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  • ArtieToo
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    Beautiful bass. (Talking about the OP's.) Love that color. Enjoy.

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  • ICTGoober
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    Yes. Bolt on neck.

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  • ItsaBass
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    And P.S. Does that thing have a bolt neck? The bass in the OP, to which I was referring, does not.

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  • ItsaBass
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    ^ Now THAT is hideous.

    It's so often that a big manufacturer completely screws up one of their instruments with unattractive pickguard and control plate design. G&L and Music Man are the number one offenders, but that Yamaha follows suit.

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  • ICTGoober
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    Congrats. That actually looks pretty cool. I'd be into one for myself if there was a 4 string version (and if I made a pickguard for it).
    You mean like this?
    http://media.musiciansfriend.com/is/...00-750x750.jpg

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  • Mincer
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    I remember Nathan East playing with Clapton and singing backup, too. Great player, and great voice.

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  • ginormous
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    The history can be traced back to one guy, session ninja Nathan East.
    He played with Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins (he also co-wrote "Easy Lover"), Michael Jackson, Clapton... you know, "nobodies" like those.
    He wanted a low B string to compete with the synth bass parts so prevalent in the 1980s.
    They first came out with the BB5000, then developed his sig models the BBNE and BBNE2 based on it.

    Those appear to be the factory pickups, which were designed for his playing style (R&B/Jazz/rock).
    If the various parts are untouched, you've got a keeper. NEVER let it out of your sight.
    Not just for your grandpa's legacy, but also it's a kickass bass!

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  • ItsaBass
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    Congrats. That actually looks pretty cool. I'd be into one for myself if there was a 4 string version (and if I made a pickguard for it).

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  • idsnowdog
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    Originally posted by JOLLY View Post
    Makes me think of Michael Anthony.
    I think he played Aria's too?

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  • Beer$
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    Yee-hah, that looks awesome! Are those the factory pickups? They look cool, any idea what they are?

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  • JOLLY
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    Makes me think of Michael Anthony.

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  • Fonzie
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    Originally posted by Aceman View Post
    SWEET ride!!!!!! Grandpa rocked....
    Hell yeah brother he’s a cool guy. Wish I could have seen this thing in action on-stage by his hands.

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  • Aceman
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    SWEET ride!!!!!! Grandpa rocked....

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  • Fonzie
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    Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
    The end of the string is supposed to go down into the hole in the center of the post. I did the same thing as you the first time I strung up a bass.
    Haha thanks, someone on Reddit said that too. I’ll check it out tomorrow.
    Last edited by Fonzie; 01-06-2020, 12:08 AM.

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    The end of the string is supposed to go down into the hole in the center of the post. I did the same thing as you the first time I strung up a bass.

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