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Kawai FIIB Owners Group, or FOG

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Got an FIIB? Love it?
    Welcome to FOG!
    Here's mine:
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    Just got it last week. It really was New Old Stock...never been played...
    Haven't gigged it yet, but will this week.
    So far tho, I live it.
    Big, clear, clean piano tone.
    I'd been looking for something that could grind harder than a G&L L2000; this may be it.

    If you've got one, post your pics and experiences; I'm all ears.
  2. Hambone

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    I've got 2 now...Your's is identical to my fretted version but I've got a flame maple version that has had the fretboard professionally replaced to be fretless. It also has a Bartolini pup system in it. OMG!!:eek: it's now my favorite fretless - tone out the wazoo!!!

    I'm going to get these pro steels off of the fretted and get back to a softer nickel string and that one's going to see more action.

    BTW - I've got 2 other RB series Kawai's too!

    Congrats on the great snag!!
  3. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Pics!...;)
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    My buddy has one of these that he picked up in college (now 17 years ago) and I can't get over the quality. Too bad that these aren't going to be the hidden bargains that they were about 5 years ago. I think that the owners are realizing what they've got!
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    This thread has great potential, those are very nice basses!
  6. Hambone

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    Can't post any pics...nothing seems to be working on the task panels
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    They're all working here, whatever that means...
  8. Dr. Cheese

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    Chef, that is a real gem. I hope you always keep it unless you sell it to me!:D
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  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    That's the same seller I got mine from.
  11. A9X

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    You asked for it. Crappy pics, but the best I have and it's in Tamworth ATM, so I can't take any more.

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    And last but not least, a gratuitous shot of my Koa and graphite Kawai KRB.

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    I agree about the tone. This bass completely cured me of any desire to buy a longscale Alembic. It doesn't sound the same, but it's very, very good.
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    See your pic 3?
    That's how high I want my pups...:(...sniff...
    And I'm too stupid to figger out how to do it!
  13. A9X

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    That's how it came when I bought it. All I've done is put new strings on it; perfect otherwise.

    It'll be interesting to see how much it goes for, but the price is already more than I paid for mine and shipping to Oz IIRC.
  14. Brad Johnson

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    I picked up a nice one a couple of years ago. Sounded okay at home through my Ampeg B-100R, took it on a gig and all I had was an abundance of highs. Those active pickups really do their thing. Didn't spend much time trying to fix it or figure out what was up... it was a gig.
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Thru my eden stuff-whcih has huuuuge eq-it was real easy to add enuff low end to make it "Thun-dah!."
  16. Brad Johnson

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    I operate on the other side of that coin... if I have to dial in something that's completely missing I don't want it. I play too many different basses to deal with that. I gig with my amp's EQ set flat. If the bass doesn't have at least a decent basic sound that way... oh well. OTOH it's a very cool bass for someone who doesn't mind tweaking.
    :)
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    On the neck pup, it doesn't need much added.
    The bridge pup is pure old school Stanley ala School Days.
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    Finally, here are some pics...

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    The dark mark on the zebra is a natural flaw under the finish. It's one thing that attracted me to the bass in first place. Bought it 6 or so years ago from a vintage place in Virginia Beach VA on ebay for $475. The fretless was another ebay deal just this past October and it lightened my account for $575. I didn't care about the originality of the fretless bridge. Whoever used the Hondo bridge, lucked out with the fit. It's perfect and allows the string thru feature. I'm debating putting a Schaller on there to make it like the later models but I'm afraid to mess with the tone. I think that strings thru the body - at least for this bass - does have an effect. With the barts and the super hard fingerboard, this one is a definite keeper.
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    I've had one of these on my short list for a while. I think people are catching on. I've been watching them lately, and they're hitting the $800 range with little effort. I should have moved when I had the chance earlier this year. Damn bills, shelter and food... :meh:

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