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  • Birthday 11/04/1979

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  1. For a long, long time I had as low an action as possible on my basses and hated high action and at one point I had a bass where the action was about 1mm at the 12 fret, there are postives to a low action such as less force required to fret notes, economy of motion. Recently I have found my action gradually rising and at the moment it is 3mm at the 17th fret, I can see that if I was going for a clanky bright tone as with my previous band I might want the action lower to get that clank but I am using flatwounds and the higher action really emphasizes the thump and the attack of the flatwounds as well as the notes coming through cleaner and clearer, I tend to play towards the end of the fingerboard and this is made much easier with the higher action. Possibly worth pointing out is that my main bass is a Hofner club bass so the bass is 30" scale and very narrow string spacing so high action is not at all uncomfortable, I can imagine if I was playing a 35" scale 6 string bass with a neck like a tree trunk my preference may well be different Anyone else here really like the tone from high action?
  2. Are they still available? I know they had an issue with getting some of their strings
  3. Tends to be hotter pickups that do this but it is much more common to get that warbling kind of sound if the pickups are too high, with my Hofner I just got the warbling when the pickups were too high
  4. Yes there will be a point if you raise the pickups too high that you will start to get warbley tones or distortion, i usually raise pickups to the point where that starts happening and then once I start hearing that I lower them a little until it goes and then lower them a tiny bit more
  5. My Hofner is a contemporary so I can only comment on the pickup height on the contemporary and German Hofners (they both use the same pickups) but I have found that pickup height makes a big difference with my bass, the pickups were quite low on my bass and I raised them a bit and it sounded much better, I imagine it is probably a similar thing with the Ignition
  6. Oh mt god , the way that the camera pans to the female bass player on that 1st chorus is just so cringe inducing
  7. Thanks for the suggestions, good point about the pickup heights, I usually have them as high as I can without introducing chorus tone etc , maybe that is adding to the issue
  8. Right hand, I play a lot of ghost notes so makes sense to use the right hand
  9. Fingersyle, short fingernails so no fingernail in the attack, playing between neck and bridge in the area that is often referred to as the "pickup sweet spot" Good point, I will try playing closer to the bridge , maybe that will help some thanks
  10. Hoping someone here will read this post and know what I am talking about, is kind of hard to explain but I have recently gone back to flatwounds after using rounds for a while I was craving a thicker tone. In rehearsal last night I was finding that some songs sounded good but some other songs my tone seemed to have an odd thud to it, not a thump, not a boom but a thud, hoping someone on here has experienced the same issue and can help with some tips on how to get rid of this odd tone. As it was a thud and not a boom I am wondering if (although it sounds counter intuitive) maybe actually scooping the low mids and boosting the high mids a little might help. I was running eq flat apart from a slight boost in the hi mids, fender rumble 500, TI Jazz flats. Thanks
  11. Played a VM4 at a jam night recently, that bass snarled like a beast even with my modest skills, I think even with the dullest sounding flats those basses would still sound lively
  12. JPJ has said different things about this at different times , has said in some interviews that he used flats and then in other interviews that he used rounds , i think he used flats, the tone on good times bad times sounds so much like flats, the tone, the thump
  13. Having played bass for a number of bands I know that the bass player and the drummer generally get little recognition , guitar players and vocalists tend to get a lot more recognition. This got me thinking about how strange this situation is as drummers have to be the best at their instrument in a band, you can have a weak guitarist in a band or a weak bass player (and I could name some well known bands where this is the case)and as long as the material is not overly complex you can convey the songs reasonably well, on the other hand if you have a drummer that is weak the songs can fall apart very quickly. What this is leading to is that the band I am playing with, our drummer is leaving and it has really brought this home to me, he is a phenomenal drummer, easily the best I have played with, always on the ball, never loses tempo and we really gel as a rhythm section, he has a crazy Keith moon kind of drumming style and we both play off of each other, I was reminded very quickly of this when we played some songs at an open mic the other day without him, I played the bass parts I usually play which play off of the drum rhythm heavily and they were just not working with what the drummer we were playing with was playing and it all sounded rather clumsy. In short if you have a good drummer, look after them they are worth the effort
  14. Wow, surprising to see him using the mid priced Hofner contemporary rather than the more expensive German version
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