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  1. Squier Jazz Bass advice needed

    I play a 5 string Squier Jazz Deluxe, great bass out of the box, once I had changed the strings. I use it for detuned metal grooves and it handles that really well, eq is pretty hot but is easily tamed. I've had it since 2012 and have no intention of getting rid of it/upgrading it. It is was it is - a low cost good quality five string, looks pretty cool all in black too. Well worth trying out first - string spacing is wide but I find it comfortable to play even with my 'Hobbit hands"!
  2. Big Muff - learning to use it at last

    Its worth a go, I am still using the 'magic' setting I mentioned in my first post. Currently Big Muff setting: switch set to Dry. Vol at 13:00, Tone at 06:00 Sustain at 20:00. Amp on Crunch channel, Mids slightly scooped and Highs a touch higher than the bass.
  3. What are you listening to right now?

    All Hail The Yeti - I saw these guys supporting 36 Crazy fists the other week, cracking set, loads of energy and nice guys to boot. They took the time to chat with me and signed my CD....yeah I know - I'm too old to be acting like a teenager but sod it - their bass player was spot on! They have become a favourite on my running playlist.All
  4. Aria Basses - fallen from grace??

    A true Thing of Beauty right here. I still have a 1980s Pro 2 knocking about - battered to hell, pick ups replaced, but the neck is still sound and it plays and sounds awesome. It's a bit of a one trick pony, but that one trick is pretty damn good. I still hanker after my original Aria SB......
  5. Big Muff - learning to use it at last

    Thanks guys - interesting comments - seems that the 'Tone' control is more than just tone per se. I shall continue with my "inmufftogations" later this evening!
  6. I've had one of these knocking about for while, tend to use it when I am getting all Cliff Burtonesque. Other than that I've not really bothered with it. Until last night, I sat down and mucked about with it with the tone at 0 and the sustain at a touch over 2. With some judicious tweaking of the EQ on my bass, I got a really tasty Overdrive type tone that I've been trying to get for some time. I'd never really thought of using the Big Muff for that kind of tone. Something I've always been guilty of is having everything (EQ, Pedals etc) turned up pretty high and never really exploring the more subtle tones on offer. Sometimes less is definitely more.
  7. EMG Geezer Bulters (PJ's - tried em' at last)

    Favourite review so far. Nicely done.
  8. Any good shops in Barcelona?

    I went to Barcelona a week after the terrorist incident. Apart from people taking selfies at the scene, which I found abhorrent, I found Barcelona a wonderful city with friendly people and some lovely places to explore. I went running before 6am most mornings and had no issues, although I'm a fairly big bloke covered in tattoos which may have kept any troublemakers at bay. It's like any other city - keep your wits about you, don't leave valuables on show etc. and you will be fine. I also discovered the joys of crepes with nutella and coconut ice cream as a true breakfast of champions. Enjoy.
  9. New Dingwall gallery. D-bird + NG3 + NG3 6er + more

    Much as I like the look of the D Bird - that purple combustion is a thing of beauty - always wanted a purple bass - no idea why, but I want one.
  10. Pretty much anything by Meshuggah and if I'm in the right frame of mind, same with Cannibal Corpse and Tesseract.
  11. 10 Best Electric bass guitars.

    I am indeed gutted.
  12. Older stuff we used to play that always went down well... Budgie - Breadfan The Cult - Rain, She Sells Sanctuary, Lil Devil (take your pick) Megadeth - Peace Sells Deep Purple - Burn Jesus & Mary Chain - April Skies/Blues From a Gun Marillion - Assassing (We used to make a right pigs ear of this but it still went down well with the crowd) The Phantom of the Opera is a good call from Osiris.
  13. Seminal 'bass' albums

    Metallica - And Justice For All. So much discussion about the bass on this one.
  14. Squier Affinity or VM for starter?

    You could do worse than look at the Ibanez SR300 series, second hand I think you can pick them up for around £150. I would steer clear of the Affinity Squiers, but the Squire VM's, Deluxe and CV series are all decent quality basses. Best advice is to go and try a few basses and see how they feel, we all have different styles/preferences. A first bass needs to be able to engage you and make you want to play. I have fairly small hands so the Ibanez works well for me, chunky Fender/Squier PBass necks do not work for me - despite the fact that I think a P Bass looks and sounds awesome. I restarted my bass playing a few years ago after a long break, on an Ibanez GSR200 which is an entry level bass and I was amazed at what a nice bit of kit it was for the price. I still regret selling it on when I upgraded.
  15. Mike Lull build...finished/delivered/photos.

    That is an absolute stunner! Congratulations and happy Christmas!