Roscoe Club

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  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
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    I must say that this is the second bass I’ve had with the Bart 3 band pre and Nordstrand pickups and I love this combo.
     
  2. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    +1
    That bass is B-E-A-U-TIFUL! The quilt top on that one is quite possibly the nicest I’ve ever seen. Of course having played it I know it’s also a great playing and sounding bass.
    Truth is, that bass has had many different configurations and brand of preamps and pickups and regardless of what they were it always sounded great!
     
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  3. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I had ordered a set of P4 Fatstacks to put in my LG3005 with the single coil switch. I had a Valenti with Fatstacks and coil switching and really loved it. But the more I play it, the more I like the Roscoe Barts with this coil option. I think I'll save the Fatstacks for my next build.
     
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  4. Nightman

    Nightman If it ain't low, it's got to go! Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Nordy Pre + Bart Pups fan here, too!
     
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  5. Nightman

    Nightman If it ain't low, it's got to go! Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Joe, in your box of strings were there a set of Ironwork strings? I'm curious to know if anyone has tried these strings and their thoughts about them.
     
  6. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    Hummm ....
    Never heard of Ironwork strings Ray.
     
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  7. Nightman

    Nightman If it ain't low, it's got to go! Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Actually, there is an “s” on the end, so it’s Ironworks.
     
  8. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Savoring our spinning, shimmery aquasphere Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Gorgeous Roscoe bass, for sure. Do you know which Nords those are? Single coil, single-coil size humbucker w/coils side by side, or single-coil size humbucker w/coils stacked? Then, there's the issue of "special winds" which only the ordering customer would know. I'm stalled in the minutia of the topic/possibilities, as you can see.

    So, what exactly is it that you love about these pickups? Also, can you compare them to something else, say a more standard Roscoe offering of Bart 57J pickups?

    Not my intent to be challenging, just trying to understand/expand my horizon, specifically in the context of Roscoe 5 string bass with Bart 3-band pre and single-coil size pickups (not soaps). Thanks!

    As a sidebar, I did just find a clue/possible answer:
    Coda: I found sound clips of Nords and 57Js in that thread, so form my own conclusion.
     
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  9. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    I tried a set a couple of years ago. They are a good nickel round-wound string but nothing spectacular. I really liked the packaging. I like the DR Nickel lo-riders a lot better for feel, tension and sound. If you can find the Ironworks on sale give them a try. Everyone has a different preference.



    Mark
     
  10. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I did try some Ironworks strings a while back and they simply did not sound very good, even right out of the very cool tin package. Went back to good ol’ D’addario Nickels.

    Disclaimer: I don’t own a Roscoe bass, but a good buddy of mine does and I think it’s a wonderful instrument. So I kinda follow along on the Roscoe pages.
     
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  11. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Gorgeous Roscoe! I bet the Bart preamp with Nordy’s is wonderful.
     
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  12. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia

    Thanks for posting!
    Ownership of Roscoe bass isn’t required to post on this thread. Feel free to chime in any time.:)

    The guy that I bought my first Roscoe from didn’t even play bass. He bought a couple of them and kept them at his house for basses players to play (and to have musicians hang out at his house).
    Actually a true story!:D
     
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  13. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    So it's a rainy day and I had a little bit of time to play around with my bass so I reinstalled my 4 favorite strings and recorded a short riff (finger style and with a pick).
    All controls on my Roscoe Custom Century PJ were set flat (pan control set to center).

    0-22 (8 bars) - Roscoe OEM D'Addarrio XL Nickel RW's Finger Style
    22-45 (8 bars) - Roscoe OEM D'Addarrio XL Nickel RW's Pick
    45-1:07 (8 bars) - D'Addario Nylon Tapewound Finger Style
    1:07-1:30 (8 bars) - D'Addario Nylon Tapewound Pick
    1:30-1:52 (8 bars) - D'Addario Chrome Flats Finger Style
    1:52-2:15 (8 bars) - D'Addario Chrome Flats Pick
    2:15-2:38 (8 bars) - GHS Pressurewound Finger Style
    2:38-3:00 (8 bars) - GHS Pressurewound Pick

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  14. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    Nice demo Joe. I prefer the Nickels and the Pressurewounds in this demo.
     
  15. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia

    Yeah Shane. The Pressurewounds really surprised me. Nice tone.
    And they feel good too.
     
  16. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I've tried them on a few basses and really liked myself. May be time to try a set on my Roscoes lol.
     
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  17. Nightman

    Nightman If it ain't low, it's got to go! Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    @Joe BassPlayer
    Good job and thanks for your service!
    They all sound good! It’s all about what you’re after.
     
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  18. Mighty Thumb

    Mighty Thumb

    Jun 17, 2006
    I would agree. The tapes with a pick had a really unique sound too.
    Anyone tried DR Nickel Lo-Riders on a Roscoe with Barts and Bart pre? I’m thinking of trying a set.
     
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  19. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Savoring our spinning, shimmery aquasphere Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Which strings sound the best? All of the ones played by Joe on a Roscoe
     
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  20. Skip Chucker

    Skip Chucker

    Dec 9, 2018
    Kalamazoo
    I really like pressurewounds on my fretted PJ.
     
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