New, cheap, fanned fret 5 & 6 string basses from Gear4music's house brand

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  1. GenghisCoyne

    GenghisCoyne im here to party

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    Call me a spoiled millennial but in this culture of next day shipping this month wait is pretty triggering.
     
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    I just ordered the 5 string!

    Since I am a total noob when it comes to basses, what string gauge would you recommend for Ab on this scale lenght?
     
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    .135 would do it but I wouldn't go any smaller than that, or maybe .130. .140 might be better. .135 would be close to a .95 in E on a 34".
     
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    I couldnt even find a .140 set on thomann. Whats the place to go? Kalium?
     
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    Daddario actually goes up to 145 but I'm not sure what European dealers carry singles.
     
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    thanks, last question: which string gauges for the other 4 strings? ;)
     
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    Disclaimer: This would be MY ideal set. YMMV :p

    If you want "perfect", D'addario 45, 60, 80, 105, and 140. Which would require ordering singles of everything.

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    If you want "close enough", D'addario 45, 65, 80, 100, and 140 - which is a EXL170 45-100 set and a single 140.

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    To be fair the "close enough" set is pretty damn good.
     

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    @stevexc , thank you so much. I keep you guys posted when the bass arrives.
     
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    GenghisCoyne im here to party

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    15844485460151436831683256287360.jpg First! NBD tomorrow when I'm not using the amp I left in my parents basement in highschool.
     
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    How is the fit and finish? Looks like we may have seen the last of these, not projected to be in stock until up into August
     
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    @GenghisCoyne how is yours?

    I received mine yesterday. I think I have to send it back for a replacement.
    There is a dent in the neck and glue on the fretboard.

    Would you send it back? Or ask for a discount? Am I expecting too much from a 300€ bass?

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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Depends, if it plays fine then I wouldn't send it back. If it plays like shit AND has those visual flaws then I'd send it back.
     
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    How do I even remove the glue from the fretboard? I tried dunlop fretboard cleaner and it didnt work.
     
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    GenghisCoyne im here to party

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    Lacking

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    Thats so sharp I thought it was a sprouted fret. IMG_20200320_002144.jpg IMG_20200320_002125.jpg
    I don't know what that white stuff is. I'm pretty sure the binding is just black paint. IMG_20200320_002005.jpg
    Dent life

    its nice to play. it resonates better than any other bolt on i have. the neck feels good, the heel is awesome. its balanced. i sanded that little sharp dent looking thing and i cant feel it now. it doesnt sound bad. it doesnt sound good enough to warrant a thread about it. it sounds $400 dollars. i cant get a picture to show it that well but the individual saddles are fucked. none of them are parallel to the one next to it and they each only have 1 screw (i dont know if both holes are meant to be screw holes but it seems like i could almost loosen the strings and use the other holes to straighten everything). its intonated though so im really not to upset about it. the tuners feel cheap but not unusable. it plays just well enough for the money that i dont think ill bother doing any mods.
     
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  15. GenghisCoyne

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    are you comfortable sanding it?
     
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    well its not dried its sticky. I dont think sanding is a good option then...
     
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    That's odd, nail polish remover?
     
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    thanks I will try that.

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    yours is definitely worse off than mine
     
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    Ok then I will most likely send it back. Is there another comarable bass in this price range with this scale lenght? I just dont want to invest in a Dingwall NG...
     

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