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New Brubaker bass today!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JRBrown, Aug 22, 2003.


  1. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Edited:

    Specs from Brubaker.com:

    NBS 24 Fret Custom 5 string (List $4270.00)
    Lightweight Ash Body
    AAAAA Flame Maple w/ Matching Headstock
    Hard Maple Neck (natural satin finish)
    Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
    Natural Finish
    Bartolini P 25 soapbar pickups(quadcoil) with NTMB Pre-amp(blend,mid.w/boost,bass/treb.,master vol.)
    Hipshot Chrome A Style Bridge
    Hipshot Chrome Tuners

    3-way coil select switch:

    pos.1 - All Coils
    pos.2 - Front outer, rear all
    pos.3 - Front and rear outer coils


    Build quality: This bass is what I had hoped both of my Lakland 55-94's would have been more like: solid, better neck finish, balanced! The most comfortable seated player I've owned thus far; fits me like a glove. I'm lucky too, because she's heavey. Definitely not for the weak or meek. This is a "Real Man's" bass--one that Al Bundy could appreciate.

    Sound: Many tones. Solid. Punchy. Doesn't really have a "distinct" tone, just plenty of clean, solid, deep, punchy bass. And the high-end snap rings out like a bell!

    I will put this Low-B up against ANY Low-B out there! Solid, NO flop, piano-like. The 34 5/8" scale and weight must be the trick.

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  2. Basso Profoundo

    Basso Profoundo Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Indiana
    Very nice James, congrats! How many does that make now?
     
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    uh oh...

    :D


    nice score JR!!!!

    f
     
  4. i bet that thing sounds sweet. is that a monster gap in the neck joint or am i just seeing things?
     
  5. I think you are talking about where the Truss rod ajustment is.
     
  6. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    There is small gap, but what you see is a shadow caused by the fretboard overhang. The fretboard is 1/32" wider than the neck joint at the last four frets on the "B" side and the last two frets on the "G".

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  7. That's a beautiful bass, JR. Gorgeous flame top.
     
  8. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Maybe I'd want an ebony fingerboard with that...
    ...then again, maybe not. Nice!

    Would love to hear a sound clip.

    Is that 34" or 35" by the way?
     
  9. Sweet! I don't generally go for maple boards all that much, but the the "totally blonde" look is great!

    As for the coil switch, another Bru owner told me that it cut the front coil from the neck pickup and the back coil from the bridge pickup, so that only the two "inner" coils were active. Or was it the other way around?

    Mike
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    How many positions is the coil tap switch? Some are two, most of the current ones are three. My first Brubaker, an NBS-Custom, had a two position toggle and went from full quad coils to single coils, not sure whether inner or outer. On my Spalted K5B Xtreme it goes from full on, bridge full neck split and outers. You could always ask Kevin, he tried a few different combinations.

    I know they called the mid a mid w/boost, it's actually a two center position deal. Try panning to the bridge, pull up the mid pot and kick it up a notch. There are a bunch of tones you can get to relatively fast and they're repeatable too, not like finding the Alembic Q sweetspot and then searching for it again for the next few gigs.

    BTW the volume pot should have a pull function for passive mode.

    Congrats, JR. Sweet bass.
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    The cool thing about the quads is all of the wiring options, in addition to quad mode, you can go inners, outers, P config, reverse P, etc. One of my favorites is panning to the outer coil at the bridge and bringing up the bass and the mids control in the upper position. Ridiculous punch... a really good speaker and amp test;)
     
  12. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Just completed the setup:

    - Adjusted neck, action, and pups.
    - Turned down the internal gain (It was up there)
    - Installed fresh DR-Sunbeams 45-125

    This is a player's bass! A Man's bass!
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  13. Looks like ol' Al has got Vic's thumb technique.
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  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    Al Bundy is my FAVORITE TV character since TOPPER!

    i met him at a fish house in Redondo Beach once, years ago.

    he didn't want to be bothered. it was just him and me in the patio dining area.

    i said:

    "Al, is that you?"

    he said:

    "Hi, how ya doin'?"

    obviously, he didn't want to be bothered.

    i said:

    "I love your work!"

    "thanks."

    i left him alone.

    i ate my crab lunch, staring out over the pacific thinking of all things bass.

    when he went to toss his trash, he stopped to talk to me.

    what a nice guy.

    i think he appreciated that i didn't hound him.

    married with children is in my top 10 trash shows.

    f
     
  15. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    keep in mind, i'm a BIG John Waters fan.

    f
     
  16. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Bundy plays Brubaker! :bassist:
     
  17. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.