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New Retrovibe basses coming.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scottkarch, Oct 8, 2013.


  1. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    Retrovibe will be releasing some new bass designs and sounds like an updated Vantage. The Jazz/Ric blend in my avatar. I love mine and know at least one other TBr has one. The home page has some cool tantalizing pics of portions of each new model. Not sure what the will look like but it's a cool small company. I wish them well. Http://probass.co.uk
     
  2. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    Cool... They just released their updated vantage bass. Dual MM style humbuckers rather than humbucker and single coil combo. The dark fingerboard and triangle inlays are an interesting twist. It looks more like a skewed Ric than a Ric/Jazz blend of the original. Kinda cool. My guess is that one of the other basses they are releasing will be stingray inspired. Just a guess from the images on the site, and that they have a Stingray preamp they are selling.

    NEW

    http://www.probass.co.uk/Vantage_files/DSCN1795.jpg
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    ORIGINAL

    http://www.probass.co.uk/Vantage4_files/VBblank.jpg
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  3. WolstenStears

    WolstenStears

    Mar 30, 2013
    I've an original Vantage as well, in white, and I love it. But these new ones are sorely tempting to splash out on, especially with the red finish :/
     
  4. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    If anyone has ever thought of coil tapping their Retrovibe, here is how I set mine up.
    These basses are great for it, the massive output of the Pups really is up for tapping.:)

     
  5. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    Thanks. Making me look at a second vantage.
     
  6. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Sharp looking basses.
     
  7. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    I used the bass at the recent Bushey Blues Festival After Hours Jam, and some footage of it is on the web has appeared, here are some links to it

    It handled all the situations with ease and cuts through with no volume issues at all......maybe some overload issues, but that is where the coil tap comes in to reduce the output. :)

    Taking care of our business
    http://youtu.be/acD1XZln0qI

    Little by little
    http://youtu.be/8MriO9DoFqo

    Further on up the road
    http://youtu.be/56Smg3nb3qg

    Turn on the light
    http://youtu.be/B-q0KMaSqXU

    I'm gonna fly.
    http://youtu.be/1GgiJkrtNZQ
     
  8. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
     
  9. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    I like that. The pickups on the latest Vantage are the same way. 2 MM style humbuckers. The Last model vantage had 1 humbuckers and 1 single coil. I'd like to see if I could get a single coil out of the bridge HB and get a jazzier or rick like sound. Thanks for your work.
     
  10. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    I would think that on your model you could coil tap the back Pup and have a choice of either poles to use. Using the switch you can then blend in combination of poles using the single coil on the fromt to blend in with either single coil on the back. Add to this the treble cut either tone pot offers and you have a few great options in single coil sounds.

    On mine i used a Ric to remind me of the sound it gave, on my bass the Rick sound comes from the coil tapped selection in the middle, it gives a good representation of a Ric sound.
    I can get a number of "sounds" from it, obviously i get a great Stringray sound on the back HB, and a good P bass sound when pole 3 is tapped only.
    I get reasonable Jazz sounds from ether pole 1 or 4 being tapped together or separately.
    The front HB gives a good EBO sound and when tapped the front gives a good Hofner type sound, very McCartney/Beatles-esk in a way.
    Basically i find it makes my bass very adapable, but keeps a consistant feel, so no changing basses for different situation.

    This may be in part to the changing of my tone pots, i am not sure what brand was used, just that they were of a better quality than what was in there.
    Maybe the Stinger EQ would be a great addition, but i wanted mine to stay 'passive', but on some amps i find myself using the padded input as the output of the HB is so powerful. :)
     
  11. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    Agreed about the output of that humbucker. It can overdrive inputs easily.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  12. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    The nut width seems to clock in at "somewhere between a Jazz and a Precision" at 1.57", but does anyone have a clue what the fretboard radius is? I'm finding that I prefer a curvier board over an almost-flat one.
     
  13. Wow, these basses look nice, expected them to be lot more expensive- now I'm tempted!

    What's the quality of the instruments like?
     
  14. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    I don't know about the latest Vantage basses. The previous version was very close to a Jazz neck all around. The newer versions are slightly more Ric like.. At least the triangle inlays and dark fingerboard. Don't know about the radius on the new ones. I'll find a radius template and let you know what mine is. For what it's worth.
     
  15. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Thanks, Scott! Any input would be appreciated.
     
  16. Big John66

    Big John66

    Feb 12, 2008
    Now that's a cool looking bass!
     
  17. MAGUS®

    MAGUS®

    Dec 23, 2004
    OXFORDSHIRE - UK
    I reckon he should re-introduce the defunct Aero 1 - they look killer. I love mine

    2uel5w4.
     
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  18. M0ses

    M0ses

    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I am very curious to know if these are available in lefty versions...that Zygote is too cool.
     
  19. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  20. Scottkarch

    Scottkarch

    Sep 11, 2012
    Chicago
    That old aero 1 is pretty cool. They don't have any lefties yet. Possibly as they grow and sell more.

    I hope they can find a US distributed. I really like the EVO and the 2+2 headstock. I know people expect to see the 4/0 or 3/1 but I think it looks great that way. And unique.
     

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