Gold Tone MicroBass Talk

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  1. SBassman

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    Thread for all talk about the Gold Tone MicroBass.
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    They lost me at the comparison chart with the U-Bass.
    I have no interest in a brand dissing innovators to promote their own copy of the product.
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  3. SBassman

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    I don't get why you'd take that stance.

    Not sure why you think all this innovation came from Kala. The facts are:

    - This original concept comes from the Ashbory folks, but they had an unrealistic scale and even more unrealistic strings.

    - Kala licensed uke bass concept and strings from Road Toad.

    - Kala sold a whole lotta uke basses, and they deserved to. The uke basses were great, fun, and opened up minds.

    - Gold Tone is doing a bass at a different scale - a scale closer to what will eventually become The scale for this market segment. On top of it, they do it with an overall size and body style that no one else is doing. Or will do any time soon.

    This is a great, interesting bass - worthy of discussion and exploration. This is the first micro bass for sale in the U.S. that looks like
    a bass guitar, not a toy uke.
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    Not thunderguts, hey gold tone?
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    Feeds back like a mofo with the volume cranked, but otherwise great. I hate, hate, hate thunderguts. I'm not gonna use powder cuz I don't want a bass/apartment full of powder and constant use of nose grease is gonna get out of hand. I just have to figure out what pahoehoes will fit.
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  6. SBassman

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    She's beautiful, isn't she?

    Hmm, I have to go back and do feedback testing.

    I have had it cranked, too, and I didn't experience any of that.
    I was very pleased with how under control it all was.

    I have a cool string option to eventually tell you about, but it's not ready for prime time yet.
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    The e and a nut slots seem poorly cut. The strings sorta just pass over them and don't sit I'm the slots. They play fine but it seems odd.
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  8. dougness

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    The action on your Micro Bass looks much lower than the U-Bass. The lower action, longer scale, and a few more frets make it very appealing to me. Thanks for posting pics.
  9. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

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    She looks really nice! I'm with you on the thunderguts. It seems like the pahoehoes for the 5-string U-Bass ought to work (similar scale length). I wonder if Tone Fingerease might help with those sticky strings:
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FingerEase/
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    Road toad has these:
    Pahoehoe Black Std Set
    22.5" to 24" scale for
    longer scale Solid Body and
    Semi-Hollow Basses

    I'm not sure about the gauges, but the length should work.
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    Mine actually has a dual setup - for both the Aquila strings and - slots in slots for metallic strings. I have ridiculously low action on mine - far greater than what you'd normally see on an acoustic bass.
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    It's hard to comment. What I'm going to do is ask Gold Tone for the setup specs with the Aquila strings. Then we can measure and have facts. Those strings are mighty fat, and they nut slot might actually be precisely what it should be.

    Off to go ask ...
  13. olitoon

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    Get the Pahoehoes 22.5" to 24" from Road Toad for $24 or the 5-string set from sweetwater for $24. I hope the larger diameter works fine with the microbass.
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    Another added bonus of the longer scale, it fits on a standard guitar stand.
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    Awesome. If they tell you the gauges, please share on here.
  16. macmanlou

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    I wonder if it'll fit in a hard shell case for a guitar, say Martin 0 or 00 size.
  17. dougness

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    Are you saying you can put metallic strings on the Micro Bass? The low action you have now is with the Thunderguts, right?

    I'm counting my blessings that I have dry skin and have no trouble with the Thunderguts. But there has to be a solution for the stickiness. I use Fast Fret by GHS for humid days on my standard basses. It's a kind of a hard stick that you rub on the strings. It says it contains white mineral oil. I'll give it a try and report in after I restring with the new Thunderguts I bought......unless someone else has already tried Fast Fret. I can't imagine mineral oil would harm the strings.
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    I think I'm gonna order the 22.5" to 24" pahoehoe set. They come in red, which I'm thinking might look pretty good on this dark grain. What do ya'll think? Black or red?
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    Both. I have good action with the Thunderguts, and excellent action with metallic strings. The metallic strings are not supported by Gold Tone. It is an experiment of mine that I will share when/if it becomes ready for prime time. But, I'm sitting here playing a MicroBass with crystal clear and fairly loud Piano Bass tone, with good stability, on a 23 inch scale bass.
    If I can get the tweaks I need, such strings will sell for half
    of Pyramids.
  20. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

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    I'm partial to black, but red may work nicely - kind of like this:

    http://www.shortbassone.com/?cat=4&lang=en
  21. dougness

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    Wow, that is great news on all fronts - low action, good intonation, and low action! Thanks for the info.

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