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SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Chuck B » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:14 am

Hello from Bavaria :)

I'd like to present a very nice bass from a local luthier in Aachen, Germany, Mr. Jochen Imhof. I've read several reviews about his guitars in the guitar&bass magazine and felt some GAS when I saw his bass model. Two years ago I found the blue one on that bay, pulled the trigger and won the auction.
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It looks familiar to my eyes but is no simple Fender clone you see everywhere. The body seems to be one piece swamp ash, maple neck with maple cap.
Schaller tuners and a reversed P-style from Harry Häussel (Haeussel) who is considered to be one of the best pickup makers in Europe. The tone control doesn't work like the ones on Fenders, the sound is just losing highs. Pulling the knob wires the coils in parallel mode. First I thought that this is more a gimmick than useful feature but one can get an interesting sound out of it. That finish is gorgeous always looking different under different light. Mr. Imhof said, it just had been "the blue one" but the finish can be called "translucent semigloss blue". The pickguard is slightly vintage mint.
Playabilitiy is great to my hands, I like 1 3/4 " nut width, string action is very low. Weight is less than 9 lbs. Meanwhile Imhof uses Hipshot ultralight tuners but the bass is better balanced than some Fender axes.
Soundwise - wide range of tone, the Haeussel pup offers a lot of highs and a good punch from low mids.

Later I will ad more pics - my antivirus software denies the acces to the host I'm using... [smilie=confused-smiley-013.gif]
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby bdgotoh » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:49 am

Very nice, Chuck. I've heard good things about that pickup maker. I've always liked vintage style basses that are a little different, in a way that's what Sadowsky and Lakland and Mike Lull basses are about.
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Chuck B » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:49 am

The sound remembered me of the Lindy Fralin P-pup installed on the Lakie Skyline Bob Glaub. But that whole bass has been a p-bass deluxe. The reversed Haeussel brings out a clear, defined E-string. Never heard a grease bucket circuit but can imagine that the blue boy's tone control works similar.
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby GonzoBass » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:13 am

I dig the translucent color!
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Chuck B » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:42 am

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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Rob Francis » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:37 am

What a great color combo for that body too! [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Chuck B » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:52 pm

I'd like to add a picture from the 1st public playing after some months having big trouble with a nerve in my left arm...

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And I should add the link to the luthier...
http://www.sign-guitars.de
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Rob Francis » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:06 pm

Looks like a fun day [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]
Glad your arm is better!
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby Chuck B » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:40 am

Thank you, Rob. Watching the pic again, looks like a BABPlayers t-shirt I'm wearing... ;)
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Re: SIGN Sixty4 Bass

Postby GonzoBass » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:33 am

Looks like a fun time
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Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Links: .
Tools:
Steinberger XP2 Workhorse (DB Bridge)
Steinberger XP2 (B-E-A-D)
Steinberger XP2A (Back Up)
Wilkat GonzoBass #001
Fender Deluxe 24 Fret Jazz
EBMM Stingray Natural/Maple
Xavier Custom 6 String
Ibanez AEB10K Acoustic
Dean Rhapsody 8 String
Carvin BK2A Fretless
Gibson EB3 (Project)
Epiphone Newport EBS
Synsonic Half Scale
Fender Mandolin
A couple Flea Ukuleles
and a few guitars...

Rigs:
Small-
GK MB112 combo
Medium-
GK MB500
GK 2x10 Neo
Large-
GK 1001 Mark II 2x10 combo
GK 1x15 RBS

Effects:
Line 6 Bass POD XT Live
BBE 462 Sonic Maximizer


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