NBD - Redsub Fan Fret 4 - Gear4music House brand

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  1. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Got this for under £200
    Basswood body
    Thermally treated fretboard

    34.5 - 35.5 inch scale length

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    Going to put Dingwall pickups/Darkglass preamp on it for fun

    Poasibly Hipshot replacement hardware if the stock stuff is trash.

    Perfect for my home demo/fun jam needs.

    Going to be going full Nolly tone on this (as near as damn it on a shorter scale than a dingwall)

    Will update with more pictures when it arrives tomorrow :)
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Nice dude! Wasn't aware of these, neat fan for a 4 :)
     
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  3. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Me either haha.
    Impulse buy the second i spotted it earlier haha.

    Was going to get the Harley Benton neck through bass after xmas but its more money, not a fan and only 34 inch scale so thought i would give this one a go.
    I have a 30 day return policy too if i dont rate it.
     
  4. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    This thing is awesome. Plays great and looks nice.

    Havent had a chance to plug it in yet. Hopefully it sounds good too.
     
  5. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Any idea how i can darken maple?
    Black stain makes a massive mess.
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Outside pics.
    This is unbelievably the best bass ive ever played.
    Wanting to replace the hardware for chrome and ive started making a pickguard for it too. Awaiting the coping saw to turn up.
    Glow in the dark side dots have already been done.

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    Thermally treated maple fretboard. Seemed abit chalky and patchy in places. Gave it a generous helping of white mineral oil and it came up looking like ebony. Well chuffed.

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    Graphtech nut from standard.

    35.5 inch scale on bottom. Makes lower tunings a joy to play.

    Pickguard template:

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    Ive bought a soapbar 4 string pickup router template to mark up and cut the pickup hole out properly.

    Going to be made out of a matt black textured dining tray :

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    olejason SS.org Regular

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    The neck I assume? I think once whatever finish is there is removed stain will be your best bet and you could finish it with poly. I've also seen people sand then use pine tar or graphite but those will give it more of a weathered or relic look instead of truly black.
     
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    nedheftyfunk SS.org Regular

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    I was tempted by one of these, just to try the fanned frets, but was concerned that the build quality or pickups would be junk. Seems like you got a good one. How does it sound, now that you've had it pulled in?
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Through my kemper really quite decent. Needs shielding more to help with noise. So im going to be doing that but i didnt expect to get anything useable but i did.

    My active preamp option doesnt seem to work properly though.

    When i activate mine it becomes super weak of a signal and really bassy. Even after a new battery.

    I spoke to a mate who ordered the 5 string 2 days after me and his works fine apparently.

    The body, neck, frets and overall playability and aesthetic on this is so decent - i dont mind ploughing money into it in mods. New preamp/harware etc

    You also get 30 days return policy from gear4music if you get a lemon
     
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    nedheftyfunk SS.org Regular

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    Great to hear that the build quality was reasonable, and it sounds good modulo shielding. Hard luck with the electronics issue. Hopefully it's just something simple that can be readily sorted out.
     
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    Why do you want to dye the neck black but use chrome hardware and a pickguard? Are you modeling this after a particular instrument? I think it looks really cool all murdered out, so I'd leave it!
     
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    GenghisCoyne im here to party

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    gotta agree with hollowway. black on black on black
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    I dont want to dye the neck. Was talking about fretboard because mine was dry and chalky. Used mineral oil and it looks like ebony now. Problem solved.

    I want a classy element to this bass and chrome just gives that to my tastes more than black on black. Going to get the luminlay knobs too.

    Besides for near 15 years i was obsessed with black hardware. As im getting older my tastes are changing/changed.
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Bought a dremel and started cutting this out 20200107_105927.jpg

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    Plenty of sanding to do after this haha
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Some new chrome goodies arrived

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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Got the rough pickguard shape done.

    Just need to sand/shape properly now.
    And use tape to measure properly so i can cut out the pickup route for the neck pup.


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    Cool! Play us some clip, come on!
     
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    GenghisCoyne im here to party

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    take the front pickup out, that looks good
     
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