Big Al bass

Big Al bass

Postby bdgotoh » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:33 pm

My new MM bass arrived and it's very nice. A bit heavy but not too bad. Almost too many tones to choose from but I found the one that sounds best to me in both active and passive modes.

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Re: Big Al bass

Postby ghiadub » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:05 pm

Cool bass. That style reminds me of the jetsons of some reason.

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Re: Big Al bass

Postby harleyyy » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:49 pm

All those knobs and pups and only one tone? Bradley, c'mon [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby bdgotoh » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:35 pm

What can I say? It doesn't mean I won't play around with the others but I'm a series guy, not parallel. That one switch position is the only series mode on the bass and it sounds terrific.

I always run my L-2000 in series too [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby hmagman » Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:37 am

Brad,

Congrats! Very cool finish too...

Been out of the MM loop recently, what's with all the knobs and switches? Do you have a link?
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby bdgotoh » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:38 am

It's pretty much the Bongo 18 volt preamp with mostly the same knobs but an added passive tone control (treble cut) - very cool! The pickups have an on-off switch for each coil and there's an active/passive switch. I haven't tried pulling the battery yet but supposedly you can have the battery die and you'll have volume, passive tone, and pickup switching controls still functional when you switch to passive mode.

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Re: Big Al bass

Postby Thornton Davis » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:35 pm

My Big Al is scheduled to ship next week from the factory. I expect to have it in my hands within the next couple of weeks. I'm really looking forward to it and this from a dedicated 5 string player.

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Re: Big Al bass

Postby spideyjg » Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:38 pm

Glad they put an instruction sheet on them. There were 2 at the La Mesa GC road show.

I recall at NAMM pushing all that stuff and just getting lost.

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Re: Big Al bass

Postby PeppermanL2K » Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:59 pm

And I've heard people say that the L2k preamp is confusing! LOL!! Love the EBMM's, though. I want a Sterling5 and a 25th Bass (whatever they'll call it)! [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby Thornton Davis » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:04 pm

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say, nice bass! Looks great in this finish combination.

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Re: Big Al bass

Postby craigb » Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:09 pm

Very nice, Brad. I am tempted by the Big Al. Very tempted. Although I conceptually love simplicity my favorite basses, like the L2K, seem to be very complex although I only use one or two of the available tones.
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby Rod Trussbroken » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:48 pm

Congrats Brad. Nice finish!
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby bdgotoh » Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:01 pm

Thanks Guys, the fit and finish are perfect as usual.

I'm the same way Craig, my L-2000 usually stays on series/both pickups and I play with the treble and bass controls a bit. My Sterling HH stays on the #4 switch position and I roll off the treble a bit and boost the bass when needed. Mostly the controls stay flat, even on my amp heads. I haven't done any tone comparisons with my Bongo or Sterling yet but my hunch is this is a different beast for sound. The single coils are Neos like the Bongo HS has and they sound really good - clear and full. I remember when I had a Bongo HS that the neck S pickup sounded better to me than the H bridge pickup!
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby aussiemark » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:53 am

I love the look, but I'm not keen on basses that require a schematic to play [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif]
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Re: Big Al bass

Postby SpankyAndy2 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:27 pm

bdgotoh wrote:My new MM bass arrived and it's very nice. A bit heavy but not too bad. Almost too many tones to choose from but I found the one that sounds best to me in both active and passive modes.


Hey Brad,

Congratulations on your new Big Al - great looking instrument and colour!

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