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  1. Thank you, I'll try that. Cause as it is now it is extremely annoying.
  2. Starting to happen to me too, every once in while, actually every 2 minutes or so this warning pops up in my anti virus, which happens to be AVG as well, if I have a tab opened in my browser with the "Bass Chat" forum loaded.
  3. Stickers on my Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass:
  4. So how long have you been playing bass, and why did you start? I think I started playing bass around when I was 16 or so, a couple of years after I had started to learn how to play guitar, which makes the time I have played bass around 27 years by now, most of that time having had bass as my main instrument of choice, although having continued to play guitar on the sideline all along. It all started one day at band rehearsal where I by pure incident picked up the bass players bass and started playing, fell in love with the sound and feel of playing it, right there on the spot, and soon after answered an add by a drummer and a guitarist/vocalist seeking a bass play for their band. After an audition session I got accepted as their new bass player, and even got a lot of praise from the drummer, who was a skilled musician that knew how to sight read music, and both played piano and guitar on the sideline, beside drums, (the same two people, though in another band, that I much later since recorded a 2 track Single and a 4 track EP with, which were released on a small independent record label some of our friends own, before I left that band, much top my later regret, though I did get to contribute to some of the compositions of their later full length album, even if not recording anything for it). The first few months with that original band I didn't even own my own bass yet, but had to borrow one. Soon after I decided to put my focus on playing bass over playing guitar. For some reason playing bass just came more natural to me, the instrument just felt right in my hands, and turned out I must have been thinking more like a bass player than a guitarist all along.
  5. I guess it's really a matter of having some measurements as guidelines, rather then set in stone rules, and then make fine adjustments according to feeling and verifying with your own ears.
  6. Great. I wish you the best of luck. As for adapting, at least I hadn't that much of a problem with it. Think it might seem more of an issue than it in reality is. Way back I personally switched from having guitar to having bass as my main instrument of choice, and I didn't experience any major issues, I actually think it is really mostly a matter of attitude, turned out I had really been thinking more like a bass player all along, and I felt sort of a relieve when I started to play bass, playing bass just came much more naturally to me than playing guitar ever had, and I also started out on a 34" scale bass, and stuck to that for over 10 years, before I eventually had yet another revelation when I first discovered, and then later switched to almost exclusively playing, short scale basses. Also please read my edit/update of the post you quote me for.
  7. Well, Stanley Clarke's main electric basses are actually short scale basses, which means referring to him it would be 30" scale length. So that's a thing to consider too. Especially since it might make the transition easier for you coming from guitar. Personally I converted first from guitar to mainly playing 34" scale bass, then to almost exclusively playing short scale basses, though I have continued to play guitar on the sideline all along. The, fortunately less and less common, myth goes that short scale basses are beginner/amateur instruments (what ever that is even supposed to mean (no such thing as beginner or amateur instruments, only beginner/amateur players)), and that they are somehow lesser than regular 34" standard scale length basses, and while there might have been some truth to the latter notion in the past, seen from the perspective of the general quality of the options for short scale basses the market used to have to offer people who wanted to play such an instrument (and how they used to be, and in some cases unfortunately still are, marketed), there are now tons of high quality short scale basses available to chose from, from a wide variety of brands, and absolute top of the game players like Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney and Mike Watt mainly playing short scale basses ought to be more than plenty evidence in the first place that before mentioned myth in fact has always been nothing but a myth, made up and passed on by ignorant people. Anyway, welcome to the dark side!
  8. It's just an amazingly great piece of music period, regardless of the amazing technical level it also displays.
  9. While Victor Wooten is one of my absolute favorite bass players, but while I am not into a lot of his music, but still really dig his bass playing on that music, this particular piece is just beautifully amazing on every possible level:
  10. I'm a big fan of budget instruments, the quality might be rather inconsistent, but it is totally possible to find diamonds in the rough. My main bass, that I really love, to the point where I named it, something I usually don't ever do with my instruments, "Dud Bottomfeeder", is a 4 string Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Bass from December 2010 production, so one of early ones.that were made in China and not Indonesia, where production later was moved to. Even though it had what must be the worst factory setup on ever on a bass, with the strings hovering 20mm or something like that over the fretboard at 12th fret, the fretwork actually turned out to be close enough to perfect to get the action exactly as low as I prefer it, without any fretbuzz whatsoever, which is about 1,9mm at 12th fret low E strings side and about 1,3mm high G string side (though currently it is actually tuned 2 half steps above ragular 4 string, E standard, Tuning, so that would actually be respectively F# and A. For some songs I am working on for a work in progress solo progressive psychedelic stoner rock project, which main primary instrumentation will consist of just bass (always run through a polyphonic octave up effect, giving an effect similar to that of an 8 string "octave" bass, with pairs of respective bass and octave strings), drums/percussion (which will be both physically recorded and programmed), and vocals). This bass also have the most stable neck I ever had on any guitar or bass and holds tuning exceptionally well, and as good as ever requires truss rod adjustments. I guess it is not as cheap as some of the basses displayed in this thread, and have had quality pickups installed, first a P/J set of EMG Geezer Butler pickups, and now just a Di'Marzio model P, wired directly to the output jack socket, with the J pickup from the GEezer set still sitting there, filling out the bridge pickup cavity, but disconnected and lowered considerably. Really love the tone the Model P pickup alone wired directly to the output hack socket gives me. The bridge is taken from another Ibanez GSRM20B Mikro Bass, the version with black hardware from stock, that I wasn't as lucky with, as it buzzed all over the neck, and I suspect not only the fretwork but also the actual neck/fretboard being of just terrible quality was at fault, previously to that my main Mikro just had a cheap black clone of a standard Fender bridge installed though. Mahogany body, exceptionally stable maple neck, with a 22 medium fret rosewood fretboard and a just 28,6" scale length, and the instrument I ever owned that I might have personally bonded to the most, love it to pieces (even if I have treated it a bit carelessly through time, the blemish on the body, near the neck (just above the P pickup), is a filled out failed attempt to drill an extra neck pickup cavity, which I later have dropped all plans about, as I actually love how it sounds, as it is): Of other cheap budget instruments I also own a 5 string Ibanez GSRM25 Mikro Bass, with exceptionally great fretwork from factory, from last year, 2019, production and an Epipnone SG Special electric guitar, from the 2012 production, both truly great instruments, the 5 string Mikro I just wired the 2 stock J pickups in series, though I am probably going to upgrade the pickups at some point, even if I will likely still wire them in series, as well as done some visual mods on it, the Epiphone SG guitar I done some visual mods on as well, and upgraded it's 2 stock humbucker pickups, swapping them out for some great budget IronGear ones just recently.
  11. The standard kind of fretboard conditioner you can buy from just about every music instrument and gear related shop of several different brands, sometimes called lemon oil, but really not containing any real lemon oil whatsoever, but predominantly mineral oil, as organic oils can go stale and mess up your freboard, like caking up or beginning to smell bad, will do that for you. I can attest it's effectiveness to shine up dry looking rosewood from personal experience. It usually comes with a cloth too, otherwise get a special guitar polisher cloth too, or use a soft cloth that won't lint up of some kind, the micro-fiber kinds would be perfect, or similar types of cloths made for wiping off television and computer screens, only applying a few drops really, a little goes a really, surprisingly, long way, and you don't really want your fretboard wood to get totally soaked, as too much too often can soften the wood, which you wouldn't want to happen. Personally I use PRS Fretboard Conditioner, and 1 small flask for all my basses and guitars has lasted for years, but most brands will be equally good, and as said all mostly be of more or less same formula, which is predominantly consisting of mineral oil, same as one of the main ingredients in most furniture polishers.
  12. I once owned the 60W B15-S, 1969 version of this classic amp, really regret selling, loved how it sounded, and it was just loud enough to be used in a loud playing rock band. And got to be about the most cool looking amp ever made as well. Got it amazingly cheap in the mid 90's from a local 2nd hand music instrument and gear shop. Regret so much selling it. Unfortunately I can't help you though, since I have no idea which speaker unit my flip top cab was actually equipped with.
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