Schecter C7 Blackjack

Schecter C7 Blackjack

Year: 2005

Made In: Korea

Specs: Mahogany body, mahogany set neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Seymour Duncan JB & 59 humbucking pickups, passive circuit

Controls: Volume, tone, 5-way switch

Bought while I was flirting with seven strings, this was a really nice guitar.¬† Compared to the LTD I had, it had a much fatter neck, but it was just as playable. It needed a little bit of fretwork when it arrived and the nut needed a little attention too, but the build quality was otherwise really good. The set neck joint was very nicely sculpted like a neck-through. For the money, they’re really good value. All the hardware is good quality, thoroughly reliable and the slightly longer scale made for a good, solid low B. I can’t say anything bad about it but my time with sevens was limited so it eventually got eased on out the door.

 

Fender 62 Telecaster w/Bigsby

Fender 62 Telecaster w/Bigsby

Year: 2005

Made In: Japan

Specs: Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Fender Custom Shop Texas Special single coils

Controls: Volume, tone & 3-way switch

I picked this up in a trade for a Gibson Flying V, my first Telecaster. The original owner had upgraded the pickups to Custom Shop Texas Specials and, to be fair, it sounded superb. The Bigsby vibrato had a nice vibe to it but the overall bridge design was horrible. If you played too hard or used light strings, they’d pop out of the saddles. The strings made contact with the intonation screws if you set the action even slightly low. The saddles themselves sat on a baseplate which itself sat on two points, freely rocking back and forth with no fixed central point. I believe this bridge is also used on Mustang guitars, with equally poor results.

There are a range of after-market which address the tuning problems but, after having a look, decided to stabilise the baseplate so it remained static and drop it so it lay flat on the body too. This allowed me to raise the saddles enough so the strings cleared the intonation screws and baseplate. The end result meant the strings travelled straight from the Bigsby to the saddles without making any additional contact, meaning the strings wouldn’t pop out. It all made a significant improvement to the tuning stability and made the Bigsby actually usable.

Despite all of this, the tiresome process of changing strings with that tailpiece grew old pretty quickly and I eventually eased it on out the door.

 

Godlyke Disciple 5

Godlyke Disciple 5

Year: 2005

Made In: Japan

Specs: Ash body, 3 piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: SGC MM humbucker & Jazz single coil, Bartolini HR5.3AP/918 preamp

Controls: Volume, blend, bass cut & boost, mid cut & boost, treble cut & boost

The five string twin, I received both Godlykes in a trade for my Sadowsky Metro. I’d rate that as a result. As with the four string, it was a supremely well put together instrument with the lowest action I’ve ever seen on a five string bass. Deviser definitely know how to build great instruments. I replaced the stock Gen 1 Godlyke preamp with a Bartolini unit for a slightly different sound. It was a lovely bass with a powerful low end.

I found myself gravitating to four strings solely, over time, and, as I wasn’t really using this bass much any more, decided to ease it on out the door. Fortunately, I sold it to a good friend, so it stayed within the circle should it ever need to be retrieved.

Sadowsky Metro RV4

Sadowsky Metro RV4

Year: 2005

Made In: Japan

Specs: Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Sadowsky humcancelling pickups

Controls: Volume, blend, bass boost, treble boost, VTC

A really lovely bass. These are just great, easily one of the nicest basses I’ve ever played. It had great tone, great feel, there was nothing I didn’t like about it.

The only problem was that every time I went for a J bass, I picked up my old ESP instead, so I eased it on out the door in exchange for a tasty pair of Godlykes.

Great bass, though, it really was.

Godlyke Disciple 4

Godlyke Disciple 4

Year: 2005

Made In: Japan

Specs: Ash body, 3 piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Bartolini MM humbucker & Jazz single coil, 2nd Generation Godlyke 3-band preamp

Controls: Volume, blend, bass cut & boost, mid cut & boost, treble cut & boost

This is a very special bass. I’m particularly fond of this one. There aren’t that many Godlykes out there, there are even fewer Disciples, fewer still, if any others, in the Honeyburst finish and I believe this is the only Disciple which had Bartolini pickups as stock. Made by Deviser, the build quality is really superb with possibly the tightest neck pocket I’ve ever encountered. The Gotoh hardware is rock-solid. It’s a top-class bass, no mistake.

I picked this one and its five string twin up in exchage for a Sadowsky Metro. I think I robbed the guy. Everything about this bass reeks of quality. It’s a very comfortable body, the weight is just right, the neck is fast, the action low and there’s a myriad of great tones in there. The Godlyke 18V preamp does everything you want a three band EQ to do. I had a Stingray when I got this and very shortly afterwards the Stingray was sold. The MM pickup has a rich, throaty growl while the J pickup is very meaty and, combined with the preamp, there’s nothing you can’t do. I’ve used this a lot over the years, it never disappoints.

There’s nothing overly flash here. There’s no flab, it’s just a very well designed instrument executed to a very, very high standard. An underground classic.