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Everything posted by Cato

  1. I've been listening to hip hop since the late 80s and, to honest, I think the whole 'gangsta' thing may have been a little over done over the last 30 or so years. Rap is a fantastic story telling medium, but the genre could definitely do with some new plots.
  2. I remember seeing adverts for after market guitar strap 'spinner' kits in Guitarist magazine during the early 90's, which ties in with the age of the bass.
  3. Eight albums last year according to the article in HJ's link. By the way is Sonny T quite a small chap or is that bass (Warwick Dolphin?) massive.
  4. It looks like Music Tribe/Behringer are doing the same with Sweetwater in the US. https://guitar.com/news/industry-news/music-tribe-sweetwater/ It sounds like it may be an exclusive or semi exclusive dealership deal. We are now focusing on a select choice of the most influential e-commerce partners who have the largest customer reach and depth of services,” he wrote. “Only large e-commerce partners are capable of delivering this service.”“As a consequence, this unfortunately disqualifies all small brick-and-mortar stores and traditional distributors, as serving them adds little value and increases cost,” Behringer added. The report mentions that they're doing something with Amazon as well but it sounds like Behringer gear may soon be exclusive to just a handful of albeit huge retail outlets.
  5. Boyle's probably better suited to making a Pistols series than many. I'm guessing it'll be more 'Trainspotting' than 'Slum Dog Millionaire'.
  6. Epiphone have just released a series of guitars based on classic Epiphone (not Gibson) designs from the 50s and 60s. https://guitar.com/news/gear-news/epiphone-crestwood-custom-wilshire-coronet-2020/ Maybe if they do well they might start looking at their bass back catalogue?
  7. I've developed a sudden and unexpected GAS for one of these since seeing @Quilly's thread yesterday. There's something else I'm saving my pennies for at the moment, but if there's any change....
  8. Really nice looking instrument. I've never really fancied an acoustic bass but this has got me reconsidering.
  9. Active and/or passive is also a big consideration. For me it's a plus to have the option of both on a single PJ bass, sometimes I like to solo the P in passive mode for a more vintage vibe other times I might go all out on both pickups with the preamp engaged for a more contemporary tone.
  10. The sad fact is that just about every company Gibson has acquired in the last 3 decades either only now exists as an almost unrecognisable sad parody of it's former self, such as Kramer and Steinberger, or no longer exists at all.
  11. Gibson have such a such a great history of running amplifier manufacturers they've bought out......
  12. With Gibson's reputation where it is at the moment they might be concerned that calling it a takeover will devalue the Mesa brand. Not that I'm sure I believe the rumours, it seems like odd timing for the new consortium that took over a bankrupt Gibson 2 years ago to be looking to expand.
  13. Tortoiseshell? Mind you, I've recently gone from hating tortoiseshell guards to picturing them on just about every bass and guitar I see and liking the result, so I'm not sure my judgement can be trusted.
  14. I think the phenomenom of the late 90s/2000s where Gibson and Fender acquired numerous musical manufacturing and technology companies seemingly with the sole intention of ending them is over. Apart from anything else the practice was eyewateringly expensive and at least partly responsible for the current situation where both companies have acquired dangerous levels of debt. I can't imagine Korg has any nefarious plans for Aguilar other than hopefully increasing their profit margins.
  15. In my mind I'm definitely a bass player who also plays guitar rather than the other way round.
  16. I've pretty much always played both, I've never seen it as an either/or situation. At the moment I'm playing more skinny string guitar, but there's always a point where I'll want to add a bassline to whatever I've been doing on the guitar. If I come up with something I like on bass then likewise I'll reach for the guitar to try and build on that. I can't really imagine myself ever quitting one completely to concentrate on the other because I suppose see them as complementary skills, I'd say that being able to add guitar to my bass parts actually enhances my enjoyment of playing bass and vice versa.
  17. I'd guess returning the money to anyone who kicked up a big enough fuss was always taken into consideration when running the scam as a way to try to keep people from reporting him to straight to the police. I'd also guess he was working on the basis that enough people would accept his excuses and write the money off to still make the con worth his while. Of course once everyone he's tried to pull the scam on starts talking to each other the whole thing falls apart. Even with the refunds he's going to have an interesting time explaining why he was accepting money from multiple people for the same listing if his intent wasn't to take their money by deception.
  18. Yeah, I wondered if he was deliberately libelling himself under a fake profile in order to try and give himself some sort of legal grounds to get the thread removed. Seems like his M.O.
  19. Assuming they release the Simmons Sig commercially it's a pretty sound investment. Kiss have a proven track record of selling high priced merch items to their fans. (That's not a criticism, just an observation). There will be non- bass playing Kiss fans who will quite happily hand over their money for a Simmons sig bass, especially if it's some kind of imited edition. I imagine they'll sell a few to actual bass players as well.
  20. If it's not already been suggested, surely Facebook should be alerted that a convicted fraudster is involved in using their service to run an equipment buying/selling page and that he's using that position to cover up complaints about his criminal activities from the people he's ripped off.
  21. Seeing as the gigs is in Dubai I wondered if maybe they're doing some special one off 'packages' to suit the wallets of the audience.
  22. It's Kiss, so chances are that they'll be available to order as part of a very expensive 'meet and greet' package. I think their standard package is a few thousand dollars for a chinese made Gene Simmons Axe sig that he uses on stage for one song. If he's putting a Gibson package together that's going to come with a hefty mark up.
  23. There's been an ongoing backlog at UK ports for a few months https://theloadstar.com/congestion-crisis-outgrows-ports-as-container-stacks-pop-up-across-the-uk/ Nothing directly to do with Brexit or Covid, although as the last couple of days have shown the whole system is right on the edge right now and it's probably only a nudge away from complete collapse.
  24. Cato

    Acoustic Basses

    In my experience with skinny string guitars semi acoustic electrics with f holes they generally aren't noticeably any louder than solid body guitars when played 'unplugged'. I'd guess it's similar with basses, so if the idea is to have semi-acoustic bass around for unplugged practice it probably won't be any better than whatever you have at the moment. The skinny stringers don't sound particularly 'acoustic' when plugged in either, I'd guess that's why 'proper' electro acoustics tend to use piezos and/or internal mics rather than standard magnetic pickups.
  25. Using a pick with the bass on the back pickup will add 'twang' but I reckon the amp's doing most of the heavy lifting on this. Treble boosted, lot of reverb and a touch of tremelo.
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