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Post by crystalball » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:37

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I am looking for bass tabs to practice on but I am a bit picky and I'd like them to be of indiepop songs (picky!). Does anyone have anything they could send me or perhaps you could point me to the right direction? Thanks!

I can play 'Expectations' now. Whee!

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Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Jan 29, 2008 16:39

I used to practice (read "mangle") "Like Dylan in the Movies" over and over again. I can't listen to that song anymore. I've decided if my 15 mins. ever comes up, I'll just play "Sweet Jane" over whatever the actual talented people in the band play. I take my cues from my pal Mat who made it all the way from elementary to high school playing "Row Row Row Your Boat" on his trumpet no matter what the school band was showcasing. He was, like, 3rd string, but he could have in theory picked up (brass) band groupies.

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Post by kingofpartick » Wed Jan 30, 2008 23:23

i think i might have managed to inherit a double bass thats been sitting around our rehearsal rooms for over two years and no one knows who it belongs to.

Its pretty fucked up really badly scuffed and battered, and there is a crack in the head stock, but i think its fixable with some strong wood glue and a clamp. Perhaps sanding it down and re-staining/laquering it would be an idea in the long run, but it sounds nice, and its a chance to practice a new instrument. Fuck knows where its going to go, but how can you pass up the chance of a free instrument. Especially a double bass.
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Post by bocken » Thu Jan 31, 2008 09:12

kingofpartick wrote:i think i might have managed to inherit a double bass thats been sitting around our rehearsal rooms for over two years and no one knows who it belongs to.

Its pretty fucked up really badly scuffed and battered, and there is a crack in the head stock, but i think its fixable with some strong wood glue and a clamp. Perhaps sanding it down and re-staining/laquering it would be an idea in the long run, but it sounds nice, and its a chance to practice a new instrument. Fuck knows where its going to go, but how can you pass up the chance of a free instrument. Especially a double bass.
Wow, I'm well jealous. I had made it a sort-of resolution to try and play a double-bass, but I've nowhere to put one, and they're usually pretty expensive as well. I should probably stick to learning how to play my baritone properly first.

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Post by Final Loan » Fri Feb 15, 2008 16:43

I've only got a really cheap precision copy - bought it on ebay, paid for a professional set-up (it really needed it) - and it STILL cost less than a ton.

I'd love to get one of these. Especially since there's no way I could afford a real Ric.

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Post by christine » Sat Mar 15, 2008 19:16

I have a cheap Fender knock-off starter bass by Silvertone. I'm kind of embarassed by it, but it stays in tune and works for me. I've gotten almost nostalgic about it now because when a note rings out, it ends with this weird, distorted twang that I kind of like!

I've only been playing bass a few years. When I get better I might get something, like a Thunderbird or an SG bass. I probably couldn't afford a Rick. I'd like to try playing on one sometime.

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Post by cacophoney » Mon Jun 09, 2008 20:40

I own a Ibanez GSRM20 copy (with a more narrow neck though), which I bought second-hand really cheap a couple of years ago.
The sound is not that bad, considering the price, only the truss rod is getting more an more messed up, so I have to keep adjusting the action and all. Guess it's time to save up for a new bass, yay xD

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Post by janglyjan » Mon Jun 16, 2008 22:57

crystalball wrote:I got the red Squier Bronco in the end. It's small and sweet - now I have to learn the bassline in 'Caveman' and I am done. Hee!

Thank you all for your help.
I'm looking to buy a bass and just bid on one of these on ebay. Do you like it?

Any other recommendations for a beginner's bass? I have no money at the moment and just want something to get me by long enough for me to decide if I really want to pursue it and get a job.

Thanks!

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Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Jun 17, 2008 00:28

The Guitar Store have a McCartney violin bass in the window. It's dirt cheap. But I have heard the Guitar Store are evil, and are short scale basses any good anyway?
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Post by kingofpartick » Tue Jun 24, 2008 00:07

i managed to borrow a battered old Rickenbacker 4001 for recording the other week, which i used for the whole session except two tracks i used my epiphone on.

If i don't get a Rickenbacker soon i might explode.

At this precise moment i can't even afford a rickety banger never mind a rickanbacker.
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Post by marksby » Tue Jun 24, 2008 19:39

Think I'm going to sell my Trace Elliot stuff. I don't play bass in my other band any more (have been 'promoted' to Second Guitarist) and the Crabs stuff really doesn't need a big feck-off 500W Trace head and a 4x10 cab. I bought a Sansamp programmable bass DI driver thingy in NY last week for Popfest and it worked a treat, although Mel didn't like having so much bass in the monitors. So, if I buy a small practice amp for use at home and to use as a monitor onstage, that should be fine, right? Am I missing anything, or is it really possible to play bass without a (proper) amp?

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Post by kingofpartick » Wed Jun 25, 2008 00:32

marksby wrote:Think I'm going to sell my Trace Elliot stuff. I don't play bass in my other band any more (have been 'promoted' to Second Guitarist) and the Crabs stuff really doesn't need a big feck-off 500W Trace head and a 4x10 cab. I bought a Sansamp programmable bass DI driver thingy in NY last week for Popfest and it worked a treat, although Mel didn't like having so much bass in the monitors. So, if I buy a small practice amp for use at home and to use as a monitor onstage, that should be fine, right? Am I missing anything, or is it really possible to play bass without a (proper) amp?
i think you might struggle with a practice amp on some stages. the sound of everything esle could well drown you out, or it may start sounding driven to get it to a volume you need to hear it at. You could get a nice happy-medium bass amp or combo though.
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Post by bocken » Wed Jun 25, 2008 09:34

kingofpartick wrote:
marksby wrote:Think I'm going to sell my Trace Elliot stuff. I don't play bass in my other band any more (have been 'promoted' to Second Guitarist) and the Crabs stuff really doesn't need a big feck-off 500W Trace head and a 4x10 cab. I bought a Sansamp programmable bass DI driver thingy in NY last week for Popfest and it worked a treat, although Mel didn't like having so much bass in the monitors. So, if I buy a small practice amp for use at home and to use as a monitor onstage, that should be fine, right? Am I missing anything, or is it really possible to play bass without a (proper) amp?
i think you might struggle with a practice amp on some stages. the sound of everything esle could well drown you out, or it may start sounding driven to get it to a volume you need to hear it at. You could get a nice happy-medium bass amp or combo though.

Whenever I get bored to the point of browsing places like talkbass there's always loads of people going on about using things like the SansAmp BDDI to go straight into the desk, and just using the monitors to hear yourself onstage, which is fine in many ways (you know exactly what you're going to sound like for a start, and it's a lot more portable), but it relies on playing at a certain level - like you said Mark some people might not like having so much bass in the monitors, and I've never played anywhere where I've been able to have a different monitor mix.

Presuming you're not getting rid of the TE stuff to save money, you should be able to P/X it for a really decent small combo (ie one that's small, light, and doesn't sound like shit), the bass nerds seem to rate MarkBass gear on this front (you may or may not find the name to be too lolsome though). Or find an old Ampeg Portaflex.

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Post by marksby » Wed Jun 25, 2008 18:53

bocken wrote:Presuming you're not getting rid of the TE stuff to save money
Ahem. Well, that is part of it, actually. I'm saving to get married next year. Also, from tonight there are two of us sharing my bedroom and the Trace stuff takes up a hell of a lot of space. Anyway, points taken, thanks guys. I suppose I'll replace it with something smaller, but not too small.

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Post by kingofpartick » Wed Jun 25, 2008 23:02

marksby wrote:
bocken wrote:Presuming you're not getting rid of the TE stuff to save money
Ahem. Well, that is part of it, actually. I'm saving to get married next year. Also, from tonight there are two of us sharing my bedroom and the Trace stuff takes up a hell of a lot of space. Anyway, points taken, thanks guys. I suppose I'll replace it with something smaller, but not too small.
you're welcome to a long term borrow of my laney amp mark. I haven't really used it live since i got my H+H.
Its just sitting in the spare room at the minute and i've got a wee practice amp if i ever find the tie to have a bash in the house.
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Post by kingofpartick » Wed Jun 25, 2008 23:30

marksby wrote: I bought a Sansamp programmable bass DI driver thingy in NY last week for Popfest and it worked a treat, although Mel didn't like having so much bass in the monitors. So, if I buy a small practice amp for use at home and to use as a monitor onstage, that should be fine, right? Am I missing anything, or is it really possible to play bass without a (proper) amp?
I've been thinking about this today. I totally meant to get a decent bass DI when we were in the states, cause 95% of the time, the Bass is DI'd for front of house. I used to think that was mental, why bother getting a nice sounding amp, when you're the only person that actually hears what the sound of the amp is, but i am told its far easier to control bass levels if its DI'd in most rooms, the exceptions being huge venues, when there will likely be a Mic on your amp as well as the DI. Having a decent DI will make a lot of difference. With front of house, you know that your sound guy is going to make it sound nice and full, and the tone will be right, obviously if you can set the tone to something more akin to your sound on your DI unit thats an easier job. But my main thing is when you're onstage and you know that whatever is coming through the monitors is a fairly nasty flat tone, usually extra trebly anything you can do to make that sound better is really important.

I usually don't take any bass in my monitor cause i have my amp right behind me and its plenty loud, but when i have had it, i hate the shitty flat trebly sound of basic DI bass with no tone control on it.
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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Thu Jun 26, 2008 19:58

I want one of these:

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They're just so pretty. I'll be able to get one after the Corporate Juggernaut's first number one single I suppose...

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Fri Jul 18, 2008 18:47

One of the blokes in my dad's band "had a look" at my bass, because the neck was a bit bowed and the action was too high (apparently). I have given him £30, and all he's really done is change the strings and told me to buy a new guitar because mine has a couple of minor things wrong with it. Bloody musos.

He does repair Johnny Marr's guitar pedals though, so I can say that me and Marr share a guitar tech muso bloke...

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Post by kingofpartick » Tue Jul 22, 2008 16:37

Super Furry Daniel wrote:One of the blokes in my dad's band "had a look" at my bass, because the neck was a bit bowed and the action was too high (apparently). I have given him £30, and all he's really done is change the strings and told me to buy a new guitar because mine has a couple of minor things wrong with it. Bloody musos.

He does repair Johnny Marr's guitar pedals though, so I can say that me and Marr share a guitar tech muso bloke...
if the necks bowed your truss rod will need adjusted. Did he actually set it up or just change the strings?

a good set up will check your truss rod, action and the bridge saddles, adjusting it all so you stay in tune all the way up. There is a pro-guy in glasgow that does it for about £70 which isn't cheap but makes a difference if you're playing loads (that may include the new strings).

Its easy enough to do it yourself if you have a bit of patience, but its fiddly and sometimes easier to let someone who will do it properly just get on with it. I wouldn't adjust the truss rod myself certainly thats a fundamentally serious job that if you don't do properly you're likely to f*ck your neck up. But the action and the bridge saddle adjustments aren't hard to learn to set up yourself and you just need an alan key and a screwdriver and the ability to not lose your temper when it takes ages.
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Post by kingofpartick » Wed Jul 23, 2008 20:19

does anyone have any experience of fixing a neck back on?

i have a lovely d'armmond starfire hollow bodied bass that the neck came off on on tour, and i've always meant to fix it properly. I thought it would be a fairly easy job with decent wood glue and a clamp. Then i thought it might not be so simple, and i should leave it to an expert, having to adjust the truss rod afterwards an all that, but i was looking at it today an it seems like a fairly easy one to get back in place as long as i use a clap and get it right in tight. I can't really afford to get it done proffesionally at the moment, so if i could do it myself, it would be nice to have another nice sounding bass at my disposal again.
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