hard to decide. I'm pretty sure I want to stay with the Century body style. I like the look and the longer horn seems to (might be my imagination) feel better to me.

    Greg has a nice Century Standard Plus 5 right now - Bubinga/BEM. I like it, and my wife likes it. On the other hand...

    ...I fell for this top and kind of placed it "on hold" this summer. I think it's sitting in Greg's pile of potential tops. As of a week or two ago Gard said it was still there.

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    I'm wondering what you guys would choose for options.

    I'm a Bart/Bart guy so that's easy. Soaps vs. jazz...not as convinced. I have my jazz bass for that "passive jazz" tone so I'm thinking maybe soaps for something different. I also like black hardware and think it would look good on this top.

    Body wood...I've had ash and liked it, but I'm thinking maybe mahogany or spanish cedar for something a little warmer?

    Fingerboard...not sure.

    Most of my gigs these days are at church - where this bass would see most of it's action - so something good for "contemporary christian" is a necessity.

    I'll probably use it for my occasional fill in/sub work in local jazz groups - traditional and contemporary - and some pop/rock cover band stuff so something else to keep in mind.

    I'm curious to see what you all think.
     
  2. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

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    Considering the genres you plan to use it in and the fact that you already have a jazz bass, I say soapbars (Bart CBs).

    For woods, mahogany body and BEM board would be pretty killer with that top.
     
  3. Gard

    Gard

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    Century Standard 5 JM Plus
    Koa top
    Mahogany body
    Bart JM pickups
    Bart 3-band preamp
    3-piece Maple neck
    Bird's Eye Maple fingerboard
    Graphite nut
    Black hardware

    ...bada-bing.
     
  4. SteveC

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    Oh, yeah, forgot about the JM option. My favorite when I played Laklands...so let's add it all up...

    Century Standard 5 JM Plus ($2,499)
    Koa top
    Mahogany body
    Bart JM pickups ($200)
    Bart 3-band preamp
    3-piece Maple neck
    Bird's Eye Maple fingerboard ($75)
    Graphite nut
    Black hardware ($75)

    $2,849

    Nice of Gard to pick all the up charge options ;)
     
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  6. SteveC

    SteveC

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    After having one built for me, I don't know if I can go back to "of the rack" buying again. :eek:
     
  7. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

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    Of course Gard comes in and nails it. I kind of skipped over the JM pickups but my knowledge of what sounds good for "contemporary christian" is decidedly poor, so if that works then by all means they will make for a killer sounding bass.
     
  8. Gard

    Gard

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    Hey now, you didn't say anything about money, just "what would be good?"!

    :)

    So, THAT would be good!!!

    :hyper:

    ;)
     
  9. SteveC

    SteveC

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    I know...

    My wife wants to give the kids a kitten for Christmas. I have been anti-pet for years. I still am as you know who ends up taking care of said pet. I told her if a kitten is going to show up at Christmas, the UPS truck will also be showing up...well, not by Christmas but eventually.

    She's also getting a fairly expensive (my daughters birthstone is diamond, Evan is ruby) custom made "mothers ring" for Christmas so...
     
  10. Gard

    Gard

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    Sounds like a bass order to me.

    :ninja:

    As for the kitten, may I recommend:

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    ...an American Wire Hair. Awesome, dog-like attitude, lots of personality, and easy to deal with.

    :)
     
  11. JoelFT

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    That top is killer! And, the JM option is really the way to go. I love mine and am so glad that I had that impulse buy.
     
  12. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Supporting Member

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    JM. Definitely JM.

    I know what I am talking about.

    And I recommend either a Maine Coon kitten, or a Tonkinese. We have two of each, and they are awesome family cats.
     
  13. Gard

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    I dig Maine Coons, but they can be a LOT of cat to handle...not as familiar with the Tonkinese - pretty cats though.

    I still like my boogerhead. I'll have to upload video of her with "her" sock....she walks around with this sock in her mouth that is as big as she is, and she "talks" to it...

    And yeah, JM, next on my list, definitely.
     
  14. SteveC

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    Thanks for the bass and cat advice. The itch is strong...
     
  15. SteveC

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    There's a coil tap for the bridge pup, right?
     
  16. SteveC

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    Never mind. Got my answer already.
     
  17. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Supporting Member

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    I know you already have the answer, but yes there is, and it is actually useful, unlike the coil taps on a couple other basses I have owned in the past that seemed to do nothing to the sound.

    In all seriousness, though, I *really* dig the JM I got in June. No regrets whatsoever. But it is a quite different than the J's or the soapbars, so keep that in mind. With the MM pickup set to single coil, it can cop a fairly convincing J tone (close enough for me, anyway), but it doesn't totally nail the sound of a Roscoe with two J pickups, to my ears, anyway.
     
  18. SteveC

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    That's ok. I don't know that I want a completely J sound anyway. I have my passive jazz for that. I'd like something useful, variable and different but good for all occasions. You know, the one bass for any gig bass. :)
     
  19. JoelFT

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    That sounds like a JM to me. It's such a different sound than I am used to but, I love it. My first gig with it is a country gig in December. Hopefully I'll get some sound clips from it to post here.
     
  20. nostatic

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    For cat, I highly recommend your local shelter. I currently have two cats, both pound rescues. One is around 14 or 15 years old (I've had him since '00) and he's still spry. The other is a tabby female I've had since '07. Got her from a local shelter when she was about 1-2 years old. She is the best cat I've ever had.

    As for the bass, you going 34" or 35" scale?

    :bag:
     
  21. SteveC

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    35"
    With the Century body and longer upper horn it feels like a 34" to me.
     

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