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RE: What do you Play

Postby lorilu » Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:43 am

About the day to day stuff. I think the best love is one you are that comfortable with. You can completely be yourself including all the bodily functions. And they still turn you on. And in reality they and you are changing all the time so if you really wanted to know your wife you might be surprised about her thoughts and dreams. You might, with effort, rediscover the real love of your life. Who wants someone they can't trust or count on who doesn't really have your back? Fantasy is addictive until it's cover is blown by real thinking. That's why porn is so popular. Not that porn is bad but when it takes the place or becomes more exciting that the real thing then it's a problem. People think they are unhappy and dissatisfied in their relationship but so is their spouse. Finding a way to talk and listen without freaking out and really communicating could bring new life and newlyweds.

I got a chance to remember what that was like a little while back. It made me remember how wonderful things could be and though it didn't work out it was worth it for me. I've had a lot of relationships that didn't quite work out so I decided to take time out raise my kid and analyze it so I could find more what I needed and where I was going wrong. I've analyzed but damn, if I don't make some of the same mistakes. Moth to the flame.
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RE: What do you Play

Postby r_a_smith3530 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:21 am

My signature pretty much says it all, but lately, I've been playing my Fender P "Frankenbass" into a Russian Big Muff Pi, and from there into my Crate BXH-220 amp with it BX410E cab. Picture below from a recent gig in Woodstock, IL. That's me with the bass. I'm the handsome one!

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RE: What do you Play

Postby mike932 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:58 am

Fender American Jazz, agent orange colored, hate the color, love the bass. Flatwounds and an Ampeg 210 combo. Simple but effective.
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RE: What do you Play

Postby lorilu » Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:12 am

You got alotta stuff there. Have fun!
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RE: What do you Play

Postby r_a_smith3530 » Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:31 am

Oops, I guess that I forgot to mention why I call it a "Frankenbass." It's built out of a Fender Deluxe P Bass Special body, with an old original 1960's slab Rosewood board Precision neck (nice "C" profile). The electronics consist of a Bartolini P-J pickup combo and active tone circuit. Controls are master volume, rotary pickup blend, and two tone controls. The strings are held down by a Leo Quan Badass II bridge on one end, with a bone nut and Fender cloverleaf tuners at the other end. It seriously rocks!

As for the one that got away, that's easy. The first guitar I ever got was an old Harmony Sovereign. It was given to me while I was recovering at a VA Hospital. It was fifteen to twenty years old then and buzzed like crazy so I put it in the closet. About ten years later when I decided that I wanted to play guitar, I pulled it out. The neck had separated from the body, and the bridge was lifting. A gifted old Martin master tech, John Calhoun, took it under his wing and transformed it. When he was done, it wasn't the prettiest thing on the block, but boy, did it sound sweet. John knew a few tricks to perform on the Sovereign's bracing to make them really sing. Several years ago, when I was buying my house, I gave that guitar to one of my neighbors for her son. I miss it quite a bit. Unfortunately, even if I found another Sovereign, John took all of his Harmony wizardry to the grave. Truely, one that got away!
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RE: What do you Play

Postby r_a_smith3530 » Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:02 pm

Well, since my last post, I've subtracted one guitar from the collection in exchange for a bass. The guitar that is gone is the '83 G&L S-500 that I've owned for almost the past thirteen years.

I've just been playing, for the first time, the '85 G&L L-2000 bass that has replaced it. Man, this thing is awesome! It has three knobs (volume/tone/tone) and three switches. One of the switches is to select the pickup (neck or bridge), another shifts the pickups from series to parallel, and a third is what I call the "Oh My Friggin' God" switch! This one takes you from passive, to active, and then to active with additional treble boost. I thought that Frankenbass could shake the floorboards, but this baby permanently loosened them. In fact, the house now looks a little lop-sided! Boy, does this Bad Boy thump!!!
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RE: What do you Play

Postby lorilu » Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:17 am

Well, Congrats on the new old bass RA! have fun.
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RE: What do you Play

Postby fat paul » Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:24 pm

Fender American p-bass(sunburst,maple fretboard & gold gaurd)fretless p-bass(totaly hotrodded) Ampeg baby bass with k&k bassmax pick-up. swr and ashdown amps, avatar cabs. Guitars as follows, Guild & ovation
acoustics. Fender, gibson and gretsch elects. Fender hotrod deluxe amp.
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RE: What do you Play

Postby lorilu » Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:27 am

Hey, I remember you! Where've ya been? What's been happening?
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RE: What do you Play

Postby lpdeluxe » Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:29 pm

I've been a long-time Carvin LB20 player, and just last week I put DiMarzio J Model pickups on it. Love 'em. I also just acquired a Squier II Precision w maple neck, and although I fell in love with the different sound, I just ordered a Basslines pickup for it. And then there's the Ibanez AEB305LG that gets pulled out when the folkies ask me over.

Amps have evolved from a '63 Ampeg B15N (now too old and tattered, alas) to a Musicman HD130 head with a Hartke 410XL cab, to my present (and lightest) rig, an Ampeg B100R. My vehicles over the same span of years have also followed the downsizing trend, from a Suburban with a 454 to an Aerostar with a manual to my current Toyota Matrix (also manual, thank you very much). I can get a couple of bass cases and the B100R and my bag with cords and stands and etc in the back and roll out at 30MPG to the gig. It's red, too (the Matrix, that is)! Now, with the Suburban, I could get my whole 5-piece band, the instruments, amps, and girlfriends, except that the drummer carried his gear in his elderly Celica.
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RE: What do you Play

Postby lorilu » Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:28 am

Is this right? Patience and practice, he said.

So,if I asked you what advice you would give to a beginning bass player then the above quote would be it.
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RE: What do you Play

Postby lpdeluxe » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:42 am

Update: since I last posted, I have been playing the Squier with the Basslines Quarter Pound. It's the schnittz, in my opinion. Deep, deep, deep, without losing the P sound. Also installed a roller tree like Big Daddy's. I don't know if they make any difference, but they sure look better than the standard round one.
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Postby bluecooper » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:06 pm

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Just a cheap Gould P bass i picked up for less than the cost of two sets of strings! but i plays ok for now and is fun to learn on.
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Postby Pickin'4memories » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:27 am

The bassist in my band uses a 30 yr. old Peavey T-40 with a natural finish and a black pickguard. Heaviest bass I've ever held, hands-down, but damn it sounds nice. It's got one of those nifty pickup deals with 4 knobs, one 3-way toggle switch and one 2-way toggle switch, allowing either a single coil or a humbucker in either bridge or neck, or toggling between any combination of the 2. really nice.
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Postby lpdeluxe » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:42 pm

I played Jazz basses for years, because I was the guitar player and when we swapped for certain songs, I got the bass player's Jazz.

Now I'm a comfirmed Precision player, with a '51 P Reissue with a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound single coil, a Fender American Deluxe bridge (four saddles vs the two on the original,and it drops right in -- and allows string-through loading) and GHS Brite Flats. It's the Thump King.

Then there's a '50s P with a split-coil Seymour Duncan QP and Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats. This one is the Tone Monster.

Let's not forget a Standard FSR P that I just put the QP in yesterday. I have a set of TI JFs on the shelf waiting for it to acquire a fretless neck.

Tell ya what, the SD QP/TI combination Kills.

Also, for practice until I finish the P fretless, there's a Jazz fretless.

All are Fendes.
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