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  1. Worst bass you've ever played that you did not own.

    Another no love for Rickenbacker here. Horrid sounding and felt terrible to play. I am biased though, I think they look fugly as well.
  2. Just in case you missed this on Facebook

    He does 😂 Plus he tends to put his amp right next to mine when he has about three feet of empty space the other side 😯
  3. Just in case you missed this on Facebook

    "Perception vs Reality Workshop" - How to look like you can play even though your really have no clue. "Tuning Workshop" - Busting the myth that playing in tune is necessary in this day and age.
  4. Just in case you missed this on Facebook

    Oh my god, our guitarist does this x100000.
  5. Best bass you've ever played that you did not own

    I once played a white Spector that was for sale in Bass Direct some years back it wasn't anything fancy or mega expensive but it played and sounded gorgeous.
  6. Tribute bands

    Wow, do tell us more.
  7. I have a Fender Jazz American Vintage Re-issue 1975 Jazz bass and it gives me a very mellow, warm sound, even verging on muddy if I'm not too careful. I've played a few 60's Jazz basses and they have not been so mellow and have sounded more nasal, more defined but a little thinner sounding. Both have sounded amazing but certainly different tonally. I know the bridge pickup placement between a 60's and 70's jazz was different but I'm interested in if there is a considerable difference in the pickups from the 60's and then 70's. I also have a lovely 1970's Re-issue Fender Precision and again, I am wondering if there is any difference tonally between the pickups used in a 50's Precision, a 60's Precision and a 70's Precision and what those differences are tonally?
  8. Pubs or Clubs ... what's the difference?

    We do 50's and 60's rock and roll and always go down a storm with groups up singing and dancing. We always get repeat bookings.
  9. Poem

    Love it, gave me goose bumps. Thank you for sharing.
  10. Fender Experts - A Quick Question

    Thanks everyone for your inputs appreciate the info.
  11. I have a quick question about the Fender Mike Dirnt Precision and pickups that comes with the bass. From what I can tell, the original 51 Precision or later Telecaster bass didnt ever come with the more traditional split Precision pickups. So whats the story behind the pickups on Mike Dirnt's bass as it looks as though the body and neck are from a 51 Bass although the body is contoured. Are the pickups a modification that Mike did to his original bass or was it a custom option from Fender back in the day or is it just a sales gimmick?
  12. Ah cool, thank you, certainly an amazing experience and yes, incredibly happy about the whole thing. Even better you have heard of us. If you fancy a listen to the album then just go here 😊 https://m.soundcloud.com/michael-boylan/sets/inter-got-my-nine
  13. The band I was in, Inter managed to get a record deal. We were part of the post brit-pop scene and worked our rears off playing as much as humanly possible to build up a following. Started to get a name for ourselves and released a song on the Pet Sounds label and then later on our first single, Happy Ending in 1997. This got noticed by John Peel who said it was his favourite single of 1997 and gave us our first John Peel Session. This promoted us even further and it got to the point where Virgin were trying to decide to sign either us or The Stereophonics. They chose the Stereophonics in the end but we still managed to get a half decent record deal. We were all about 28 and got about £36k advance each for 3 years plus £5k to buy gear and then royalties from merchandise, sales etc. Going to the Bass Centre with £5k to go buy whatever I wanted was the best feeling in the world. I bought a Stingray, a Status and a massive top of the range Hartke rig 😊 We recorded our debut album at Loco Studios in South Wales which was where Oasis, The Manics, Stereophonics and many others had recorded stuff. The studio was also owned by Geoff Downes of Buggles fame and John Payne of Asia who both played on the album. We lived at the studio for three months in our own cottage and even had our own chef 😊 Our producer was Mark Wallis who has recorded with everyone but is most famous for recording the IT Bites album, The Primatives album, The Smiths, The Travis album and was the engineer on U2's Joshua Tree. Prior to choosing this producer we came very close to going to Seatle and recording the album with Rick Parasher who recorded Pearl Jam's Ten album but we told the record company no as we wanted to sound English still and not end up sounding like an American band. The album, titled Got My Nine sold 7k copies in the first week and we released 3 singles, National Paranoia, Speed Racer and Radio Finland. All got mainstream radio airplay and led on to a second John Peel Session, a live Virgin Radio Session and an XFM session. Also one of our tracks was used to advertise Casio G Shock watches in an advert for Spanish cinemas. We also did other TV stuff with tracks being used on Eurosport and Rebel TV. Q Magazine gave the album 4 out of 5. We continued to tour which was amazing with our own crew etc. and were doing really well but then things started to go wrong. We were getting offered some big things like going on tour with Feeder in Germany, film soundtracks, gigs in the States but the record company was saying no to it all. To cut a long story short, we found out we were being ran as a tax loss so initially the record company were happy to pump money in to us (the album alone cost £120k to record etc.) but as we started to get more successful they put the brakes on. We were literally being hung out to dry and missing out on great opportunities which at the time made no sense. Anyway, they breached contracts so we sued them and won and that was the end of it. It was incredibly hard work, constantly recording, touring, song writing, promoting, photo shoots, interviews etc. but I have no regrets as I lived my dream for 4 years, the best time of my life with the most amazing experiences. Plus I still get the odd royalty payment now and again 😊 More details below. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter_(band) Other things I've done is go on tour with Paul Weller in another band, supporting him for 4 nights at the Roundhouse in Camden and recorded an album at his studio in Ripley. He also played on the album and I had to teach him to play this piano part that we wanted. I've been the Bass player in a video for a charity song that ELO were recording. Played at Brixton Academy using The Levellers back line. Supported Cactus World News and Let Loose and best of all chatted to Andrea Corr whilst making a cup of tea 😍😍 Now I play in an amazing 50s and 60s cover band, doing about 100 gigs a year and totally loving it.
  14. Pubs or Clubs ... what's the difference?

    Interesting, as my experience has been the total opposite for clubs. We play a lot of clubs, the punters love us, always ask us to join in for the raffle and bingo, always up dancing and singing in the first set and always get a repeat booking. We love playing clubs equally as much as playing pubs although we do more clubs than pubs.
  15. Moving to Fretless

    Just play the fretless bass as if its a normal fretted bass. Don't think of it as a different instrument that must sound all slidey and mwah like. That is totally the wrong approach. It like picking up a trumpet and trying to make it sound like a trombone. The fretless bass has a similar but different voice to a fretted bass and this will come through when you play it but you still need to play it like a fretted bass. The key to being successful is having good technique and a good ear. Good technique is vital to ensure your fretting fingers are placed in the correct location and a good ear is vital to ensure when you are a little off you can adjust immediately. Everything else about playing fretless is the same as fretted so just pick it up and play through all the stuff you would normally on a fretted bass and after a while, you will hear your own voice come through.