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NBD! After a quarter century, a perfect pair

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Riff Ranger, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    As I modded my pointy old Electra X700JB (my avatar comes from that NBD) into a fire-breathing P-bass over the last year, I found myself wanting of a sonic match in a five-string. Unfortunately for me they didn’t make a ton of five-strings in Japan in the ‘80s, and it seems that five-string P-basses haven’t really caught on, either. I want to love the Spector Legend 5 Classic I acquired last fall but even after some mods I still haven’t found a sound of my own with it that really does it for me. After a deal for one of those rare five-string P-basses fell through, I found myself playing the five-string I had bought new back in 1995 … and loving it more than ever! I set out to find a four-string to match that one.

    Well, I have had the five for 24 years, and the four for 24 hours. Mission accomplished!

    Apparently, my 14-year-old self knew something it would take my 38-year-old self a while to figure out! Let’s be clear: the Ibanez ATK does not sound like a P-bass. It does, however, make it really easy for me to sound like me.

    My pointy fire-breathing P-bass still has its place, as it has the edge when I start heaping dirt on parts, but I tend not to use a fifth string in those situations. With the four- and five-string ATKs, it would seem I now have a consistent core sound regardless of range.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2019
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  2. Cool.
    Many problems can be solved by adding more Ibanez.
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  3. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    ... and old Peavey amps!
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  4. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Congratulations! But they are probably heavy beasts? I played an ATK 305 exclusively for 4 years, it weighed in at 4.7 kg (10.36 lbs)....

    I hope you are already a member of the ATK club. :thumbsup:

    Official ATK Club (Part 4)
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  5. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Heavy: yes, especially the five.

    Club: I hadn’t thought to look for one. Thanks for the tip!
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