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  1. Looking for ideas for a half-decent, busking combo to amplify my cajon when busking. 20w to 30w should suffice, with 4 inputs to accommodate; acoustic guitar, two vocal mics, and my cajon mic. All recommendations gratefully received.
  2. Do these belong here? https://www.facebook.com/rachel.m.lasham/videos/1569887960027440 https://www.facebook.com/rachel.m.lasham/videos/575375983610112
  3. Blast! Because of my hulking great paws, I can only play P-width necks.
  4. What's the nut width, please?
  5. How about this? Does this count as Soul, Funk, Groove? Not sure.... 😁
  6. Thanks for all the replies so far. Pretty unanimous set of suggestions, really.
  7. As lockdown freedom approaches, I've been jamming/auditioning with three local covers bands. One has invited me to join them. I've only played with them twice - audition, plus first full rehearsal. The first full rehearsal was recorded, and I've been listening to our efforts. It's pretty clear to me that the singer isn't especially good. She sounds flat most of the time to me - my partner describes the singer's voice as "unmusical". I thought this when the band sent me their pre-audition recordings, and I thought it at my first jam/audition. The recordings of the first full rehearsal strengthens my view. What to do? Key points: I have a feeling - could well be completely wrong - that the singer and one of the guitarists may be an item. I'm very much the new boy and certainly wouldn't want to upset anybody. "Carry on in quiet desperation is the English way..." I'm keen to get back out there playing with real people again, but not if I'm always inwardly wincing at the singer's voice. What's the best approach here, folks?
  8. Because of a sporting injury to my neck and shoulder, I switched from 34" to short scale a few years ago. Echoing Osiris' point, it's the reduced distance to the first fret that makes the big difference for me, rather than the reduced distance between frets. To try out short scale, I bought a Harley Benton Shorty from Thomann. £63. Bonkers. https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbp90bk_shortscale_ebass.htm?sid=419559fd6d8232d3ab920710b6280f0e I've had a few shortscales since then, but the shorty, with some new strings and some Wilkinson pickups for about £30 took a lot of beating - seriously. The Shorty has a P width neck which works for me, and I've struggled to find a good shortscale with a wide neck since. Shortscale + Jazz neck can get a bit cramped. Fishfacefour: Don't know where you're based. I'm in Stockport. If you want to come over and try out my two short scale basses (Lakland Hollowbody, G&L Fallout Tribute) - just let me know
  9. I've just joined a covers band, and I need to learn the bass part to Dead Boys by Sam Fender. I have the chord chart, but I can't find any tabs or YouTube videos for the bassline. Anybody out there playing this, please?
  10. I'm feeling much better about the bass now. I put a new set of Status Nylons on it, and they would not stay in tune, let alone intonate. The E string was especially bad. After two days of frustration, I threw them away and replaced them with some Status half-rounds. These have been instantly better, in that they stay in tune (!) Switched from Kustom Hybrid bass head to a GK MB500 too, and that has also helped. The bass pickup is hot, and the "purer" output of the MB500 seems to calm things down a bit. Most probably a keeper - certainly as No.2 bass. Photo of fretboard figuring:
  11. Three Edit - (now just two) sets of strings for sale here: Picato "Pro-Bass", Nylon Tape Wound, medium scale, 60-72-98-115. Set no 736M. Unopened and unused. Elites Groundwound, "Standard Gauge IV", stainless steel, long scale, 45-65-85-105. Unopened and unused. NOW SOLD. D'Addario nickel roundwounds, short scale, 45-65-80-100. N.B. These were the delivery strings on the G&L Fallout Tribute bass I received 3 days ago. I don't play rounds, so the first thing I did after unboxing the bass was to change the strings. According to the G&L website, the strings are D’Addario Nickel Roundwound short scale strings, .045-.065-.080-.100. Obviously, they have been fitted to the bass, but are unplayed by me. £15 per set, including second class postage.
  12. After a slightly bumpy start, we're definitely getting there now. Did a basic set up, now just tweaking to take account of neck and string settling. E string intonation is proving troublesome, but I suspect that's because I'm using cut-down medium scale strings which may not suit the nut grooves. Proper short-scales on order. Played it through my rehearsal rig yesterday - Deep End 1200 hybrid head with a 12" 350w Techamp speaker. Ooof! Huge, rich tones, needing a bit of mids boost from the amp. Of course, virtually impossible to get a clear idea of gig tone with the rig just about ticking over in the dining room. Neck is the probably the widest short-scale I've played but is fairly thin front-to-back, so not too clumsy at all. Would love to play it a full band session, but that's not going to happen any time soon, dammit.
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