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  1. Thank you. Now that you explain it, it seems blindingly obvious that this is how you do it, but it wasn't obvious to me, so I'm glad I asked. I've got a suitable file on the way in the post, and I managed to dig up a good video that goes through in detail the method you described, so I'm looking forward to giving it a go.
  2. I once encountered a guy like that, although he was in tune and a good player. After his set I watched him wander off into the night, carrying his bass by the upper horn. I must admit, I was a little bit jealous.
  3. Inspired by the Quo thread, I submit 70s era Alan Lancaster as having one of the best haircuts in the genre. I think we can all agree that this is pretty damn good; magnificent, but restrained, entirely appropriate for the song - but is it great? Who, past or present, has done it better? And yes, this is definitely the worst:
  4. He's alright, but he's no Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
  5. I have a number of basses with high frets that prevent me from getting the action as low as I would like. I plan to get some luthiery tools so that I can level them myself. In addition, I'd quite like to be able to have what I need to do a full fret level in the future, but it's not an immediate concern. My first question is: what tool is appropriate for levelling a single fret. I assume I could use a shortish fret levelling file, but how short? Crimson Guitars sell a 3" spot levelling file, but also a 6" file, which I 'think' I've seen them use to do a full fret level instead of a beam. So I guess what I'm asking is, buy a 3" file for the single frets and get a beam further down the line (expensive option,) or get the 6" file and use that for both jobs? Second question: what's a good way of getting the neck straight? I've seen some people suggest those notched rulers aren't so useful, as they work on the assumption that the fretboard is perfectly level. But, if you use a straight edge on the frets, surely you need the frets to be level? - just as an addendum, I realise that if I want the best result I could take it to a luthier, but these are all cheap basses, and the aim here really is to learn and practice the skills rather than the outcome.
  6. Some people can recognise humour when it's there.
  7. I hope they're all paying for their drinks, because once you get that lot set up in the Dog and Duck there won't be any room for the punters.
  8. The point at which the words 'this is not a democracy' emanate from a band members mouth would be the point at which I intimate that if that is indeed the case, then I'd better be getting paid hourly for my time, signed contract, all gig/practice expenses covered, and I certainly won't be providing any gear beyond my bass and cables. And then I'd pack up my stuff and leave.
  9. I quite like this one. It's memorable, easy to say, and looks good in written form. It's not cheesy, and doesn't sound like the name of an improvisational comedy troupe. Having the word 'book' in there will trigger unconscious associations in your clients with booking, professionalism, and maybe the marriage register that you sign during the ceremony. If there's a little inside reference for you in there, then so much the better. Only downside I can see is possible associations with Mao's little red book.
  10. How dare you, sir. Next you'll be telling me moussaka is just an overly complicated lamb casserole.
  11. But then you could just make it out of any old materials, and I definitely fight better with a really expensive stick.
  12. Actually, I've brought my own - artisanally made from swedish mahogany and kiln roasted fightwood. The guy who constructed it assures me the blend gives better reach at mid range. He charges an extortionate sum for these, but he's been making them for thirty years without ever taking a break, so I've no reason to doubt him.
  13. Just wanted to check: I haven't read a single post in this thread, but I assume the conclusion was that tone definitely doesn't come from wood? I mean, anyone who has spent more than three minutes of never ending research with a bass guitar would have to be pretty daft to think otherwise, right?
  14. Let us know if you track it down; the eBay site is such a mess it's seems impossible to know definitively what you can and cannot do. I had to turn on the Seller Hub feature to get access to a proper 'order details' page that showed buyer info, including the phone number. Interestingly, their email address was either missing, or masked with an intermediary ebay address, but I can get it via the PayPal transaction. I imagine there are other ways. Navigating the interface is like travelling back in time 20 years.
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