1. On Arrival I photograph
every detail. It
comes in useful later!
It looks worse
in real life than in the pics but it has amazing tone.
I am looking for a Bass that can sound like a full size
Double Bass ..... something jazzy! This one is halfway
there already and definitely worth a full restoration.
The pickups may be the secret. They are low impedance single coils by Schaller like the Melody Maker
pickups Gibson used on the EB 300 and 400.
May also be the
positioning of the pickups - one at the neck,
one in the middle position. Yep,
cellulose just won't stay on the edges of the oily Rosewood
fingerboard. I'll have to think about a solution
to this. I only know of one other 190 and
it's just the same.
fascia is in nice condition.
Neck joint is unusual
The body is Beech,
faced with 3-ply laminate with a very nice flame Maple
veneer on top! The back is the same. Pity it's
finished in such an unattractive colour - more
Walnut than Mahogany.
Sculptured sides reveal
2. Stripped and Recorded.
It's all there
.... at least I have all the bits.
Better than a
My library of high res
pics will let me get in close on all the details!
Three are fine
but one needs repair. They are impossible to
find and Schaller do not have old stock. I
am hunting for NOS parts.
ready to start. I never did
like the shape of Gibson's SG. Is this my
chance to get it right?