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A bunch of firsts ...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Munjibunga, May 17, 2003.


  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    OK, remember that Yamaha TRB5-PII we discussed? Well, here it is. For me, first furniture bass (ovankol over ash), first neck-through, first piezo pickups, first Yamaha. Now I play and sound like my MAIN man, Nathan East. I know, he plays BBs, but they're Yamaha pickups. Got the Gumby headstock, too. Plays and sounds like butter.

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  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
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  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
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  4. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    It's beautiful!
     
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Thanks! It's even got ferrules on the back into which I can thread some coffee table legs!
     
  6. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Looks cool...I like the headstock myself.
     
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Cool! Just be careful with those hot mugs! Here's a helpful link if accident strikes! :)

    How to remove heat stains


    Congrats! That's a nice bass!
     
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Wow, I haven't seen that model yet; looks like Yamaha is joining the fancy-pants club ;) Very nice.

    So Munji, did you come up with a long-lost child to sell in order to buy it (last I read that was your only shot at getting it)?
     
  9. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Sweet looking bass, Munji. But you still haven't gotten your black bass.:confused:

    Bryan, Munji usually gets these rediculous deals at GC. I think that he just intimidates the manager until they give in.;)
     
  10. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    That is one magnificant bass. :bassist:
     
  11. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    sahhhhweet!

    I think using exotic wood on furniture is blasphemy. If woods like that aren't being used for both looks AND sound, they are being wasted IMO.

    so I think furniture should be called big, flat, stringless, unplayable basses with legs, or something to that effect.
     
  12. Beautiful instrument. Must have broken the bank for something as pretty as that.
     
  13. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Nah..they're just appreciative of him because he intimidates all the other customers into buying some Eden gear. Even the drum and keyboard customers.

    brad cook
     
  14. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    impressive acquisition, munji. what's the tally up to now on the bass front?
     
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'm back up to nine. I sold my only four-string to a friend two weeks ago.

    Now, on that black bass thing, that Zon I got last year is close enogh, although I did play one of those Fender Jazz Bass thingies today, you know, that new line. Mexican I think, but a nice bass for about $600. Jazz body, cream binding on the body, chrome smooth knobs, no pickguard. That'd do if it was a five-string.

    Anyway, back to this Yammer. I wasn't even going to buy it ... I went in just to ask for a ballpark price on it (this was not my buddies at GC ... it's a local store). I got a kid for a salesman, which I didn't want, but at least he knew what I was talking about. So he looked it up, and quoted me a price WELL below 50% of list. Well, his boss was standing there doing something else, and I didn't want to get into one of those "Ooops! I was looking at the wrong bass" things. So I said, "You're looking at the wrong bass." Nope, nope ... his boss comes over, looks at it and says, "No, it's the right one," and sends the kid over to get it. Sure enough, he brings back the right one. Now smelling blood, but still not wanting to end up in a fiasco, I said, "Are you SURE you guys want to sell it to me for that?" "Yep ... that's the price." So I picked it up for $1,200 LESS than the discount price I found on the web.

    I've had a chance to play it for a little while, so here are some observations:

    1. Got sustain. About a half hour if you want it. Must be the neck-through.

    2. With the piezo pickup, a little dab'll do ya. I mean a LITTLE. Like a 32nd of a turn. It adds overtones (highs) like a fiend, but really brings out the sound of the wood. Any more than that, and you're going to have that Fieldy-esque clicky thing going.

    3. It has a very broad range of tones, from growly bluesy to smooth, smiley jazz.

    4. Fit and finish equal to or better than Lakland 55-94. Just beautiful work. I haven't had a chance to look inside its cavities yet. (nyuk nyuk nyuk)

    5. I played it at the store through a Fender Bassman 60 ... a 112 combo. Boy was I surprised. It sounded very good to my ears. I'm going to have to move Fender up a few notches in my hierarchy of desireable amps.

    6. At this moment, mamacita is blissful in ignorance. She'll be home soon.
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Oh yeah ... and first non-American-made bass ever.
     
  17. Very nice bass! Does the piezo have an internal adjustment?

    Jeff
     
  18. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    Nice one! Congrats. :cool:
     
  19. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    that alone is worth the price of admission.

    f
     
  20. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is one SWEET looking bass & you got a KILLER deal to boot. <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif">