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The Bass Zone / String Voodoo
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:16:50 AM »
Wasn't happy with the B String from a set of Labella "Low Tension Flexible Flats"...

The intonation was all over the place...to get frets 1-5 to intonate, the rest of the string  (higher notes) were out of tune...it sounded dead and was a general mess...just did not "ring" properly.

Put on a round wound B string I had around the house...it sounded terrible...

Got frustrated, and re-mounted the flat wound B string, and it sounded fine. No intonation problems, and it rang true...WTF?

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The Outpost Cafe / Tom Petty
« on: October 02, 2017, 01:47:58 PM »
CBS News site is reporting Tom Petty is gone. Heart Attack.

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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Precision Replacement neck
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:10:24 PM »
Do all official Fender replacement necks have the same neck pocket shape?

As in, if I bought an Allparts neck, or an American Fender neck, will it fit my ancient Mexi Precision body? That is, without creative woodworking skills, of which I have none. I can probably drill pilot holes.

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The Bass Zone / Strings
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:39:07 AM »
Not to sound like Talkbass...but has anyone tried a Labella product called "Low tension flexible flats"?

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The Bass Zone / About Face
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:54:00 AM »
Anybody ever abruptly change how they play the instrument? Was a fingers player for 30+ years.

I started running scales and playing Charlie Parker bebop heads with a thumb pick and a finger pick sort of like a steel player...just sitting in front of the TV before going to work...

Liked the sound and feel so much, I started playing that way live...pretty much converted to being a pick player. The Gibson bass sounds good with a pick and round wounds.

Must be mid-life crisis...

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The Bass Zone / Govt Mule
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:59:38 AM »
Filled out an Amazon order (to get free shipping) with "Dose" by Govt Mule...never paid too much attention, although I've heard them before...

Wow. What ferocious musicianship, precision use of complex meters...I was totally amazed.

Alan Woody sure knows how to use the tone of a Gibson bass to round out the band. I will be seeking out the other early Mule albums...

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Gibson Basses / Mid-Town
« on: January 13, 2017, 07:00:43 AM »
Clicked on Musician's Friend...

The Mid-Town signature is $999 today...

I don't need one, but it is tempting.

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Bass Amps & Effects / Small Bass Amps
« on: November 14, 2016, 05:46:38 AM »
Was looking at GK amps

Would like to buy a small light amp...1 12 inch speaker...something light to replace my ancient Peavey behemoth that weighs 90 pounds.

Basically a stage monitor.  I always have a nice PA to work with.

GK offers some small light class D amps for extremely reasonable prices

They also offer the 150 watt MB 150S, which is priced at $700

Does anyone have experience with what the differences are, and why would I buy one over the other?

Thanks

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Gibson Basses / EB five string
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:40:48 AM »
Gibson EB V string-decent build quality?

What is the string spacing on these things? Wide enough to allow for the possibility of slap and other R & B styles where appropriate? (no jokes please)


Do they sound "Fenderish" enough for a guy that loves "P" basses, and really only plays R & B and country and old-time rock and roll...traditional Gibson tone probably is not what I'm looking for...

AMS has them at a good price and my trigger finger is itching.

In the divorce process right now, though, and I don't want the soon-to-be ex-wife to expect to own half of it....

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The Outpost Cafe / New home in the Highlands
« on: June 15, 2016, 10:58:46 AM »
Seems, like Kenny, I too have become a Highlander...well, Highland Heights, Kentucky...

Since February 13, I have been living by myself in a condo I purchased in Kentucky...

Was a bit of a culture shock figuring out how to get a driver's license, and how to license the car, etc.

For the moment, at least, it is a peaceful arrangement.  Still married but we don't live together.

Any pictures I could send would not be as dramatic as Kenny's.

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Other Bass Brands / Longhorn
« on: February 12, 2016, 06:30:37 AM »
Played my longhorn bass for the first time in maybe more than a year (maybe a couple years) last night. What a light responsive bass!...

I need to start gigging it again...maybe learn to do a quick drop "D" tuning for some of the lower stuff that forces me to use a low "B" string currently. 

It just rips with round wounds on it...

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The Outpost Cafe / I knew this was coming, but...
« on: October 15, 2015, 05:47:58 AM »
We had to put the family dog to sleep.  Thirteen years old, cancer in one leg...she hobbled around on three.

She was my best friend.

I have never grieved this hard in my life.

Pat

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The Outpost Cafe / Bass Northwest
« on: September 27, 2015, 10:12:38 AM »
Is closed...news to me

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The Outpost Cafe / I retired from the music business yet again
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:23:22 AM »
Seems I just retired from the music business...stressful job, horrendous bad marriage, playing music way too much (getting like a job-one that pays chicken-shit)...all have me run down big time.  The stress had to give somewhere or i'd be dead soon...I can't control stress from my job or wife, so the band had to go (I can control it)....

Told them I'd stick around as long as it takes (I don't want to hurt anyone-especially some of them need the money-I don't). It's like 9 years of work going down the tubes--really awesome music that I really like-- (as well as 32 years of marriage and my retirement savings-potentially half of it)...everything is in free-fall it seems like...

Not a good place right now, but hopefully it will eventually straighten out one way or another.  I can still strap on a banjo and play in the back yard for fun.  Assuming I still have a back yard in the future.

Thanks for letting me bend your ear.

Pat

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Anybody got a source for these or something similar? Old style Fender plywood case latch.

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