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micguy

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  1. micguy

    Geddy Lee pedal

    AKA 3 guys that play bass in trio format loud bands (yes, the Who had a singer, too, but just 3 instruments). Their tone is part of why their bands could make so much noise with just 3 guys.
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    Light, warm (and cheap!) drive pedal

    I have a Wampler Pantheon - with the presence knob off, and the other tone controls at noon, it's flat - doesn't lose bass. Very good at "just a hint of breakup" sounds. If you want something a bit snarly, then a Pike Vulcan is just the ticket - I go back and forth between the two, depending on what vibe I'm chasing for a particular gig.
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    Velcro! Which Way Round?

    Godlyke Power grip is what I use - not sure if it's available on your side of the pond (I'm in the colonies), but it uses the same stuff on both sides, and doesn't gather dust too badly - kind of like loops on both surfaces. Holds really well, too.
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    Bass 101 Question

    I’ve been playing for 40 years. I have absolutely huge hands. I have trouble finding glives long enough. My left hand has an inch and a half more span than my right hand. Even with all that, I don’t do one finger per fret very often. I do a lot of double stops - fifths and octaves. I shift - a lot. You can’t play the lines I play with one finger per fret. One finger per fret is great for speed shredder type guitarists. Maybe it works for some bassists, too. If all your lines are one note at a time, maybe it’s OK. For others, like me, not so much.
  5. Pickuos that don’t hum. We’ve known for many decades how to do this, all the basic patents have expired. Why do people still make basses that hum?
  6. micguy

    TC - No more Tore?

    So does the introduction of the new (no toneprint) bass amps mean that Tone Prints (and the support for them) are getting phased out?gosh, I hope not.
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    No Amp - Just A DI Pedal?

    I've been ampless and in ear for 90 percent of my gigs for the last 5 years. Any pedal that has a decently low impedance can be used to drive a DI (assuming the venue has one), or, like many of us, you can bring your own DI. I currently am using a Tech21 Q strip as my eq and DI at the output end of my pedalboard. The tough thing about going ampless is, if you want to use dirt, you don't have a cabinet to filter out high frequency stuff that the dirt pedal creates. That means you have to figure out how to deal with that on your pedalboard. A low pass filter or cabinet emulator are the usual way, though some overdrives have enough filtering built in that you're OK without additional EQ. The 3kHz low pass on my Q strip is on all the time - just a bit of filtering to dust that tiny bit of fizz or clinkiness of my signal I assess and tweak the tone of my rig though a mixer driving a pair of headphones that I know the sound of really well. So far, FOH guys are able to work with what I'm feeding them without issues - I ask, as I don't ever hear what's coming off the PA mains, and I want to know if there's anything I can do better.
  8. Behringer has been around for quite a while, and it didn't prevent Darkglass from rising up and creating a niche and some great products - yes, there will be low end clones forever, but the real innovators will always have a place as well.
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    Bridges - Do They Make a Difference

    The bridge is the end termination of the string - change it's mechanical impedance, and the string will vibrate a little differently. The Physicist in me knows this. Is it audible? The best demonstration I've done for myself on this was to change 1 bridge saddle - with a set of relatively new strings. I played them for an hour or so, to get used to the sound will all brass saddles, then changed the D string saddle to a titanium one. After the change, whenever I got to the D string, it was indeed a bit zingier than the G and A strings - it "jumped" out a bit. Swapping the saddle back, things became more even across strings again. Will anyone in the audience notice? Probably not, but I do. I adjust bridges and saddles as a fine tweak to a bass's tone, once I get used to the thing and figure out if I want to push things one way or the other.
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    Nickel-Like Steels or Steel-Like Nickels??

    I find growl, snarl, twang, etc. to be partly in the gauges - I use 35/50/70/95 strings on most of my basses. I could never get the sound I wanted from 40-95's (except for the E string - duh!)
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    Reputation of early '80s Fender basses

    In the early 80's nobody (at least where I live) wanted a Fender from any era - everyone wanted guitars and basses that were pointy, with locking Floyd rose tremolos on the guitars, and Fenders were the same tired old, curvy things - without Floyds. If I had know where things were headed, I could have bought a bunch of old Fenders from the 60's for cheap, and..... alas, not to be. I have no idea if the Fender instruments from that era were great or not. I'd bet as time goes by, since very few were bought in that era, the scarcity thing might make them valuable.
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    What gear exceeded expectations for you?

    Warmoth wood - especially the necks. I build my own basses using their wood, and it's all superbly made. Last night I swapped a neck on a bass (I had a baked maple fretboard on it, and it was just too bright). I took the old neck off, bolted the new one on, gave the trussrod a half turn past snug (all my necks end up about there w.r.t. trussrod adjustment), strung it up, and played it. The action was dead on from one neck to the next, and I didn't even have to touch the intonation - everything was just...there. They are also always snug in the body pocket - if you wanted to adjust any of my necks to line up the strings by moving the neck....well, there's no play, so it;'s a good thing they're all dead on.
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    Fretless bass - what would you recommend?

    Mighty Mite makes a fretless neck that has an ebonol fingergoard - mwah for days, and it's pretty darn cheap. If you have something with a Fender neck pocket, you can try it as a fretless before you go too deep financially. Whatever you try it on, you want something with a bridge pickup that you can solo - a P isn't really the best bass for mwah, which for many of us, is pretty much the point of fretless. In terms of pickups, not having frets means that what you might consider an agressive pickup won't really sound that way - it'll be "lively". A more polite pickup on a fretless is likely to be just plain dull sounding.
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