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    M-85/Les Paul Triumph comparison

    It is indeed! I have a long-standing appreciation for the Model One pickups. I once paired one with a Hammon DarkStar in my old Mustang bass and was surprised to find that in single coil mode, the Dimarzio was a perfect hum-cancelling match for the DarkStar. They sounded great together too...
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    M-85/Les Paul Triumph comparison

    Just thought I should mention, I'm pretty sure the string spacing at the bridge of the Casady Signature is the normal Gibson 3-point bridge spacing, something like 17mm I think?
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    M-85/Les Paul Triumph comparison

    I did it! Acquired the Electar JCB-1 pickup with corresponding transformer and dropped it into my Eastwood Newport bass. Very pleased with the results. Even managed to keep within the color scheme of the 20th Anniversary Casady bass! I do still have an extra Dark Star in the parts bin and that...
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    1971 JS-I Bass - late Bi-Sonic example

    We first saw this bass listed by Fanny's House of Music in Nashville, TN, in early or mid 2020. I think it sold for $950 if I remember correctly. Some months later the buyer reposted it for sale at $1200. It sat for a few months before he lowered it to $1000. I had brief, interesting...
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    HOW WE WERE 2008

    Howdy do, Gary! 2008 was when I joined the forum. Feels like just 71 hours and 42 minutes ago! Since photobucket ruined the fun, do we need to reissue the legendary Coastie tribute photo shoot series? Might be fun to try and recreate all those masterpieces. Heck I know I still have the original...
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    New Member Saying hello

    Wow, that's stunning! What a treasure and super neat that your dad had it since the 50s! Also, from one NY-to-FL transplant to another, welcome to the coolest community on the web!
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    POLL: Do male Starfire bass players wear beards?

    Beardology! I guess I'm closest to a "Van Dyke" although, once again, my genetics prevent a proper connection between mustache and goatee.
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    POLL: Do male Starfire bass players wear beards?

    Hmm good question. I guess I always just thought of a beard as running the whole jaw-line, but now that I think about it, I suppose the implication of the term "full beard" suggests that there is such a thing as a "partial beard", which, if I were pressed on the matter, I would assume includes...
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    POLL: Do male Starfire bass players wear beards?

    I'm not a fan of shaving and my job doesn't have any appearance requirements, so I probably would... but my genetics only allow for a mustache and goatee. So nay, a beard I sport not.
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    B4CE Strings

    Yup the Guild B4ce has a piezo pickup. Anytime a guitar or bass has an under-saddle pickup, it is a piezo. On acoustics, the only magnetic pickups you'll find are just about all sound-hole pickups, with the exception of designs like the Gibson J-160e, which gets an actual magnetic pickup...
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    B4CE Strings

    I think you are correct on the short scale length of the B4ce, but the important detail is the amount of string that passes beyond the bridge saddle, which can sometimes call for a "medium scale" 32" scale set. That said, if Frono is correct and there is no more there than on your typical...
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    B4CE Strings

    For unplugged playing, my favorite strings on acoustic bass have been the D'Addario black nylon tapewounds. They are available in short scale, medium scale, and long scale. The B4CE is short scale, correct? I would maybe go with the medium scale set just to make sure they're long enough...
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    M-85/Les Paul Triumph comparison

    They used to offer a darkstar route option on their "normal" bass bodies, so they're perfectly capable, but maybe they just want to sell TV Jones Thundertrons. Great pickups. I like the way they sound in the neck position especially. They can be tapped for single coil but the dual coils pretty...
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    M-85/Les Paul Triumph comparison

    What about parting together your own short scale blue semi-hollowbody from Warmoth? They offer their "Mooncaster" bass parts for a couple of years now and they offer a number of different blue finishes. Relatively easy to assemble or would be an easy job for your local luthier if you don't want...
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    M-85/Les Paul Triumph comparison

    Indeed, both the Epiphone Jack Casady Signature and the hollowbody Gibson Les Paul Signature it was based on are 34" scale. The main reason I don't own a Casady anymore. If it was a short scale, I would definitely still have one! I am actively on the look-out for a working Epi Casady pickup...
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