NBD (Warning, Perfect for Metal) - also bonus stratbass content

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skillet, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    I can't find much information about this bass. It was listed on Ebay as a Burny ILB-105. We know Burny is a name used by Fernandes. I ordered it last Saturday. After prodding the seller Ms_Tokyo about shipping information on the following Tuesday, I got the message, "sorry for late, will ship it today". So it just showed up (Saturday), all the way from Japan, and the good news is, it kinda is very very good. 8.3lbs and the one pickup that is working sounds great.
    It needs to be cleaned up, the electronics sorted, frets seen to, etc, but it plays great.
    The neck graphic says Illumina.
    Perfect for Metal? I'd say.
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    I might even gig it tonight (always fun to shock fellow band members).

    Next to it is a Strat project I just started. Wow paulinia is a light wood (Empress if it's a G&L).
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    So ugly it's pretty? A true work of art? Stick it in a closet and forget about it? Starkly iconoclastic?
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Personally, for my style of playing I'd have to remove the extraneous points.
  3. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I love it. :thumbsup:
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  4. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    It actually hangs pretty good from a strap. Unlike some aggressively pointed basses, the upper horn doesn't protrude high enough to get in the way.
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  5. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    The shape of the sides evoke sort of a "violin" shape. Then the skull-coloured finish and points on the horns slide that "violin" reference over into "violince". :D
  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I like it. \m/
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  7. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi Skillet :)


    No way!!!

    Nothing ugly! White + grain+ pointy = :drool:

    Rock that heavy metal geisha!!! (her makeup is awesome!)

    edit: (how could I forget :banghead: Happy NBD!!!!! :hyper::hyper::hyper:)

    may the bass be with you

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  8. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    Yeah, so I got "The Skull" all cleaned up (that name has stuck for me now), put some Roto flatwounds on it, and yeah, I'll break it in tonight at "The Cougar's Den", a top class first rate establishment I'm sure. Classic rock with a good dose of Metallica, Sabbath, Ozzy, and Ozzy. Should be fun.

    Question for anybody who happens across this. Their are four female threaded holes at the corners of the bridge assembly. What would have threaded into those? A cover of some sort, bandaid dispenser, fake blood vials? Any ideas?
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  9. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    You can join this guy!

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  10. Siggy


    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    You'll poke yer eye out kid!!
  11. mdalamond

    mdalamond Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    SE , North Carolina
    Looks like a Warwick style bridge. If that's the case , the 4 outside screws adjust the bridge height the 2 center screws are for unlocking / locking it in place after adjustment.
  12. basst scho

    basst scho

    May 30, 2017
    i think it's like a warwick bridge...

    you loosen the screws in the middle then you can adjust the bridge height with the corner-screws, then thigten the middle ones again
  13. basst scho

    basst scho

    May 30, 2017
  14. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    Awesome. Thanks guys. I was able to dial in the string heights with the saddles, but it's good to know there is that functionality also. Ah, shining a light does in fact show little hex head sockets down in there. :thumbsup:
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  15. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    It looks like the love-child of a Warwick Fortress and an ESP/LTD F-series.

    I like it!
  16. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
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  17. konfyouzd


    Jan 3, 2009
    That's pretty sweet looking.
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  18. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    Thanks guys.
    The only other bass I impulse bought because of it's odd looks was my beloved Danelectro '64. If I like this one half as much as that, it was money well spent.
  19. konfyouzd


    Jan 3, 2009
    That's pretty damn spiffy too... Is that a double lipstick pickup? I've only seen those on guitars.
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  20. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Degen from Up-Country

    Apr 3, 2018
    Damn, that is a cool bass. The dual Js are a great choice for metal, and the points of course. For true metal purity though, it is awfully... how do I put this in a sensitive and nuanced way... not black. As much as I do love the visible wood grain, it cannot be the best bass for metal.
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