What's the weight of the tone monster?? Can you play the thumb standing up?Had the NT6 for a couple of weeks now and let the neck settle with its new pack of Fodera (custom steel, 49 euro a pack) strings.
When I take off the strings, the neck shows a serious backbow, except for the area at the first 5 frets. For this reason I can not turn around the removable truss rod to counter that backbow. Once the strings are on the neck returns to almost completely straight but it isn't before seeing a number of days pass until the neck is settled again,
So last sunday it was time to tighten the truss rod for those last 5 frets - the neck is now perfect - and lower the bridge. I had to grab my bicycle and visit a toolshop because my 2.5mm allen wrench seems to have vanished. I do not know why allen wrenches do this. But long story short I could lower the bridge quite a long way before fretbuzz started appearing here and there - here and there being both near frets 3-5 and beyond the 12th which is telling me the neck bow is now perfect.
This thing plays like a dream! And sounds better then I expected, especially with the pickup balance 60-70 percent towards the neck pickup it has a firm grip in the mix.
Only thing I do not really like about it is the bottom end dial of the 1990 (MEC?) pre since it sits at a way too low frequency. Could it be at 40hz? That would be rather useless.
Anyway I do not hear any difference between bass dial at neutral or bass dial at max. It doesn't seem to do a whole lot. On my amps I cut everything under 30hz by 6db or more because those are unwanted frequencies.
But yeah. I love this bass. It is awesome. With an external 10- or 12 band EQ it really starts to shine. I might replace the onboard pre for this reason.
it's been a while since I came on the forum, I recently recovered after a loooooong time my JD Thumb 86, it was entitled to a restoration.
But......a small problem persists, it me new bushings for the mechanicals are needed.
I know it is possible to buy them at the WW store but it would cost me over 100 €....
Is there an alternative ? would anyone among you have succeeded in having them made ?
Edit : bonjour julien
Beautiful.I've been on a binge lately....once again I have a thumb in the house. 1998 with EMG passive pickups and it appears to have been stained much darker at some point in it's past. Wenge neck, Ovankol body. Always wanted a fretless thumb and it was priced right.