New kid on the block, whats the axe I got?

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whitewater
Member
Posted 2 years ago
Hi folks,
been reading here for some time, now I joined. Since I saw Frank with his strata (and the touch), I always wanted one of these cool basses, but thats been last millenium, and I paused music for some decades. But now I found one on ebay and was lucky to win and to meet a straight seller. So last week, a parcel arrived with this:
[img]https://www.bassic.de/attachment...681/[/img]
Yeah, I know, it's for sure no strata, no neck through and no fancy wooden facing, but sounds awsome like that clear hard tone I recall from the 80ies (I've got other stuff for the "warm, lively tones") and is in pretty good condition for the essentials (fretwear, fretboard, preamp, pickups) for it's age. I'm sure, thats some character that's worth developing a serious relation to;) Besides a Squire Jazz, I got for a secondary residence and is likely to quit, now I got quit of this residence, this is the first bass I procured within 35 years, and the only not made by myself. But what is it? I'm keen to learn more.
Despite browsing statii ressources up and down I'm not sure what model I'm looking at.
Its said to be repainted black, with a fairly good job, maybe the station-loo-tile colour I see in the electronics compartment is the original colour. Neck is bolt on, old style, no truss rod, J-Style hyperactives and the circuit pretty early model. Layout could suit an Energy, a series 3000 or series 5000, but I'm wondering what the body is made of. Definitly does not really looks like wood, could be moulded plastic. Oh yeah, the scale stops at 4.8kg, what should be some 10,6 lbs.
So if you have any idea, what I'm dealing with or details, I should look for, pls. let me know.
[img]https://www.bassic.de/attachment...683/[/img]
Whereas the pics only show as links, you may also view the german crosspost here:
https://www.bassic.de/threads/i-got-status-was-hab-ich-da-eigentlich-energy-series-3000-series-5000.14879148/
Edited by whitewater on 11-03-2020 21:30, 2 years ago
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whitewater
Member
Posted 2 years ago
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JeroenJeroen
Junior Member
Posted 2 years ago
This forum is pretty much inactive, save for a few members. There's a lot of activity on the Statii Facebook page though. You might have better luck there!
Lefty

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whitewater
Member
Posted 2 years ago
Thanks for the hint. I refused to join Facebook for good reason though, on many occasion where IT mighthave been helpful, soI won't join now either. I can wait until someone drops in;)
Garbo28Garbo28
Junior Member
Posted 2 years ago

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whitewater wrote:
Layout could suit an Energy, a series 3000 or series 5000, but I'm wondering what the body is made of. Definitly does not really looks like wood, could be moulded plastic. Oh yeah, the scale stops at 4.8kg, what should be some 10,6 lbs.


From your photos The Pre-amp is Pre Set 1. According to the Status website, this was fitted to the Energy, Matrix, 3000, 4000 and 5000. However as you have said the body does not feel like wood, you have definitely got an S4000. The body is resin. I used to have one myself, lovely bass, if not a bit heavy.

Enjoy :)
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whitewater
Member
Posted 2 years ago
Hi @Garbo28 that seems to make sense. Could you tell me, why definitly an S4000, not S5000? Did not manage to find out the difference between these two.
As said, I'm sure, I'll go a long way with that thing, for its ugly (especially compared to it's wood-porn siblings), it's weird and it feels one of a kind. And of course, the sound is like back to the future when living in the 80ies :D
Garbo28Garbo28
Junior Member
Posted 2 years ago

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whitewater wrote:
Hi @Garbo28 that seems to make sense. Could you tell me, why definitly an S4000, not S5000? Did not manage to find out the difference between these two.
As said, I'm sure, I'll go a long way with that thing, for its ugly (especially compared to it's wood-porn siblings), it's weird and it feels one of a kind. And of course, the sound is like back to the future when living in the 80ies :D


I maybe wrong (and often am) but I believe the S5000 was a 5 string model, whereas the S4000 was a 4 string (which from your photos it seems to be). They do have a great sound, you are right in saying very 80's, however I used mine with a variety of pedals and amps and managed to play all sorts of material with it. It is a pity I never recorded with it, but my KB has always been the preference in that situation.
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whitewater
Member
Posted 2 years ago
Sounds right. Thanks, I'll regard my black one as an S4000 henceforth ;)
Garbo28Garbo28
Junior Member
Posted 2 years ago

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whitewater wrote:
Sounds right. Thanks, I'll regard my black one as an S4000 henceforth ;)


Enjoy :)
stenobassstenobass
Veteran Member
Posted 1 year ago
"Since I saw Frank with his strata (and the touch),...."

Hi whitewater, I remember seeing Frank Itt with the Touch live in 1984 in Hannover with him playing his Strata. I taped a radio broadcast of the gig. Let me know via PM if you want to have the mp3 files as I converted it to CD.

Cheers,
Stefano
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