NOS NBD Big Al

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by laneline, Jan 9, 2018.

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  1. laneline

    laneline Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    North Jersey
    While I know it never made the cut into the mainstream, my '10 Candy Red Big Al has been my number one since I got it new and now I luckily found this Charcoal unscathed & unplayed case queen and also a '10.
    Amazingly made it from the left side to right side of the country right through all the polar vortex crap and after a few hours of calming down was playable right out of the box.
    I put a white guard on it and now I have 1a and 1b.
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  2. Ampslut

    Ampslut

    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    I have always wanted to try one of those but never got the chance.
     
  3. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    That's sweet! I've also wanted to try it for along time
     
  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Oh, so you got that charcoal one!
    Congrats!

    Its unbelievable how difficult it is to find a 5SSS.
    4's pop up everywhere...
     
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  5. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    They look in pretty dang good shape..like brand new! Congrats on your twinning score.

    btw...someone told me all those buttons are so you can get an accordion sound. Is that true?
     
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  6. laneline

    laneline Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    North Jersey
    Thanks, yeah just to find one crazy but I really lucky snagging it.
     
  7. I’ve liked the Big Al 5 SSS model since I saw a demo clip on Bass Central. The tonal range available to a player is incredible.
     
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  8. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    They're awesome... Sort of like the high power and richness of a Bongo, but the SSS gives a bit of edge to the tone.
     
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  9. laneline

    laneline Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    North Jersey
    I guess if you ingested enough of bad things you could probably get wooly, but I'm not into a lot of knobs and switches but it's just a button for each pickup all three up give you the bridge and middle in series as apposed the positions are in parallel. The fourth button is active /passive. knobs are Vol then a dedicated tone for passive and then the four band EQ.
     
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  10. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Great score, I love my Big Al, had a 4H but sold it to get a 4SSS. The preamp looks complicated but couldn't be easier to use.
     
  11. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Very cool, Congrats!
     
  12. And those two beasts begat the color AWESOME!
     
  13. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    Very Jetsons-like
     
  14. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    LA
    these are only to be used for space rock and super funk;)
     
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  15. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Thanks for the info on this. Get rockin' !
     
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  16. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    home
    Congratulations on a great find!

    I’ve never run into the 5-string version of the SSS Big Al. But the 4-string version I got a brief crack at trying was impressive. Super tone machine if there ever was one. You could easily make that your only bass no matter what style of music you play IMO.

    Just wish I could get my head around the looks. Something about it just…well…it’s just…no. But that’s just me.

    Play it well! :thumbsup:
     
  17. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Whoa... a Big Al faceoff!!!
     
  18. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    really great basses, highly misunderstood and underappreciated creatures
     
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  19. telecopy

    telecopy

    Dec 6, 2009
    USA
    I had a Dargie Delight Big Al at one time. Weird greenish yellow; color changed based on lighting and angle. Sold it. Too Music Man-ish. Pretty zingy..
     
  20. dtsamples

    dtsamples Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Wilmington, DE
    Switch the necks!!!

    But srsly congrats on the score!