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NBD. 6 string sm goodness

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


  1. punisher911

    punisher911

    Jan 20, 2005
    Warren, MI
    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

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    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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  4. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    BTW I use Lo-Riders on both
     
  5. punisher911

    punisher911

    Jan 20, 2005
    Warren, MI
    Nickel or steel? I'm normally a flat on everything guy, but I think I'll keep rounds on this.
     
  6. 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

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Nice!!!
     
  8. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I use Lo-Rider steel strings.
     
  9. punisher911

    punisher911

    Jan 20, 2005
    Warren, MI
    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

    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    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

    Jan 20, 2005
    Warren, MI
    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. 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

    Jan 20, 2005
    Warren, MI
    Did it make a big difference?
     
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    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.

    Feb 13, 2009
    New Jersey



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