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Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Ric Article
« on: August 19, 2017, 12:49:26 AM »
On my Google news settings, I have "Rock Music" as an area of interest.  Sometimes I receive articles like this out of the blue. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:45:53 PM »
Obviously not, but he's still dead wrong. The Strat became a sensation in 1957 thanks to Buddy Holly. I was in fifth grade, and believe me, any kid who wanted to play guitar noticed it. My first was a Melody Maker in 1959, thanks to the fact that my folks were paying for it and the store where I took lessons didn't see Fenders. If you went to a store that sold both in the early 60s, it was the Strats that got far more attention from young players. Solidbodies were second-string at Gibson, the ES series were their bread-and-butter.

As to where Gibson and Fender would be without the big stars that came along later, who knows? Hard to say.

My impressions are mostly personal and maybe pretty subjective, too.  I grew up looking at Gretsch, Fender, and Gibson as the top three guitar brands, with Fender probably being in third place, though.  I felt Hendrix's popularity did give Fender quite a boost even years after his death.  For several reasons, I never joined in on the adoration for P basses, although in later years I did end up having more of an appreciation for J basses than I expected. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:50:21 AM »
Wanting to play something different sounds like the Jack Bruce explanation for wanting to play an EB -3.  Jack's comments in an interview--

"But probably the most important reason was that I didn’t want it to sound like a Fender; I wanted it to sound very personal. So the EB-3 fit the bill in all of those ways; I was able to get some great distortion, and it didn’t sound like a Fender at all!"

Later on he adds in discussing his desire to have a distorted sound on bass--

" To me it was actually a more musical sound than the very bland “thumpy” sound of even P-Basses. Certainly, in the hands of a master like James Jamerson, and later, Jaco Pastorius, they sound great, and I’ve got a couple of them myself. But at the time, I wanted to do something completely different."

Vintage Guitar, 2002

(i've quoted this before, but most of the time leave out that last part.)

Rickenbacker Basses / Ric Article
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:45:32 PM »
Although this is more about guitars than bass, I thought this might be of some interest to people who haven't seen it.  i didn't see it posted anywhere.

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 17, 2017, 10:01:30 PM »
Kirk Hammett doesn't know what he's talking about, and he's not old enough to know unless he was going to gigs in the cradle.

I also don't believe the story about CBS planning to discontinue the Strat until Hendrix and Clapton came along. One of many tall tales told by former Fender guys looking to sell their books.

Kirk Hammett didn't claim to have been speaking as an eyewitness.  Metallica didn't even form until 1981.  But I do think there is some validity to what he was saying.  Without Hendrix who knows where Fender guitars would be.  Just like without Paul McCartney who knows where Hofners would be.  But I'm a big Hendrix fan and believe that a lot of factors were involved in Hendrix playing Strats, but easy access on Strat necks was one of those factors.  It's my impression that he would have played Gibsons more if not for that.

I'm speaking mostly as a fanatical Hendrix fan who has observed some things through the years.  Based on what I've seen and read, this is my observation.  Several years ago here some of this was also discussed on a similar thread.  Eventually, a squad of pro-Fender people swooped in.  I thought they were going to take over everything--including maybe even the entire world itself.  I'm not personally interested into getting to any debates about this, though.  It doesn't mean that much to me, especially since it's about guitars--something i'm way less interested in than bass.  On a personal level, though, I've had both Gibson and Fender guitars. I liked both a lot, but preferred Gibson.

As for Hendrix fans (and I'm not even sure how relevant this is,) but I'm not sure how many fans from the original fan base are even left.  Most of the fans I encounter are people who became fans listening to the Band of Gypsys, "First Rays of the New Rising Sun," various bootlegs people like me may have never even heard, the Alan Douglas produced albums which came out for years even on into the mid-90s, the so-called definitive 2000 Purple Box 4 CD album, etc.  I seriously doubt if very many new fans are being brought in now that it's the 21st century, but some of the previously unreleased material like the 2010 West Coast Seattle Boy anthology is really good (but expensive.)

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:21:14 PM »
Fender sold a LOT of Strats thanks to Clapton and Hendrix.

Kirk Hammett said that before Hendrix the Strat was considered a pedestrian guitar mostly associated with country music and surf bands.  But Hendrix made it into a lethal weapon.  A shame, IMO.  I prefer the sound of a Gibson guitar (as I've noted in previous threads of course.)  I would say it's all subjective, but I've got a friend (who prefers Gibsons) who can tell you what guitar Hendrix was playing on live performances she has never heard before.  Needless to say, most of the time he was playing a Strat, but there were some exceptions. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:16:19 PM »
It's obvious Axl's bad boy image has an appeal to a segment of the female population.  That had to be a big factor in driving GNR.  Even now Lana Del Rey makes it clear she is quite a fan.  Once again, though, whatever it is that their music had I was never quite able to grasp. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:07:16 AM »
It's just that for me Guns 'n Roses never cut it for me.  I could never get into their music at all.  It's comparable to U2.  Try as I may, I could never understand what the appeal was for either band.  I have never wished either band ill, though.  They probably deserve the success they have; I just don't know why. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:31:58 AM »
I can't remember ever at any point being excited about Slash.  I don't know who I would have chosen to represent Gibson, but it definitely wouldn't have been Slash.  Nothing against him personally--just never been a fan. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: August 09, 2017, 10:50:41 AM »
I'm married to a redhead so my preference is established.

Then it sounds like you've done well for yourself. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:29:53 PM »
I think to an extent it is a British thing, but possibly a redhead thing even more.  As for me, I've had a thing for redheads ever since I met a girl in the neighborhood named Sydney when I was quite a young lad.  As for Shirley Manson, she is 50 now.  Plus, I agree the pink hair doesn't flatter her at all.  She has spoken somewhere about how she feels about aging, but I don't know where to find that now. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:08:21 AM »
I have high regard especially for Gibson hollow body basses.  But to further elaborate on a side issue of the thread, I recently encountered some info on a British scientific study which may confirm some of my earlier points.  Although not British, I can somewhat relate to this.

The Bass Zone / Re: Things bass players do in the studio
« on: August 05, 2017, 09:15:16 PM »

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Ritchie Blackmore, Cover Boy
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:21:52 PM »
The Hendrix/Davis connection: real jazz/rock at it’s finest

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Ritchie Blackmore, Cover Boy
« on: August 01, 2017, 03:23:18 PM »
Who of the late 60ies heroes wasn't in crisis in 1970? Had Hendrix survived - and some Colonel Parker/Peter Grant type taken care of him -, I'm sure we would have heard plenty of interesting and some really disturbingly off the wall stuff from him. He still had that Rick Rubin aging rock star album in him!

He had already been trying to reestablish contact with Chas Chandler during the time of the Royal Albert Hall concert.  He needed something like that.  Also, like Noel Redding commented, Hendrix needed a very long vacation to Ireland or somewhere like that.  But I think he was probably about finished with rock.  That's why Noel noted that Hendrix would have most likely become a "jazzer."  How easy a transition like that would have been, no one knows--because Hendrix's roots were deeply in the blues which evolved, of course, into a kind of acid blues rock. 

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