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  • Birthday 16/05/1985

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  1. My 330 quid Schecter is at least as high quality as any Fender I've played so I'd be surprised if a higher end Schecter wasn't better than an American Performer. I think across the range, the American Performer spot is the worst value Fender instruments. Its existence is based on a common delusion where a lot of people think "made in America" is a plus point. So the instruments cost more because of the labour costs but aren't actually any better than they'd be if they were made in Mexico or Asia. The Professional and up also have higher labour costs but at least they are also higher spec than the lower cost Fender models.
  2. So stunning! If only I had the money I'd seriously consider driving down from Scotland for that.
  3. That's very nice (and I'm a Schecter fan too). What model is it? Haven't seen that colour before.
  4. I agree - both are useful to study. Would welcome any transcriptions in that fashion too if anyone knew any. It's actually a lot easier to that than the chordal way though because for large sections of the song, if not the whole song, the same notes are always going to be the same scale degree whereas with the chords it changes often.
  5. We'll just have to agree to disagree then.
  6. Putting the question of fingerboards aside, I think it's a mistake to buy something where any significant aspect of it bothers you. I think it's more likely to get more annoying over time and quite unlikely you'd just grow to like it.
  7. I'm wondering if I've not explained myself clearly. I'm talking about getting the sheet music to a song and going through the notes like "that note is a C and the chord at that time is C so I'll write "R" above that. Then there's a G next, still under the same chord so I'll write a 5 above that." Then I can look at the bass line and see which scale tones are being used when. The process of writing the numbers out isn't improving any aspect of bass playing or writing, it's just arbitrarily converting it from one format to another.
  8. I think you're mistaken that the act of just looking at a bass line and writing down which scale tone each note is would help someone develop anything other than the ability to do that itself. It's once that's written out that the useful study can be done. So it would be more like someone laboriously knitting themselves a sweat band before every time they went out marathon training. So they wish there was a place to get pre-made sweat bands in order to skip the part that doesn't actually help them with their running.
  9. It's just so I can study basslines from good songs without having to work it all out first. I've done some myself like this but it's very time consuming for me.
  10. Anyone know of a resource where songs are written out in a way that shows the chords of a song and the bass notes played in it as they relate to the chords? E.g. something like " R \ \ 3 5 | R \ \ 6 \ " if you know what I mean.
  11. Isn't it because on a Jazz bass there are 2 pickups picking up each string in different locations so when they're added together some of the frequencies get cancelled out while on the P bass, even though the pickup comes in 2 pieces wired together, each string is only being picked up at one location? I think that's more to do with it than series/parallel thing because you can wire J pickups in series and it sounds very different but not like a P. It's a possible option for the OP though - to either wire the pickups in series or even add a switch that switches between that and normal. Favouring one of the pickups rather than having both on full might also help cut through. P.S. I'm jealous you have the Flea Jazz - I see it every time I'm in the guitar shop and it just looks so beautiful. I fear by the time I can afford to buy it they'll be out of production.
  12. Does anyone have any info on the bass sound on Eric Johnson's Ah Via Musicom? Specifically the track "Desert Rose" but other tracks also. One of my favourite bass sounds but can't find any info on it really. Is it just a DI'd Jazz bass? Were any amps used also? Any other info at all, even strings, playing style, pickup etc. Fingers crossed!
  13. Nice one, great to hear that as I've always really liked the idea of a Maruszczyk with their website letting you customise everything.
  14. I emailed Maruszczyk asking if the fretboard edges were rolled or if it was possible to request that and he didn't seem to know what I was talking about.
  15. Wow that is pretty extreme in that photo, I don't think I'd want that. It's more just taking the sharpness off. It felt quite nice when I tried it out in the shop but it was a rosewood fingerboard I tried so will have to wait and see what the maple feels like when it arrives. I've never actually played a bass with rolled edges but in the 6-string guitar world it's a must for me - I tried out a Mexican Fender to try to save some money but the hard edges were so distracting after being used to the rolled ones on my American models. So far all the basses I've been playing don't have rolled edges and has been okay so not sure if maybe it's less of a necessity on basses or maybe just that I haven't experienced the rolled edges to compare the others to so I don't know what I'm missing.
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