it's paid the wait

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by notduane, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    The company "team" :rolleyes: bonus turned out to be a bit more
    than usual this year. So, after crunchin' numbers to see if I
    could get the Demeter amp I been droolin' over for two years,
    I found I had enough left over for an...impulse buy :D

    I first thought, maybe one of those new Ibanez Artcore semi-
    hollows? Nahhh. I got a Casady :) . Then a fellow TB'r posted
    a link to recently. I went snoopin'
    there and found a one-off color Ampeg AMB1 (pics attached).

    Mr. Diamond (Bruce - very cool guy! Total Hagstrom nut) received
    my payment today. I should have it in my greazy mitts by next
    weekend. That'll gimme enough time to figure out what kinda' strings
    to use. So far, it's down to Roto RS88S tapes, T/I JF324's, Pyramid
    flats, or GHS Precision Flats. I think a lot depends on which one of
    those work best with the passive Seymour Duncan SMB4d MM p'up

    yes, it's shortscale

    yes, it's got frets

    yes, it's pink sparkle
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ive never played an Ampeg bass, they any good?
  3. cods


    Sep 16, 2003
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    me neither :rolleyes:

    I went on some reviews at BGRA and elsewhere, and some things
    I picked up from the press release and just checkin' out the pics, i.e.,
    it's got a weird comibination set neck/bolt on config -- s'posed to
    give better access to the high register. The "massive" bridge is either
    topload or string-through. It's got a single pup (yeah, I'm simple).
    And, the pup is a S/D MM type wired passive - should be interesting.
    I loved the tone from my `77 Stingray, so, we'll see. To me, it looks
    like the neck is a bit wider than most shortscales :meh:

    Should make a nice giggin' bass IF I can find time away from work for
    that sorta' thing. I'd rather take somethin like it out vs. one of my R/A's
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think the neck is standard width.. on a short scale? Especialy up by the body joint, looks as wide as normal scale basses. (long scale)
  6. Are they the ones you can get in the clear acrylic?

    It looks like them...i know that bass player from QOTSA has one
  7. Nice!

    Purple basses own. I have one. :bassist:
  8. I have tried one before, it had a nice quilted maple top. I loved it... it was very comfy to play and sounded great. I dont think you'll be dissapointed... I wish I had one. I never played another one except that one.
  9. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    that's a nice bass!!

    hope it sounds great!!
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    nd, that is pretty cool!:cool:

    We need to get together some time, so I can check out your RA's and you can check out my new Nordstrand!:D
  11. i thought this was going to be about a Rob Allen tripleneck.
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    The only one I've ever encountered had an S/D MM pickup, I quite enjoyed it. If I hadn't just put several hundred into aftermarket upgrades for my other bass and it weren't a four, I might've walked out of the store with it. Really, really neat. Besides, how many people can say they own an Ampeg bass?
  13. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I know, I know. But as it is, I can barely leave the house without
    my work pager goin' off. Yes, a high-speed impact with a wall or
    floor may buy me some time, but I think after you break 3 pagers
    there's an investigation. Yayyy outsourcing! Save a few $$$ :rolleyes:
    ha-ha ho-ho hee-hee. Ohh, you crack me up :help:

    Speaking of mutant R/A's though, the final piece of the amp rig puzzle will
    soon be in place; a Demeter VTHF-300M. Charles & Mambo will (finally) have
    a propuh voice; Alembic F-2B > Demeter VTHF-300M > EA-CXL112

    anyhoo, it's still pink and it's here! :hyper: :bassist:

    just too dang'd fun for words
  14. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    wow i love it man, hope it plays as good as it sparkles hehe :bassist:
  15. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I just located one in excellent shape for less than $200. Would this be a good deal?
    You still have ours?
  16. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    I think it looks way cool :D
  17. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    That is very.......uuuhhh......purple!!!!!!!!

    Please, don´t forget to make a review about the sound, playability and all that stuff!!! :rolleyes:
  18. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    yup :)

    :eek: yeah! $200 is a GREAT deal for one of these

    few things you might wanna' check, if you can: (`course, the obvious) no
    major finish dings, esp. if it has one of those "deluxe" tiger maple/burst tops
    (those are real purty :p ). Vol and Tone knobs work through complete rotation
    without major scratchin' or cuttin' out. The series/parallel switch works.
    This little thingy is so cool :hyper: It really DOES make a difference in tone.
    IIRC, in one position, the tone was real tight and focused - like thru a coupla'
    tens. In the other position, it was like someone swapped-out the tens for
    15's; deep and full - not too boomy

    One REAL important thing...I've commented on this in a post over in the
    Strings forum: for some reason I can't fathom (cosmetic maybe?) the
    designers used Grover Super Rotomatic g**t*r tuners. This cuts way down on
    your choice of strings. As a matter of fact, without doin some major surgery
    on your fave shortscale string, you have to get these special "Hofner" strings
    (most likely made by Pyramid). Their ends are essentially the strings core so it
    will fit thru the tiny tuning posts of the Grovers. I was determined to use
    some shortscale DR Sunbeams, so I "lowered the river" instead of "raisin'
    the bridge" :rollno: IOW, I removed all four Grover tuners and reamed-out the
    mounting holes till a set of Gotoh GB7's fit :D. Somethin to keep in mind ;)
    For havin' a PASSIVE SD MM pickup, I was pleasantly surprised at
    the variety of tones I could get out of "Mr. Sparkle" :p, even with the r/w
    Sunbeams; w/Tone cranked all the down and the switch in (IIRC) the
    "parallel" position, it approached the thumpity-thump of flatwounds.
    In "series" position, just a hint of tone control (and volume maxxed), it got
    pretty near to a soloed bridge pup on a J

    Playability takes just a bit of gettin used to. My earlier guess that the fingerboard
    looked kinda' wide was correct. It's closer to "flat" like a classical g**t*r than
    radiused. I think this was done to ensure the strings lined-up over the poles of
    the MM pup. No big deal really. I got these XL gorilla mitts so the extra
    space was nice
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member


    Ain't that kinda like carvin' out the top of a RA so you can fit some J pups to it?:eek:

  20. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    OoooOooo...woize guy, eh?

    I'll have you know I'm very adept with simple hand tools