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  1. #31
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    I'm using the GruvGear Solo Strap with my Cutlass and have zero neck dive or discomfort issues.
    (I substituted the Ergostrap on my StingRay and it works just as well.)


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    Thanks! Just ordered mine in cream :-)
    Last edited by GregP; 07-17-2017 at 06:22 PM.

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    Cool! Hope you dig it!

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    The Sound of my Caprice :-)

    Caprice Demo by Greg P | Free Listening on SoundCloud

    I just wanted to share with everyone the amazing tone of my Caprice. The sound chain is as follows: MusicMan Caprice---MXR bass preamp----MXR Bass Compressor----Ampeg PF-50T transformer out----Scarlett 2I2----Ableton Live.
    The only tone shaping that's been done is a slight bump in the lows with a little more in the highs and dabble of 1000HZ. I'm running the compressor at a low 4:1 ratio. Both pickups full on.

    As you can hear the tone is tight and focused with a nice bump in the lower midrange thanks to that split coil. You can probably hear I play just north of the bridge pickup because I love the tight tone you get there. This was the exact tone I was looking for. The articulation of a single coil bass with the nice bump in the low midrange that the split coils give you. This is truly an amazing instrument. Thank you Ball Family for brining a passive guy into the MusicMan Family. :-)

    -Greg P
    P.S. I'm using Cobalt Flats 40-95. Oh, and check the incredible sustain of the 5th Fret Harmonic on the G string at the end. It's unbelievable!!!!!!
    Last edited by GregP; 07-27-2017 at 07:46 AM.

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    Very well done, thanks for loving our bass enough to make a sound demo!
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  6. #36
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    Neck Dive Issues...

    Dear Awesome Community,
    I'm still having the neck dive issues I spoke about earlier. I've tried several different straps: 2.5" EB neoprene comfort strap, 3 1/2" leather Levy strap w/suede backing, & the Solo Strap mentioned above. No matter what I do the neck always dives. I don't think I've noticed it much before because I play sitting mostly.

    I remember being excited because the bass was listed as weighing 8.3lbs on sweetwater but I guess their is no such thing as a free lunch ;-). I love everything about this bass it's just so frustrating because I can't get it to balance when I'm standing. Anyone else having this issue? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated because I absolutely love this bass.

    -Greg P

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregP View Post
    Caprice Demo by Greg P | Free Listening on SoundCloud

    I just wanted to share with everyone the amazing tone of my Caprice. The sound chain is as follows: MusicMan Caprice---MXR bass preamp----MXR Bass Compressor----Ampeg PF-50T transformer out----Scarlett 2I2----Ableton Live.
    The only tone shaping that's been done is a slight bump in the lows with a little more in the highs and dabble of 1000HZ. I'm running the compressor at a low 4:1 ratio. Both pickups full on.

    As you can hear the tone is tight and focused with a nice bump in the lower midrange thanks to that split coil. You can probably hear I play just north of the bridge pickup because I love the tight tone you get there. This was the exact tone I was looking for. The articulation of a single coil bass with the nice bump in the low midrange that the split coils give you. This is truly an amazing instrument. Thank you Ball Family for brining a passive guy into the MusicMan Family. :-)

    -Greg P
    P.S. I'm using Cobalt Flats 40-95. Oh, and check the incredible sustain of the 5th Fret Harmonic on the G string at the end. It's unbelievable!!!!!!
    Great tone mate!
    I am looking to buy a Caprice and also use a MXR Bass Compressor which I place first in my chain.Are you getting better results placing it after your pre amp?
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    great tone Greg! And nice playing, too.
    Concerning the neck dive, there was no amount of neck dive my Harvest strap couldn't fix. It has a rough suede inside and even fixed T-Bird and WW Thumb neckdive, and that means something.

    90s Stingray Teal with birdseye maple neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Great tone mate!
    I am looking to buy a Caprice and also use a MXR Bass Compressor which I place first in my chain.Are you getting better results placing it after your pre amp?
    Placing the compressor after the preamp was actually done out of necessity. Before I got my Caprice I was playing my G&L JB all the time. It's a great bass but has very low output. I couldn't get the output to go over threshold on the compressor without cranking the gain on the compressor. However, when I dimed the gain I got some hiss.

    So what I did is used the preamp to add some gain before the signal reached the compressor so i could reduce the gain used on the compressor itself. It worked perfectly...no hiss :-)

    Thank you for the kind words on the tone. I have been really practicing my technique. It really pays off playing everyday. Everyday I pick up something new. #Consistency.

    -Greg P.

    P.S. thank you for the strap advice. I really love this bass and am trying everything concievable to get it balance right while standing. Lucky for me I'm incredibly persistent :-)
    Last edited by GregP; 08-01-2017 at 02:38 PM.

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    Great news! After spending about 20 minutes w/my Levy strap I found a setting that almost completely eliminates neck dive. I emailed customer service about the issue earlier today and they asked if I had considered getting aftermarket tuners. I'm glad I got it sorted out because I don't think I could bring myself to modify this awesome instrument. :-)

    I also made another recording for the community... this time with the neck pickup soloed and the tone control off. I want to show any prospective buyers how the Caprice nails the motown sound. I start off with my rendition of the intro of "Heard it Through The Grapevine" and go onto some fun jazz fiddlings. :-)
    -Greg P

    Caprice - Motown & Jazz by Greg P | Free Listening on SoundCloud
    Last edited by GregP; 08-02-2017 at 04:21 PM.

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    Caprice - Driving Down Route 1 by Greg P | Free Listening on SoundCloud
    For my final demo, I wanted to highlight just how harmonically rich this bass is. Enjoy! Thank you all for all your help :-)
    Last edited by GregP; 08-06-2017 at 04:56 PM. Reason: Uploading improved version with tone cut 20% :-)

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    Update:

    So I dropped the hammer on some Hipshot Ultra light tuners. The strap I'm using mitigates the neck dive to some degree but my goal is to get a better overall balance. In my occupation, I type all day so it's more of a necessity for me than a preference. I don't want to risk putting anymore strain on my wrist. So I will let you all know how it turns out. Should be getting the tuners in 2 weeks or so :-)

    Best Regards,
    -Greg P

    P.S. AT 57 grams each I think the HB6 Hipshot Ultralight tuners should do the job. :-)
    HB6 - 1/2" Ultralite™ Bass Tuning Machine – Hipshot Products
    Last edited by GregP; 09-02-2017 at 04:49 PM.

  13. #43
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    I put those tuners on my sterling 5 and my bongo 5, helped tremendously. Hope they help on yours. Really enjoy your reviews.

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    Would the light weight tuners on the later Bongo or Big Al work on the Caprice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmang View Post
    Would the light weight tuners on the later Bongo or Big Al work on the Caprice?
    I'm not sure. I didn't know there were musicman basses that used light weight tuners. But now that I've started to modify it I can't help but wonder if the mute Bridge from the Sterling classic would work? :-) that's the only thing the Caprice is missing is that awesome mute bridge :-)

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