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 Post subject: Come to papa!
PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 5:55 am 
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I ordered this for my birthday back in September. She's almost here!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdBU6kyFU9z/


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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 6:57 am 
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She's a beauty (one in a million)

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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 7:04 am 
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Love the color


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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 8:12 am 
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Wow isn’t that beautiful!!!
It took a while but very well worth it!!


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Thanks, guys!

It's only been three months--not bad at all.


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What a beauty! Congratulations!


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Saw that on their FB page. Killer finish on a damn fine piece of wood. Congrats and a Merry Christmas to you!


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Great finish and I love the blocks on maple, Congrats!

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Well done. Congrats!

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I took delivery of this baby on New Year's Day. Gordon was kind enough to open the shop up.

(I called him the Saturday before to ask if he'd be open, "I hadn't really thought about whether to open the shop New Year's Day. I might as well." So that was awesome because my schedule is always constrained.)

All I can say is Gordon takes a hell of a picture:


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PostPosted: January 8th, 2018, 7:06 am 
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Wow that’s a beautiful combo! Congrats Tim!


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Dayum! Look at that wood grain. Beautiful :)


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That top looks amazing, the grain really pops in that finish! Awesome. Enjoy! 8-)

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That really looks great man

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Thanks, guys!

Overall the finish is fairly dark, and looks more like the first picture under normal indoor lighting. But the second picture shows all of the detail in the grain that you can see if you look closely. Overall the hue is mostly blue drifting just a bit into dark greenish.

It's a little wild but I love it. It hangs on the wall in my office and begs to be played. The neck is 1+5/8" at the nut with a 12" radius and satin finish. Feels pretty much ideal.


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Very Nice!! Congrats!


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ai-che-wa-wa!!!!


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That's a beauty!

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PostPosted: January 22nd, 2018, 3:58 pm 
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I've been playing this one every chance I get. The wife has been a pretty good sport about it, except for this weekend when we got into a volume battle between my amp and her TV. I took the hint and put it away for a while ;)

I name all my basses; this one is "Josephine" after the famous dancer, member of the WWII French resistance, and mother of the Rainbow Tribe.

I'm still trying to settle on a set of strings for it. So far I've tried:

* The stock D'Addario XLs (I've never liked those on anything)
* Ernie Ball solid nickels (not bad!)
* DR Fat beams (great feel, just a little too clanky)
* Fender solid nickel rounds (pretty good, but not quite right)
* GHS pressure rounds (best rounds so far)
* TI flats

I avoided trying the TIs (even though I had a spare set) because I already use them on my L2000, and I have a reluctance to have the same set of strings on two different basses at the same time. I also have Fender flats on my SB-1, so I kind of wanted to have rounds on the SB-2 to differentiate it a little more. Oh well--Fender and TI flats are still pretty different. And damned if the TI's aren't just about perfect. So I may leave them on and instead start trying different strings on the L2000.

For those who are either familiar with, or curious about, SB-2 controls: right now dig the following settings:

* Motown -- B-0, N-5
* R&B / older funk -- B-5, N-5 (works with both at 6 or 7, too--adds a little bit of bounce to the above setting)
* Rock / newer funk / fun with overdrive -- B-8, N-10
* Rock with some bass rolled off (good for avoiding boominess) -- B-10, N-10

It doesn't cover a ton of tonal ground, but it's versatile enough with a little help from the amp EQ. It sounds equally great through both my tube rig and my solid-state rig.

So I'm going to play the piss out of this thing. In the meantime, I'm enjoying a bit of GAS respite/equilibrium :D


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