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  1. Geographically correct user name 😁 Thank you

    1. SpondonBassed


      It seems the Lords of the Manor have heard of your plight.

      Ain't it grand here?

      Well done.

  2. I'm now in Dorset but can't change my user name.

    1. SpondonBassed


      It's an anagram of Somme in Dorset though.  Deed poll?

    2. SpondonBassed


      Mosme in Dorset
      Emmos in Dorset
      Smmoe in Dorset




      No need to thank me.

    3. GisserD


      Sids Metronome

  3. I find strats more comfortable to play but a tele looks more badass.
  4. Out of the box the set up was tolerable but no problem to make any adjustments required. Now It feels just right. The original pickups sounded great but I was using a lot of overdrive. I changed them for cheap rail style pickups to fatten the sound a bit and may get a more expensive set at some point. The sound is a bit "one dimensional" but then so is my playing. I have been experimenting with an AXL player delux strat, a cheap strat copy but nicely made.
  5. I've always owned an acoustic guitar that I've used for writing purposes although I never put much effort into being a guitarist. A few years ago a only band I ever played electric guitar in (C1990) was revived and I needed a suitable instrument, I cashed in some Argos vouchers and got a Squier tele. I changed the scratchplate to black when Rick Parfitt died (we shared the same birthday) I found I actually enjoyed playing it and after the other "serious" guitarist quit last year I ended up as sole guitarist in the band and haven't felt the need to upgrade. If you think I look weird you should see the rest of the band.
  6. "There will be full backline and drum kit, just bring guitars and breakables"
  7. They had to fire him for drinking Dale's breakfast beers. Rober E Dook plays guitar. Sorry "geetaw".
  8. Dale Dook, front man and bass player with The Dooks (Buzzard County's 3rd best country music act) who happens to bear a striking resemblance to myself. That's his brother Curly on Drums.
  9. I have rehearsed and gigged with the bass now, in fact I'm using it for a lunchtime gig tomorrow. So far I've replaced the pickup, it was originally an Entwistle but I tried a generic one that I got from AxesRus a few years ago that I liked due to it's big dynamic range. It's a bit clearer than the Entwistle too. It cut's through nicely without being too loud, great in the folk rock band I'm with tomorrow but not big enough for the country rock trio that I also play in. I've replaced the strap buttons with piano frame bolts (they hold the frame to the case) , this extends the position of the strap and improves balance. I can't stand those piddly little screws! There is no way these bad boys are working loose.
  10. Fender on my fretless every time. I like the feel , tension, tone and price. They have a slight texture rather than being perfectly smooth. The gauge is not too fat (58-110) compared to Rotosound (65-115) so setting the bass up for them isn't too much of a faff. Under £30 a set and they last for ages ,I don't use my fretless much these days but the same strings have been on it for at least five years. Weirdly enough I've hated all other Fender strings that I've tried.
  11. Last year my girlfriend gave me a rather fetching pair of tiger skin pants as a joke present. I play guitar in a glam punk band and wear a tiger skin suit. She dared me to wear them for a gig, not being able to resist a challenge I went for it. I'd also taken to running to keep fit and the thought of my impending exposure made me keep to my exercise regime in order to look my best. At the gig I played most of the set fully clothed and when the singer and I left the stage to change for the encore I stripped to my underpants and walked back on stage to shocked gasps (and some laughter) from the audience. The encore was only two songs but when almost naked it did seem to last an eternity and once I'd smashed my guitar (it's a special one that I can smash and rebuild) I felt very exposed. I can't say I would do it again but it's certainly something I can tell the grandchildren.
  12. Ready for sea trials! I still need a jack plate and strap buttons but I couldn't resist posting some pictures, I'm really pleased with the look and feel of it. I'm going to play it for a while and see what refinements are required.
  13. If you photoshopped a bass into the picture I would have believed you. 😁
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