Things to look for on a new bass

Check this out, setting up a Retrovibe Rick copy. The ferrules were loose, so off come the machine heads for a taping and pushing back in. But underneath check it:

Explains the wonky tuners, a snapped off screw, so they rotated a little, leaving the original holes finished over, the stub wasn’t even filed flat.

Also poked about with a Harley Benton GA5 5w valve head (Epiphone in all but name), belonging to same guy, who’d been having trouble with it:

Bit of valve swapping identified the trouble, unhappy power valve, easy replace, but left to him to do as the only EL84 I had about was someone else’s Mullard.


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