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About bassist_lewis

  • Birthday 04/05/1989
  1. Musicianship vs Personality & Stage Appeal

    I play in two bands that demonstrate the dichotomy of personality (I'm reading showmanship/showboating) vs musicianship: Nipples of Venus (correct, that IS the best band name you've ever heard) is an instrumental band doing cheesy pop songs in a latin/salsa/afro-beat style. We all dress up and dance around, and always get a great reaction from audiences. However, because we're dancing around there are often mistakes from someone or other, but frankly it doesn't matter, we're not out there to show everyone how good we can play. On the other hand is Teek (indie pop/hip-hop/trip-hop): when we play we hardly move at all and we don't dress up, and we still get a great response from crowds. The music isn't technically much different, but there are definitely fewer mistakes. The only common thread between these two bands is great songs, and I think that's what it really comes down to.
  2. Lehle Basswitch IQ DI

    I'm selling my Basswitch! I've had it for a couple of years and used it a fair bit but its fully functional, just a few superficial scratches. It has velcro attached (hook side, see pics). I have the original box with instructions, rubber feet, bag of screws and stuff (don't know what they're for), and power connector (just the connector bit, not a full power supply). Price includes postage.
  3. If only I hadn't just bought a Markbass... and lived near Worcestershire...
  4. Bridge Screws

    cheers guys. The bass is currently with a technician being worked on so I can't send pics but will look in to the threadlocker stuff L
  5. Bridge Screws

    The saddle for the g string on my bass is constantly lowering on one side, I'm able to re-set it each time but I think the tiny screw needs replaced. does anyone know where you can buy tiny - like 1-1.5mm - threaded rods that can be adjusted with an alan key? Its a hipshot vintage 5 string bridge if that helps.
  6. Show off your short scales!

    My Callowhill MPB, short-scale 5-string (that's a low B btw). Its the same size as a strat and fits in a guitar case. [sharedmedia=core:attachments:205533]
  7. Nordstrand NJ5FS (bridge pickup)SOLD

    is this still available?
  8. Adding Jazz pickup to P-bass

    I've decided to add a jazz bridge pickup to my Callowhill P-bass. I love the tone a i have but more and more I'm missing that bridge pickup sound, especially for faster funk stuff. It will need routing so it'll go to Chris Mcintyre (wouldn't even think of doing it myself) but I wondered if there was anything else i needed to consider? As far as electronics go I'm torn between two volumes or having a three-way switch - whenever I've had a blend pot i only ever use it in 3 positions anyway! - any thoughts/advice on this would be great. thanks L and I'm pretty sure I want to use a Nordstrand NJ5SE jazz pickup
  9. now sorted, thanks
  10. I just threw this together this afternoon, experimenting with two camera angles and all the random footage I've accumulated over the last month. https://youtu.be/dJWurxpGPMc
  11. Tribute / function bands

    In my experience you get work with tribute and function bands because you know someone, which could be a player in the band who recommends you to whoever organises the band (this quite often is another member of the band) or you know the agent for a band, but getting work as an individual (ie not a solo performer) through an agent is much less common, as, again in my experience, agents don't tend to get too involved in the day to day running of the band, they just handle bookings. The answer, as always in music, is you have to know a guy (or girl). You could go through ads on gumtree or the like, but in my experience these tend to be amateur level bands playing a handful of gigs a year who don't know a lot of musicians. The full-time professionals I know ALWAYS hire people they've played with already or come highly recommended. Some agencies run free showcases for prospective clients to come and see the band, some bands do them themselves, or just do a gig at a pub and invite clients. But once you're in, you are IN. It takes a long time to get steady work but, after 7 years, I turn away about as much work as I take on.
  12. Simple notation App required for Ipad

    Another vote for Notion. I tried a few of the free ones, they look crappy, are difficult to use and crash often. Notion is reliable and the learning curve isn't too steep.
  13. String height

    The A is 12mm and the D is 11mm. At the end of the fingerboard
  14. String height

    I've been playing consistently for about a year and I find my left hand tiring easy, particularly when I'm doing walking/jazz stuff, which is the majority of the gigs I do. I want to take the action down a bit and I have it booked in with the luthier next week so I wondered what was a "normal" height for predominantly pizz playing? Currently my action is 10mm on the E and 8mm on th G, measured at the end of th fingerboard. Thanks guys.
  15. Best 5 string bass you've ever owned and why?

    I've owned a few 5s, off the top of my head: an Aria, Lakland 5502, Lakland Darryl Jones and a Callowhill MPB. The latter is the best bass I've owned and also happens to be a 5 string. It's short scale - the B is killer btw - so it's super comfy to play, it's really light (everyone always comments when they pick it up) and I love the sound, kind of P-bass-like (it only has a P pickup) but maybe less 'grunt'.