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Gumtree 'Beatle Bass"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brendank, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. brendank


    Dec 13, 2013
    Gumtree's a dangerous habit… bought on a whim - a 'Beatle Bass' - A Shine Viola Bass copy…close to the Epiphone model (3 knobs, 2 volume 1 tone - no switches). Sixty quid or $100.

    Strings seem knackered, tarnished, dead. Even so I'm surprised at how little resonance when plucked, quite dead… a solid body bass on fresh strings rings out by comparison… (maybe the Shine is semi-hollow?).

    Neck adjustment seems OK but Bridge height seems high to me - upwards of 3/4 inch. Does that seem about right? or could this just be the choice of the previous owner?

    Should I go for genuine Hofner strings? http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-an...mxu|dc_pcrid_38200326199_plid__kword__match__ or http://www.thomann.de/gb/hoefner_h1133_beatlebasssaiten.htm. Cheaper choice has the right picture but dearer ones have the right text!!
    -or any recommendations for short-scale strings (preferably from UK supplier ) Cheers!