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  1. He's played most of the classic / iconic basses to be fair. I know the era and I too was taken with them when I saw Simon with one. They always made me think of Siouxsie and the Banshees but most people think of them in terms of funk. They also seemed quite popular during the Britpop era.
  2. I would just because of my punk rock youth. My last gig in my Americana / Roots band was me in brothel creepers and tight jeans with a Flying V bass. That bass literally was the elephant in the room!
  3. I think nearly all players are going to be influenced by the instrument choices of the artists they like. Nobody buys a Hofner beatle bass to join a doom metal band or a BC Rich Warlock to join a folk band. Stuff does crossover though. I note the association with rock / prog and Rickenbackers but I always associated mine with Tony James (Gen X).
  4. I am more than happy to lend any kit to a friend, without question. I wouldn't lend my favourite gear to someone I didn't know. I'd lend a cheaper bass to a friend of a friend but no more. There are companies that hire out kit or failing that, flying with a bass isn't impossible. I took one out to Ibiza earlier this month with minimal fuss / costs.
  5. I find as a guide, a £300 high end Squier is an incredible bass for the money. If you upgrade to the best of the MIM range it will be an improvement but not as good as the increase (ie not 150% better). The same principle applies when jumping again to the USA model. It ultimately comes down to if you want the top model, you *could* spend years buying cheaper models or just take the plunge. If you can justify the expense, bite the bullet and get the American one. If you are happy with what you have, learn to love it. 99% of your audience don't care or won't notice anyway.
  6. No pic but we played another slot at a local pub just before the weekend. It was enjoyable but I didn't think it was worthy of sharing... However, yesterday I met by Dad in my local pub 8 miles from the gig and a very decent chap came up to me and said he recognised me. He then bigged up my playing in front of my Dad. I was really touched. (for context, I am a few months shy of 50, not a teenager!) 😸
  7. I've been very lucky in that in 34yrs of playing, I have always managed to be in a band that plays the music of wherever my head is at the time. I've played a range of styles over the years. When my Dad was pro in the 60s, he earned more money (relatively speaking) but played a lot of stuff he hated. He gave up before the decade was out.
  8. I am in 5 (on paper at least) and hold down quite a stressful job. However this breaks down to one very busy band when you look at it; One band is on hiatus and is essentially where I play locally with two very chilled (lazy!) musician friends, One is predominately studio based and only does a few shows a year. the albums are critically acclaimed but it all looks busier than it actually is, One is a duo with an old school friend that is run by me so I just fit it around everything One is kinda on hiatus but is essentially the band that is linked to the last, The final one is an international touring level act that have just recorded a new record. I have been upfront about them using deps but this one zaps the most time. My wife has a massive family (I don't) and she is the one who has pushed for me to do all this -- we're very committed / supportive of each other but fairly independent. I also think you HAVE to be upfront with other band members and it is easier if you come into something already in other bands. Don't hide auditions and don't bang on about how great the drummer is in your other band in front of the weaker drummer. If it's too much, scale it back.
  9. @Grahambythesea, I think that @Beer of the Bass explained it brilliantly. They were $3 on EBay and wow, do they sharpen up the tone. Coupled with the armrest (£13 on EBay) which keeps your arm off of the body, the thing sounds great. It went a bit quieter when I put them on but sounded more in tune but adding the armrest boasted the volume so I am at the same volume with a better sound. I also have a bouzouki which I have tuned like a mandola. My singer plays a mandocello which is a contender for the nicest instrument I have seen or played (weird that he has the low end covered as a guitarist and I am playing the melodies as a bass player).
  10. I'm still dining out on a story regarding a Sixth Form band argument way back in 1990 where my guitarist mate was being very pompous and telling me that "nobody can cover the Beatles". When I pushed him on the fact he knew nothing about the Beatles he got all defensive and said "I know about The Beatles... it's George Lennon and that!" 😸
  11. Growing up and getting into music in the 80s, I didn't trust / believe any of the popular DJs really liked music - Cheggars Plays Pop, Mike Read's Pop Quiz etc. I believed Tommy Vance and John Peel did but none of the others. Noel Edmunds? Give me a break! Even if you think I'm mad for thinking that (& I try to tell myself I am wrong), history has proven me right about Jimmy Savile!
  12. My dad was a pro drummer in the 60s so at the tender age of 8, I assumed I would follow in his footsteps. I was 8 and couldn't take instruction from my Dad! I have since learned a basic beat on drums after 32yrs as a bass player. I currently teach bass to a pro drummer and he is always offering me free drum lessons. Never say never. It's good to stretch out on other instruments.
  13. I lucked out when I bought my mandolin some 15+ years ago. A mid range model that happened to be particularly well made. I've played the same model when others have had one and this one just lucked out when they selected the wood - all solid wood and a tone to die for. I was playing country type stuff on it with my fairly basic playing (theory being that as a bass player, I could manage the transition to an instrument that has 4 string tunings too). Over lockdown I started mucking about with my old mate from Sixth Form playing 80s Alternative / Goth stuff on old folk instruments. My mandolin playing suddenly skyrocketed the second I stopped trying to play country style! I upgraded the tuners first. Then I flipped the knobs to wooden ones, changed the bridge cover to all black and it grew from there. I had some mandolin grommets shipped over from Nashville to deaden the sound of the strings behind the bridge and further worsened it's environmental footprint by getting an arm rest from India. Finally I got @TimAl to design a fantastic custom pickguard for me and a unique goth rock take on old folk! I think it has turned out pretty well and I look forward to taking it out locally across a few shows over the summer. I appreciate it's a bit niche for most of you but if you like looking at pretty instruments, fill your boots... (& yes the hard case further demonstrates my attention to the pose!)
  14. Playing live is a massive part of who I am. I like performing and I also think music is about making a connection. I like rehearsal, I like studio and I am happy playing along with stuff at home but for me there is nothing like connecting onstage with friends and a crowd out front. It started in a school hall, and over the years it's taken me all over the UK and into Europe. I've made friendships through live stuff and had some unforgettable experiences. I guess that's why I haven't commented in the I hate gigging thread! I do accept it isn't for everyone though and I also accept that people can get burnt out from it. Hopefully I have plenty of life in me yet.
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