your wish has come true.
all you have to do is win it!!!
PaulS wrote:I asked him two questions - a/ could he please weight it and b/ would he be prepared to stick it in a box and get it collected by a courier if I arranged it. A quick reply - he doesn't know how much it weighs and will do collection only. Nice and helpful. Let's see how much it goes for - if it is cheap enough it might be worth the drive.
Holy smokes Paul, go for it. 3 hours is a leisurely jaunt down to the pub for a quick pint compared to that 13 hour marathon I participated in 2 weeks ago for my last find.
Anyone live near Andover?
PaulS wrote:S'ok for you Amurkans .... this here is a SMALL country and we just aren't used to it.
Anyone live near Andover?
I drive right thru Andover twice daily commuting to and from work. What's the address?
THAT was funny!
I did a check and it is actually a lot nearer - just over 2hrs away - so I am more interested now.
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Decided I am going to pimp it a bit, rather than keep it original, with a high mass bridge, stick a pre-amp into it, probably a Kent Armstrong pickup (or a Seymour Duncan if I can find one secondhand). Looking forward to it and *really* pleased to have a Westone bass back again.
I took it completely to bits, gave it a good clean and polish and have to say it has come out pretty well. As you would expect, the neck is pretty damned good. More to the point, it weighs less than I first thought at almost bang on 8lbs so pretty lightweight and very comfortable. Must have been all that dirt!
Meanwhile, I used my previously pimped Washburn Scavenger (11lbs +) for rehearsal last week and as expected found it too heavy to wear for long now that I have a dodgy back. This afternoon I did the transplant - removed the Kent Armstrong pickup and John East P-Retro pre-amp from the Scavenger and put them into the Thunder Jet. I was extremely nervous as I have never done anything like that before but was tempted by the solder-free transfer afforded by the East gear. Anyway, a little judicious use of the chisel allowed room to fit it all in the little existing cutaway, all secured and charged up, added a Gotoh-a-like high mass bridge and some new strings, set it all up as best I could and plugged it. All I need to do now is to fit the black stacked knobs (on their way).
Anyway, just 'Wow'. I can hardly believe how great it sounds - it is immense at practice levels. Just huge, with a variety of tones you would never expect. Well, I wouldn't anyway. I had a Thunder 1A and thought that sounded good with the extra oomph from the active circuit but using a quality bit of kit like the John East unit has articulated the voice of this bass beyond my wildest expectations. As we all know Westone made superb instruments, the electrics on this model were always thought to let the side down - problem solved. And great to have another lightweight bass option with it's own identity - a quality instrument for not a lot of money (bass cost £77 on eBay, P-Retro £120 secondhand a while back, bridge £18, knobs £20).
Happy chappy here - once the knobs are on, I'll take a couple of pics.
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'She ain't exactly pretty
Ain't exactly small
with an onboard preamp and high mass bridge
You could say she's got it all!
A wolf in sheeps clothing - the pre-amp is a seriously good bit of kit, designed for retro fitting into a Fender P-bass that is completely reversible - the smart bit is a rechargeable little battery unit so there is no need to rout for a battery compartment. The only tell-tale signs there is anything unusual going on in this tatty old girl are the stacked knobs, bridge and, round the back, a small LED in the middle of the control panel cover that lets you know the state of charging. New Kent Armstrong pickup is hiding under the original covers
Rehearsal tonight - can't wait to put her through her paces.
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