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BASSES / Re: NBD - 2003 FB4!
« Last post by Patzag on April 26, 2019, 09:07:52 PM »
Awesome review but I can't see the pictures unfortunately.  I think Dropbox is locked on my firewall! :( 
Regardless, makes me want to play one now ... darn!
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BASSES / Re: NBD - 2003 FB4!
« Last post by ParkerPlayer on April 26, 2019, 06:03:42 PM »
Thanks for the excellent review—it’s so great to hear that you like this bass!

I agree.  Excellent review!
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BASSES / Re: NBD - 2003 FB4!
« Last post by SynapticGroove on April 26, 2019, 01:54:22 PM »
 ;D
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PARKER CLASSIFIEDS / WTB Pre-refined Fly in Gold/Plum - also 2008 Mojo
« Last post by analog orange on April 26, 2019, 10:59:03 AM »
WTB Pre-refined Fly in Gold or Plum - also 2008 Mojo

Title says it all, looking for pre-refined fly in gold or plum (I realize that most likely means a deluxe) and 2008 Fly mojo. 

Let me know what you got or what you've seen.

Thanks!
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BASSES / Re: NBD - 2003 FB4!
« Last post by vjmanzo on April 26, 2019, 10:10:18 AM »
Thanks for the excellent review—it’s so great to hear that you like this bass!
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PARKER CLASSIFIEDS / Re: WTB: Parker 7 String (EU preferred)
« Last post by fantasyl on April 26, 2019, 08:31:53 AM »
Years have passed.....and I'm still searching the 7 string parker....possible trades:

1) Manne NightAxe Ventura Black (7 string), condition 9/10
2) Yamaha Ty Tabor Purple Burst (6 string), condition 7.5/10
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BASSES / Re: So, I finally took the plunge and she's on her way!
« Last post by SynapticGroove on April 26, 2019, 06:36:57 AM »
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BASSES / NBD - 2003 FB4!
« Last post by SynapticGroove on April 26, 2019, 06:36:15 AM »
Hi everyone,

So, after many years of 'on again/off again' searching, I finally nabbed a 2003 FB4 that was made in Wilmington.  I'm not sure how many previous owners she had, but she is definitely a closet queen...absolutely minimal play wear and zero nicks, scratches, dents, etc.  I mean, I don't think this bass would've been more pristine had she just come out of the factory, so whomever had her was definitely more of a collector than a player.

First Impressions

Wow, this bass is light!  I'm used to Warwick and Ritter and I swear the FB4 weighs about as much as a standard guitar.  I couldn't believe how light it was!  Also, I agree with anyone who's ever mentioned that photos do not do these justice.  Mine has a translucent red finish and it is much darker in real life than in photos.  Also, the bass has a really great design and doesn't look 'ugly' at all in real life.  Quite the opposite, actually.  No, it isn't as contoured as a Fly guitar, but the curves and lines it does have are very nicely designed.  Very modern, without the ostentatiousness of a bass that has too many bells & whistles.  I can't get over the fiber weave in the neck.  It looks almost 3D in real life.

The bass is as perfectly balanced as my Dolphin and sits in the lap without any neck dive whatsoever.  All that out of the way, I immediately plug her straight into my UA Apollo interface to hear what she sounds like.

The Sound

Quite brilliant!  The only center-indented potentiometer to be found is on the piezo-tone control, so you really have to spend just a modicum of time to dial it in with your ears.  The controls are (from top to bottom): Master Volume, Mag volume, Mag sweep, 2-band Mag EQ, piezo vol/tone.  It only took me a few seconds to dial in a very nice tone and off we go!  There is a clarity to this bass, with and without the piezo blended in, that I've never really heard in any other bass.  A ton of low end, but with a very nice clarity that makes the lower registry never full of mud.  It reminds me just a bit of a jazz bass on steroids, but I was able to cop just about any tone imaginable out of this thing.  Extremely versatile, articulate and very, very punchy.  One doesn't have to adjust the potentiometers too much to get some very nice differentiation in tones that are readily available.  I can already tell that she is going to be a great recording bass.  Dead quiet with no discernible hum, with and without the piezo.

I'd like to take this opportunity to dispel a few rumors I came across, mainly via the Talkbass forums, but on the internet as a whole, when I was researching the FB4:

1. The bass is uncomfortable.

This is complete BS.  Whether in your lap or high/low on a strap, the FB4 is perfectly balanced and the upper horn doesn't dig into your chest.  I don't know how many times I've read, "super fast neck, but the upper horn makes it completely uncomfortable to play".  This must have been written by people who've never played one, because it is a very comfortable bass.  Super lightweight, zero neck dive.  It is very comfortable to play, standing or sitting down.

2. There is no low end.

Again, this is more BS.  There is so much low end that, unlike many other basses, I have to actually roll off of the bass tone control and keep it around 60-65%.  Don't kid yourself, the FB4 packs a helluva punch!  There is a clarity to it and it is never gets muddy.

3. It has a sterile nondescript sound.

Um, ok.  The tonal options on this beast are massive.  Can it sound modern?  Yes.  Can it sound like a P-bass?  Yes.  Can it boom and growl?  Yes.  Again, whoever is writing this must not know how to use their ears properly.  The amount of tones that can be dialed in is impressive.  In fact, it's one of the very few basses I've ever played that can be rolled entirely to the bridge pickup without sounding thin and tinny.  There is a world of tone built into this bass that has to be unlocked with your fingers and ears.

4. The piezo is clacky and unusable.

I highly disagree.  The piezo, whether blended with the magnetic pickups or entirely on its own, is highly usable and tonally rich.  If you're used to the piezo system on a Fly guitar, you'll feel right at home with the piezo on this bass.

Now that we've got that out of the way, it's about time for some pictures, right?  :D

Typically, when I get a new instrument, after checking it out, I'll clean and re-string.  The FB4 was no exception.  I immediately went to work cleaning this baby and slapping on some La Bella tapewounds:















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PARKER CLASSIFIEDS / Re: Fly Mojo's 4 Sale
« Last post by rjktech on April 24, 2019, 09:25:18 PM »
Looks like this guy sold it to a dealer.  That's too bad.
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FAVORITE GUITARISTS / Re: jimmy page
« Last post by Notes_Norton on April 22, 2019, 08:50:25 PM »
anyone liks how jimmy page play?
Jimmy Page is my second favorite classic rock guitarist, second behind Jeff Beck.

One renting of Jeff Beck Live At Ronnie Scott's DVD will show you why.

Insights and incites by Notes

I second this video... And Tal plays her ASS off as well!
Amazing. She looked too young and too cute to be able to play that maturely.

And the camera operators and editors knew what to show us. When Doing things like using the whammy bar for discreet not changes, or using the slide above the fretboard, or fingering the strings with a couple of fingers and at the same time rotating the volume knob with another finger, the camera is right on it. Same for amazing left hand things.

I've played sax all my life, and as a sax player who was almost famous, and playing with the 'big boys and girls' I have had the opportunity to play with some of the best guitar players in the USA. My jaw doesn't drop easily, but my mouth was agape quite a few times watching that video. Jeff does some super-human things with the guitar.

Whether you like his music or not, any guitar player should watch this, it's amazing.

Notes
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