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About jazzyvee

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  1. Releasing a cover as a single?

    Great interpretation of that classic Stevie wonder song. No idea of the licensing but if you send me a cpoy when its released i will give it airplay on my notstrictlyjazz radio program up here in Birmingham. Cheers
  2. What's not to love, jazz bass style and same number of knobs and switches as strings. . :-)
  3. Beautiful Sunburst Fender Jazz Bass. MIM

    To find the date of your guitar check out the serial number page on the Alembic forum. http://www.alembic.com/support/reference.html#sernum As for which model I use, 5 String Europa model basses. I use signature bass mostly and then the Series II when the music calls for it. I don't really see me using anything else.
  4. Beautiful Sunburst Fender Jazz Bass. MIM

    Out of curiousity and me being an alembic geek, which alembic did you buy?
  5. Mesa gear query

    I'v recently bought a BF Big Twin II after having powerhouse cabs since about 2003. I love the mesa cabs and they do sound great but for what these days they don't do big fat low end very well at reggae band eq and the off axis sound has no depth to the bass. I've sold my PH cabs 4x10 and 2x10 cabs and compared to the BF, they are completely different animals and you either prefer the sound of one or the other. Mesa seems to be voiced to give more emphasis on punch and mids maybe as they are more common in rock bands??? And these days I'm downsizing both number and weight of cabs. So Mesa had to go though I am sad to see the 2x10 go as that is a great all rounder cab.
  6. string death

    I had a 5 string set of those on my main bass for just about a year before i thought about changing them.
  7. Input gain versus master vol

    I'm not into the edgy, gritty, overdriven or vintage sound so I always go for whatever gives me the cleanest sound at the volume I need for a gig. Usually for me that means having the master as far open as I can without hiss, which on my QSC PLX 2402 that means fully open but not so with my walkabout head. Then I bring up the input gain of my pre-amp till I get the volume I need. That always gives me a clean powerful sound.
  8. Mesa Powerhouse

    I've had my mesa 1x15 since about 2004 and it's been a great cab and mainly used with a walkabout head. I can highly recommend those cabs. My only two reservations with them are: 1) for playing reggae, I find the off axis sound falls off at a short distance from the cab so really doesn't have enough umphf in the bottom end to have any authority for that genre. ( Other stuff where I need more full range sounds it works great.) 2) Now I'm gigging more often I'm finding the weight of them to be unpleasant. I'd still recommend them and with a 2x10 or 4x10 it's superb.
  9. NCF - New Cab Fortnight

    I've had my BF Big Twin II for a couple of weeks now and it's been on 2 gigs so far and am really impressed with the sound of it. I went for the black metal front cover more for durability. I've now got to get rid of 3 mesa boogie powerhouse cabs and once those have gone I will more than likely get one of the smaller cabs for when I want to travel light and still get a big sound.
  10. Opening for UB40 in London 8th November 2017

    No’, sadly the original bass player died many years back. I started playing bass with the band about 4 or 5 years ago. Sadly the gig got cancelled. It was a benefit gig for a member of Ub40’s band and he took a turn for the worse the morning of the gig and passed away the following day.
  11. I play bass for Musical Youth and we are opening for UB40 tomorrow night at the Electric Brixton [url="http://electricbrixton.uk.com/events-article.php?id=1056"]http://electricbrixton.uk.com/events-article.php?id=1056[/url]
  12. High End Cables

    Once I started buying cables that had decent metal jacks and no crackling noise I can't say that I have been able to hear any difference in tone from any cable. There may be a difference but I can't categorically say I've heard it regardless of the price. The only leads I've tried that had an immediate audible difference is the[url="http://www.iconicsound.com"] Iconic Light lead[/url] but then that is optical and i'm not even sure it's released yet.
  13. How about this one. ;-) [url="http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_knobfest2010.html"]http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_knobfest2010.html[/url]
  14. In the past I bought a guitar with some some alembic electronics in it on ebay and had to ship the electronics back to the Alembic for repair as it wasn't working. It was out of warranty and they told me that they have to declare any new parts fitted and you pay duty on that cost. Also if you have current insurance on the item you can ask if it includes insurance for common carrier which will save you having to insure it separately through the carrier. On fixing the electronics, have you tried giving John East a call to see if he can fix it. He's designed studio gear and might have/or be able to get the parts you need and fix it.
  15. Short scale bass question

    I love short scale basses, I have a short scale bass with 45 - 105 string gauge and whilst the strings are slightly looser, the tone to my ears is richer and warmer on the bottom end and sweeter at the top end than a 34" scale bass. I haven't personally found any disadvantage tonally of a short scale bass.