I'm Nathan - I'm 28 and mainly a guitar player (if you can call it that). Played guitar as a teenager but stopped when finishing uni and starting work. My guitar playing consisted of noodling around with pentatonics, learning riffs, playing barre chords and power chords, and learning a few tabs.
Due to lockdown and home working, I've started playing guitar again - using the Hal Leonard Guitar Method to take my learning back to basics and learning some notation/theory along the way. Really enjoying it so far.
Here because I am tempted to also pick up the bass! Got my eye on a Harley Benton JB-75, seen it has been reviewed well, looks nice too - the only drawback being the weight which isn't too much of an issue for me - my first guitar was also a bit of a brick in itself. 😂
Here really to discuss whether I would be biting off more than I can chew if I started the bass too? I would probably use the Hal Leonard Bass Method to start (alongside things like youtube etc) but will likely look to get some teaching once it's possible to do so! I would approach the bass as a separate instrument and will try and resist the urge to treat it as a bigger, longer, lower-sounding guitar.
A good friend of mine is a well-trained drummer too so I think it would be good to learn bass to open up more jamming opportunities once the whole situation has calmed down.
So i recently acquired a Yamaha RBX765a 5 stringer, however when it arrived I noticed that the neck had a substantial bow in it. No big deal i thought, I've a little bit of experience with setting my own basses over the years, so i broke out the Allen keys and started adjusting the truss rod. I found the rod itself stiff but it did turn, however no matter how much i turn the rod in either direction there was no noticeable difference. this has lead me to believe that the truss rod has possibly snapped. on further investigation I have found the the neck has a noticeable twist at the head-stock end. As it stands the bass is unplayable. the question I have now, is the neck fixable? if so, how would I go about doing so, or should i look to have a new neck made.
Any advice, feedback or help would be greatly appreciated.
Having an issue with my swr sm 500 bass amp or possibly my speaker cab, I noticed as I was setting up my gear for a gig last Friday evening the speaker cab, which is an swr 4 x 10 Goliath 3 cab, started to fart and splutter a bit when I played my Bass. At first I thought it may be the central tweeter on the speaker cab, but after 5 mins it cleared and seemed ok again, I turned my amp off to finish setting up, then turned it on again and the same thing happened, i’m glad to say that it was ok for the gig and I didn’t notice any distortion or spluttering coming from the cab. I’m thinking maybe an amp problem, possibly a valve, the amp has a preamp valve in it, would a dodgy valve cause this sort of problem? Or maybe something more serious in the amp or even maybe the central tweeter on the cab? Anyone else experienced similar? Thanks in advance!