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gjones

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  1. He broke 2 strings? Ruddy Nora! I always take a set of old strings in my gig bag. I'd prefer to give him the strings than loan such a psycho my bass.
  2. As I've got older I've realised that a decent P bass can play any gig with any band. I tried to resist but but I'm sorry.......it's true.
  3. I know a drummer who is a a copper. He doesn't have any problems making gigs, as far as I can tell. Although he is a Chief Superintendent and the divisional commander for Edinburgh. He probably makes up his own shifts
  4. The Fender business model is shocking, if you want to make a profit and be successful. The last thing you'd want to do is build a bass, or guitar, that never goes out of fashion, lasts forever, appreciates in value the older it gets and will be the only guitar or bass you'll ever need to buy in your lifetime. Which is what Fender did for years. That's why there's so many different models these days, the range is supposed to be aspirational. You buy a Squier and aspire to get a Mex, you get a Mex and aspire to get a vintera, you get a Vintera etc, etc, etc.
  5. I joined a band, about 20 years ago, where the singer and the guitarist were married. The screaming matches on stage were so extreme, that the audience thought it was part of the act. Many times the singer would storm off stage, head into the street, hail a taxi and head off home. The guitarist (her husband), myself and the drummer were then left on stage and would have to make up a set as we went along. We got so good at making it up as we went along, that we formed a separate band, without the singer. The strange thing is, they never argue in real life, only on stage, they're still together and still in the same band (and so am I ).
  6. I've played with too many dodgy drummers, over the years, and refuse to do do any longer. A band really is only as good the drummer.
  7. Auction starts at £220 and there's a make offer button that will disappear once somebody makes the first bid. If somebody makes an offer of £200 I reckon he's take it. This is the second time it's been up for auction, previously it was up for £250 and didn't sell. It's for collection only, which tends to put people off. Time will tell.... Exactly! These basses are fantastic but they sell used for peanuts. Even £300 is a steal. I bought my L2500 for just over £300 and it's one of the best basses I own, I own Fender Elites, Fender Deluxes, Stingrays and my L2500 gives them all a run for their money.
  8. G&L L2000 Tribute going for a song. I already have the 5 string version and know how good these are. These basses are so good but for some reason you can't give them away? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/165160167449?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D777008%26algo%3DPERSONAL.TOPIC%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200708143445%26meid%3D65401fc21f494ec5bb4b4c636bfebded%26pid%3D101251%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26itm%3D165160167449%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057%26algv%3DPersonalizedTopicsV2WithMultiCoviewWithPrice%26brand%3DG%26L&_trksid=p2380057.c101251.m47269&_trkparms=pageci%3A09dd7d90-3db8-11ec-a275-021e44302694|parentrq%3Aece6c43b17c0ab9708d40f88fffd7d20|iid%3A1
  9. When borrowing interest rates are low, so are saving account interest rates. Rates are low when governments want to induce people to borrow or spend their money (on bass guitars perhaps) rather than save it.
  10. I cashed in one of my pensions and after upgrading my car and going on holiday, had about £8,000 left. I realised that if I left it in the bank, it would go down in value rather than up, as the miniscule interest rate my bank was giving me was way below inflation. I then realised that all the basses I'd bought secondhand, never went for less than I paid for them when I eventually sold them on. So I spent the money on preloved basses. I don't expect them to shoot up in value but at least they'll hold their value over the years. I used to have one bass, now I've got 10. I tell myself, it's not self indulgence......... it's an investment
  11. I know Guy Pratt uses his ABM as a pre amp, in his music videos. I'm not sure if it's a later model than yours though. I'm sure the nice man from Ashdown will be along soon, to give you the correct answer.
  12. Not back to the old band if there's no prospect of that band actually gigging, anytime in the next century. The others may want to rehearse, to keep their chops up but my opinion is, what's the point? The new band has to be up and running and gig worthy before the end of the year. That will take a lot of rehearsing. We have a rehearsal on the 11th, for the old band, so we'll break it to them then. I am in another band with her, unfortunately the covid phobic drummer is in that band as well.
  13. The guitarists are all for that, we will tell him we're starting another band, we won't keep him in the dark. I've already asked a friend of mine, who's keen to gig, to drum for the new band. The person I feel sorry for is the singer. She's a great singer but her voice is really not suitable for a heavy rock band (and she's not into that kind of stuff). She'll be left in limbo.
  14. Well it's not quite the same band. It will be a heavier band and the singer in the original band won't really be up for that. So it's the guitarists, me, plus a new singer and a new drummer. If it was up to me, I would have said to the drummer he'd have to step aside, which he was happy to do. Then carry on the old band with a new drummer.
  15. Well the band meeting was civilised. Tea and biscuits at the house of one of the guitarists. The guitarists were very sympathetic to the drummer's concerns and thought we should put everything on hold for the foreseeable future. I was a bit disappointed, as I would have preferred that we got another drummer, worked on the set and started gigging ASAP. Not at all what I was expecting? Fast forward 7 days. I've just received a text from the guitarists to ask if I want to join their NEW band. The new band will have another drummer of course and more or less the same band members. It's the oldest trick in the book. Don't kick the offending band member out, just form an new band, with the other band members
  16. Where you planning on eating it? If not I'm pretty sure you'll be ok. Edit: ........I think
  17. Been there, got the T-shirt. Had CT in both wrists. Had an operation on left hand and within 2 weeks was back playing gigs. Right wrist was not so severe, so now I wear a velcro weightlifters brace (cheap and unobtrusive) while I'm playing. I also wear my bass low so my right wrist is straight. Make sure you wear splints in bed. Go to doctor and bug him/her to get surgery. I had to give them a hard time before I got an appointment with a neurologist, who recommended surgery.
  18. I remember buying a really long lead, a few years ago, and while we were playing at a wedding, going on a wander out front. I was amazed how great my Ashdown MiBass 550 sounded, through my Barefaced Compact, 25ft away, than when I was standing right next my cab.
  19. That looks like the only bass anyone would ever need.
  20. I know the feeling.
  21. No manufacturer brings their manufacturing to the UK for patriotic reasons. I have to presume that transportation costs from the far East are now exorbitant and that automation means that the difference in labour costs are no longer a factor in whether the company makes a profit or not. Which is bad news for China.
  22. One of the guitarists is a fan of David Icke. Luckily he isn't on facebook so I don't have to put up with his nonsense day to day. Whenever he starts about conspiracy garbage, eyes are rolled and the subject is changed instantly. Hopefully things will remain that way.
  23. i wear it on my right wrist that I pluck the strings with (my left wrist had an operation on it to cure the carpal tunnel and is ok now). It's pretty light and doesn't get in the way.
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