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  1. I don't think you're being picky - it feels weird because it is weird. If they don't have a sense of where the downbeat is (especially the drummer!), I'd be wondering what other surprising... interpretations might be in store ๐Ÿ˜†
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fender-Squire-Bass-neck/333172205426 I swear the headstock is half the length of the fretboard! Trick of perspective, maybe? Then there's the odd-looking tuners, and the "I think it was made in Indonesia" when it says "Crafted in China" and has a CY serial number... ๐Ÿ˜†
  3. Microbass, maybe? I've still got one of these from the 90s - it's loud enough to rehearse with a drummer. They don't make 'em like they used to!
  4. Keeley Bassist is superb. The other day I noticed I'd chipped the paint on mine, and just for a second I thought, "Oh no, the resale value!". Then I realised that this is the only pedal I can't imagine ever wanting to sell ๐Ÿ˜„
  5. I used to take mine off, thinking it might get in the way. But then a couple of times I forgot - which made me realise that it doesn't make any difference.
  6. I use the B string: - as a thumbrest: all the time - to transpose songs downwards for the singer without needing to re-tune: regularly - to move patterns up the neck to make them easier to play: a fair bit - to play songs that were originally in Eb standard tuning or on a 5-string: sometimes - to play any note below a low D : almost never
  7. Spot on - the line out on a Rumble 100 v3 is post-everything. If you turn up the gain/EQ/master on "your" amp, you'll also be increasing the signal to "his" amp. Since the older Rumbles don't have a gain control, this could cause clipping. You'd have the same situation if you used the effects send from the 100. I don't know if the older Rumbles have the same layout - it may be worth trying your bass into the 25, and the preamp out from the 25 into the input of the 100. An alternative might be to split your bass signal in two (e.g. with an ABY pedal), and send it to both amps separately - that way, you and the drummer get full, independent volume control.
  8. I absolutely adore my GHS Precision Flats, but they are the only flatwounds I've tried.
  9. Contradiction in terms ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. Mint on white ๐Ÿคค
  11. There are many reasons to play your own thing, and they're not all bad: Because the whole band has completely rearranged the song in a different style, and truly made it their own. Great! If no-one ever did this, musical history would be stagnant. Because the original part is full of variations and was probably improvised, and you're not in a warts-and-all tribute band. And none of those variations are prominent hooks that people will miss. No problem! The only people who'll notice are other bass players ๐Ÿ˜‰ Because the band has had to rearrange the song to work with the instrumentation that you have, and so you're pretending to be a synthesizer or a piano player's left hand. Or there was no bass part to begin with, so you've made up something that fits the style. Okay! Because, as an amateur, you don't have the ability to play it "right" yet - but you're working on it. Fine! Because you're tone-deaf and you genuinely can't tell that you've got it wrong. Understandable! But perhaps music isn't the right hobby for you ๐Ÿ˜… Because you think the original part is boring to play, and your own entertainment is more important to you than the audience's. It depends! Do you have taste and restraint, and have you come up with something that is sympathetic and doesn't trample over the song? Hint: Slap bass is never the correct answer! Because you know it's wrong, but you're too lazy to learn it and "the punters won't know the difference". Questionable! Kinda feels like you're insulting both the audience and the original artist ๐Ÿคจ Because you've just learned how to slap / tap / sweep pick / etc. and you are determined to shoehorn it in wherever possible. Nope! I think that's why this is such a contentious topic whenever it comes up - folks assume we're all talking about the same thing, and some of them take it personally. I don't think anyone's got a problem with cutting down a long song, or repeating bits of a very short one, or making up an ending for something that fades out on the record. That's just practical.
  12. Gear4music have them for ยฃ349, which is ยฃ50 more than Kenny's but still a damn sight cheaper than anywhere else
  13. Very cool! I'd be a bit concerned about the breakability of the Timing and Mix controls.
  14. If you want to test the waters before splashing out on a boutique pre-amp, these are some budget options: Behringer MIC100 / MIC200 Art Tube MP
  15. True... the crap ends up stuck to the much larger surface area of your pedalboard instead ๐Ÿง
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