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Manwithvan

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  1. This post will come as a surprise to Andy, as he does not know me. But I owe him. A couple of weeks ago, Andy sold a Yamaha BB1500A and described it as doing the Marcus Miller thing. This came as a surprise to me, as my 1500 had never come close to that sound. But after absorbing that ad, it now does it very well, better I’d say than the MM signature Fender I once had. It’s true that I tinkered with the mid-cut preset to good effect, but I can’t believe that alone could have made all the difference. Is it all in my head? Or is my playing style now inspired by the faith that we CAN do the Marcus sound? Or when Andy Travis speaks, do all bass guitars obey? Perhaps he would say something encouraging about the Squier Jaguar?
  2. I bought a Maruscyk Elwood short scale from Vin in January. Very easy transaction, great to deal with. So in April I bought his Classic Vibe Jaguar as well.
  3. Thanks for this, I’m interested in trying it out on my Jag SS. My stable of Short scale was added to by a Maruscyk Elwood in January, and the medium scales by a classic vibe Jag a couple of weeks ago. It’s impossible to compare the 30 and 32-in Jaguars, they feel different and sound different. The 30 has new 40-95s, the 32, older 45-105s. I wonder if that’s the main reason? Just so I’m clear, Stub, the two pickup mods are either below or above, not both.
  4. Yes, and yes. I can make a quick demo video if that helps. I prefer to send with the neck off.
  5. Manwithvan

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    Have now sold Andy two basses through Basschat, both delivered by Parcelforce. He is fair and honest, and a pleasure to deal with.
  6. Another sacrifice to make way for new acquisitions. Scarcely used Squier Jag, owned since new. I've rehearsed with it, and it performed well, but never gigged it. There's a couple small scratches on the back (circled on photo) but that's it for wear and tear, though it's a bit dusty in the photos! Neck pickup sounds good, both pickups together sounds better; the bridge pickup, alone, I didn't find very useful. The weight is 3.25 kg, or 7 lb.
  7. Just seen something I want on this very forum, and it needs funds! What's good: Overwater-designed pickups, clean and clear electronics. What's not so good: A joint project with the overseas build managed by Tanglewood, who took it back (I bought it new) to rewire the pickups so they were in phase and did a fret dress. It's not light at 4.5kg ( I will double check if asked). The body finish is rather nice and still in very good order.
  8. Just seen something I want on this very forum, and it needs funds! What's good: Bartolinis, slim straight neck, very usable preamp with mids switch, light as a a feather. What's bad: the body finish is rubbish. It came to me damaged, and I have probably made it slightly worse by touching it up. An invisible repair from about 400 yards, maybe! With this in mind I hope the price is realistic.
  9. I’m glad you did use that phrase and found your explanations very interesting. I have an improvising band going atm and it sounds like there’s some good exercises to work with based on these ideas. I’ll try it out next session tomorrow! Our sound is clean and acoustic, and most of the players (viola, bassoon, clarinet) have classical backgrounds, so prog or fusion noodle-fests aren’t their thing.
  10. On another thread Boodang wrote about Nick Blacka from Gogo Penguin and their approach to micro-compositional playing. Rather than divert that thread about best bass players of 2021, I’ll ask here: what do people understand by micro-compositional playing? Because I’m not sure.
  11. I can understand why drummers will want just one rehearsal before a gig. Too often they're brought in too early in the rehearsal process and end up working as a 'machine' while singers, guitarists, keyboard players work out their own parts. I think that drummers are seldom treated as equal contributors, musically. Only bass players really appreciate them! Of course, playing to a drum machine is as inspiring as bedroom practice to a backing track, and I prefer to rehearse without drums. It might even encourage players to count. I've been a member of quite a few outfits that gigged without a drummer, and the advice 'No drummer is better than the wrong drummer' should often be followed.
  12. Intonation could be improved but I wouldn’t bother until new strings are fitted. It sounds as if the note gets sharper after the initial pluck ie recovering some tension after stretching. I know…a whole fiver and the set only lasted a year!
  13. There's a probably apocryphal story of the musician who went into hospital and was asked if he had any allergies? 'Yeah, two,' he replied, 'country and western.' I'd never listen to country music for pleasure, but it's fun to play. I like to listen to Allan Holdsworth, Zappa, etc, stuff some say is difficult to listen to. It's usually too difficult for me to play. I've been planning a Henry Cow tribute act for some time, but it'll probably never happen!
  14. That's an idea worth experimenting with. I do have a Roland GP100 guitar processor which I could get to do something approximate. I'll try that. I meant I, not you, am happy to get a clean D. I have found I can get lower by only using girth, and no growl, but the sound is a bit tame.
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