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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Not a Fender - not sacrilege I hope!

rwb

Canada

The Plankster of Love
Feb 8th, 2019 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some of you on here know that I have a mix of basses, and in recent years have gone from playing out my old Fender Tele and P-bass to using Bill Nash versions, as well as Epiphone, Danelectro, and Reverend instruments.

My 1969 Telecaster bass has been failing, due to neck issues, plus the evolution of the classic "dead spot" - I've been thru this with two other Tele basses in the past, and despite putting time and effort into them ( Heavier mass bridges and "fathead" plates under the tuners) had little to no respite. One gets tired of playing way up the neck in certain keys. As much as I love vintage basses, the cost and added risk of buying one "sight unheard" means I have come to rely on the Nash company - I have one (Jazz) bought off the shelf of my local dealer, and I loved it so much I ordered a "52 P" style and was delighted with it. So you can understand, my thoughts strayed to the Tele... our friend Detlef over in Germany has been adding to his fab Fender collection, including original Blue Floral and Pink Paisley 1968 models. Instead, I pulled the trigger on a special order paisley Nash, which arrived this week. Simple report - it outshines the already impeccable two I have. I can tell this will be my favorite, it simply sings all the way up the neck, super even, and ready to play right out of the box- I did a show 3 hours after opening it.

OK, back to "real" Fender discussion, now!! I just thought you'd like to see (this is actually not the same one, this pic was from the Nash site - mine is more or less the same, but has a tug-bar) (edit - photo to come, I just upped my contributing member status which had lapsed!)

(This message was last edited by rwb at 04:38 PM, Feb 8th, 2019)

digiboy
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New York City

Feb 10th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Dano Shorthorn bass and several Fender P's. I don't know anything about the other brands you mentioned. (Well I have seen some nice Epi basses). FWIW I don't think I've ever heard of anyone get scolded for discussing non-Fender models in this forum. When talking about other brands, Fenders almost always come up for comparison anyway.

rwb
Contributing Member
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Canada

The Plankster of Love
Feb 11th, 2019 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, I didn't anticipate that - after all, Nash instruments have a long history as Fender "clones"

I may have asked you this before - is your Dano Shorthorn an original or a reissue? I have a 62 - funky little thing!


digiboy
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New York City

Feb 13th, 2019 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

RWB: I think we did talk about it before. The Dano shorthorn is a 90's Korean re-issue, lefty. Metal bridge with adjustable saddles. The bridge was sagging as they tend to do so it's been replaced. Also upgraded the output jack which kept getting loose.
My P basses have gone begging because of my shoulder/neck/back issues. The Dano is now my main axe for gigging out. I'm nuts about the dang thing, 6 pounds and all that rich luscious tone coming out of those lipsticks using TI flats and a foam mute.

rwb
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Canada

The Plankster of Love
Feb 20th, 2019 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Digiboy - you're right, my memory is shot, sorry for the repeats!

I didn't realize the Korean reissues had a 2 pickup model - maybe the originals did, too, I have no clue. Mine is single. I struggled with uneven response with this thing and was just about to give up. But lighter gauge rounds sound good on it. I tried all manner of flats, even TI's which I cut down to scale. All had tons of "hot spots" no matter what muting I tried. enjoying it anew with rounds!


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