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About rushbo

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    Forever procrastinating

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    Almost Birmingham UK
  1. I Hate Tobacco Sunburst

    When it's done right, sunburst finishes can look lovely. More often than not, it seems that the person who had the egregious job of painting the instruments, decided that blending the two or three colours together was too much trouble and instead we get a wobbly version of the RAF roundel painted in three shades of fecal matter. I had a lovely, Japanese Fender P in Tobacco Sunburst and if it hadn't have weighed as much as the Isle of Man, I'd still have it now. I have a Hofner Beatlebass which has been really nicely done, in spite of it being a budget bass. Then again, my favourite bass is fiesta red with a brown tort plate, so think of that what you will...
  2. Top Tips and DIY Hacks

    I always mark my plugs with Tipp-Ex, so I know who they belong to and what they're for...a few years ago I managed to plunge a pub into darkness by unplugging the lights for the bar instead of my bass amp. Hilarity ensued. We never played there again.
  3. Top Tips and DIY Hacks

    Most of my leads are really lurid colours, so a. no one wants to nick 'em and b. they're easy to see when you're packing down.
  4. Top Tips and DIY Hacks

    The Grolsch ones are actually more durable! I bought the Fender versions to make up an Amazon order a year or two back and the stuff they make them with goes hard and brittle after a while. My Grolsch ones are still lovely and bendy, even though I'm not any more.
  5. For so many reasons, this is the best thing I've seen in ages.
  6. Line 6 Relay G30

    I bought a cheap camera case from Amazon for mine which worked a treat. I also used Duracell rechargeable batteries and I got about 4 1/2 hours life from one charge.
  7. Line 6 Relay G30

    I had a G30 for a while - I had a few months of trouble free gigging, then it started to drop out - only momentarily, but I couldn't stop it. I tried all the fixes I could find, but I couldn't stop it glitching. I sent it back to Thomann and they tested it, pronounced it perfect and sent it back. It started glitching shortly after. Apparently, this is not a unique occurrence. I bought a Smooth Hound wireless system shortly after and I'm absolutely delighted with it - brilliant customer service and perfect performance. http://www.smoothhound-innovations.com/
  8. Gig Gear bag = what do you use

    I used a flight case for years, which looked incredibly cool, but weighed a ton. Recently, I've switched to a "Producer Bag" by Thomann which is brilliant. Loads of storage pockets and easy to carry. The centre dividing panel was removed from the main storage section to make room for bigger or odd shaped stuff - I use two Hercules folding stands and they fit in there a treat.
  9. This popped up on my FaceBook feed. It's been patented by a guy from Ireland and it's definitely one of those "why didn't I think of that?" products. It's not the best video as you don't get much of a look at the real details, but I'll be keeping my eye on this.
  10. Things you'll never have GAS for again

    Five strings: I've tried, oh lordy have I tried to get on with them. But I don't Fretless bass guitars: (See above) Boutique or coffee table basses: Sometimes, the wood looks beautiful, but it just looks weird as a bass body. Complicated knob/toggle switch arrangements: I'm easily confused and all those micro-decisions would make me cry. Amps and Combos: I love my Genz Benz Contour rig so much, I can't imagine using anything else now. (I realise that this statement will probably bite me in the bum before the year is up...) Multiple effects pedals: Even my Zoom B3 seems like overkill in my current band. I loved having 9 or 10 pedals on a board, but it just became impractical, especially when you're playing in pubs with barely enough room to stand on both feet... So, to recap, by this time next year, I'll be playing a five string, fretless Fodera through a vintage Trace Elliot stack via a pedal board so large it has to have its own generator.
  11. Fave and unfave music noises

    Saxophones in Jazz: Yes please. Saxophones in Rock/Pop: No thank you. Also: anything with a synthesized brass section makes my teeth hurt.
  12. Seminal 'bass' albums

    fIREHOSE: "Ragin' Full On" (Mike Watt) Violent Femmes: "Violent Femmes" (Brian Richie) Lou Reed: "The Blue Mask" (Fernando Saunders) XTC: "Oranges and Lemons" (Colin Moulding) Smiths: "Hatful of Hollow" (Andy Rourke)
  13. Show us your playing videos!

    As its Christmas (and I spent two snow days working the goshdarn bass part out...) I thought I'd pop this here. It's not 100% and there are notes where they shouldn't be and vice versa, but it was a lot of fun to play. Kudos to Tracy Wormworth for the original, epic bass line.
  14. Sting - as a bass player?

    What he plays is always perfect for the song. Nothing flash. If all it requires is root notes, then that's all he plays. I rate him very highly.