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Gibson Basses / L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:17:53 PM »
"The fact is, we don’t see ourselves as a guitar company, we see ourselves as a music lifestyle company."

The article does mention the 2015 sales disaster and the ongoing financial problems but almost as an afterthought. The writer is obviously wowed by the Fireturd X and Henry sounds like he's still blaming consumers for not seeing his genius.

The Outpost Cafe / Real people. Not actors.
« on: June 10, 2017, 08:22:51 AM »
I love this guy! "Mahk" inserts himself into those idiotic Chevy "real people" ads. He lampoons other products too but he really hates GM. Here's his latest.


The Outpost Cafe / New Spongebob video
« on: June 05, 2017, 08:53:55 PM »
Not what you expected.  :o

The Outpost Cafe / Soundman: The Art of The Grumpy
« on: June 05, 2017, 07:00:39 AM »
Chances are you've met him or someone like him.

The Bass Zone / Cupright bass
« on: June 05, 2017, 06:57:54 AM »
Canadian musician builds stand-up bass shaped like the Stanley Cup

Actually he's a Canadian living in Nashville.

The Outpost Cafe / Pre-teen blues rock
« on: June 01, 2017, 10:54:44 AM »
I'm much more impressed by kids who can actually play and sing songs than boring kiddie shredding videos.

This video from 1969 was posted to YT in 2010 but is just now making the rounds among a few of my friends. I can't find anything else about them. Danish? Dutch? Music starts at 1:36.

The discussion also brought mention of this 2014 video. The band is from California. Another of their videos from two years earlier said the singer/guitarist was 9, the keyboardist 8, and the drummer 5.

The Outpost Cafe / German technology at its finest
« on: May 30, 2017, 09:39:41 AM »

Gibson Basses / Tried a 2017 EB Bass today
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:09:09 PM »
I stopped by Twin Town Guitars today to buy strings. Lo and behold, there were two new EBs on the wall, a 4 in natural and a 5 in the burst.  It was a pleasant surprise to actually see one in a store. I took down the 4 and gave it a brief test run. It had too much relief but still playable.

Pros: it really sounded good. The satin finish was very nice. The pickups are medium output and well balanced between them. Neck profile was comfortable. I like the 4 inline headstock better than the 2+2 on the 2013-14 version but that's just personal taste. It's more ergonomic than the earlier version. This one was surprisingly light, but it's swamp ash, not mahogany.

Cons: There's nothing about the tone or the looks that says "that's a Gibson." Considering the price compared to other American-made basses, having a gig bag is understandable, but if you want a hardshell case, you may be out of luck finding one that fits. I didn't like the vintage burst finish on the 5er,  too yellow.

All in all, if you're considering one and don't mind that it's not like traditional Gibson models, I'd recommend it.

The Bass Zone / Venn diagram for music gear
« on: May 26, 2017, 11:35:31 AM »

The Bass Zone / Vintage gear ads
« on: May 18, 2017, 02:32:38 PM »
A longtime sales guy for the former Knut-Koupee Music in Minneapolis started a Facebook page awhile back. In the past few days he's posted loads of old ads from Guitar Player. Plenty of interesting stuff, including these.

The Outpost Cafe / Mother's Day is coming
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:58:04 AM »
From Dave Barry's blog, a suggested present instead of flowers.

My Shiny Hiney

Do you really need a holiday to justify buying this?

The Outpost Cafe / Two elderly ladies missing
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:50:48 AM »

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