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  1. If your slapping stamina is like that of djordje stijepovic, you'll have no problem with the obligatos I found the pirastro obligato tension slightly higher compared to thomastik weichs. The obligato is a great string and very versatile imo, and fine for occasional slap. The other option is to get the thomastik solo set, slightly lower tension compared to weichs when tuned to concert pitch, and still good for pizz and arco, as well as fast slapping.
  2. Shame you pulled out, possibly an opportunity missed. Just because a band asks you to audition challenging pieces, doesn't mean they're looking for perfection. The audition pieces could be selected so the band can assess a new bass player on ability when given very different pieces of music. If every song was a Status Quo piece (no disrespect or pun intended as to 'simple basslines'), the band would probably not be able to judge the different abilities easily. My philosophy would be, if you want it, go for it (win some, lose some), but above all it is all good experience and is likely to make you a better player. I'm sure you'll find another band, but don't worry about aiming for a 'perfect audition', there's no such thing. Practice until you feel you've achieved the best result within a 'reasonable' timeframe.
  3. Yes, if the different size necks are made of identical materials with identical properties, thus resulting in a different stiffness. Will you be able to hear the difference - unlikely. It's like asking if tone is affected by me wearing trousers or shorts - probably
  4. Light gauge low tension strings are more difficult to control and require a light touch to avoid 'rattle' etc. In my experience, a good compromise is using heavier strings 105's, and keeping the action as low as you can get it. The heavier tension is more likely to avoid 'rattle'. The KEY however is to get your neck relief to be virtually zero or as minimal as you can get. I'm assuming that luthier has dressed the frets to ensure these are perfectly level. My basses are set up with virtually no relief and super low action. I can get this to work with most gauges of string, although the thinner lower tension gauges are definitely 'more sensitive'. If you are able to play with a lighter touch, you'll need more volume to compensate for the fact you can't dig in as much. Technique will play an important part in achieving the overall result.
  5. Difficult to define 'best' when to comes to a Jazz, or any other bass for that matter, as it's highly personal and therefore a very woolly definition. What I think is best, may not be best for you. If you know what you want, you can narrow down the options, or go the custom route for a 'best' fit. GLWTSearch
  6. On a similar note: 1. Don't pay the asking price. 2. Don't accept the buyers lower offer
  7. I'd love to combine this with a Lightwave Systems pickup for total optical overload Will it make my playing lightning fast I wonder?
  8. Buy a PJ. It'll be cheaper in the long run and doesn't devalue your current P. If then you think the PJ sound is a bit meh for you, you can alway move it on.
  9. I haven't tried any of the brands you mention. I can recommend Pirastro Obligatos which are a good all rounder imo. Similar tension to Thomastik Weichs.
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    My Allparts body & neck Jazz with ivory EMG's
  11. Why not do a 'Basschat' take on a Jaco compilation CD? I'm sure a lot of people here could knock out a Jaco tune. It could be sold for charity perhaps. Unfortunately, I'm rubbish at playing any Jaco lines
  12. There's nothing wrong with having a break from it all. You have a responsible job, and work hard. Playing should be fun, to enable you to switch off from your day job and other responsibilities. I was in a similar position and just burned myself out. I stopped gigging about 8 months ago, as much as that hurt me at the time, however it was the best thing I could've done. I have a room full of stuff, but I now use my stuff for fun. At 31-ish, you have plenty of time to play in several bands, before you hang up your instrument for good. I didn't start playing seriously until I was 37, I'm 50 now. I don't consider my playing days over yet.
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