NBD: Here be weird shit ('80s content)

Discussion in 'Bass Guitar Discussion' started by TemjinStrife, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. TemjinStrife

    TemjinStrife Power Metal Cellist

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    It's a 1987 (pre-Fender) Kubicki Factor.

    In eye-raping seafoam green.

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    Love the headless tuning system; very smooth and much easier to turn than the Steinberger system. Plus you can use single-ball-end strings, which is one reason why I never got into the Steinberger headlesses.

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    It's got some chips, dings, and knocks, but the frets are practically pristine, the action is low, and it is just incredibly loud, clear, and resonant unplugged.

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    Headless means easy truss rod access too!

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    Speaking of the neck, it's a 21-ply maple laminate, apparently, with an ebony fretboard and 23 frets. It shipped from southern California to New York on a below-freezing day and arrived with pretty much perfect relief, so I'm guessing it's stable.

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    Then there's this thing:

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    It's essentially a D-tuner that lets you keep everything else the same position-wise. Comes in handy for a few songs my band does where we pedal off the low D; much easier to do on this thing than a 5er. 32" scale, with the D extended to 36."

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    Pickups with aerodynamic toan scoop!

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    A few more knobs than I usually like, but it sounds pretty damn good, with a very modern "hi-fi" attack and voicing that I don't really have in any of my other basses.

    It's got a six-way "voicing selector" (kind of a varitone, really) with two active and three passive modes plus an "off" mode. There's an 18v preamp with stacked boost-only treble and bass knobs, and stacked volume/blend for the neck pickup.

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    Definitely a bit weird looking though; I dig it, but it's not for everyone:

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  2. Thrashmanzac

    Thrashmanzac plays in 69/42

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    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    The bridge and the "D-tuner"/extended string setup are very similar to recent pieces by Ola Strandberg and Rick Toone. Except for, y'know, the part where this is a 25-year-old instrument. Nice score!
     
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    theo Got Hype(machine)?

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    This is seriously cool! Love it, nice score
     
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    Necris Bonitis.

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    You say weird, I say freaking awesome. :yesway:
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    That is freaking cool :yesway:
     
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    GhostsofAcid SuiƧmez fanboy

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    I like it :yesway:
     
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    GuitaristOfHell The Optimist Prime.

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    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    The ESP Funichar guitar has a similar drop-D thing going on. I'd really like to give something like that a shot. Sweet NBD, broseph.
     
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    Stealthdjentstic Banned

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    Did not see you being into headless at all; cool
     
  11. TemjinStrife

    TemjinStrife Power Metal Cellist

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    Nah, headless systems are pretty cool. I really dig the Klein and Tesla body shapes too.

    My only problem with most headless systems is that they typically require one or more of the following:

    -special double-ball strings (Steinberger)
    -Allen keys for string changes (Strandberg and others)
    -a tendonitis-inducing amount of force to grip and turn the tuner (I am not joking, sadly; that kind of grip-and-twist-a-very-hard-to-turn-small-cylinder motion seriously fucks with my fingers and wrist; this is an issue with the Steinbergers since there's little mechanical advantage and turning the damn things is actually really hard. It looks like it would be a similar problem with the current Strandberg design, as well as the ABM headless system and the one on the Teuffel Tesla.)

    Because this uses worm gears to turn big string "wheels" there's a lot more mechanical advantage and they turn as easy as normal tuning keys. Also, the balance is fantastic, and it's a really distinctive-sounding bass.
     
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    groovemasta SS.org Regular

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    Explorer He seldomly knows...

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    Didn't I see this instrument over on the TalkBass classifieds?

    Every time I see one of these Kubickis, I think of Stu Hamm's two albums, Radio Free Albemuth and Kings of Sleep. I remember Stu doing around doing the workshops at the various guitar stores, demoing how he could easily flip the low D lever easily and repeatedly over the course of a few measures.

    Nice score, friend.
     
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    DLG not guthrie govan

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    If I remember correctly, Sean Malone played these in his Focus days, right?
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I love these things.

    They may be ugly as all sin, but REALLY comfortable. Not to mention way ahead of it's time. It's interesting to think, even after nearly three decades 99% of the industry still hasn't caught up.

    Congrats, and great score! :hbang:
     
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    Fred the Shred Shrederick

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    Damn! You scored a Kubicki! Always loved those things! :)
     
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    ShadyDavey 7ibrarian

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    Kings of Sleep anyone?

    Fabulous bases.

    Count Zero - I SO nearly dropped guitar for bass.

     
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    drmosh Sir Paul of the Mosh Contributor

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    That's pure awesome in bass form
     
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    Greatoliver Looking to windward

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    That is awesome... Amazing that it is so old too! With the drop tuning thingy, is the only advantage of having it clamped down where the nut is, that you can use the e as a pedal note? I'm guessing it also is useful if you have guitarists switching between drop and standard tuning.
     
  20. guitarister7321

    guitarister7321 Ibanez

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    Reminds me a lot of a Strandberg with the extended string thing.

    That shit's the tits. Seafoam green is one of my favorite colors. Congrats!
     

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