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Re: Post your Melvins collection
« Reply #1125 on: February 14, 2020, 02:38:35 PM »
hey Pelican, for some strange reasons i had missed your posts.. so let me say K. Rutmanis must be totally crazy to have sold those basses, i'm shocked to say the least. with this said you made such a great deal.
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« Reply #1126 on: February 15, 2020, 06:37:00 AM »
hey Pelican, for some strange reasons i had missed your posts.. so let me say K. Rutmanis must be totally crazy to have sold those basses, i'm shocked to say the least. with this said you made such a great deal.

I don’t think he’s played them much at all for a few years. He’s been playing his Bass VI pretty exclusively. I asked him about that and he said it’s got a little more range. On the Conan Nuetron podcast he mentioned that he does still have an old G&L SB-2 and that it’s his favorite bass. Not sure if that’s the same one from his Cows days or not.

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« Reply #1127 on: February 15, 2020, 06:51:44 AM »
hey Pelican, for some strange reasons i had missed your posts.. so let me say K. Rutmanis must be totally crazy to have sold those basses, i'm shocked to say the least. with this said you made such a great deal.

I don’t think he’s played them much at all for a few years. He’s been playing his Bass VI pretty exclusively. I asked him about that and he said it’s got a little more range. On the Conan Nuetron podcast he mentioned that he does still have an old G&L SB-2 and that it’s his favorite bass. Not sure if that’s the same one from his Cows days or not.

yeah, i saw the bass he's currently using... must be some alluminum neck six strings bass  (egc?) ... still there's no way i would have sold those basses. lucky you!
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« Reply #1128 on: February 15, 2020, 07:46:15 PM »
Hey Dumpster D, sorry I didn't reply to your last post! I know I saw it, I must have gotten distracted between reading it and replying to you.

I haven't tested the resistance of the pickups. I do have a voltmeter, just not sure what setting to put it on to test pickups. I know the G&L MFDs are supposed to be pretty hot/powerful compared to other J pickups.

So... based on what I'm going to post below, yes the action is quite high, most likely out of not being set up for a long time. I think I might take it to my local guy who's great at setting up basses and have him give it a once over. Normally I don't mind trying to adjust things on my instruments, but this one I'm not really wanting to mess around with. Plus, the truss rod is adjusted at the base of the neck, I really don't want to take the neck off myself.

And here it is. The green "Shove It" bass. I had asked Kevin a few times over the course of the years about this one. He put an EGC guitar up for sale and I started another conversation with him. Long story short, he sold it to me. With a slide! And a road case! The road case is really cool too, it's beat to hell, got all kinds of airline stickers and some baggage claim stuff on it with his name, and a handwritten Fantomas itemized gear label. This bass is in similar condition to the orange one. Three of four knobs broken off. Dings, dents and scratches throughout. But it still plays and sounds incredible. The D string tuner has been replaced, original broken off at some point. Both basses are signed on the back side of the headstock by Eric Chaz, this one has a date which is cool. There are a few slight differences between the way each was built. The green one has a forearm relief cut into the body. The headstocks are slightly different shaped, the green one's headstock is painted, obviously the inlays are different. I think the orange one's fretboard is rosewood and the green one is ebony? I need to check with my luthier friend to confirm that. Also, the green one's action is considerably lower, making me think that the orange one just needs a set up. The frets on the green one are lower as well, and don't have grooves worn into them. My guess is that it's had a fret crown/polish. I like big frets on bass guitars, but these lower ones feel awesome and now I wish the rest of my basses had frets like these. When I got it, it didn't have either strap button, and the one at the bridge had it's screw broken clean off off with the threaded part stuck in the wood with no head, twice! Fortunately I was able to extract one of those broken screws and replace both buttons.

Not even gonna ask what you paid...Now I'm wondering why all the knobs are busted.  :-k :-k :-k
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Re: Post your Melvins collection
« Reply #1129 on: February 15, 2020, 09:20:48 PM »
black stallion, he's using a Squire Bass VI with an EGC bolt on neck. But yeah, I still can't believe it either. I get the impression that he's not the sentimental/nostalgic type and I also don't think he's much of a gear head. When he sold the orange one he told me it was to fund the purchase of more gear. I'm guessing an amplifier, but who knows? Didn't ask.

Dumpster D, it wasn't cheap, but let's just say that I'm really, really, really glad that my favorite bass player is Kevin and not John Paul Jones or Roger Waters or someone that famous. It costs more than most fans would spend on memorabilia, but way less than a damn house or whatever similar sum of money something like Paul's Hofner would go for. I'm a painter so I don't collect much art because I'm up to my neck in my own stuff. For me this is art. And I get to take it off the wall every now and then, plug it in to the old Ampeg and do my best Night Goat.

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« Reply #1130 on: February 16, 2020, 10:18:27 PM »
Kevin really had the green manalishi. Can't believe you got to own that.
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« Reply #1131 on: February 16, 2020, 11:28:11 PM »


Dumpster D, it wasn't cheap, but let's just say that I'm really, really, really glad that my favorite bass player is Kevin and not John Paul Jones or Roger Waters or someone that famous. It costs more than most fans would spend on memorabilia, but way less than a damn house or whatever similar sum of money something like Paul's Hofner would go for. I'm a painter so I don't collect much art because I'm up to my neck in my own stuff. For me this is art. And I get to take it off the wall every now and then, plug it in to the old Ampeg and do my best Night Goat.
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« Reply #1132 on: February 17, 2020, 09:08:48 AM »
Kevin really had the green manalishi. Can't believe you got to own that.
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