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Tim Barber Fretless 6.. review/pics!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fiebru1119, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. fiebru1119


    Mar 2, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    I ordered this bass from talkbass's very own Tim Barber (www.barbermusic.com) and I've been very pleased with the purchase. I gotta thank Tim for an excellent building experience and also thank Darrin Huff for letting Tim use his spray booth to apply the final catalized poly finish! I'm more that satisfied with this bass. It has both expanded my musical expression and skill in the short week I've owned it! I'm looking forward to working with Tim again on a 7-string I have planned ;)

    Naturally I'm hesitant to say that this is a perfect instrument. But quite honestly I have yet to find even a minor flaw in its construction! The finish is glass smooth, the neck is the best I've ever layed my hands on, and everything else about it is just flawless. My only complaint is that the stacked treble/bass knobs get stuck together when you roll them all the way off or on. Other than that, its virtually flawless!

    SOUND: 10
    This is a very subjective category so I won't spend much time here. To me however, the sound is exactly what I wanted. Its really warm, woody with sweet highs and clear lows. The I love the midrange presense it has! The passive mode is UNREAL!! Killer fodera vibe going on. Just by varying dynamics you can go from a big pbass thump, to a growly jazz burp. I'd compare it to a mellowed down version of a warwick thumb or streamer. Great punch though!! The Nordstrand Signature pickups are excellent in their punch and definition.. and believe it or not, the slap tone is killer!

    I got this bass with 19mm spacing at the bridge and had Tim do his standard nut spacing. Its super confortable and easy to play. The neck is among the best I've felt! Super smooth, and just the right thickness and dimension (this is all IMO of course). The action is a little high for my tastes right now, but I expected that with the effect the climate change would have going from Washington state to Florida :( Luckly, another great TB.com luthier (Cliff Bordwell www.cbbasses.com) is about 15 minutes from me and I'm going to have him set the bass up (he designed the truss rod in this bass!). Overall this thing is a blast to play!!

    Overall I'm pretty much convinced this is a keeper. Its exactly what I was looking for and MORE! I'll be working to get some sound clips out within the next week or so. Thanks again to Tim, Larry, Carey, Darrin, and anyone else that was a part of this build!

    Ok enough blabbering... heres some pics:
    *Disclaimer: The bass came out less "yellowish" than it actually is. I forgot to mess with the w/b on the camera. Also the grain is REALLY 3-D like and hard to get a good pic of.. This is the best I could do, but the bass looks 100X better in real life!!! *

    Tim's pics: http://www.barbermusic.com/gallery.html (2nd one down)

  2. teacherguy


    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    Beautiful bass, man! CONGRATS!
    Tim is cranking out some wonderful work! He has a GREAT looking single-cut. Huge fan of his work!!!

  3. SuperSonic!!!


    Oct 26, 2005
    looks pretty damn sweet. can't imagine me gettin my hands round that neck though.
  4. SuperSonic!!!


    Oct 26, 2005
    whats slapping the fretless like? i slap my fretless and it doesnt really have much "pop" to it.
  5. fiebru1119


    Mar 2, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    I like it.. its very different sounding from a fretted bass. Really punchy and percussive. You gotta watch out for the pop's and intonation!! I'll get some slap samples when I get the clips up..
  6. Wow, that is a really, really nice bass. Just beautiful. I'm such a sucker for a fretless six string.....

    Great work, Tim!
  7. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    I like it! Excellent woods, great design and looks very nicely built. A beautiful instrument.
  8. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    That's a beauty! Best of luck with it!
  9. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    G.A.S. :crying:
  10. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Well, that thing definately doesn't suck.... ;)

    Actually, that thing SCREAMS class!

    In fact, if my T-5 wasn't being rebuilt right now....

    anyways, CONGRATS!
  11. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    I feel like there should be captions next to those pictures telling what that bass's perfect date would be, turn ons, turn offs, and what it thinks of Hef.
  12. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    That thing is frighteningly good!
  13. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    Holy smokes!
  14. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Oooooo... purdy!
  15. Wow. That is officially a sexy beast :D

    And Tim Barber is in Washington state? I didn't know that. I'll have to keep that in mind when I go for a custom of my own :cool:
  16. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    What an exceptionally beautiful bass! I have to say that Tim's singlecut is one of the most striking designs I've seen.
  17. teacherguy


    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    I have to chime in again...
    If I only had the cash!!!

  18. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Aw shucks...thanks for the nice comments everyone. :) Joel, I'm really glad the bass is working out for you so far. :bassist: :bassist: That was a hard one to let go!
  19. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Sure is a looker!

  20. what can I say. Bravo. Very very nice. Congrats on the new bass. And Tim, you're on the map. Very much so.