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    NBD x 3: two basses and something else

    Had a bit of a gear haul in the past month or so.

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    First off the Ibanez TMB100M.

    I've been on a traditional P-Bass kick lately. Ever since I bought a Squier 70s Classic Vibe Precision, I've been using it a fair bit for random recordings, but I wanted an Ibby representative for live use, and a recent private gig was as a good excuse to get new gear. I've been eying the Talman basses for some time and the maple board with the mustard finish sealed the deal.

    So far it's bone stock and and sounds like a good PJ should, certainly great during the gig. And after years of playing 5 stringers, there's something fun and a lot of primal joy to pick up a 4 string no nonsense bass and just rock out. Of course I may do some mods later down the line. At first I was thinking putting an SD Lightning Rod PJs but after realising that the stocks are passives connected to a preamp, I changed my mind. might consider changing the P pickup to a Custom Shop 62, and the J... probably a CS 60s. When it comes to the Fender style instruments I seem to gravitate to the 60s variants so I might just do something similar here.

    Next, the Ibanez SRF705

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    From said gig also needed a fretless bass with those 5 extra notes. I was set on using my SRH505F but unfortunately didn't cut it on the rehearsals. Being a piezo only instrument, that bass was just too 'acoustic upright' sounding hence I bought the SR705. I've always said that the Bass Workshop division of Ibanez is where all their weird cool stuff happens lately and this is no different. Right out the box it sounds magnificent. My first foray into Bartolinis and they're great, and it also comes with piezo (same Aerosilk bridge on my SRH) so I can get a similar sound while blending it with the standard pickups. This will probably be my main fretless bass from here on in tandem with the SRH for those quasi 'upright' moments.

    And something different: an electric Turkish Baglama Saz

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    Among the more weirder acquisitions, saw this cheap on the usual used pawn shop at a decent price and couldn't resist. There's a lot to unpack just looking at it; 7 tuners but set up for 6 strings, guitar pickups a ton of phase switches... I'm assuming this is a mutt, but I know absolutely below zero about these kind of instruments, and turns out neither does my usual tech. Thankfully there's a store near me that specialise in these and other assorted world instruments so I've currently got them getting this set to playing condition. The guys at the store told me that these kind of Saz's are common builds so that was nicely assuring. They also have an Irish Bouzouki that I'm GASsing hard for, so don't be surprise if I end up buying that too.

    #2
    Nice! Agreed that the Bass Workshop stuff is where the cool things are.

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      #3
      Holy Saz at once.

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        #4
        Niiice!

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          #5
          That SR looks fantastic. I love the ̶f̶r̶e̶t̶fingerboard going all the way to the neck pickup.

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            #6
            Cheers gents. Though it'd be a while before I even attempt an Ottoman Empire version of Deth....

            Originally posted by Darren View Post
            That SR looks fantastic. I love the ̶f̶r̶e̶t̶fingerboard going all the way to the neck pickup.
            It's so fun playing up in that high register, though of course I'm forcing myself to sharpen my own intonation since it's so easy to play out of tune up there.

            Granted I've been playing fretless bass for a few years, I got a few good tips from a bassist friend recently, which I'm glad I did. Basically treat it like a cello, don't overuse vibrato and let the notes bloom. When I started playing fretless I basically jumped in cold and figured it out along the way.

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              #7
              Very nice, quite the assortment!

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                #8
                Did some crappy impromptu clips on the baglama-saz and the fretless bass. After spending months of tracking guitar and the odd keyboards, these instruments are a massive change.

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                  #9
                  That is not Holy Saz but I'll give it a pass because that sounds cool as hell.

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                    #10
                    How's the Talman holding up? You've awakened something in me.

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                      #11
                      I love all of those. Nice!!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by T Gobbs View Post
                        How's the Talman holding up? You've awakened something in me.
                        Just gave it a bit of a play, since after weeks of tracking guitar I haven't really played any other instrument.

                        I didn't realise how much I love the feel of the unfinished neck. My CV P bass has a lacquered neck, which is fine but the unfinished feel really helps keeping my hands on the notes, especially since I have a tendency to get colourful onstage.

                        The look is unquestionably great, a surf rock twist on the tried and true design. Mustard yellow with maple board is the reason I chose it over the black and mint green. There's other cool colours (albeit discontinued) like surf blue and red, but only this had the maple. That said, if you can find the Prestige versions...

                        I've still got the bass bone stock and I'm enjoying just playing it. Though I'm torn with having a pre amp since I'm so used to active basses, the preamp feels like a security blanket that I'm trying not to rely on every now and then. Still I can EQ it to a good set and forget setting. The pickups are surprisingly decent, though I'm still set on getting a CS 62P/60s pickups on it. I've actually got a Fender Hi-Mass bridge but I decided to opt out on that, and probably just whack a Gotoh 203B, for the more vintage look and feel. Initially the setup was a bit off when I got it so it needed some tweaks but wasn't a major issue.

                        But I love the fact that it's simply fun to play. Every time I pick it up, beat it up like it owes me money. A surprisingly good bass for it's price point, though being a standard series, you might want to try one first. I might actually consider grabbing the black one as a backup depending on future sessions.
                        Last edited by Bloody_Inferno; 07-15-2022, 03:53 PM.

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