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  1. 4 points
    I think there's a difference between playing covers for an audience who mostly wants to sing along, dance and have fun, say at a private party or in a pub, and recording cover versions for an audience who is more interested in the music, such as fans of a band buying their CDs or going to their shows. I'd say the former should try and sound as much like the original as is feasible, depending on the number of musicians available, while the latter should offer their own take on the song. There are, obviously, limits to how much you can make a song your own without ruining it...
  2. 4 points
    I think the only issue I take with this is that ears don’t actually recover from damage caused by excessive noise. The effects of damage such as tinnitus and loss of balance etc are caused by the brain misinterpreting the signals it is receiving verses what it should do. I suspect caffeine inhibits the brain getting used to these new signals rather than caffeine being an inhibitor to any sort of physical recovery. Whilst we’re on the subject of damage, a key point that so many active musicians don’t realise is that ringing ears after a gig etc is an indication of actual damage. When the ears stop ringing, that’s not recovery. The damage is still there. Next time post-gig ringing happens it is more damage on top of the last. It’s cumulative. Until one day, after thinking you’ve been lucky all this time, the ringing doesn’t stop. The white noise begins and your brain can even have a hard time dealing with this indefatigable mental noise. Some people struggle with depression caused/exacerbated by the effects and there is even news of a lad who was so traumatised by tinnitus he took his life.
  3. 3 points
    Personally I love Kirsty McColl's version of A New England!
  4. 3 points
    Punter: Thats not how it goes Me: Its how it goes when I play it
  5. 2 points
    I purchased an Ibanez SR500 today. I recently sold an SRC6 and within a week was really regretting it, so I got another. As much as I enjoy the SRC6 I don’t use it when writing. Mostly I use my Rob Allen Mouse when writing but lately I’ve been missing a bright 4 string fretted electric bass for writing. I recently purchased a Squier Jaguar but for some reason I just didn’t get on with it but I really dig these SR Ibanez-es-ez’s Anyway here it is... Here it is with the SRC6... Sod it, here’s the team...
  6. 2 points
    This is a truly superb example of a P bass. Great build quality and weighing in at a very shoulder friendly 8lb 12oz. All original and everything functions perfectly. The finish is lovely, just a few dings and the paint job is still vivid. Pickguard is not buckled, just the very common crack adjacent to the output socket and plenty of pick marks . Nut measures 42mm. Frets are all good and the trussrod works as it should. Neck pocket is nice and tight. Pot codes dated 38th week of 1974. Neck end stamp. 0103-1255. Which is: P bass. Fretted maple. 12th week. Friday. 1975. The case, which I believe has always been with this bass, is an older and rarer one, issued between 1967-71. The condition is exceptionally good and the catches all function properly. It also comes with Fender hang tag and the original owner’s manual. This is one of the best seventies Fender basses that I’ve owned and I’m not really sure about selling it. I might well decide to sell a few others and keep this one to gig with. Anyway, it’s up for sale at the moment. I would much prefer collection from my place in Herts. If this isn’t possible I will be happy to post but only with a courier of my choice and with proper insurance. Let me know and I will get a quote. For sale at £2,450. I’m not looking for trades at the moment and offers by pm only, thanks. Cash or bank transfer.
  7. 2 points
    Selling a Cali76 CB in great condition with just a few marks on the sides, Perfect working order. Blurb Here's What Origin Effects Say About The Cali76 Bass The Cali76 Compact Bass is an 1176-style studio-grade FET compressor, complete with dedicated controls for parallel compression and side-chain filtering. We’ve taken everything that was great about the original Cali76, added new features optimised for bass and compressed the whole lot down into a pedalboard-friendly package! In addition to this pedal’s low-noise circuitry and fast, musical FET response, two special features lift the Cali76 Compact Bass above the competition. The first is the Dry Blend control, which lets you mix your dry signal back in with your compressed signal for true parallel compression, an indispensable studio recording technique. By combining the compressed and dry signals, you get all of the tone thickening and increased sensitivity of the Cali76’s 1176-style compression, while retaining the natural attack and dynamic expression in your playing. It’s the ultimate in transparent compression – both fat and punchy at the same time. This pedal’s second secret weapon is also culled from the studio engineer’s handbook. The Cali76 Compact Bass allows you to rein in the amount of compression applied to the lowest frequencies via a variable-frequency high-pass filter placed in the compressor’s side-chain. With the HPF control dialed in, the compression ratio effectively becomes frequency dependent. The low strings come back to life, adopting an extra weightiness, power and dynamic response, while the higher strings are strictly controlled, preventing slapped and popped notes from leaping out of the mix. This unique bass compressor is like having your own studio engineer sat on your pedalboard! Specifications 100% Class-A discrete signal path Classic, ultra fast “FET” response Studio-grade discrete-transistor preamp Combined Attack/Release control Dedicated Ratio control Dry Blend control for parallel compression Variable-frequency sidechain filter (HPF) control Rugged jewel-lamp gain reduction metering Optimised for bass but can process any source High-current, low-noise electronics Ultra-wide frequency response Ultra-high input impedance Silent switching High-quality “signal-conditioning” bypass mode Premium components throughout Advanced power supply filtering and protection Flexible external power requirements (9-18V DC) PSU Spec. 78mA @ 9V / 103mA @ 18V Designed and built in England Price includes UK shipping.
  8. 2 points
    +1 While i really enjoy watching guys on you tube playing those Gregg Phillinganes/Bernie Worrall/Stevie Wonder lines on Moog Little Phatties etc i really wouldnt want the hassle of bringing keys and possibly extra amplification to a gig! And im really rubbish on the keys. I love getting close to those sounds on the bass with pedals. I treat them like mixing herbs and spices to create sounds of my own 😁 I did borrow my friends Deep Impact and wasnt blown away! Especially considering the price. I dont even know why they are so expensive when the Future Impact can get those sounds and more for a lot less money. Im deffo gassing for the FI though! Id love to try the octavious squeezer as well 😁
  9. 2 points
    Particularly good if a band has brass in it. They like to play in Eb and Bb so it’s nice to have a low root note.
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  11. 2 points
    Tui. It probably wouldn't offend me quite so much if they didn't have the advert playing on a loop while you take the little shuttle train from one side of Gatwick to the other, but being forced to listen to that crappy fey cover of Chaka Khan multiple times is a new and subtle form of torture.
  12. 2 points
    The Mono bag was nice but I prefer the design of the Protec Contego! A sticky is a great idea! -- Why not ask Scott if you can post his video as a sticky for anyone that has gear nicked? Regards Eddie
  13. 2 points
    I did arrive as a bit of a stressed out wreck. 😛 Gig was actually pretty decent in the end though!
  14. 1 point
    Hey everyone, I've been away for a while - far too long! I had some health issues so had to take a break from the community. Anyway, I'm back, and I have a question: how many people find the effects loops on their amps useful, and what do they use them for? In guitar world, the preamp gain stage comes before the loop, allowing for time based effects like reverb and phase to be added after overdrive. Guitarists often put their fuzz and distortion pedals on the input of the amp, to really push the preamp tube overdrive, and time based effects in the loop. But bass amps rarely have high gain preamps. I'm trying to figure out if effects loops are really useful or desirable on an amp - specifically, a valve amp, where they are quite fiddly. Cheers!
  15. 1 point
    Will consider trades for a nice 4 or 5 string bass. Beautiful bass in great condition. Nice and light and extremely easy to play. Collection preferred but will post if needed. Will include padded gig bag. From Bass Musician's review: 'The Ibanez SR 756 6-string Bass is one of very few 6-strings that I have seen in a P/J pickup configuration. This is one of the main features of this bass as it gives you the best of both worlds. The natural flat finish over the maple body with the bubinga top and 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck is very appealing to the eyes, not to mention the great tone that these combined woods produce. The SR 756 is very comfortable to play, even for smaller hands, due to the very thin neck. The 24-fret fingerboard is rosewood with medium frets, complete with abalone oval inlays and double inlays to mark the 12th and 24th frets. I noticed recently that Ibanez has started using Nordstrand pickups in their basses, which really seem to highlight and bring out the true tone from the combination of the woods used for the SR 756. Both of the Nordstrand pickups are passive. The neck pickup is the Nordstrand CND P and the bridge pickup is the Nordstrand CND J Pickup. The EQ is 3-band Ibanez Custom. Controls are Volume, Balance, Bass, Mid, and Treble. As this is a true active/passive bass, the treble control is also used as a passive tone control the 3 band EQ is not engaged; there is an EQ bypass switch to engage and disengage the EQ. The 3-band EQ is powered by a 9-volt battery that is easily replaced with the clip style battery compartment. The bridge is the accu-cast B306 bridge with 16.5 mm string spacing, which allows ample room for both finger and slap style playing. All of the hardware is of a black matte finish. The Ibanez SR 756 6-string bass is a very comfortable bass to play and can be used for the many genres of music that we hear today. It performs equally well both live and in the studio and is definitely worth checking into!'
  16. 1 point
    Shukers are wonderful basses. Worked on @Chris Sharman 's a little bit and it was so, so good.
  17. 1 point
    I'm 60 in October and my band have 130 gigs in the book this year. There's no such thing as too old, unless you are physically incapable of playing.
  18. 1 point
    I have had similar days. Should have posted on here though - I am near there and have many spares! I have forgotten a few things on a gig, but never the bass, or the spare.
  19. 1 point
    'base guitar' is another search I often do.
  20. 1 point
    That is gorgeous. Congratulations 🙂 I have D'Addario chrome flats on my electric fretless - I'm after a sort of light silver shimmer/slide sound, and they give me that. If you want more of a deeper DB / jazz sound, then tape-wounds. I have the same chrome flats on my acoustic fretless, but I'm thinking of changing them for tape-wounds to have more types of sound to play with.
  21. 1 point
    Good evening, Tony, and ... Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share.
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  24. 1 point
    I read somewhere they are the loudest acoustic you can get. Congrats!
  25. 1 point
    Aaah, so you bought it...jealous doesn't cover it. I also acquired a Fretless today - a Spectorcore Fretless 4 - came with flatwound strings - man they're weird...even compared to the tapewounds I've been using. I'm off to YT to see what ideas I can steal borrow....
  26. 1 point
    Cor. That looks cracking!
  27. 1 point
    Have you any datums to support that assertion? Coitum volantum non dono.
  28. 1 point
    or somewhere to hide his contraband...
  29. 1 point
    I built another Thunderbird today
  30. 1 point
    Today I worked on the other two fretboards, I'm using 8mm mother of pearl dots, this believe it or not is the very first time I have used them, how simple are they!! Drill and fit, sand and job done. I cut the boards to size and started to think about binding them, I bought a couple of rolls of plastic binding for them but decided to use Sycamore (very like Maple) instead, so I did and very nice it looks too. They've had a coat of Lemon oil and they'll get a couple more over the next few days. I also cleaned up the neck blanks, I think Cherry was a good choice, more subtle than the Gibson laminates
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  32. 1 point
    Didn't realise you could still get Cascamite. My old man used to build canoes with it, 50 years ago. Certainly is watertight!
  33. 1 point
    See, thats the thing - I don't see why covers bands have to stick to the original closely. We used to play a couple of covers of covers - I guess they weren't that close to either the original or the cover that most people knew (eg Hush - Kula Shaker version but without a keyboard was probably better than the Kula vesrion simply becasue Crispin Mills wasn't in the band ).
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    I have run a QSC KW12 as a powered cab and it was very impressive indeed.
  36. 1 point
    I had one of these almost 30 years ago. I remember it quite fondly.
  37. 1 point
    I 2nd the backstory bump 😂😂😂 made me laugh a lot. Sounds like something I’d do! GLWTS
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Still available. Great price for a great bass.
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    I found an OC2 isn't a bad sound for this track
  42. 1 point
    If somebody was looking for an argument they've plecked the right topic.
  43. 1 point
    Picking is a way of life, plecking? No, I don't think so 😁
  44. 1 point
    Or it's plectrum, or pick, or flatpick ... you can call it what you like. 'Hey Charlie, I've forgotten mine, can I borrow a pick?' 'Sorry I've only got plectrums.' 'You're a tosser ... just lend me one of your plectra.'
  45. 1 point
    There are 3 sides to SBL - 1. The Social Media (youtube), 2. The Campus (bass forum). 3. The Courses (academy). 1. Scott's social media has become really atrocious, really horrible clickbait stuff and as has been said, often doesn't even reveal what the answer to the click bait title is. Avoid unless you can win something. I don't know if there is some formula out there that makes it compulsory to treat the entire public like tools, but the majority do it so it must work. To my mind youtube really undersells the academy, the academy really is the opposite of the latter day youtube material. 2. The campus (bass forum). Yes, there are fan boys in there but in the main it works for what it is for - helping each other learn - not so much chat about the minutia of bass gear etc - that's what basschat is great for. There are women, men, teenagers, children, all nationalities, all religions, many different first languages (but English is mostly used) so yes politeness and staying on topic are the order of the day. 3. The Courses! This is what you actually pay for! I'm constantly amazed at how many people pay good money and then only ever do numbers 1 and 2 above, its odd! Then again an equal number join and then just get into the courses not wasting time on the clickbait or the forum - probably the best way to go if you can be that disciplined, I can't and I find the forum does help to keep me moving. The courses I've done so far have been extremely high quality and useful and not at all like the youtube stuff. In my first year there I had a bit of time (30 min a day approx) to do some practice and I found I made a lot of technique and theory gains in that first year. Since then I just haven't had the time to apply myself properly but I'm happy to know I can get straight back onto the courses when time and inclination allow. If you are doing a free trial, make sure you start it when you have enough time to really dig into the courses and get a good feel for all the different instructors and the courses in the pipeline. Avoid getting lost in the free content and forum in the first days - I didn't post anything in the forum there until 2 months after I joined.
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  47. 1 point
    Yes, just buy that Genx 212.
  48. 1 point
    The description says Barefaced Big Twin II to me. Not cheap but if I had to describe one Transparent, featherweight, 4ohm, vertically aligned would be pretty much exactly how I`d do so.
  49. 1 point
    That is awful, although he is lucky that as he is well known likely Moollon will send him a new one as their advertising opportunity is now also gone. Same happened with Bryan Beller. Still, doesn’t negate the fact that thieves are the scum of the earth. Stealing is just so low.
  50. 0 points
    And it's a scratchplate not a pickguard. I'll accept plecguard though.
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