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NBD. 6 string sm goodness

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by punisher911, Oct 28, 2013.


  1. punisher911

    punisher911

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    A few years back, I came across a good deal on a Carvin 6. Purple with gold hardware. It was a beauty, but after a while, couldn't find a need for a 6. Fast forward to a few days ago. The spalted maple caught my eye. The tight string spacing made it playable to me. Just had to buy it. I really wanted a BTB 676, but the wide string spacing was a killer. I'm a pick player so I like tighter strings. Brought it home and put some Hi Beams on it. Piano like highs for sure. 3 string power chords high up on the neck with some chorus sound amazing. Maybe down the road I'll try some nickel Lo Riders, but I'm happy for now.

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  2. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

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    Congrats on your purchase! I was a 4 string player for 34 years until I visited a friend's practice space and played an ESP LTD B-206SM. A month later I bought one and permanently retired 4 string basses.

    It's a great bass and I know you're going to really enjoy it! They're stupid good guitars for the money.

    Here's my B-206SM with my ESP LTD B-336SR (almost identical except the 336SR has EMG's and is a slightly longer scale) and Fretwraps on both.

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  3. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

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    BTW I use Lo-Riders on both
     
  4. punisher911

    punisher911

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    Nickel or steel? I'm normally a flat on everything guy, but I think I'll keep rounds on this.
     
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  6. El-Bob

    El-Bob

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    Those LTD's are tragically under-rated. I used an LTD D-6 for years and it was an incredible bass in every way. Congrats on the NBD!
     
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice!!!
     
  8. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

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    I use Lo-Rider steel strings.
     
  9. punisher911

    punisher911

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    and the fretboard was super dry. Needed a lemon oil wipedown for sure. I might end up trying some Lo-Riders eventually. Just to compare. I normally put flats on everything, but I think I'm going to keep rounds on this.
     
  10. spz8

    spz8

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    I just set one of these up for a friend who's a casual player. I thought the neck was pretty sweet, but the pre-amp leaves a lot to be desired. A good platform for mods though.
     
  11. punisher911

    punisher911

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    I've also noticed that my bridge pup is a bit noisy. It has a hum to it.. Any ideas on why? bad ground or something?
     
  12. TigerInATrance

    TigerInATrance

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    Love my 206sm... It is true that the pickups and Pre leave something to be desired, but the thing feels so nice that it was a no brainer to swap them out. I put EMG DCs in with a BQS preamp and the bass sings now.

    Congrats on your purchase!
     
  13. punisher911

    punisher911

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    Did it make a big difference?
     
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a B205SM fretless that I'm wanting to swap out the stock pups / pre.. Are the EMGs direct, drop-in replacements?
     
  15. CBNJ

    CBNJ Sorry brother.

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