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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post
    OK. Is there a good B&B in the neighborhood? I'l bring the '67 and Newark Street so you have good basses and a mediocre player, if you need one, and you can test the amp with what it was build for and write the Starfire bass comparison.
    LOL - no B&Bs. I promise I'll record some bass through it at least for the review. My daughter plays bass and she's got one, though it's not a Guild. Still, she may have something better to say with a bass than I would, which would probably amount to the intro from Pink Floyd's Money, and if you tell me you don't know that one, I'm going to go sit in the corner and cry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Default View Post
    I'm kind of surprised not to see a pc board in there. . . .

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    I see no PC-board - tag board might be correct name.
    PC stands for Printed Circuit


    But the innards of that amp chassis look fantastic for the age. I'm sure you will have plenty of joy from it. Those tubes need good cleaning or replacing before they catch fire . . . or is it just rust on tube ?
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    Yes, I know what a pc board is. Thunder basses and Thunderbirds from the beige tolex period on had pc boards that the preamp sockets were soldered to. This TStar bass doesn't, which is why I made the comment. Every amo seems like a different technique in ampbuilding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Default View Post
    Yes, I know what a pc board is.
    I think Nuuska simply missed the word "not" in your original statement. (I'm kind of surprised not to see a pc board in there. . . .)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    LOL - no B&Bs. I promise I'll record some bass through it at least for the review. My daughter plays bass and she's got one, though it's not a Guild. Still, she may have something better to say with a bass than I would, which would probably amount to the intro from Pink Floyd's Money, and if you tell me you don't know that one, I'm going to go sit in the corner and cry.
    Hehe. I could probably crank out Money if I practiced. Glad she's still playing bass. Given her sometime rejection of "Daddy's gear" I look forward to her comments incorporated into your review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFIV1967 View Post
    I think Nuuska simply missed the word "not" in your original statement. (I'm kind of surprised not to see a pc board in there. . . .)
    Ralf

    THAT is exactly what happened - I stand corrected - facing corner for doubting . . . I will not shake ashes, because it would be messy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    LOL - no B&Bs. I promise I'll record some bass through it at least for the review. My daughter plays bass and she's got one, though it's not a Guild. Still, she may have something better to say with a bass than I would, which would probably amount to the intro from Pink Floyd's Money, and if you tell me you don't know that one, I'm going to go sit in the corner and cry.
    Surely you could master "The Beat Goes On", "Sunshine Of Your Love", and "Smoke on the Water".
    BUT:
    It's easy to forget that using a Bassman to achieve a "thicker" lead tone was a common trick in the '60's and '70's, the one who comes to mind immediately is John Cippolina of Quicksilver Messenger Service.
    And when I saw the comment yesterday I remembered seeing an interview with a rockabilly player who said the trick to getting rockabilly tone was to plug into a reverb tank and then into a Bassman head.()
    I could swear I saw it on an old (ca '98-'03) Guild webpage from a guy endorsing the X160 but couldn't find it again yesterday.
    For those interested, I was using the Wayback Machine to look for old Guild product specs, there's some interesting Corona-era info in there but it takes time and patience to check each snapshot:
    https://web.archive.org/web/*/www.guildguitars.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    Surely you could master "Smoke on the Water".
    You do know that the bass line is not the guitar part in this song right?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SEQC_Q5rzQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Guilds of Grot View Post
    You do know that the bass line is not the guitar part in this song right?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SEQC_Q5rzQ
    Yep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    Yep.

    Just checking because that bassline gets tougher fast!

    I wonder if GAD's new T-Star Bass amp will sound like that clip?

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