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  1. Just Discovered A 'New' Bassist

    I have to admit Chuck Rainey's playing has really influenced me - no one has posted this yet but the bass playing on this is just wonderful. I read in an interview with him he said he was basically playing his take on Jamerson.
  2. Fender Flea jazz basses. Weights.

    They have contours - probably similar I'd guess but haven't tried one.
  3. Fender Flea jazz basses. Weights.

    The Classic EBMM ones are about 9.5 lbs but can vary either way a bit. Of course, they have slab bodies so the standard ones, with contours, should be a bit lighter. However they all balance superbly on a strap and that is perhaps more important. SR5s tend to be a bit heavier - around 10 lbs though there are exceptions. I have a US Sub 5 which is about 8 lbs - great on a strap but neck dives without as the body is so light!! I have found the heavier ones tend to have more thunderous tone and resonance - my main bass is an SR5 in natural ash - about 10.5 lbs - the body resonates so much you can feel it whilst playing - fabulous deep tone though. That's not to say the lighter one are lacking tone though. If you go for an SR4 of some type you should find one in the low 9 lb area - even the two pick up ones seem to be.
  4. New range from fender.

    The attached article, though 5 yrs old, gives an interesting insight into Fender and its financial issues - citing competition with its own history as its biggest competitor - people wanting only to buy old ones rather than their new ones!! https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/business/fender-aims-to-stay-plugged-in-amid-changing-music-trends.html?referer=https://www.google.co.uk/
  5. Back to BASSics - the 5 string search

    Yes you are correct - a 5 string list without a Stingray 5 (the original mass produced 5) or a Warwick 5 of some sort is incomplete. The SR5 single H version, especially 1992-2008 with ceramic pick up remains an extremely versatile and capable performer with a superb B string. Dont listen to all of us - go and play some and see what you like best.
  6. New range from fender.

    Yeah I'd agree that other makes were guilty of this but I witnessed and still do, plenty of woolly bass sound provided by Fender basses, or more precisely some bass players wielding Fender basses. That said there have been exceptions - Paul Turner is a V good example. Like you, I'm always asked to play bass so that the tonality of the notes can be heard. As I said, I will be checking these out - V nearly bought a pair of US Vintage (J and P) ones when they first came out.
  7. New range from fender.

    Even more so guitars - they didn't sell that many basses particularly in the first few years.
  8. New range from fender.

    Certainly in the 60s the amplification equipment am didn't help but the issue still persisted in the 70s with much better amplification. I've not heard you but I regularly hear this sort of thing and it seems to persist on televised music as well - there's fitting in the mix and being inaudible! With one or two notable (and probably virtuoso) exceptions you'll be hard pushed to find a Precision in use in jazz fusion music, or even a Precision in use on funk music without something like an Alembic pre amp assisting.
  9. New range from fender.

    Washing up and tea spoon playing aside, Fender announces a rename of its American Vintage line with some (very mariginally) modified basses and it gets 1370 views and 100 replies in less than 24 hours?!! Good for them if that's what keeps them afloat and is their sales model. I'll certainly be looking at the new models with interest - not sure they'll get over my 70s created aversion to their basses, when lots of other makes started providing a better platform for players to express themselves. However if people generally want to hark back to 60s pop when bass players were generally the rumbling and inaudible poor relation of the band, plodding along in the background then this doesn't auger well for bass players and bass playing in general - it's also to be heard and seen in current popular music as well - not universally though as some producers and players do seem to see the value of bass as a fundamental or leading part of music. The demographic of the forum must have changed and is perhaps over-represented by Fender players - something also visible on televised music but strangely not amongst the range of players I see in local bands where a much broader range of makes appears.
  10. Buddy Rich.

    I saw this band in the mid 70s around the same time I saw the Stanley Clarke band (I'd never heard Schooldays as it had only just come out - first song - rather mind blowing), the Crusaders, Roy Ayers, Jeff Beck band, Weather Report and others. It's a testament to the Buddy Rich Orchestra that I remember the concert really well - and not just because of him - the bass player was excellent and the whole band played jazz funk and jazz rock with a tightness and fluidity easily on a par with the best of the time.
  11. Are Flatwounds Addictive

    Not sure they're addictive - however if you can get on with them they're good. However, there are flat wounds and flat wounds - I was put off them when I bought some of a certain make and once fitted put me off playing the instrument largely because the string tension made it feel like arm wrestling. Probably OK if you're a double bass player wanting to play a bit of bass guitar. Since then I've found several types that I really get on with including TI, Roto Solo bass (actually not fully flat wound but half ground), EB group 3 and EB cobalt slinky flats. These all have one similarity - string tension more or less the same as round wounds. The cobalt flats are absolutely amazing and are permanently resident on my Stingray Fretless whilst TI flats are a current fixture on my Classic Stingray. Im not sure about wearing them in - the first set mentioned resulted in the bass not being used very much. Strings are such an important part of an instrument, I don't think anyone should have to compromise - choose strings that compliment and suit your playing - we are all different and one person's utopia is often another's anathema - including flat wounds - you have to remember flat wounds were really a thing of the 50s, 60s and to an extent, early 70s (when bass was not really heard that much in pre hi fi days - at least in the UK) - ok they are popular currently but it is largely a retro thing in my opinion. I personally love Pino's Precision sound with John Mayer using flat wounds - and am convinced Bernard Edwards used them on his Stingray for some of the famous stuff in the late 70s (based on flatwounds being the only way I can create his popped string sound on We Are Family plus Stingrays shipping with them till mid 78). However Pino is probably one of the world's best bass players - I am not and however much I aspire to play like him I probably won't and I doubt flatwounds would be that much help in me getting there anyway - it's more about technique, knowledge and feel.
  12. Bass lines that really only suite synth bass

    Here's another - much more recent in fact positively modern - but the bass part idea sounds slightly reminiscent of Electric Avenue - Eddie Grant - another with a synth bass part.
  13. Bass lines that really only suite synth bass

    There is actually a bass guitar part on this - playing a type of guitar picked line high up on the fretboard. If you are very adventurous you can play the keyboard bass part into a looper on bass guitar with envelope filter and then play the actual bass guitar part over it!! I'm sure lots of people play this, the band I'm in plays this the guitarist plays the picked part but changes to duplicate the melody line with the sax - it actually sounds quite effective. We play it as a latter day jazz standard along with Watermelon Man and others.
  14. Bass lines that really only suite synth bass

    Another one from the era of Chameleon but a top 20 single. This always sounded more like an organ to me - i don't know what type of keyboard is used. I think you would need an octaver to perform this on a bass guitar - interesting bit at 1.39 - almost a little bass solo. These tracks are certainly from the days of punchy, up front bass in the mix - none of that woolly rumbling in the background!!
  15. Bass lines that really only suite synth bass

    It's possible to get a decent sounding version of this using a Stingray with an envelope filter. Another track which would be better with synth bass is Flashlight. Ive played Chameleon live quite often on bass guitar without effects and have merged the bass part from Flashlight with it - having a fat bass sound helps.