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  1. Hi all,

    You may have seen another thread here where I asked about replacing the pickup casings on my Squier jazz bass with closed ones. Well, I've done this and the neck pickup is working fine, but I suddenly have no output from the bridge pickup. I've no idea what I've done, but I don't really think its anything to do with the pickup covers. I don't have a meter to test the electrics with, but giving the pole pieces a tap with a screwdriver gives me no sound either. All wiring is intact.

    Any ideas? 


  2. 41 minutes ago, madshadows said:

    I dislike slap, to me it's just not very musical and just noise, very annoying noise !!, reviews with a lot of slap in them are rubbish IMHO as you don't actually hear what the bass or amp can do just the incessant slapping and popping !!, just my opinion of course ;) 😛 

     

    John 😎 

    I agree - looking for instrument demos and reviews on YouTube can be frustrating. Demoing a bass by playing a load of slap and some chordal stuff up the dusty end is not showing me what I want from bass. It's just showing off.

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  3. I love slap - the two main players who made me want to take up bass are Flea and Mark King. But I can't slap for toffee. 

    There are a lot of players who leave me cold when they start whacking the stings - Victor Wooten being one of them. Slap is great when it's in the context of a song, think of all the great classic funk tunes that incorporate it. But slap solos are generally naff (as are most solos actually), especially when they just descend into a load of tuneless clicking (see Wooten).


  4. Welcome and enjoy your new found way of burning money.....😁

    Nice bit of kit there.

    Apart from the headstock.... Whoever is in charge of designing them at Sire needs to take a step back from the monitor once in a while and have a really good look at what they've created. Then erase, and start again. :)

     

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  5. Hi all,

    Has anyone ever replaced the covers (the actual black plastic enclosures as opposed to the chrome ashtray jobs) on pickups with exposed pole pieces with blank or closed type covers?

    I want to try a set on my Squier jazz bass but am concerned that a blank cover will cause a reduction in volume/output as the pole pieces will be covered. Some reasons for me wanting to try this:

    I'm quite heavy handed when digging in and often catch the string on the pole piece, causing that horrible clicking sound.

    I can't keep the pole pieces clean for love nor money. I get sweaty hands when playing and the poles on all my basses have a certain degree of corrosion. In the past some have actually gone a bit rusty.

    I don't actually like the look of exposed pole piece pickups, closed ones look much nicer.

    Thoughts/experiences anyone? :)


  6. Hi all,

    I've been looking for new bass bodies for a possible build project, but I want one with no routing, so I can decide at a later point what type of pickup to put in. P-bass style with contouring and neck pocket, but no other routing.

    Anyone come across such a thing?

    Cheers. :)

     


  7. On 23/08/2020 at 13:08, haimesy said:

    I picked up the same bass on eBay recently ,  and for the price it’s fantastic .

    I have had quite a few high end basses in my time , but as  for the sound it’s 

     as good as anything I've owned .Already on the lookout for a 4 string version as well ...John 

     

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    What is the B string like on that? I've never understood why some manufacturers make 5er's with only 20 frets, and not a minimum of 22 frets...


  8. If it's for charity, then yes, I don't have a problem with it. I do have a problem with pubs/venues asking if we can play for free as "we don't have a budget for music/it would be good exposure". Why will it be good exposure? Are Sony Records coming for a pint of Bishop's Finger and a bag of pork scratchings?

    Musicians playing for free and giving their recorded music away for nothing are devaluing the entire medium. 


  9. I had put together a covers band last year, rehearsals were only once every two weeks due to my shift pattern, and progress was very slow. Since Coronavirus hit, I haven’t missed playing at all, and haven’t really played much at home either, apart from making a couple of YouTube videos.

    I’m gradually getting to the point where I really can’t be bothered with it anymore. Starting rehearsals again seems like a waste of time, and there is a strong possibility I’ll sell most of my gear at some point. 

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  10. A thought....

    Given the current Covid-ness of our lives, I’m thinking of making this available as a digital file, so that you lovely people can print a copy (or copies.... 😉) off at home.

    I can format it to whatever size you fancy, and ping it off to you via email. I will also make the guitar print available in the same fashion if the interest is there.

    Thinking of using a “pay what you like” pricing structure..... Opinions welcome.... 😊

    If anyone is interested, let me know. Cheers! 


  11. A thought....

    Given the current Covid-ness of our lives, I’m thinking of making this available as a digital file, so that you lovely people can print a copy (or copies.... 😉) off at home.

    I can format it to whatever size you fancy, and ping it off to you via email. I will also make the guitar print available in the same fashion if the interest is there.

    Thinking of using a “pay what you like” pricing structure..... Opinions welcome.... 😊

    If anyone is interested, let me know. Cheers! 

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  12. Two - "Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop" by Stone Temple Pilots, and "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime" by Faith No More.

    The first was really different from their previous release "Purple", and I was not expecting it to sound so lo-fi, and as weird as it did. but Robert DeLeo's bass tone on a lot of the tracks is really cool, and "Art School Girl" is amazing.

    Second, FNM came out with this absolutely schizophrenic masterpiece in 1995, three years after "Angel Dust", and, again, it was so different to previous stuff that it caught me unawares I think. It's punk, funk, loungey, nasty, disturbing, but above all it's Faith No More-y and it's my favourite album of theirs. :)

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  13. Finished my copy this week. Yes, it only goes up to the Chili's very first gig, but the ride Flea takes us on through his childhood makes for great reading. You certainly get to see why he is the way he is. The chapters are quite short and concise; each one a short adventure within the whole story, but he gets a lot of detail in.

    The audiobook version is read by the man himself. :)

     

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