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Would like opinions on the Galveston PRO SERIES 8 String bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mettec, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. mettec

    mettec

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    I was just looking through ebay stores and I came across the Galveston PRO SERIES 8 String bass. For the price it seems ok but is it a ok bass? I play Modulus Q5's and love the string spacing and although I realize that it won't be the same spacing, is it easy to play with fingers?
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

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    I have been tempted by those as well. They appear to be perfect for a tapping or stick style bass, although the spacing appears a bit tight for fingerstyle playing, especially slap.

    The general consensus on this forum among people who have played Galveston products is that they are not that good.
  3. Basshole

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    I have the 7. The nut that came on it looked like it was cut by a monkey. I had the nut replaced by a luthier, and the instrument set up. A few pots were replaced, because the ones that come stock sound like they're full of sand. I strung it low F#, and it kicks ass. Don't let anyone tell you these aren't good instruments. They do need a little TLC before they are gig-ready, though.
  4. Basshole

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    BTW, you'll need strings with a 37" speaking length, as these instruments are string-thru-body.
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

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    How do the stock pickups sound? And what do all of the extra tone knobs do? It doesn't have a preamp, does it?
  6. mettec

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    How is the spacing? I don't mind narrow just not too narrow. Can you give some specs on the spacing at the bridge?
  7. Basshole

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    The pickups are nice, IMO...although a bit low output in passive mode. Basic humbucker pickups (enclosed poles) pretty jazzbass sounding. There is a 3-band preamp, you pull up the volume knob to enable it. It mostly just gets louder. There is 3 band EQ, but it's not the world's most wonderful tone shaper. It's not a wonderful instrument, nor a bad one. It's a good value instrument. It does need to be set up, but played pretty well out of the box (aside from the poorly spaced nut).
  8. Basshole

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    16mm at the bridge. Not intolerable for a large ERB.

    I made you guys some quick sound samples here, of just a quick rundown from a high F# on the C string, all the way down to the low sub-contra F#.

    Blend control at center, first passive, then active, all knobs full up. Direct to cheap Roland UA-30 USB interface...quick and dirty:

    http://poopnugget.com/files/7-passive.mp3

    http://poopnugget.com/files/7-active.mp3
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

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    How tight is the low F# string? And how much does an F# string usually sell for?
  10. Basshole

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    I can slap it, if that's an indication. They are a light set, though. You can't really play a 7 real hard. It's more of a "light touch" kind of instrument.

    The cost I don't know. I had a couple of sets made for development, to study the possibility of offering them for sale.

    The cost (to me, anyway) would be dependent on order size, I'm sure. I had them made up about 2 years ago. Hit a rough patch in life, and the project went on the back burner.

    If there's some interest, I'll see about offering them for sale.
  11. DNote13

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    I have a Galveston, and it is the best. The low F# is the tightest string yet! I strung it with a .165 Snakeskins and it is super audible through my rig. The low F# strings sell for $24 at the Conklin website
  12. MNAirHead

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    I owned one - not worth keeping Conklin gt7 is amuck more solid instrument

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