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  1. Mine isn't far from that position, a little further northwest. Position definitely makes a big difference, as does the height from the body and placement of the putty - mount it close and it sounds compressed and middy, mount it 1mm from the body with the putty right on the corners and you get a more open sound.
  2. I was talking a bloke in a pub a few years back about a Cream song and what a great bass line it had, and we were both really frustrated that we could hum the tune but we couldn't remember the name. Literally a year later he walked up to me in another pub and just said 'Badge'.
  3. Not the worst thing that happened to me but one time I had a pedal-operated smoke machine plugged into the same outlet as my bass amp. During a psychedelic guitar freak out I gave it full beans on the smoke machine, then as I stepped away I had my foot caught on the power cable and managed to unplug both the smoke machine and my bass amp. Trying to find the wall socket to plug my amp back in was of course made impossible due to all the smoke. :-)
  4. I really love the Thumb sound. I think mine makes me play more interesting parts, because I know the character of the bass will carry it off. And thanks to the strong mid hump you don't need to be high in the mix to be heard. Bloody brilliant basses imho.
  5. I've never played in a rock band so I've never had this problem. I've never seen what draws bass players to do rock bands tbh.
  6. When I got to 30 I decided I'd better stay in shape if I was going to continue to go on stages, so I don't eat like a builder and I do some weights a few times a week so although I'm 40 I don't look like I've contentedly eased into middle age. I think Iggy Pop has hit on a neat look for the older rocker. He looks a quite compelling mix of wise old head and scrawny youth. Not saying that we can all flail around half naked but clearly it's possibly to look wild and vital despite age.
  7. G4M have got some nice synths out in their new showroom eh. That's where I bought my Bass Station 2 a few weeks back, but it was nice to be able to a/b it against the Arturia Minibrute, Microbrute, Moog Sub Phatty, Little Phatty, etc.
  8. Totally agree with Danny's entire post. You'll notice some degradation if you have some average-quality-buffered-bypass pedals in your signal path. The best setup is to have some sort of pedal which will bypass all your buffered bypass pedals, and contains a high quality buffer itself. For me it's an SFX Loop Logic.
  9. I bet this thing is as sweet as they come. :-)
  10. If the saddles are falling off when you take the strings off, take a closer look at the bridge until you find the set screws that were designed specifically to keep the saddles from moving. ;-)
  11. A lot of players don't like the Thumb because it sounds too different, but it's a really sweet sound, it burbles and purrs in quite a unique way. Mine is a '91 4 string and it's got a great neck on it. Perhaps the best thing about the Marmite nature of the Thumb bass is you can usually get a great early used NT model for under a grand. I paid under 700 for mine.
  12. [quote name='bubinga5' timestamp='1413715347' post='2581052']haven't learned to play a song for ages.. then i learn to play this, and it really highlight's flaws in my technique… naturally i tend to stick to licks/runs bass lines I'm comfortable with. I'm sure I'm not not alone there.. its a real eye opener when your fingers are forced to do something different.. so important to listen to and learn bass lines to all sorts of music.. [/quote] Isn't Incognito like your favourite band? You're always talking about them, how can it be something different for you?
  13. Bleh. Fenders are cool aren't they. I really like my Thumb bass and it's the nicest bass I've got, but it'll never be cool like a Fender. Can't believe a business that owns so many cool and iconic, timeless designs is struggling. Maybe the era of the electric guitar is finally over. Funnily enough I've bought a Maschine and a synth this year, and no bass gear at all.
  14. My main problem at the moment is when I change position I grip the neck too hard which ruins my mobility. I think it's something that has developed from double bass playing, I just need to chill the eff out.
  15. [quote name='flyfisher' timestamp='1413578457' post='2579899'] Last bit of news I saw, it had already raised £2m for Children In Need When so what's the problem?[/quote] You've got several pages of explanation about how awful it is. [quote name='flyfisher' timestamp='1413578457' post='2579899']Anyway, when was the last time you had a song in the charts? [/quote] The last time the BBC promoted my record constantly on TV and radio. Incidentally I don't think anybody objects to the song. The song appears to be universally loved. Maybe you have genuinely missed the point.
  16. It's still a bass, use whatever you like.
  17. Seems an entirely laudable editorial decision to me. Good call, mods.
  18. The B side is Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me by The Saturdays feat. McFly.
  19. The Boss CEB-3 is pretty good. It has a real freezing '80s quality to it, and you can bypass your lower notes if you want to.
  20. OK first up rule out whatever else you're doing with your arms that could be causing damage. If you've ruled all those out, you have to get serious about your bass guitar technique. Change the way you play. Play softer. Find other ways to get whatever dynamics you want. You must change the way you play or stop playing altogether. Those steroid injections will mess you up in the long term. You must be really over-doing it. Get a teacher. A professional bass player, not a guitarist. A proper teacher. And do what they tell you to do. And if it's not what you're used to doing, just suck it up and do what you're told. Or get prepared for giving up playing. Edit: I've had major tendon problems in both wrists recently. Recovery is pretty slow when it gets to the point that it's painful, but you won't recover at all if you don't change what you're doing, the problem will recur. It took me over a year to get back to playing without pain, and two years until the pain went away altogether. It still flares up sometimes. Do everything you can to minimise it. From your post the most obvious thing is that you pick too hard. You'll probably find you're also stopping notes on the fingerboard with too much pressure. It'll be a difficult habit to break I reckon.
  21. Something that I might be the only person to notice and maybe I am imagining it, but the blue album was produced by Ric Ocasek (The Cars) and at the end of Only In Dreams before the guitar solo Cuomo sings 'Only in dreee-he-heee-he-heee-he-heeeams' (about the 4m mark if you want to Youtube it), which reminded me a lot of Ocasek's 'Girl uh-hurl uh-hurl' (around 3m) on The Cars' 'Best Friend's Girl'. Either The Cars were a big influence on Cuomo for Ocasek to end up producing their debut album, or Cuomo was poking fun at his vocal style on that tune. I always thought he was aping him though.
  22. I think both are low-quality enough to not really warrant a court case. No 'artist' has been slighted here.
  23. That's a neat design, but I've had a Schroeder 1212L for the last 5 years that I can carry in one hand and sounds amazing, so no trolley required.
  24. [quote name='JapanAxe' timestamp='1413202612' post='2575746'] Whatever you decide on - single pedals, multi, or both - try this before you gig your rig: ... instructions ... The problem is that non-true-bypass pedals (blah) ... When you chain several pedals, this ends up being quite a lot, and it tends to be worse when putting a bass through a pedal meant for skinny-string guitars. If this does become a problem, it is worth investigating true-bypass loop pedals to switch your buffered pedals in and out of circuit.[/quote] This can indeed be a problem with some pedals that have a buffered bypass but it's only half the story. True-bypass pedals can also cause the same problem. If all your pedals are true bypass, try the same experiment. Now this depends on the cable lengths you're running and whether you use a passive or active bass (a passive bass will be worse because the signal has a higher impedance and higher impedance signals degrade more quickly), but let's imagine a worst-case scenario of a passive bass with a 15ft cable to the pedalboard and another 15ft cable back to the amp. You *will* notice the loss of treble frequencies compared to going direct to the amp. It will be very obvious. This is due to cable capacitance - as your signal travels down cables it will gradually lose treble frequencies, it's just what happens. If all your pedals are true bypass then you have nothing between your bass to your amp to help buffer the signal along. This is partly the reason why pedal manufacturers put buffers into their devices in the first place. They were trying to compensate for the fact that longer cable runs will ruin your tone. The ideal solution is a combination of both true bypass and buffered bypass: Have a single pedal with a very high quality buffer in it (sometimes known as a 'line driver' if it also amplifies the signal), put it as the first pedal in your chain, and it will help your signal to maintain its treble frequencies as it travels through your other pedals and out to the amp. In my case I've got a very high fidelity, vey low noise 2-channel mixer from SFX as the only pedal that is always in my signal chain (the rest are all true-bypass), so if I want to bypass all my effects and go straight to the amp it's much the same sound as I would get from using just one cable direct to the amp.
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