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NBD-Dean Hillsboro J

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B-Mac, Jun 26, 2019.


  1. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Just had this delivered to Guitar Center Last Friday. Picked it up at lunch.
    Active with Dean J style pups which are on the hot side. Trans Black. Neck is really nice, no sharp ends, narrow, thin and satin back. Nice and fast. Gotta get me a Tort PG

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    • Flame Maple Top
    • Basswood Body
    • 34" Scale
    • Bolt-On Maple C Neck
    • Maple Fingerboard
    • 22 frets
    • Black Dot Inlays
    • White Pearloid Pickguard
    • Die-Cast Tuners
    • Chrome Hardware
    • Die-Cast Bridge
    • Dean Jazz Active EQ Pickups
    • Trans Black
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
  2. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    even a black 3ply would look sweet, luv the maple. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Skeezix

    Skeezix

    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I've got one of those.

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  4. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Nice. Yours has a squared off fret board.
    Just wondering what year and origin of manufacture yours is?

    Mine is a 2010 model year and MIC
     
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  5. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I was considering the blue one, would've given it the smoked-mirror pickguard treatment, but I'm still waiting for a Motto.
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    Hats off to Guitar Center...you scored!
     
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  6. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    But didn't you have a Motto?
     
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  7. Skeezix

    Skeezix

    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    Looks exactly like mine...
     
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  8. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Yes, then again, I've bought 30 basses in the last 5 years or so and I've only kept 4.
    This is from 2014.
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going batty :)
     
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  10. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Too late. Nice snag!
     
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  11. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Oh, no, I'm the one who's batty.
    Out of those 30 basses I can't remember a bad one. Some weren't bass perfection like the ones I own now, but some of them were very good indeed. I should've held onto my G&L SB-2, Inca Silver CV Jazz and the Motto, but I definitely had a problem with never being quite satisfied or always having to replace one bass with another.
    I've managed to get a handle on it, though, and now I only have this problem with women.
     
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  12. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY

    Hey that's my old bass!! I sold it years ago. I wonder whatever happened to it. It has the DMT upgraded pickups in it too...
     
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  13. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The DMTs are very nice pickups. When I first tried the Motto I thought it was active!
     
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  14. Neat!
    This one is for sale locally, I am thinking about it but definitely don't need it:

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  15. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Under $200 I'd buy it if I were you.
    I've always liked the necks on these things and with the right strings they sound pretty damned good.
     
  16. Nice Gibson
     
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  17. . . . . . so are the two Deans suddenly not talking to the EpiBird ? ? ? ?
     
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  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I wonder what year this one is and country of manufacture?
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  19. Herbie Chesnutt

    Herbie Chesnutt Guest

    Mar 19, 2010
    Wake Forest, NC
    Man, Deans seem to get ignored here and I never see one in person, but those Hillsboro j basses have always seemed killer to me. Love the black and tan. Score!
     
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  20. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I like them! :) Obviously.
    I'd like this particular model more if it had a switch to go from Active to Passive. I could probably do that with a push pull volume pot. I'd just have to figure the wiring out for it.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
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