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The Nordy Club (Part X)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Jun 9, 2011.


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  1. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
  2. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Yep.
     
  3. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Repost to keep current in this version of the Thread (with Pics):

    It's official, .....Deposit SENT! I just pulled the proverbial trigger on a VP5!

    Now, it's time to agonize over whether I should have chosen Alder/RW? LOL This Ash/Maple VP5 is just soooo compelling and seductive. I figured; Don't mess with it. Yet, I love the buoyant, sweet sounds of an Alder/RW P bass sound as well. Just a little smoother perhaps.

    I have a couple weeks before the new batch is started. So I am going to make a couple more inquiries before committting my "Final answer."

    At the risk of repeating myself, (You can read more in my book; "Men who share too much"), ....The tone and enveloping sonic signature these VP5 basses yield is incredible and rather surprising and shocking for me. I've always been a Jazz bass player. I am so used to, and familiar with the focused growl, burp, snappy funky slap sizzle of a Jazz bass (VJ5 in this case) etc. But I am NOW seeing and hearing the beat of a different drummer so to speak.

    The Nordy VP5 bass is deep and low and almost wraps its sound around the band, but without ever being too loud, boomy or inarticulate. It's amazing the way the bass frequencies gel with the whole band sound.

    My current band consists of an acoustic guitarist/singer, electric guitarist, drummer w/acoustic drums and touch pads, and me on bass. We all sing. This bass is punchy, deep, authoritative in that mix. I thought maybe someone would tell me to turn down. But it's not that it's too loud. The bass simply punches with depth, clarity and sweetness while staying out of the way.

    Sorry for waxing overly poetic. It's just that playing the VP5 surprised the heck out of me. Playing it alone in a room by myself had me thinking; "It's nice. I might like it in the band. I might not. I'm probably going to always prefer my VJ5." I really thought I would yearn for my Jazz bass. But to the contrary. I've been seduced to the "P side." Who knew? ....(Besides Carey, Ken, Vic, Chef and B String?) Ok, okay. So I was the last to find out. Are ya happy now? LOL

    Below is the VP5 that got my motor running. (Next to my VJ5)

    P-Vj2.

    P-Vj1.
     
  4. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Welcome to my world and Ken's. :)
     
  5. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    I am Proud to be in such highly regarded company! ..and soon, our good friend "B String" will be singing the praises. Looking forward to that review big time!
     
  6. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Commercial User

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    A VP5 3tb is in building mode.......


    :p


    M
     
  7. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Would you be teasing a certain TB member who goes by the name "B String" by any chance? That's just mean!
     
  8. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Mo! That's Me! I'm right over here. Can you see me?!?!
     
  9. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Don't be a fool. Go get it before your tour!
     
  10. R Baer

    R Baer Commercial User

    Jun 5, 2008
    President, Baer Amplification
    Hey Gary, While both basses have their subtle difference, I think the differences become quite a bit harder to pick out in the mix. One place I do hear a more noticeable difference is in the slap tone. If you do a fair amount of slap, you might be better off with the ash/maple. The P-Bass already has less top end brightness than a Jazz for slap, the alder/rosewood combo even more so. Just my opinion, but maybe Carey or Mo could comment on this.
     
  11. DirtPoorRobins

    DirtPoorRobins

    Apr 18, 2005
    VA
    Alright, I've decided on almost all my specs for vp#35.
    vp5
    alder/maple
    1.75" nut
    slimmed down vp neck profile
    satin finish
    fender shoreline gold
    white pickguard

    p or pj, I'm still on the fence.
     
  12. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    I spoke to Carey today. Gonna follow my first instinct to get a bass built like the one that is blowing my mind.
    .....Ash/Maple it is!

    Just had to share a couple pics from last nights gig.

    G_P5.

    G_P5c.

    G_P5d.
     
  13. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Commercial User

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    ...strange... I hear a noise, but .....


    M
     
  14. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Commercial User

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Gary, cool dooooooooooooooode!

    :D

    M
     
  15. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Time to choose color. Really leaning toward Sunburst, although the butterscotch is really kinda cool. Welcome your opinions on some samples I pulled from the Nordstrand gallery. I am not sure what they call these colors of burst, so I am just naming them based on how they look to me.

    Place your votes! Which one do you like best?

    1. Sunburst / White PG / Vintage Tint neck
    VP5ASh-MapleBurstWhtPG.

    2. TobaccoBurst / Black PG
    TobaccoBurstAsh-Maple.

    3. Three tone Sunburst/Tort PG / Vintage Tint Neck
    ASh-MapleSunburstTort.

    4. Three Tone Sunburst / White PG
    3TSburstAsh-MapleWhtPG.

    5. Sunburst / Gold Anodized PG / Vintage Tint neck
    ASh-mapleGoldAnodizedPG.

    6. What aboud Budda Scotch? (Is this Vintage Tint neck?)
    Butterscotch.
     
  16. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    3TS, no pg, rear route.
     
  17. fretster

    fretster Advanced Beginner Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Moraga, California
    3tone sunburst with tort!
     
  18. R Baer

    R Baer Commercial User

    Jun 5, 2008
    President, Baer Amplification
    The bigger question is which bass goes best with the hat? #1 all the way!
     
  19. sok monkee

    sok monkee Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Burlington N.C.
    Love #5 ash/maple two tone burst with the anodized guard and the vintage tint. I may have to do a P&J version of that my self !

    #6 butterscotch & black guard is way cool, and that looks like vintage tint on the neck to me!
     
  20. sok monkee

    sok monkee Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Burlington N.C.
    In with #256

    IMG_7581.
     

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