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Title: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 14, 2010, 09:34:24 PM
I have played bass since 1969 Owned all sorts of bass's just wondering if any of you also play bass.Right now I've only got one bass left and I still gig on it.Guild Starfire with a replaced pickup.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: fongie on March 14, 2010, 09:49:29 PM
UnclRob, I love to play bass, I was told it is very easy to learn, is that true? Are there any tips you have for beginners?


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ronmac on March 14, 2010, 11:13:04 PM
I love to play bass. There's nothing like setting the groove behind a good bunch of players that know how to skate around the pocket.

My 4 string fretted

(http://ronmacnutt.com/Instruments/Lado604/images/lado604body.jpg)

and the 6 string fretless

(http://ronmacnutt.com/Instruments/Brice/images/bricebody.jpg)


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Dale_I on March 14, 2010, 11:14:50 PM
I play bass. Actually performed on bass before guitar, but learned guitar first. After my first public band disintegrated, I switched back to guitar primarily because is was difficult to serenade a pretty girl at the beach with a bass. However, owned my Fender P-Bass up to last year when I sold her. After paying less than $500 back in the 70's, I was pleased to get over $2K since it was "collectable".

I went without a bass for a year, but just last week picked up a 1988 Carvin LB75. I'm sending it over to Carvin next week to replace some faulty electronics, new strings, and a proper set up.

Just to mention, Carvins customer service is top notch. Talked with a tech that actually knew something and to do the aforementioned work is only about $150 and some shipping. The only electronics they are not replacing are the pick ups. After telling him the volume and balance pots are scratchy, the end jack made noise, and the bass boost didn't seem to be working, he said he would try to clean the pots and replace the jack. But, he could replace the entire board for $109 so it may just be worth doing it.

Anyway, heres a couple pics. Maple through body neck, Koa wings, ebony fretboard, stacked humbucker pick ups, and Hipshot bridge.

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Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Corky on March 14, 2010, 11:23:45 PM
me.  Here is the Larrivee branch of the family:

(http://hphotos-snc1.fbcdn.net/hs163.snc1/6091_101770366503531_100000117047695_48223_2944352_n.jpg)
 
The five string fretless acoustic was designed as an E-A-D-G-C deal.  From 1989.  Mike Manring has one like it - only other one I know of.  Rosewood/ Sitka.  Kind of a B-09 custom in today's  terms.  Used to also have five and six (fretless) electric Larrivees. I would give almost anything to find that 6er - fretless in a deep blue with gold hardware, active electronics. Amazingly beautiful.  if    anyone ever sees it pm me.  Sold it in a time of fiscal crisis.   :crying:



I have had everything else through the years from a Stick (10) to uprights to MM, to Rics to Fenders, to you name it.  These are the guys on the wall in my office.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 15, 2010, 02:43:24 AM
fongie I'm working with a new bass player in one of the electric bands I'm playing with.Though he has played for few years mostley he's been told what to play and I want someone to put themself into the music.Best place to to work from the root note until you get the feel then add a 4th or a 5th for a more rythmatic feel.There are tone's of instructional tapes out there.I like the one's from homesuntapes.My style come's mainly from Jack Cassidy and Felix Papalardy{I'm sure this is spelt wrong,he was the bass player for Mountian and the enginneer fot the Cream recordings.He's the guy that talk Clapton into playing thru a Lesilie speaker on Badge}.I play chords and finger style.

Corky the only 5 string bass I ever had was a Guild Pilot with that high C tuning great for soloing.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: rockstar_not on March 15, 2010, 04:42:11 AM
I almost feel guilty posting this here, but my bass is a $119 SX Custom P-Bass copy.  I bought it because I was tired of my keyboard-based bass lines that just never had the right sound.  This thing does a pretty bang-up job for this pick-using bass player.  The back of the neck is a nice and pretty figured maple.

(http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/228/sxbassnecknq9.th.jpg) (http://img407.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sxbassnecknq9.jpg)



Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Cybercanyon on March 15, 2010, 05:20:26 AM
I would love to learn how to play bass someday.  I have two Larrivee LB-2 electric bass guitars.  I haven't been spending to much time on them because, I have been focusing primarily on my RS-4.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ronmac on March 15, 2010, 11:47:56 AM
Bass playing is somewhat akin to playing any instrument. There are many styles and levels to aspire to. To be very good you need to put in a lot of time.

You can bounce off the root note, like a grass mountain hobo, by picking it up and having at it. If you want to play like Jaco or Victor Wooten it will take some time.

To become a decent bass player you must have a good sense of time. You also must be able to flow with the music, understand how it moves and anticipate where it is going. Since the bass is generally responsible for setting the groove, hesitation stands out and breaks the flow. Timing is more important than the right note.

Another pursuit that will take a life time to master...


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 15, 2010, 12:47:01 PM
Rockstar-not the SX stuff is really not bad stuff.I've done a few setups on them and they always play great.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ducktrapper on March 15, 2010, 03:52:13 PM
I play bass when I record. The thing with bass is that it's as difficult or as easy as you want it to be. You interested in selling either of those Larri basses, Cybercanyon?   


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Cybercanyon on March 15, 2010, 08:38:38 PM
I play bass when I record. The thing with bass is that it's as difficult or as easy as you want it to be. You interested in selling either of those Larri basses, Cybercanyon?   

Not at this time ducktrapper.  You never know though when things can change.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ducktrapper on March 15, 2010, 11:02:28 PM
I'll be around.  :beer


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: fongie on March 15, 2010, 11:28:53 PM
Thanks for that URob and Ron
cheers
fongie


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: obe-wan on March 16, 2010, 12:02:30 AM
I used to play Bass for a little acoustic combo, along with some harmonica, but that little gig has fallen through (band politics :rolleye:). Its a Korean Aria with active PJ pickups. Plays pretty nice and gets a great sound. But seeing Im not using it anymore its for sale along with my bass amp (in Australia) to help fund a ....... P-03!!  :nana_guitar

One good thing about playing bass, when you go back to your guitar playing seems effortless!

(http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp318/obeyoung/MyAriaBass.jpg)

Are you reading this Greg? (Dreamyguitar) Show 'em your basses!  :thumbsup

Cheers, Scott.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ducktrapper on March 16, 2010, 01:07:46 AM
I just have an unpretentious Japanese P-bass. Very close to a Fender but a lot cheaper. It's hiding in this pic somewhere.

(http://thumb7.webshots.net/t/20/20/7/29/89/327772989EfRxQn_th.jpg) (http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/1327772989036382107EfRxQn)  


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: flatlander on March 16, 2010, 10:55:47 AM
I have a bass. I only play it when I'm recording something by myself. Never underestimate the value of a GOOD bass player.  They are rare and make a huge difference.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ducktrapper on March 16, 2010, 11:18:34 AM
I have a bass. I only play it when I'm recording something by myself. Never underestimate the value of a GOOD bass player.  They are rare and make a huge difference.

Amen. I always say, if you want to work as a musician, play the bass. Even very average players get work.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 16, 2010, 12:54:18 PM
Ron are those black strings the tape wound or the black plated one's?Also arethose flatwounds are your 6 string?


The bass player I'm working with now just got a Hofner Ion Bass{Beatle bass made in China}.Really nice bass lite weight and after a setup very low action with a good bottom bass tone.He also picked up a GK made in China bass amp with 2x10's and a horn,500 watts and it weighs nothing even I can pick it up with one bad arm.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: ronmac on March 16, 2010, 01:09:28 PM
Ron are those black strings the tape wound or the black plated one's?Also arethose flatwounds are your 6 string?

Hi Rob,

The strings on the Lado are Fender tape wound. I find that they provide most of the definition of regular strings with a much smoother feel and less finger noise.

The 6 string is loaded with flat wounds. I am looking for new strings and it is proving difficult. It is an extra long scale with body through anchor. D'Addario and LaBella are too short. 


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 16, 2010, 03:20:32 PM
Ron check out the Dean Markly they may have what you need.Also an old trick that I've used is to pull the strings thru a cloth with a drop of 3in1 oil,this will clean them and add some life.I've been thinking of putting a set of the tapewound's on my Guild.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: NotRevGDavis on March 16, 2010, 10:06:17 PM
Started on a Cello in elementary school played Bass in a post punk band in the 1980's did a few gigs with an electric blues band after. Bought a '73 Fender(CBS) Jazz natural in '81 from a pawn shop for $200.00 still my main Bass  I have a '84 Ibanez Roadstar P-Bass that I rarely see- I lend it to people who are interested in learning.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: dgrose on March 17, 2010, 03:10:14 PM
I have played bass since 1969 Owned all sorts of bass's just wondering if any of you also play bass.Right now I've only got one bass left and I still gig on it.Guild Starfire with a replaced pickup.
I've owned and played a number of basses over the years, whenever I needed one to play in a band. In each case I sold the instrument when I no longer needed it.
My first was in 1967, a MIJ Canora copy of a Beatle bass. These days I have a Spector 5-string and an Ibanez 5-string fretless.
(http://21guitars.com/documents/spector_ezg_1.jpg)  (http://21guitars.com/documents/ibanez.jpg)
I love playing bass because it's so conceptually different from how I approach the guitar.

dg



Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: Mikeymac on March 18, 2010, 10:17:31 PM
I have a bass. I only play it when I'm recording something by myself. Never underestimate the value of a GOOD bass player.  They are rare and make a huge difference.

Amen to that. I have a couple basses, but that is the reason I tell people I play AT the bass...

...but it's a lot of fun, as someone said:
I love playing bass because it's so conceptually different from how I approach the guitar.

My basses are (both lefty) a MIK Peavey with a single active pickup, and a Rogue copy of Paul's Hofner (very nice; built before they switched to a different builder and went cheap).



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Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: tribus on June 16, 2012, 03:46:52 PM
I enjoy playing bass enough to record an entire cd featuring this instrument. Not bad for a one man band.          Carlos Soto.    Tribal Behavior.


Title: Re: How many bass players here!!!
Post by: CZERO9RW on June 18, 2012, 09:39:39 PM
Bass was my primary instrument when I played for a living. It was definitely the easiest instrument for finding a gig.

Every time I've tried to remember how many I've owned I usually land some where between 60-70 (memory dependent random number!  :wacko: )

Here are pics of a few that are still in the stable:

My custom Keith Roscoe 6-stringers (fretted/fretless);

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/BASS1-1093-2.jpg?t=1243368505)

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/BASS2-1085-2.jpg?t=1243368506)

and my current workhorse, a 2006 Lakland Daryl Jones 5-string Jazz;

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Gig2.jpg?t=1242403672)




I ceased hauling my uprights around years ago, thanks to Steve Azola and his awesome EUB's

This was my first one;

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/SCftA2.jpg?t=1298095993)

...and last, but not least, my Azola 5-string floating top EUB;

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/GIG5-1.jpg)