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  1. drTStingray


    Hooray - and great to see a video from Ed Friedland (who appears to be going to do some instrument reviews for them). I like the bit where he says the ethos will be to do a magazine about bass without being told by men in suits who don't know who Stanley Clarke is (he's a pro who doesn't play a P bass btw 😏😂😂) what to do!! I shall look forward to seeing this. Great stuff. I've always thought Ed Friedland's video reviews were great.
  2. drTStingray

    Why do Pros use a P Bass...

    Perhaps that's why Bass is often inaudible in modern mixes then. Too much stereotyping of instrumentation to my mind. Take funky soul - Average White Band guitar instrumentation - Telecaster; Gretch White Falcon; Les Paul. Yes, Nile Rogers plays a Strat....... Whatever happened to player skill? It's possible to get thumpy 60s sound using muting of the bass - no matter what the bass is and strings are.
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    Why do Pros use a P Bass...

    Interesting that the area of music history this seems to be stuck in is the 60s, judging by Sean Healey's bass choices. I can't believe that is a totally representative sample but its nontheless an interesting perspective. So all of us who came of bass playing age in the punk, funk, disco, 80s or 90s eras are totally out of it - or those into the Rickenbacker fuelled prog era, or the active Bass fuelled late 70s on - no place for Messrs Burnel and the like! Extraordinary really!! Ive been keeping an eye on all the pros (largely British) from the late 60s and early 70s and the Precision is by no means ubiquitous - it is represented but the EB3 appears quite a popular choice for the more punchy rock (eg Bowie) - even Dee Murray appears to use one with Elton John at times in the early 70s. So im guessing some people (including the recording industry) are just hung up with a rather narrow perception of the 60s currently.... no problem if that's what floats your boat - I personally find it a bit tiresome and probably inaccurate outside of the US.
  4. drTStingray

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    Now now - and at least one was on a Burns 😏
  5. Musicman has announced a short scale passive Stingray today. Includes a neo pick up, rotary coil selector (series, parallel/single coil), volume control (with push pull passive tone control) Not available here until September though. http://blog.music-man.com/instruments/ernie-ball-music-man-new-for-2019/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=newfromnamm
  6. drTStingray

    Thoughts on short scale basses?

    Musicman has just announced a short scale passive electronics Stingray (with a series/parallel/single coil rotary control). May be worth considering but won't be available here until September.
  7. drTStingray

    James Brown - The Boss

    The thing with James Brown is its dance music - which generally tends to be repetitive. Some people like it, some don't but for me a band as tight and with as much groove as James Brown's had is one of the most exciting things in music - totally influences my approach to bass playing - always has since I first got turned on to it in the mid 70s - the single Get Up Offa That Thing - (I would accept - probably to the annoyance of some - I know some of my prog mates at the time thought I was bonkers - but they then also gravitated to Tom Scott and Weather Report around the same time!!)
  8. drTStingray

    P/ MM Pickup Positions (measuring tape required)

    This is correct and to answer the OP the bridge pick up (centre) on a Stingray is 13 1/2" from the 12th fret wire (see the bass plus tape measure posted in post 4 above). I believe this is the MM position the OP was after rather than some other manufacturer's interpretation. The measurement in the spreadsheet is for an SR5 but is still 13 1/2".
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    Is it worth me trying to sell to you guys in UK?

    People willing to wait seem to get much higher prices - look through The Gallery commission sales and others - and there is such a range of models and specs - some much more desirable than others.
  10. drTStingray

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    Yeah all good stuff 😊 I think I'd heard that Jack Stratton plays bass but interesting as you say.
  11. drTStingray

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    I don't think Jaco touched that many pure pop fans - that he influenced people like Norman Watt-Roy to play a fearsome sixteenth note groove on Rythmn Stick and Pino to play awesome Fretless on lots of pop singles may have touched them a lot more.
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    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    This is true and there was a reason for that (which emerges in some of her videos). They used three basses simultaneously on many tracks, upright, Fender bass and Dano Bass (the latter as a click bass). Carol Kaye played the 'Dano Bass' role sometimes whilst others played the Fender - all much too esoteric and geeky for a mainstream review!!
  13. drTStingray

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    Because they were focussing on the role of bass in music (not the role of individual manufacturers and instruments). The latter is entirely debatable anyway - someone once told me the Gibson EB1 (invented 1953) was just as popular as the Precision in the 50s (when bass guitar wasn't on the radar very much anyway - because upright ruled largely). The programme mentioned the P bass and showed at least two players who used them (Jamerson included - the prominence and role they gave him automatically elevated his bass to that role without the need to say so - and it was 40-50 yrs ago 😉)
  14. drTStingray

    Is it worth me trying to sell to you guys in UK?

    I wouldn't sell an SR5 (or Stingray for that matter) for £850. More like £1000 or more dependent on type and spec. Agreed one of the notorious flippers of basses (or Stingrays) wouldn't be interested but if someone actually wants to buy one because they want a Stingray...... That said you are right - the dreadful currency exchange value means it's much better buying a bass in the UK from the US than the other way round. Happy Jack is quite right and those who would have us think anything else are indeed delusional!!
  15. drTStingray

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    Couldn't have put it better myself - I thought it was great and also good to see keyboard bass covered. The footage of Bernard Edwards was great - imagine having that much groove!! And Jamerson also. I think the balance was excellent and particularly as it focussed on iconic music which will be known universally and the changing role of bass in it - was it just me or had the sound been EQd to make the bass more audible in some of the music. The Fender P did get a specific mention as did the Hofner and Rickenbacker (Beatles) but only to show the change created by moving from a focus on thump to sustained notes and potential to play higher up the fretboard. However the iconic lines covered showed a broad range of bass types, which apart from bass geeks, is the reality of how it's generally panned out. As with the drum programme I thought it was done well. Perhaps missed Fretless (Pino probably the most known to a general audience owing to hit singles with various artists) and slap (but this was covered in the double bass section) - and double bass really was ubiquitous until the 60s (with occassional notable exceptions). But generally excellent - I thoroughly enjoyed it 👍😊