Hi all, I'm in the process of gathering bits and bobs over next few months for a J bass build. Where to even start with pickups. I suppose I'll work back from the type of music I'd like to play.
Hopefully if things get back to some kind of normality, I can get into a covers band again and this time around, I'm hoping to keep it a bit more alternative, heavy. Safe to say there won't be much pop or country.
I had been thinking of Seymour Duncan quarter pounders, but have read good things about Kent Armstrong pickups as well. I don't *have* to go for a particular brand I suppose, but seems to be a lot of choice out there. Di Marzio would be next on my radar I suppose.
Build will be a maple neck, and I haven't yet decided on a body.
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.
At some point, funds permitting, I would like to buy a Markbass combo, probably one of:
- Minimark 802.
- Mini CMD 121P.
- Marcus Miller CMD 101 Micro 60.
- Micromark 801.
The purpose is to play jazz in small venues; I used to play with unamplified drums, horns &c. using a Trace Elliot BLX-130* and that was always sufficient to be heard, though lifting ~27kg was not pleasant.
When asking about these in a well-known bass shop I was told that the Micromark 801 is too quiet, the Marcus Miller a good choice but not as good as the 121, though that would be outside my budget. Apparently the Minimark 802 is not recommended, though that looks to me like a good choice as it is (barely) within budget and seems to have a reasonable power rating. Has anyone got one, or any of the others, and if so would you be willing to comment?
* There's a thread here where it was suggested I take the amplifier out and fit it to a lightweight cab, but I think I'd rather keep it intact (and probably list it for sale).