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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Mar 28, 2014.
I’d like to know what you think about them vs the existing DCs(?)
I'll let you know when I do the swap
Thanks...I am not in love with my Ibanez EHB and I am entertaining ideas of getting a Spector Euro 5, but that spacing might be a little too tight for me.
If I change to either of the two with out the X series, I do have to bump up the vol a bit, but that is not really an issue for me. I have a Berg B|Amp and I have a second channel that is set up already. So it is just a push of the switch.
BTW, most folks here have noticed the same results with the EMG X series. I have yet to hear of anyone that really didn't like them.
Just wanted to post a few pics of my #710 Special Edition bass. She is number 2 of 2 ever made. Wenge 3 piece neck (also with the carbon inserts), separate Wenge fretboard, Redwood cap over Black Walnut wings. NS4 with 18 volts Haz. She kind of has a tone all her own. BTW, even PJ remembers this one. Even said they had gotten a piece of Wenge in that looked great, and Stuart decided to try a couple of builds, the first was an NS2 with PJ pups, mine was an NS4 with DCs. And they learned a little on #1 about working the Wenge. She is a baby.
So, are you saying the X’s have MORE output than the non-X DC’s?
That wenge neck is spectacular!
They seem to to me. And all things being equal, my #220 Maple NS4, same strings, same Pup adjustment, same tone and vol setting; then compared to #1136 Bahama Blue NS4. While I never measured output with a meter, my ears tell me they are different.
When switching from #1136 to #220 I have to bump the vol. a bit. I have channel #2 on my B|Amp set for that. At least that is how it is working out for me.
That is a beautiful Bass! I love Wenge and that makes that one totally unique!
You know my favorite finish is that Bahama Blue but that is a real close 2nd in that combination!
Thanks, she is a little heavier. But pretty nice.
Don't know why the USA shop didn't continue that. But when I was in the shop I was told how difficult it is to work with Wenge. I was told every splinter, got infected, when they shaped it, and created the fretboard. But she is a beauty.
I understand working with Wenge is difficult. You mentioned the problem with the splinters but I've heard the saw dust is pretty bad too.
If I ever order a custom, it might be that bass with no fret markers (or maybe dots) to see more of that beautiful Wenge, and black hardware.
Wenge necks are the most stable necks I’ve ever played. Love me some wenge
Don't know if they'd do a Wenge Neck and fretboard. They have only done two, period. That is according to PJ. So you may check. But those two were built in 2010.
They are using wenge board now on the dimension but that’s a different factory so.... ?
To my ears, the X series pickups seem to lack a little bit of the midrange that the standard series has. Glassy highs, tight low end, but I miss the mids. I’m not knocking the X series, they’re just different. YMMV
Speaking of EMGs, has anyone done an A/B comparison with the Kramer-era EMGs vs modern clip on circuit EMGs? Curious whether there is a noticeable difference.
@jack7265 - this one's for you.
Any recommendations for stands for a 5-string Forte (standard width neck). I have an On-Stage brand floor stand where the bass hangs on the fork (the one that flips back for storage) but it’s a bit too narrow for the 5-string
You never know. But good Wenge is hard stuff, and is poisonous. Breathing the dust is dangerous, and as I found out, splinters get infected immediately. Stuart said Wenge is difficult to work and is not something he liked to work with. But that was back in 2011. They guy that shaped my neck, said he didn't like having to mess with it, but it sure was pretty.
BTW Stuart went back into the wood storage and found a piece of the Redwood they used on the cap, and cut a chunk off. He handed it to me and said bring this back with you to Texas, use it for knobs or bookends. He sure was a great guy.
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