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  1. GHS suggests using their long scale plus strings in 35" scale basses as well as if you use a string through body bridge.
  2. Support your local... http://www.status-graphite.com/
  3. Michael V. Pedulla, please. Modulus has up to 21.5 mm string spacing option in their 5W necks. Congrats, that's one cracking bass.
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    DIY Effects

    IE Divaricator is a pedal sized and functional X-over. It also has a (meaningless?) full range adjustment, which I keep at zero. Very fun addition to many pedals, like OD/fuzz/dist, chorus/flange, and so on. Recommended. I built the Omnilooper, too. Some work, but very doable. I also recommend the box from him.
  5. The question of playing is probably the first: do you want to play? Our band plays lots of songs that are not on my home play list. But when the crowd is jumping and singing along and having a good time, I know we've managed to talk with the language of music to the people. Sometimes there are parts of the language, i.e. the songs, that may be less interesting, but it is the complete offering than a single sentence that matters. I often forget songs (not notes) while I play, because the feel means so much. Music is more than a single song.
  6. But that's good! You need new baseplates to replace that one copper coloured one. The coils have already four wires, the set just needs some tinkering. If you want 3D-printed mic cases, contact someone local who can measure the coils and print parts - which do not have to be black...
  7. This is possible, but there are lots of different constructions. Some are practically impossible, some are nearly doable. Pictures are always helpful.
  8. Congrats, @Bilbo, 100! I have to say that you are really productive, and there sure are lots of us who appreciate your stellar work. Thank you.
  9. Marcin has told somewhere that he likes those old basses. Here's one:
  10. http://www.zonguitars.com/zonguitars/gallery.html Modulus Vertex Is that Roland synth bass with a bow neck suitable to this thread? How about Jerry Auerswald and his creations? Takamine had black and pointy instruments, but were they a success, I doubt.
  11. Have you tried the Spectra settings that were in the web a few years ago? They made the HG a competitive beast. It was some tweaking though...
  12. I did this trial a few years ago. The units I tested were Jan Rey Vemuram (for guitar, not bass), an old russian Muff (that big box weighs a ton), RAT (fun 'n' thin), Darkglass B3k (good, but not for me), Darkglass Duality (yes!), Way Huge Pork Loin (a good unit), EBS multidrive (lousy), MÖG (slightly complicated and for heavy), Overlord (tube wonder with a good eq), Spruce Effects OGF (modified for bass by the maker), RaingerFX AirField (now that's what I call strange!), Rochambeau Musical Apparatus Crustacean (just like previous), Amptweaker Bass TightFuzz (tough guy), and Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive (this has good basic sound). On top of this I have had both IE FrantaBit and Oxide in different occasion. Franta is not actually a distortion, although there were sound possibilities that sometimes amazed me. What was left after the trials? Amptweaker, because it works with various signals and has really good sound - for me. Spruce Effects is clearly a hi-Z unit, but a really good sounding one - again, our tastes vary... Crustacean is still somewhere in my house, just because it is totally different. I also loved Sparkle Drive and Duality for their basic sounds. I tested a few compressors, and there are few left in my three boards: tce HyperGravity and mini, they both work well at the end of the signal chain. They do have to be adjusted quite a lot before the actual use, but the work pays off. Very good sound, and price. Daring Audio Phat Beam is not at its best with lo-Z signals, but it loves hi-Z signals AND fretless basses. I have not met anything similar so far. A real keeper.
  13. I did not mean that they would not work, but they do behave in a different way. I have tested several compressors and fuzz/OD/dist boxes. Their behaviour as well as sound has been different with my lo-Z and hi-Z basses. No, I did not believe there would be any difference, but after quite a lot of testing I found substantial change in sound dependent on the bass' output impedance. I talked about this with a seasoned pedal maker who confirmed my findings. I have compressors that work better in the beginning of the signal chain: I do understand that the placement in the pedal board affects effect's behaviour. When there are buffers in between, the results are naturally different. FX loops is another story with their varying levels etc.
  14. My teacher started with the simplest lines: chord notes. For two-beat I needed to use half notes, and only first and fifth. Then four-beat consists of 1-1-5-3. Simple and functional. Walking was far easier after mastering these two in the first phase. Walking in its simplest form is simply going up and down the chord notes: 1-3-5-6 for 6th and maj7 and 1-3-5-7 for 7th. This was the start and helped substantially to understand the form. Additives, like passing notes are just ingredients to the basic formula. My favourite book is Mike Richmond's Modern Walking Bass Technique. Nice exercises, reasonable start, and lots of challenges, if needed.
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