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gjones

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  1. No Jazz Basses.......you'll have to do something about that. Edit: Ooops I see one hiding far right. But it has no frets.......you'll have to do something about that.
  2. I recommend buying secondhand, as you can sell it for what you bought it for, if you latest endeavour is a damp squib. You can get more bang for your buck. Although my advice is never sell your gear, as you never know what's around the corner.
  3. What about Nigel and the Sex Nazis? I think I'll call my next band that. By the way, nobody in the band will be allowed to be called Nigel.
  4. My Jazz is a close as it gets to my perfect bass. I wanted a MIJ Jazz but couldn't find exactly what I wanted, at the right price. So I bought the body, neck, pickups and bridge separately and put it together myself. I also added a John East J-Retro pre amp, which makes it incredibly versatile. I've got more expensive basses, which have pro setups and are easier to play but the sound, action (I sometimes have to play with a pick so the action is not stupidly low) and versatility of this Jazz means when I leave the house for a gig or rehearsal, this is the bass I usually take with me.
  5. It's only a problem if all the bands are gigging regularly. If you're a professional, then most bands you play with will be used to using deps.
  6. He was a professional bass player who was a very articulate and interesting guy who wrote some excellent gear reviews. If I remember there was some issue about a sale. I was sad to see him go. He's still on Talkbass.
  7. Look on the bright side, it could be worse, you could be the bassist in Metallica. I'm playing it on my hi-fi and the sound of the bass is indistinct but the overall mix is not too bad. I tend to record with a P bass, as it does tend to sit well in the mix.
  8. An English band with a Motown vibe. Cameron the bassist channels James Jameson. This is them streaming a live gig and they're amazing.
  9. Peter Jackson said that a lot of the rehearsal soundtrack was recorded in mono, on a portable reel to reel. This meant that the levels of the individual instruments and vocals were all over the place. He had to electronically isolate each instrument and vocal and transfer them to individual tracks, so that the songs they were rehearsing could be mixed and separate EQ added to each track. The sound could then be remixed in stereo. That's why the music sounds so polished on the new film.
  10. I used to own an Ashdown EB150-15 for a few years. I also bought it secondhand, about 15 years ago. It had a great basic sound, with all the EQ knobs at 12 noon. I've owned a lot of different amps since then but still really like that Ashdown sound.
  11. Just grow a Van Dyke beard and wear a beret. Remember to call everybody 'daddio'.
  12. If the gig isn't cancelled, I suspect that the pub will be empty, with just die hard alcoholics and anti vaxxers in attendance. I'm meeting a friend in a pub tonight, which I expect (hope) will be empty too.
  13. Next working day delivery from Barefaced. My first cab, about 9 years ago, took 3 months to deliver.
  14. Just about everyone I know, who is back gigging, seems to have caught covid. I suspect we'll all get it sooner or later.
  15. I played a blues club which had a raised stage, which must have been hollow as it amplified the subsonic frequencies so much, that the drummer couldn't stand it. I reduced the bass on my amp to zero and it still sounded like a whale farting on stage. As soon as you stepped out front, the bass frequencies disappeared and my bass turned into a twangy banjo. Luckily there was also a decent PA at the venue and the sound engineer put me through the PA and added extra bass on the desk.
  16. A couple of months ago, I bought a ticket, plus hotel room and train ticket, to see my favourite band down in London. I suspected we would be back to square one, with some new variant of covid this winter, but bought the ticket all the same. The gig is at the end of January. Will we be surfing the, predicted, tsunami of covid by then? Will it be pulled again, like it was last year? ........probably.
  17. I bought a bass, via Basschat, and the guy I bought it from had fitted 45-100 Elixirs. Up until then I tended to go for standard gauge of 45-105 They sounded great and were very easy to play. So from now on they are my string and gauge of choice.
  18. I saw an ABM 500 III on ebay and snapped it up for the ridiculous price of £134. I used to have one, over 10 years ago, but traded it in for one of those new fangled digital fellas. I loved the sound but not the weight. I no longer live on the 3rd floor of an inner city block of flats with no parking, so the weight is no longer an issue. It sounds great in the practice room but haven't managed to gig with it yet.
  19. I've recently joined a rock band and I've had to relearn how to play with a pick. I've found that anything by Thin Lizzy is pretty easy and allows you to get up to speed with the technique if you're new to it. Try this one.
  20. Bass Direct have a 1960/1 Precision on their web site. It's in ridiculously good condition and is going for £14000. Musicians don't buy those kind of basses. Just like art lovers don't buy Van Goghs. It will be bought as an investment and stashed away, in a dark room, securely, for the next 20 years. I heard Guy Pratt and John Illsley (bassist in Dire Straits) talking about this very subject on Guy's podcast a couple of weeks ago. Both of them have early 60s Fenders that they actually play.
  21. The problem with drummers is they don't have a volume knob (unfortunately) which means they will hit their drums as loud as they need to hit them, in order to hear themselves. So blame the guitarists......yet again.
  22. This is very useful, as I bought a used 2014 Stingray about 3 years ago. I didn't realise that the Stingray specials were the new standard.
  23. I tend to 'upgrade' any new Jazz Basses I buy, with a J - Retro. It makes them very versatile but recently I removed the J-Retro from my Road Worn Jazz and replaced it with the original electrics, and it sounds great.
  24. I have a friend who used to promote gigs at a local venue. He mixed the sound but only vocals and keys ever went through PA. He was always moaning about guitarist playing far too loud. I told him to get tables, flight cases, or beer crates, put the guitar amps on top of them and aim them at the guitarist head. That did the trick.
  25. Sounds great. I've just joined a rock band and we play a few Lizzy tunes. It's good to be able to play with pick. The last time I played with a pick I was 18 years old and was playing Queen songs in my school band.
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