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  1. 21 points
    After my wife died I gave up music. Then 2 years ago I started playing with some mates from school. Old blokes are us! It was going knowhere so I replied to an ad on joinmyband doing covers. Got the gig. Now 6 rehearsals later we are doing a gig! My first in 30 years! I am 61. So... Just keep trying... My love for bass is rekindled. It has only taken me 50 year's to get the best bass sound I have ever had. Thanks markbass and Cort. And the bass soul food pedal. And thank you to this forum/site for being an inspiration!
  2. 8 points
    Why are you being rude? What an odd reply. Literally an opinion, a point of view - my 2p. The concept of a cheaper (‘kiddy’) Flea bass in itself was acknowledged by Flea when he brought out the “fleabass” range of instruments and further addressed by the introduction of a lower price point Fleabass (street bass). I was just pointing out that Fender may have missed a trick by only having the one price point which would be out of reach for younger/less affluent fans when they’ve done broader attempts to previously... Mike Dirnt has/had a Fender and a Squier model simultaneously BB King had a Gibson and Epiphone version of Lucille (there are plenty more examples) It just broadens their buying audience somewhat and more buyers means more money. Makes more business sense. And having left the guitar/bass retail industry after 12 years in 2015 - I might have an idea of what people buy into. As a point, the cheap fleabass instruments weren’t that great - but we sold 100’s of them because people bought into the Flea name/image. But what would I know, I’m only a child.
  3. 7 points
    @The59Sound do you need to take a break?! How about it, or do you think you can behave like a grown up for a bit? Calm down.
  4. 5 points
    Having been a performing guitarist for the last 20+ years, last Friday I did my first ever gig on Bass Guitar with my new band; a 45 minute support slot. Using my own Ibanez bass into the headline band's Hartke backline. There was no disasters, a few moments of "I can't quite hear myself" when playing some low end notes on the "A" string, and I'm still mixing it up between fingers and plectrum, depending on the speed of the song. It felt "cool".
  5. 2 points
    A Hayman 4040 from around 1973/4 in original blonde/natural finish. Most of you know that these basses were handmade to a very high standard in the UK by the people behind Burns and later Shergold. They are rare instruments especially with the perspex pickup and bridge covers and bridge clip included. This one has had its neck replaced with a Shergold equivalent of the same era as the original’s trussrod was broken. The ‘new’ neck is straight and frets are very good and the trussrod turns as it ought to. I have the original neck which is included in the sale. There are dings and a few lacquer cracks as the bass is at least 40 years old however nothing structural. The bass plays and sounds great. All the electrics work properly and the chrome hardware is in exceptional condition with very little corrosion. The backplate is the earlier engraved/stamped version with ‘patent applied for’ numbers on it. There is no case or bag sorry. SOLD
  6. 2 points
    Very few have the time, ability, patience, money or other resources to start their own band Blue
  7. 2 points
    There is a basic error in your policy.
  8. 2 points
    Here's a bit more sanding with a quick wipe of tinted Danish oil 😀
  9. 1 point
    A rare opportunity to pick up an early example of these groundbreaking basses. Presented in great condition with a few marks in the finish, It is a stunning bass. its a real head turner both in looks and sound. Poplar body, Flame maple top, Graphite neck, Phenolic f/b, Bartolini Dual coil pickups and 2 band eq volume, pan, bass, treble phenolic f/b, Gotoh bridge, and tuners. Weight: 3.8kg/8lb 4oz The serial number is 51193468. I'm not sure how Zon date their basses. I'm guessing its 5/11/93? so I guess it's from 93. I've tried to take more detailed pictures of the marks on the back. There is no damage to the body, just the finish is wrinkled. There is also a faded area on the neck. Neither had an impact on the sound and playability There is a Zon hard case I would recommend coming to try the bass if you can. I really do not want to ship as it will add so much cost. Collection from Birmingham or meet up locally. £1595 with case
  10. 1 point
    Hello BCers, So, I live on the South Coast, I’m 66, and I’m having a real problem sourcing a bass vacancy in a quality well established covers/functions band anywhere in Sussex, Hampshire or Surrey. I’ve been looking for over a year now, and have only chosen to do one audition – this was the only gig on offer I’d come across which had the decent level of playing ability and professionalism I would expect. I didn’t get the gig - I don’t think there were any problems musically, but the rest of the band (and the two other auditionees I saw) were about 25 years younger than me, and maybe who really wants their Dad on stage with them? I’m not expecting to find a Vulfpeck or a Natalie Williams Soul Family, but surely I should have been able to find more than one suitable vacancy worth auditioning for in the last 15 months. Am I looking in the wrong places? I use Bandmix, JMB, Find a Musician, Gumtree and Starnow. Maybe I should use the dreaded Facebook ? – I’ve avoided signing up to this for reasons many will understand – but is this worth selling my soul for now? I’ve been lucky to have found two long term dep gigs over the last 12 months, the second of these finishes after this NYE, so I’m hoping I’m not about to enter a gig desert and still be looking for something in 12 months’ time. Any reasonably polite suggestions welcome, apart from “Why don’t you just pack it in, Grandad?”
  11. 1 point
    Up for sale is my '76 Jazz bass. Unbelievable instrument but it's just not getting the use it deserves and as much as I'd love to keep it and let the value appreciate; I can't afford to! These basses speak for themselves... It's all original but is missing it's bridge and pickup covers. I have fitted Schaller strap locks to the bass but it does come with the original fittings. Also comes with original thumb rest and OHSC (case isn't in great shape). Extra case isn’t included anymore as I need it now. Weight is 4.4kg Will consider trades on Sadowsky 5 and Fender Elite Jazz 5s plus cash Based in Gloucestershire and can ship with insured courier at buyer’s expense.
  12. 1 point
    I might put the pickup cover back on 🤔 Nicer to play without it though.
  13. 1 point
    Oh wait, I think there's more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PloExluC-c&list=PLoUs2PSioBnOr1gYQ7RvlhafSZ-Zb3zNi There's also this list (PRE BassChat update) that I had been maintaining that covers the very first issues that were lost in a Server crash. The reviews may still be out on Google though if you search "Guitar Interactive" and then the name of the item.
  14. 1 point
    Not all my reviews here, but a few examples: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF3285qKMRQac1DgPAJeHcX9Rl57CUILr
  15. 1 point
    You beat me to it as I was busy creating an unusually self-congratulatory Basschat post.
  16. 1 point
    Thanks Andy. I think so too for the strings. But I Don't really like Blacks all the time…. So do I need 10 strings????? 5 Blacks for piezo and 5 roundwounds for magnetic? 🤣 Maybe flatwounds could be a nice alternative?
  17. 1 point
    I'm 65, I don't have time for iffy bands.For most of us deep into our 60s don't have time for iffy anything. Blue
  18. 1 point
    Interesting video. As you say, you need a bity more control over the piezo side. However, when you added the slight amount of piezo volume to the neck pickup only, it added an enhancement to the sound that was quite different to the non-piezo sounds and was quite pleasant. The other thing, in my own experience with piezos on basses (although I've never used the graphtech system for a bass), is that the string type makes a HUGE difference. I had an acoustic that came with round wounds and it had that same ultra-hi fi metallic sound generally and high frequency incidental sounds from everytime you touched the strings - a bit like yours when you demoed with the full piezo volume. I swopped for black nylon tapewounds - and WHAT a difference. It's probably no coincidence that the Gillett Contour basses - which sound absolutely wonderful and combine electric and piezo pickups - also use nylon tapewounds.
  19. 1 point
    Got it from Absolute Music, forgot it was actually £19.99! Shop were great, basically next day delivery I think https://www.absolutemusic.co.uk/ibanez-bws90-bass-workshop-guitar-strap.html
  20. 1 point
    Only the information you put on it can be harvested. So don’t put anything personal on it at all. And don’t let other apps link to it. job done.
  21. 1 point
    Nice to hear an opinion on these, I saw Thundercat with one recently (he probably needs it with the boat anchor he plays) and I thought it looked like a good comfort strap alternative.
  22. 1 point
    I think it has slowed. I listed my US Geddy Lee, a minter, £500 off the going price...and it's still with me. I'll either keep it, or pass it on to a shop to sell for me to widen the net. Either way, I think the slightly bigger ticket items are sticking on here right now.
  23. 1 point
    Rehearsal with bass player patiently explaining to the drummer how the song actually goes. We've all been there😉 Have a great first gig and make sure there are plenty to follow.
  24. 1 point
    If any one is interested in Bacchus WL-433....33" scale as pictured. I dropped down to 'The Guitar Den' run by Joe near Petersfield to check out this one. Very nice bass, well put together. Great wood work, frets, finish, sound, the lot. The tone pot pulls up to boost the neck pup, ( I think it cancels the bridge one). Not Gotoh parts I'm told but still Impressive for a 33" scale and the string tension felt fine. Made in Bacchus's Philippines shop under strict control. I read somewhere that Bacchus basses are all hand made. I should add it was played straight out of the box and did play very well, slightly low action so plenty to play with. Picture shows the same model/colour/maple board.
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    What's the difference between blending and using a X-over? Well, think blend as having two signals in the same frequency band. This means that you get possible phase issues and cancellations because of the same "channel" for two different signals (clean + processed). X-over divides clean and processed to two separate frequency bands = tight bass and effects on top.
  27. 1 point
    I don’t know about your local area, but yes where I am in Glasgow Facebook musicians wanted groups is where are the real action is...
  28. 1 point
    im lucky, as mine is a 20th Aniv model, so i know when it was made. it also has a large sticker inside stating it. Still, i might check that website to see if it confirms this. I love the bass, but its the most uncomfortable bass ive ever played. Not the actual playing of it on the neck, just sitting down or standing with it. i get neck or shoulder ache. I love the neck, although i cant quite get the action i want. I think ill get a fret dressing in the new year. I guess im just not used to non Fender shaped basses. The bridge popped off 30mins in to owning it, but a bit of superglue has worked well and ive not had it come off again. I ordered a new bridge in a state of panic, but i was happy with the old bridge. The new one is more comfortable though, as i play mostly with a pick so tend ot rest my hand on the bridge. I got a nice wide strap, so neck dive isnt a problem, but i do find the edge of the body cuts in to my right forearm after a while. . Overall for me, a flawed bass but the first bass ive owned that im prepared to live with them, as i love the tone so much.
  29. 1 point
    For me moving pictures was probably the best era for Geddy's bass tone, in particular his 72 jazz used on Tom Sawyer....I do have a slightly biased opinion as i think Moving Pictures in it's day was in terms of production, song writing and musicianship a perfect illustration and showcase of the bands evolution and the end of that creative phase...Still holds up today, subjective i know but as close to a perfect recording as could be.
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  32. 1 point
    Given you were able to stand "on the shoulders of giants", what did you do in the next decade from age 12? It's going to be amazing isn't it? Did you also learn Smoke on the Water?
  33. 1 point
    Jeez, Tony going straight in old skool and wired. What is happening to the world?
  34. 1 point
    It would be fine for a lot of my work - small jazz gigs and functions where I’m hired to be background. If they have to listen..I’m too loud, and not doing my job 😳. It’s a game of stealth, so a tiny amp that weighs nothing fits the bill, and pays the bills..
  35. 1 point
    I absolutely agree. I don't think there's anything particularly special about this new bass that precludes Fender from popping out a more affordable version, bar perhaps the Aguilar preamp. Fender's own pickup, hi mass bridge, fender branded tuners, this kind of kit appears on other Fender basses at a 3rd of the price. As you've said, I expect the real market for this kind of bass will be with fans of Flea and the Chillis. Your average bass player with £1500 to spend on an instrument is far less likely to buy a signature bass, plus you could buy a REAL Stingray for the same money, arguably the bass that Flea will forever be associated with, rather than this sideways "tribute". Just my 2p too... Eude
  36. 1 point
    I've just been having a good long chat with Guy at future publishing. No need for any more speculation, all plans for 2019 will be announced in formal press releases to basschat and the wider public hopefully later today. From what I've heard, with an eye both inside and outside the business,, if they can get this right it will be a great development for both manufacturers and us consumers... Fingers crossed!
  37. 1 point
    I'm knocked out that my band (Lutz) have had our album listed on a couple of these top ten releases of 2018 things; I'm assuming this came out of the New Music Saturday podcast and a few people have just picked up on it. At the very least, it affords me a little smile after what has been a fairly traumatic year in which I lost my father-in-law, my mother and my job. [Edit: I also emerged from the wreckage of losing my band, the band I formed eight years ago, to a bunch of fairly unpleasant interlopers.] 2019 has got to be better, eh?
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  39. 1 point
    @TrevorR That is a so deep review! Thank you so much! You said almost everything. I will answer with some points that might need some light; - I kinda like the reversed machine heads. I do not say it is justified. - the Wengé nut (yes it is Wenge) is a prototype, I don't know about durability but I think wenge can last. - finally I had to say that the switch thing is not my best idea. - the awful filler is, indeed, due to my unskilled hand working with a chisel. One hammer hit and it was too late. - the pickup screws, the sanding and the side dots are really bad because I wanted to go quick. I'm an impatient kind of guy. Before sending it to UK, the only thing I had was such big abalones dot inlays.... In the first place I did 3mm holes and I tried to fill them with nail varnish not a successful move. Hence the marks. And yes, I think that I might be able to enhance the finish level. Maybe @Vins could say a word about his Infinga 5? Very less flaws into this one. When it's not for me I'm more into it. I am still looking for the final shape/technique/whatever. My main default is that I have literally no time, I work 40hrs a week and I'm on call 1 week on 2, so the 40hrs flies away to 50, 60... So I have to build at night, very late, very soon.... The only thing I'm really proud of, finally, is not the basses themselves but the energy I've putted in it to build them. So as I don't see many people motivated for trying it, I think I'll see with @Bridgehouse to call it back home. I'll make a video to thank everyone of course.
  40. 1 point
    And free returns when you find out its underpowered unless you use a cab the size of small country. You'll be fine with a 610, but there's no way you could use this in a loud band with anything much less. Which of course defeats the point of having an amp the size of a Kit Kat.
  41. 1 point
    You can have a shrubbery and like it , my friend. ;0.
  42. 1 point
    Helluva lot of German made goodness with huge versatility
  43. 1 point
    Everybody's favourite tones area different I guess! A tone that I heard years ago which sticks in my head as a "favourite" though is kid in his bedroom with generic recording equipment.: I think it sounds awesome.
  44. 1 point
    Here's some pics as promised:
  45. 1 point
    I let my ears decide. There are no right or wrong answers. If you like the sound then it's good.
  46. 1 point
    More speakers, more umpf! Heavy head - even more umpf! Class D and single lightweight cabs just cant compete - no matter what anyone says. Theyre perfectly acceptable and youd never know the difference, but side by side, and playing through them its a different ball game!
  47. 1 point
    Agree, and I`ve in general found that the better sounding rigs from my point of view have been ones where there have been a whopping great speaker stack, usually accompanied by a heavier weight amp. I`m no good with the techy stuff but to me it seems you need to put less actual bass in when there are a lot of speakers going, but you still get a the low end without the woof.
  48. 1 point
    On Friday I spent the whole day recording a mate of mine on drums in my studio. He's only 19 and he's the best drummer I know. Limitless creativity, all the chops, but totally musical. Anyway, after 8 hours of watching him I was totally inspired to go and get behind my kit at The Old Town House in Warrington. We'd never played in Warrington before so didn't really know what to expect, but this venue is ace! Really lively crowd too. It wasn't packed but there were enough in for a good time. My mate had given me some of his sticks to try, really big things like 2B or something (doesn't mean a lot to most of you I know) and they were brilliant. I hadn't played that well in ages. I don't know if it was watching this amazing drummer all day long, or the sticks, or the venue or what but we were super tight Saturday was a small indoor festival and to be honest I wasn't really looking forward to it. I always like to play, but I know this venue and crowd a little too well. It was way better than I expected. The sound man looked like the same guy, but he acted totally different. He was chatty, friendly, and did a brilliant job! Not sure what was going on there but the sound was ace! The crowd with extremely inebriated, sang and danced, and we generally played well despite some very amusing distractions. I wasn't driving so had chance for a couple of beers, and I was home by 9pm! Brilliant weekend
  49. 1 point
    If you do a lot of Steve Miller songs then I think a 'Joker' shim would be best....
  50. 1 point
    Bought a Yamaha TRB5ii - very welcoming and helpful, a really good guy and a pleasure to do business with :-)
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