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John Kallas Appreciation/Owners club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sneha1965, Jul 7, 2013.


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  1. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    It is time to show my next beauty and some toys...

    Here's my new '66 jazz
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    Here in his case...
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    And, as all of you guess, it sounds absolutely amazing!!!

    Here comes a nice little tool to have some fun together..
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  3. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Awesome! I have one in the pipeline with John right now. Your photo's were just what I needed to help me pass the time. :)
    Are those Hipshot tuning machines? I used @HipShot lollipop's on my last Kallas Precision. They are awesome.
     
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  4. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    Pleased that you like the photos, I am lucky that I'm able to have this wonderful bass in my hands ;). I know how tough it is, if you're waiting, but in the end it definitely is worth the time.

    The tuners are Gotoh tuners. I wanted to have a quite original '66 RI and the Hipshots have a modern housing of the machine, so it was no choice. On my Kallas Precision are Gotoh Res-O-Lites and they are amazing.

    I wish you a relaxed time (it's almost like waiting for Santa).
     
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  5. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Outstanding!!! Love the binding dot neck. It's hard to tell on my monitor but is that Surf Green?
     
  6. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    No, it's seafoam green.

    Green is my favorite color :D.
     
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  7. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Awesome! Would love to know your impression on both the bass and the pedal as time permits.
     
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  8. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    I understand completely about the "modern" Hipshots. I have many basses with Hipshot Drop-D's but they are the older style without, what I call, the square shoulders. :)
    On my 1971 Shell Pink "resto" that John did for me, I did use the modern Hipshots and I have no regrets. They are really nice. I still would probably not use them on a 60's bass though. My latest project just arrived at John's a week ago so I am fully prepared to wait. No worries, I have my '71 to keep me gigging!
     
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  9. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    The bass (just like the Kallas Precision) is very very accurately built with a great love to detail. The painting is outstanding. You can still smell the nitro (I know this will go by - but it is another puzzle piece that leads to its wholeness) and I'm almost afraid to damage this beautiful instrument.
    The neck feels absolutely amazing and the bass is quite light for a Jazz Bass (unfortunately I don't have a possibitlity to weigh the bass). You don't want to take your fingers from the bass anymore. And because of that it is unbelievable inspiring when playing.
    But the resonance of the bass was the first thing that knocked me off. Although it is designed after it's '66 predecessor it sounds so modern (I wanted John to install rounds - D'Addario Pro Steels). After twelve days it lost a little bit of its sharpness and comes to where the flavor is ;).
    As I'm teaching bass now for more than 25 years I saw a lot of Fenders and third party J's and P's of all kinds. There have been the one or the other really good instrument but John's basses are a class of its own and I absolutely love them and will never sell them anymore.

    To the pedal:
    The bearclaw is an OD/ Distortion Pedal with a very wide range to dial in. From very soft to heavy distortion - its all in there. The build quality is (as you thought), very impressive. Just open the back and take a look at the accurate layout. For sound examples see here: Bearclaw

    I own (and owned) a couple of OD/Distortion/Fuzz pedals (still 5 years ago I couldn't imagine why one need more than one of these pedals) to these belong a.o. Source Audio Aftershock and John Kallas MiniBassFuzz, but my favorite is definitely the Bearclaw.

    I hope I could give you a small insight of these to very beautiful pieces of bass gear!
     
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  10. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    As you said, if it wouldn't have been a 60's RI I probably would have taken the Hipshots.
    On your 1971 Precision: while thinking of which color I would take for my now seafoam green painted J-Bass, I could see your freshly finished Shell Pink "resto", because John and I were discussing the different custom colors:).
     
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  11. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Thank you for the run down Jannosch, that was great information! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your bass and the pedal. I own two of John's basses, a 57 RI with jazz neck in Mary Kaye White and a 66 RI with blocks in Ocean Turquoise. I love them both and like you would not sell them off.

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  12. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    Glad that I could help you.

    It seems as if the two of us have almost the same taste :thumbsup:.
     
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  13. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    We definitely do! Do you happen to have any pictures of your JK Precision?
     
  14. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    Yes, it is shown on page eight in this thread.
     
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  15. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Of course! I remember your bass now. Hard to believe that was almost 2 years ago when you posted. This thread needs some more action!
     
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  16. Jannosch

    Jannosch

    Jun 30, 2015
    Germany
    I am absolutely your opinion!
     
  17. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    I concur!
     
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  18. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Hey John Kallas! Not to take you away from your work, but if would be cool as time permits (and if you like) to share what projects you have going. Would love to hear what you’re up to these days.
     
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  19. murphy

    murphy

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    What country is John Kallas? @johnk_10 ?

    Found him....California USA
     
  20. wouter12

    wouter12

    Apr 13, 2009
    Colorado
    Well here is something John is working on:

    My '62 RI in sea foam surf green. I can wait actually - just too much work - but when it comes it will be like Christmas indeed. My first Kallas bass. I am honored to become the first owner of such a great instrument.
     

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