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rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1428
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the good advice Brian! We may take my wife's SUV so she can drive on the way home! I might be slightly distracted!
moonliner
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Username: moonliner

Post Number: 299
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:57 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! That is just stunning! Congratulations!!!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3819
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

Rusty , I am really happy for you regarding this Bass !

Congratulations ! Orca Bass is simply awesome .
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3820
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

Rusty , I am really happy for you regarding this Bass !

Congratulations ! Orca Bass is simply awesome .
dead_head
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Username: dead_head

Post Number: 59
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

Those pictures are superb! Congratulations, Rusty, it's beautiful! Happy playing!
growlypants
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Username: growlypants

Post Number: 108
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 7:03 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations, Rusty! She's spectacular!
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 2278
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 7:15 am:   Edit Post

I would have to consider leaving this bass at home instead of gigging it, I would be so scared it got marked or dinged.
Awesome colour and the chrome hardware looks a great contrast to the finish.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1431
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:16 am:   Edit Post

It's on Texas soil! The long awaited "Out for delivery" notice!

rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1433
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post

Just got an email from Guitar Rez, my bass was just delivered!
ed_too
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Username: ed_too

Post Number: 41
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post

Hey Rusty, just noticed that w-i-d-e ebony stringer -
Let 'er roar, Rusty, Let 'er ROAR!

All the best to you and your expanding family,

Ed
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 2027
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 1:10 pm:   Edit Post

ENJOY!!!
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1434
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

Sitting in front of Guitar Rez waiting for the doors to open!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11596
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Hah!
moongerm
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 65
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post

Did you camp out in a tent? Lol.
groovelines
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Username: groovelines

Post Number: 779
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post

Okay, it's been five hours since Rusty's last post. Does 9-1-1 take from 200 miles away?
stout71
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Username: stout71

Post Number: 237
Registered: 7-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

I'm guessing he's in a state of shock. It's also difficult to type when playing...or drooling.
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 709
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:33 pm:   Edit Post

Russsssstttttyyyyyyy where are youuu?
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1435
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 2:59 pm:   Edit Post

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!!! Sorry to keep everyone waiting but I literally just got home from Austin. I spent 2 hours at Guitar Rez playing & drooling & the the drive home was 4 hours with traffic, so I'm finally home but haven't had a chance yet to play it through my amp to really see what it sounds like. My initial reaction is I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I will give a detailed reply after I ve played it through my amp, but I will say this, the amazing marbling if the Quilted Maple in conjunction with the gorgeous blue paint does a very good job hiding the drool!!! Stay tuned......film at 11 :-)
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1081
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post

that blue is so impressive!
wick5
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Username: wick5

Post Number: 20
Registered: 10-2014
Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 8:15 am:   Edit Post

I know how you feel, bass brother.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5923
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

Rusty, I can attest to the fact that amber-tinted quilted maple also hides drool.

lol

Gorgeous bass. Enjoy!

Bill, tgo
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1436
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

I finally had a chance to play through my amp yesterday & it sounds great! It has much more bottom end & punch than my SCSD, which is what I was hoping for. Susan was right about the woods she selected, the Walnut core does give it great attack, & the quilting on the Maple is amazing!The action is incredible & the neck is perfect! The neck dimensions are exactly what I ordered & it feels great in my hands. I can see why Mica had trouble capturing the exact color of the bass because it changes depending on the light & angle you are looking at it. When you tilt it side to side the ripples in the quilting are 3D & look like waves on water. I love the Ruthenium plating & the Cosmo Black tuners are a very close match. The blue LED's are awesome! I can't wait to play it live to really see them in stage lighting. It feels solid in my hands like my SCSD, much better than my Schecter 5 string which feels like plastic after playing my Alembic. I have a lot to learn about tweeking the controls to get the sound I want, but I know the possibilities are endless with the Series II electronics. I was worried about aligning the 5 pin cable with the side mounted jack, but it is actually very easy to plug the cable in without looking at the socket. I still have a lot to discover on this bass, but after spending a couple of hours on it, it appears to be just what the doctor ordered, & I think it's only going to get better as I get more used to it & learn the controls better. I also love the Jan-Al case! Even though it is larger than the Calzone case I have for my SCSD, the Jan-Al is 10-15 pounds lighter! It also has wheels on one end which makes moving the bass super easy. They gave me a large storage compartment too that is big enough for my 4" strap & two 5 pin cables. I'm at work now but will post more pictures when I get home. I'm still pinching myself to make sure this isn't a dream & that this amazing bass is actually mine! It was definitely worth the wait!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4355
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:21 pm:   Edit Post

Great to hear Rusty, if your experience is anything like mine, then the bass will appear to sound better the more you play it. I really felt I couldn't hear the ebony when playing the bass in an enclosed room at home but on a gig, the sound of the bass is so different and much more open and I find that I don't need the filters as open as wide I do when at home in order to hear tone.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1441
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm:   Edit Post

I did notice that I can hear filter changes better on the Europa than my SCSD. On my SCSD I have to roll the pan towards the bridge pup to really hear filter changes good, but on the Europa, I can hear filter changes with both pup volumes 100%.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1443
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 12:42 pm:   Edit Post

Sorry about the lack of pictures & comments, I have been busy Christmas shopping ever since getting home with my bass, so I haven't had time to play it much or post pictures. I promise I will right after Christmas!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1445
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 12:56 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a video that shows the 3D depth of this amazing Quilted Maple!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=389054647937085
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11611
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 1:22 pm:   Edit Post

Rusty; I got a "this content is currently unavailable" message; is it a non-public page?
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1447
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

I forgot Dave that I have my Facebook setting to friends only, let me upload it to You Tube & post a link.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1448
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 4:44 pm:   Edit Post

OK, here's a few pictures that show the awesome blue LED's & one from when I picked it up at Guitar Rez in Austin.





rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1449
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 4:51 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the video I tried to post on Facebook of the 3d effect of the Quilted Maple. This is on You Tube, so you should be able to see it.

http://youtu.be/yzd16GnE8G0
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11614
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 6:33 pm:   Edit Post

Love the video; the depth is really striking.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1453
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Dave!
dead_head
Member
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 64
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 8:54 pm:   Edit Post

The video was great. It really does look 3-D, like blue satin under the light. Beautiful bass, Rusty! Congratulations!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1465
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 8:01 pm:   Edit Post

I made a HUGE mistake tonight, I set up both my amps & went STEREO! Oh My God!!! This Series II was MADE for stereo!!! It was like uncapping the headers!!! More about that tomorrow, I will shoot video......
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1890
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 9:36 pm:   Edit Post

Stereo is indeed awesome. I recommend it, even if it's just for the front end.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1466
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

Just when I was happy with the sound I was getting from my Fender Rumble 350 with my SCSD, & glad to not be hauling my 4X10 & 1X15 Eden cabinets with my WT 800 Eden amp, now I have experienced the incredible sound of the Series II in stereo with the bridge pickup going to the Rumble & the neck going to the WT 800 & 4X10 box! The SII sounded good with the Rumble alone, but it is like it is way over compressed compared to the sound I get in Stereo. I commented to Mica that my Europa didn't have the highs that my SCSD has, but it does in stereo! It really comes alive! Currently I set my Rumble up tilted back & facing backwards like a monitor so it doesn't affect the FOH mix, but it is going to be really hard to not bring both amps & set them up in a traditional backline now that I have heard the difference in sound. I have a gig tomorrow night at one of our smaller venues & the stereo rig would be way overkill, so I will just bring the Rumble & see how the Europa sounds with the band, but if I can't get the sound I want I'm going to start bringing the stereo rig. I left the rig set up & will shoot some video tonight & post it so everyone can hear how incredible this bass sounds. I took another "Family Photo" with all my gear last night. The last time I took this picture I had 9 basses & guitars & that prompted my wife to say I needed one more to make it an even 10, & that got the ball rolling for building my Europa. So here is my "10."

elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1545
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 10:45 pm:   Edit Post

Love those kind of mistakes.
Its good to hear the highs are available.It would be hard to fathom that blue beast doesn't have a little bite.

11 is a good number too ;),though I'd be happy with '1' if it was like your Europa !!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1474
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2015 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

Well, I tried 4 times to record video of me playing through my stereo setup but apparently the sound was too awesome for my camcorder to comprehend because it kept distorting. I put the camera in AGC & tried turning down to TV volume level & it still distorted. I was surprised because I video my band all the time & it never distorts. I'm going to video my gig tonight so maybe I can post some videos of the Europa with the band.

Elwood, I can't imagine ever improving over this Europa, so I think I'm going to stick with 10! If I was a fretless player I would consider getting a fretless Alembic, but the bass on the right in my picture is a fretless I built in woodshop in high school, so I have no need for another one. You can probably tell by the symmetrical shape & Mahogany laminates that it was inspired by the Stanley Alembic. It was originally a fretted Mighty Mite neck, but I always loved the sound of a fretless so when I got my Rickenbacker I had the frets pulled out & they filled in the slots so I can still see the fret lines for a cheater fretless. I would definitely consider getting some Activators for it!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1477
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, January 05, 2015 - 4:32 am:   Edit Post

I played my first gig with my Europa Saturday night & it was AMAZING! The sound is much fuller than my SCSD & it plays like a dream! It is much easier on my fingers than my SCSD too, but I think that is because I found myself playing between the pickups VS right over the bridge pickup like I do on my SCSD. I had lots of comments on the look & sound. One guy told me it was the best sounding bass he had ever heard! I'm still getting used to the string spacing & playing a 5 on every song, & still tweaking the controls, but they are not nearly as complicated as I thought they would be & was able to get a sound I was VERY happy with! I videoed the whole night but haven't had a chance to watch it to see if it came out good enough to post. I will post some songs if it sounds good.

rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1486
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2015 - 11:21 am:   Edit Post

As it turns out, the video from my gig isn't any good. The house lights were stuck on red so the video is dark & the mix wasn't good. We have another gig at a much better venue on the 23rd so I will video that one & try to post some songs with the Europa. I got a great sound on stage with just using my Rumble combo amp, but I set it up at home last night & got an even better sound! I have found out that the Series II is much more sensitive to small changes in my settings than my SCSD is. I turned the frequency knob on the low channel of my SF-2 about 1/16" & it made a huge difference! I also switched it from Low Pass to Band Pass & that cleaned up my low end & gave it a tighter punchy sound. In Low Pass, there were some overtones that were drowning out some of the high notes. It still sounds better in stereo, but I'm extremely happy with the sound I got last night!
dhagopian
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Username: dhagopian

Post Number: 1
Registered: 1-2015
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful. I love the finish.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1518
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:38 pm:   Edit Post

It's been really hard to capture the exact color of this bass in pictures, but the ones my wife took at my gig Friday night are the "True Blue" of the bass. I also bought an Ampeg BA112 to run in stereo & I now have the sound I have been looking for! I run my neck & bridge pickup through the Fender Rumble 350 in mono & my bridge pickup through the Ampeg to enhance the mids & highs. The Ampeg is only 50 watts so it is not adequate to run full stereo & compete with the 350 watt Rumble, but thankfully Ron, in his infinite wisdom built the DS-5R where the treble jack is still hot even in mono mode.

On another note, I have worn red hi top Converse "Chuck Taylor" shoes at every gig since 1985, but to honor my new Europa I switched to blue ones!

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rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1519
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:43 pm:   Edit Post

It's been really hard to capture the exact color of this bass in pictures, but the ones my wife took at my gig Friday night are the "True Blue" of the bass. I also bought an Ampeg BA112 to run in stereo & I now have the sound I have been looking for! I run my neck & bridge pickup through the Fender Rumble 350 in mono & my bridge pickup through the Ampeg to enhance the mids & highs. The Ampeg is only 50 watts so it is not adequate to run full stereo & compete with the 350 watt Rumble, but thankfully Ron, in his infinite wisdom built the DS-5R where the treble jack is still hot even in mono mode.

On another note, I have worn red hi top Converse "Chuck Taylor" shoes at every gig since 1985, but to honor my new Europa I switched to blue ones!



jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4388
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:47 am:   Edit Post

When I was trying out bi-amping at home I i connected a low volume Roland JC120 on the bridge pickup from the high pass output of my F1-x and that was superbly crispy on the top without being harsh. Easy to do at home but probably a headache to organise and transport and set-up so much gear on a gig.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1520
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post

I bet the JC120 sounded sweet with the chorus effect! The little Ampeg I bought is small & light, so it's not too much more to carry to the gigs. It really adds to the clarity & fullness of the sound.

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