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NDB - Mike Dirnt Road Worn Blonde/RW

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sPiKi, Apr 13, 2014.


  1. sPiKi

    sPiKi

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    Well after a few weeks trying to shift my MIA P bass, I eventually got it sold last week and bought this on Thursday in its place. Cost me nothing to change so even more enjoyable:)

    Feel I got a good deal at £699/approx $1100 compared to the full retail here in the UK of approx £1100/$1800. Hadn't expected it until Monday and got quite a surprise when the courier knocked on my door about 10.30 yesterday morning. Needless to say, all other duties ceased for quite some time!

    I know the whole thing about relicing/road worn divides bassists but this looks and feels as cool as anything. Really has to be seen to appreciate the quality of the workmanship. Neck is definitely more comfortable than the MIA P and the frets are great, nice and smooth and very similar to my MIA J. The relicing on the hardware is very well done. Like MD says in the Fender video it really is more like a white wash and the grain of the ash comes through very nicely.

    As far as tone is concerned, its your classic P sound only with more punch and growl. Had to tweak the EQ on my V4BH and cut the mids a bit but overall was very impressive with a nice clang on the low E. A couple of people admired my 'tele bass' and another aspect I like about this bass is that it doesn't look like a gimmicky signature guitar (I don't really care for Green Day, although do like MD's playing). Hard case is very cool too - well constructed, nice little Fender logo and snug fit.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/due26j7ddszmkxa/rnkCNAaV2V
     
  2. Guinness20

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    Congrats man, I've been waiting so long for someone to post up an nbd/review. These basses sound mean! It's a shame for me though: I know a lot of people like a relic'd look but personally not a fan, but then the relic'd version sunburst is a much nicer colour than the old model.
     
  3. denton57

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    Anyone else have one of these Road Worn versions and can post a review?? I've been eyeing the white/maple for a long time.
     
  4. klejst

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    Congrats, cool bass
     
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  6. Treadstone71

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    Nice! How's the weight?
     
  7. FenderOli

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    NDB New Dirnt Bass
     
  8. awilkie84

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    No fair! How come yours arrived before mine? lol I've been waiting 3 weeks for mine to get here. :( And yours has a BA-II!? :O They're not supposed to have those anymore!
     
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  9. denton57

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    Wait...They don't have the BA bridge anymore on these?? That's actually a positive for me if that's true.
     
  10. MRDOOM

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    mmm, dat ash.
     
  11. awilkie84

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    They use the Fender Hi-Mass bridge, now. Either way, it's a 5 hole vintage mount. You can swap it out for any bridge and probably sell the BA2 for more than you paid for the replacement bridge.
     
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  12. jazzonlyjazz

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    Where did you order yours? L&M? Tom Lee?

    And yes, you're right. Most of the signature models no longer have the BAII...in its place is a new Fender hi-mass bridge that LOOKS and FUNCTIONS the same as a BAII.
     
  13. awilkie84

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    Long & McQuade, yes. I'm still debating putting a BA2 on mine. I like the look better, especially if I can find one with a bit of tarnish. :D
     
  14. jazzonlyjazz

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    The OP's BAII had multiple grooves on the saddles...makes me wonder if the bass was used and the previous owner did that or if those are exclusive only on the MD model...
     
  15. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    I way rather have the badass II , I wouldnt want Fenders knock off of a BA. If you dont want a BA its a quick 60-80, you wont get that for the Fender one at all, maybe 30.
     
  16. awilkie84

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    I've had 2 basses with the Hi-Mass. It's a good bridge. It just doesn't look enough like a Badass for my liking. :p
    I wouldn't sell the Hi-Mass, either. I have another bass it can go on.
     
  17. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Sweetwater has three in stock that are under 9 lbs. The lightest is an 8 lb 8 oz white/maple like this one.

    I owned an 02 MIM Dirnt Sig that was 10 lb 5 oz. Hefty but played and sounded great.
     
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  18. jazzonlyjazz

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    They look alright but of course, the BAIIs are now rareee
     
  19. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    A few years ago the factory slotted ones in mint condition went for up to $140 a bridge, it was nuts, I sold a non grooved one for $100 on ebay then.
     
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  20. jazzonlyjazz

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    Nowdays you'd be lucky to get one for that price at all...
     
  21. awilkie84

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    Not really. There's a bunch on the classifieds for $80.
     
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