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The heavenly blue Sequel VI

 
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boog3ee



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:27 am    Post subject: The heavenly blue Sequel VI Reply with quote

[img]http://www.luthiersaccessgroup.com/images/builder/drozd/JDSVIBB/DSCN3607.jpg[/img]
{[i]I hope my friend Dan Lenard from www.luthiersaccessgroup.com doesnt mind that im using photos of the bass from his website as i havent had the time to take any good photos of it yet[/i]!}

I am a new owner of a Jerzy Drozd bass, so I think I need some more time with it to formulate a fully informed opinion, therefore what I will give here is more like an impression than an opinion.
I have recently acquired a striking blue Jerzy Drozd Sequel VI, and I am still to find a mentionable flaw in it other than the fact that I’m playing 10 times more than I used to and discovering how incredibly out of shape I am!
Here are some specs:

- Body is the standard Etimoe, with a very tightly Flamed Maple top.
- Matching headstock and fretboard inlay, I love watching the first reaction of people when they see it!
- 35" scale neck, Maple with Wenge runners.
- The pickups are Jerzy's split singles, with a rear biased placement.
- And the preamp is Aguilar's OBP-3 ( 3 band )

First thing that struck me when I first played it was the response: at last my brain gave orders to my fingers to move in a certain way, and the sound that came out was the sound I was expecting to come out and then some! I have been a six string player for about 6 years now and none of the basses I played before even close to being as responsive and smooth to play.
Then I was struck by the sustain, the notes stay loud and clear for ever and ever! and on the other hand, the great response and perfect action allows for extremely well controlled and clear staccato notes when needed.

[img]http://www.luthiersaccessgroup.com/images/builder/drozd/JDSVIBB/DSCN3608.jpg[/img]

The Sequel is a unique bass indeed, especially with the pick up placement and the semi hollow body, coupled with very low action the combination became something made in heaven; while low action takes away from dynamics by forcing the player to play gently the very fast attack compensates for that and I don’t need to pluck my fingers off to get pretty thunderous rings during a solo!
That said, another thing that amazes me in this bass is that no matter how high I go on the C string it still has the deep sound a bass should have and not the shrieking of my old Ibanez that used to sometimes sound like a witch caught on fire!
What else can I say, the bass is unmatched in beauty and design, I have to confess that before I received it I was slightly worried that it would look a bit tacky with the bright blue paint job and the carvings and inlay, I couldn’t have been further from the truth; it’s the most elegant bass I have ever seen, sleek and extremely taste full, the blue is deep and simply breath taking, and a perfect finish! (bit too perfect with the back cover that refused to open till I got some advice from Jerzy on how to handle it!)

[img]http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs044.snc1/4408_104543050476_513470476_2699275_2428153_n.jpg[/img]

{[i]I guess the face im making should say it all![/i] Very Happy }
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DrCarver



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beautiful bass. There is something truly magical about Jerzy's 6-string basses isn't there?
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Trevor



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 6:43 am    Post subject: Miniswitch Reply with quote

Very incredible jaw-dropping bass! When i saw it the first time at Dan's website, i totally felt in love with it!
But i was wondering what are the functions of the 3 miniswitches equipped on your bass. I have a Basic 4 strings, with two miniswitch for Active/passive and the other for Mid-Freq response. But the other one?
Thanks prior for your answer....

Twisted Evil Trevor Twisted Evil
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boog3ee



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrCarver: i would say there is something magical about all Jerzy's basses, but yes, the 6 strings are especially gorgeous! I am a full time musician which means i am not really rich, but its taking a serious effort on my part to fight the temptation and at least postpone buying through Dan or ordering another 5 strings fretless! from what i see you werent very successful at that! Wink

Trevor: The switches are active/passive and mid frequency boost like yours, and one more that toggles between the pick ups or activates both at the same time! P.S. I really love you 4 string basic!
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Trevor



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="boog3ee"]Trevor: The switches are active/passive and mid frequency boost like yours, and one more that toggles between the pick ups or activates both at the same time! P.S. I really love you 4 string basic![/quote]

Thanks for delucidations!

[quote="boog3ee"]P.S. I really love you 4 string basic![/quote]

And i love yours too! We must meet each other and do some bass porn Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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DrCarver



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="boog3ee"]DrCarver: i would say there is something magical about all Jerzy's basses, but yes, the 6 strings are especially gorgeous! I am a full time musician which means i am not really rich, but its taking a serious effort on my part to fight the temptation and at least postpone buying through Dan or ordering another 5 strings fretless! from what i see you werent very successful at that! Wink[/quote]

Ha! Yeah, I have a weakness for all things bass. Very Happy
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lukegte



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is sublime. i don't think i've seen a better looking bass guitar. maybe the atlansia victoria... it's pretty close anyway

i've been saving money to go travelling but i'm seriously considering postponing my trip and buying one of these works of art
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basstorius



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First of all, forgive my horrible english.

I saw all testimonials and I'm very happy to see this amazing basses.

But, can you add some audio links to hear the basses?

Thank you.

P.D.: The owner of the sequel VI seems like carlos santana, Very Happy
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boog3ee



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all!
Just thought i would share something that was recorded with my JD Sequel VI, this is off my upcoming album so its sort of a sneak preview, the piece is called Senses and both the bassline and the lead parts were recorded using the Sequel. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!
you can find it here:
https://download.yousendit.com/Y1RxYnUzcVgyWGRFQlE9PQ

P.S. the file will be available for download for only one week! couldnt figure out a better way of doing this and i didnt want to post it on myspace just yet.
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basstorius



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This song is a great present for our ears.

Very good song, I love it.

And I'm very very very surprise for the sound of the bass.

This bass with this pick-up configuration gives an incredible sound. I've thinkin that the sound would be similar with the music man, but I was wrong. The bass gives a warm sound, I don't understand but the sound is amazing.

Amazing sound and amazing bass player.

Do you recomend me this bass to play blues?

Thank you very much.
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boog3ee



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="basstorius"]This song is a great present for our ears.

Very good song, I love it.

And I'm very very very surprise for the sound of the bass.

This bass with this pick-up configuration gives an incredible sound. I've thinkin that the sound would be similar with the music man, but I was wrong. The bass gives a warm sound, I don't understand but the sound is amazing.

Amazing sound and amazing bass player.

Do you recomend me this bass to play blues?

Thank you very much.[/quote]

Thank you very much man and im glad you like the music!
Actually one of the things i love about this bass is the huge range of sounds and feels you can get out of it, it can be agressive and with a lot of attack and it can be very warm, depends on how you play it and the fact thats its semi hollow, not to mention the huge range of EQ that comes with the built in pre amp, that said though, i still need to cut the high end a bit more than my other basses on the amp when i use it, but thats not much of a problem!
I do recommend it for blues, as long as you also know that it will always sound warm if you want it to, but slightly unconventional, which is something i like presonally!
Yacoub
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Trevor



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="boog3ee"]it will always sound warm if you want it to, but slightly unconventional, which is something i like presonally![/quote]

You got it, that's exactly what i tought when i've tryied a JD bass! The one i own it's not like a Sequel, but the two single-coil pickups has their own sound. If you're searching for a precise tone always charged of personality, Jerzy Drozd basses are the choice... Cool Cool Cool

For the song, wow that's pretty cool and a little bit "soul". If i composed it, i would have included some notes from a female singer, so warm and deep...Like "In high places" from Mike Oldfield, one of my favourite songs above all.
However, a great track. It tooks me some year before i get to your bass skill level. I've got the heart but not the technics... Very Happy
My compliments for the solo, very emotional.

Twisted Evil Trevor Twisted Evil
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DrCarver



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great tune man! Love it!! Very Happy
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