NBD! First NBD in six years!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by landry.bass, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. I've owned ten or so basses over the years (never more than four at once, sadly) and for whatever reason sold most of them off. About six years ago I bought a MIM Reggie Hamilton Jazz, and really enjoyed it. It was my first four-string bass in years, as I'd been playing a Sting Ray 5 and a Spector six-string previously (both long-gone now). I loved the feel of the string spacing after playing tighter boards for so long, and really dug the P sound as well as the PJ combo.

    But over the last few years, I'd grown apart from that bass. It didn't sound bad, in fact it sounded great, with a solid variety of tones. Honestly though, I mostly soloed the P pickup in passive mode. I really just didn't vibe with how it played. Somehow the neck was uncomfortable, and I'd find my fret hand cramping up after playing for any period of time. I remember loving the feeling of my SR 5s, despite their tight spacing, and really having no issues with Spector six-string once I got used to it. Then after recent trips to Long & McQuade, Steve's Music, Paul's Boutique and others, I came to a realization. I prefer a wider nut width. Plain and simple. Honestly, this should have occurred to me long ago (I'm 6'4" with some pretty big mitts after all), but there you have it.

    So I decided to part with the Reggie, a killer bass, but one that just didn't fit me. And today in Long & McQuade I made my first bass purchase since the Reggie six years ago.


    It's just a Player Precision, but I love how it feels. It fills my hand nicely without being too chunky, and the sating finish on the neck is smooth and fast. Also sounds great. It's full and round sounding with great clarity.

    I'm a sucker for black and maple, so you better believe this is getting a 3-ply b/w/b pickguard asap. I'm even considering some decals to give it the appearance of having black block inlays.

    I'm gonna get some better pictures tomorrow when I've got the chance, and when the new guard is added.
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  2. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Or maybe a just Player Precision. The MIMs are really terrific instruments.
  3. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Congratulations on your new axe! :thumbsup:

    Black guard by all means, but please don't do the fake block inlay thing....:rollno:
  4. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    Always great to have an NBD after a long layoff.
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Great looking bass!!!!

    Don't ever wait that long to buy again. :eyebrow:

  6. Thanks!

    I'm gonna grab the fake blocks and give them a shot. If they look or feel terrible, I'll just take them off. I'm not married to the idea of them, but they're cheap enough that I'll give 'em a whirl.
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  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I don't know if I like the idea of you stealing my bass look, so by all means do the block inlay fakies.

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  8. I've played a few of the new Player range, one lightweight Precision that I didn't care for the fretboard (I'm a maple guy), and two Jaguars, either of which I'd have happily taken home if I was sure I could get on with a 1.5" nut width (I'm a P-neck guy).

    I also played a couple of American Performers and honestly, they didn't FEEL massively different. I preferred the Performers pickups, and the lightweight tuners were a plus, but the necks played just as well, the frets were finished just as nicely, both had been set up well. Obviously the MIAs had the Jazz pickup too, but for a straight Precision sound, I don't know there was that much in them.

    I'd love to pick up a new Precision, and I can honestly say I'll be comparing the Players with whatever I look at, they feel like a step up from the MIM Standards to me. Dare I say, pretty close to the old MIA Specials?

    Congrats on the new bass! Can't beat black 'n' maple, it'll be a workhorse for years to come.
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  9. Cyborg


    Jul 7, 2007
    Lowcountry, SC
    Good choice on the Player Precision. The ones I've played have been excellent.
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  10. Congrats on the new bass. I have yet to try a "Player"..but I have a nice MIM Standard Precision that is nice.
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  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    Black and Maple! Nice!!!!
    Now get a tort pick guard on there :)
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  12. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Any decently set-up Player Ps I've tried have been great - good cop, that! Enjoy!
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  13. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I tried the fake black blocks (bought off of Amazon) on an Elite P and and Elite Dimension V. They actually look really good, the only way you can tell they are fake is by looking very closely at the bass. They’re cheap, so I say give it a shot.
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  14. Welcome back to the dark side. Congrats and enjoy
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  15. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Very nice!;)
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  16. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    Nice score!

    One NBD in six years? That is unusual level of discipline. :smug:

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  17. A usual level of brokeness for me. :laugh:
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  18. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    You resisted collecting debt to get an NBD. It still discipline at some level.
  19. Very nice. Black and maple or rosewood always is a favorite of mine!

    Can't wait to see what it looks like once you get done with it.

    May I suggest a couple of my favorite color schemes.



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  20. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member


    even though it looks great, it's cool that you figured out what you wanted/needed to play for the next stretch! feel is everything! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup: