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Gibson Basses / Vintage double mud
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:12:06 AM »
I'm just gonna leave this one right here.  ;D

Other Bass Brands / NBD - '84 Hamer Blitz
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:02:08 AM »
I just bought this from pilgrim9 (who I believe still has a nice red Bach bird for sale). I've been trying to find an Explorer that worked for me for a while. Tried a 2013 Gibson and it was close, but something was not quite right. Then I grabbed an Epiphone off eBay and the neck was like a baseball bat. I already knew I liked the Hamer necks, so I figured I'd give it a shot and I love it! The width at the nut and the 20th fret are identical to my favorite '89 Ric 4003S. It's surprisingly super light and balances great sitting down or on a strap. They had the good sense to position the rear strap pin pretty far off center. Sound - wise, it has a strong P-Bass vibe, which is surprising considering the all mahogany/set neck construction. Can't complain cause I didn't have that flavor in the arsenal until now. Bone stock with Hamer-branded Schaller bridge and tuners, DiMarzio pickups, Hamer stamped pots, and original case with key in a Hamer ziploc bag. I did replace the original plain black knobs with Gibson speed knobs. Its a winner!

Gibson Basses / Modern double mud
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:16:35 AM »
Saw this on the 'bay this morning. I dig it! Decent price too. I recently acquired something from a forum member (report coming soon), so I'm not on this at all. I know they're not REAL mudbuckers, but I bet it sounds good.

The Bass Zone / Dean Markley string issues
« on: July 10, 2017, 08:47:02 AM »
I have to share this story, and this is a good semi-private place to do it. I was a lifelong GHS guy (Super Steels) until one day, I accidentally discovered Dean Markley SR2000 sets. Great tone and amazing lifespan. They are taper core, which is generally not my preference, but it's fine. The biggest problem I had was FINDING them. I used to have my local store order them, but practically every time, some kid that worked there would end up putting them out on the rack rather than calling me and letting me know they came in. So, I started ordering online. About a year ago, I got 2 sets from a vendor on Amazon. Starting putting them on and noticed the A was dead, and the D not much better. So I grabbed the other set - same thing! So I ordered 2 (or was it 4?) more sets from MORE dead strings! The guy there put me in touch with a guy at DM, and I explained the situation to him. He said there were some issues they were working through and offered me some sets of Blue Steels to hold me over. Fine, cool. Even though it was over a month before I received the Blue Steels, and I had a lot of dollars wrapped up in strings at this point (I had to buy MORE strings to get me through gigs - back to GHS) I was happy with the customer service. Since they had sent me the Blue Steels, I figured we were done, and I'd eventually buy SR2000 sets again. Then a few weeks ago, out of the blue, I get a package from Dean Markley - 6 sets of SR2000 in newly designed packaging. Cool! Start installing a set - the A is dead as can be. Go to the next set. Same. ALL 6 sets have a dead A. WTF?!?!? I went and ordered 6 single Super Steel contact core A strings from so I could at least get some use out of these sets. It's really strange. It's as if they're coming unwound internally or something. One thing I've noticed on all of these is that they are wound unusually tightly in the package. The diameter of the wound up strings is almost half what it would normally be. Not sure if that has anything to do with it. I also noticed there's no silk on the tuner end of one of the D strings in the latest batch. What's going on over there at Dean Markley? Really disappointed. Anyone else having problems with them lately?

Gibson Basses / Silverburst RD Artist on the bay
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:05:30 AM »
Looks pretty cool. I wonder about originality?

Other Bass Brands / Holy Grail Hamer 12 string
« on: August 10, 2016, 06:57:51 AM »
All I can say is WOW! If you're into this sort of thing, it doesn't get any cooler than this.

The Outpost Cafe / New tune with Ric 8 string
« on: July 07, 2016, 08:21:48 AM »
The 8 string effect doesn't stand out that much in the track, but that's what I used. Enjoy!

Gibson Basses / (modern) EB + Fender mudbucker
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:45:21 AM »
OK, which one of you is responsible for this?  ;)

Rickenbacker Basses / 4001CS with flats
« on: December 28, 2015, 09:44:47 AM »
Sorry I missed Christmas, but here's a nice John Lennon cover I played bass on recently. Enjoy!

Fender Basses / Played a nice '70 P Bass
« on: June 22, 2015, 09:08:35 AM »
Well this is rare (for me)! Me and a Fender P Bass. I jumped up for a couple of songs with a band I'm subbing with on July 4th. Bass player had a nice '70 P with Warmoth replacement neck. I guess something went south with the original, but he chose to just leave it alone, put it away, and put a replacement on there. I'm not a fan of the whole "relic" thing, but he had a guy sort of "age" the neck, and he did a great job. I never would have known if he hadn't told me.

Stage volume was super low, as the band is all on in-ears, so it took me a minute to catch the groove. Good guys, lots of fun! We also went into Dream On after this.

The Outpost Cafe / Life after cover bands - 6 months in...
« on: June 11, 2015, 08:34:45 AM »
So patman's post about leaving the music biz gave me the idea to share my recent experiences. After 8 years of 50+ shows per year, I have now not played a gig in 6 months. For various reasons, I decided to step away. And funny thing - I had been uninspired to write for years, but once I made the decision to get out of cover band-land, I started spewing ideas like crazy! I'm LISTENING to and DISCOVERING more music, I'm GOING to more shows, and I'm WRITING again. It's been good. Kind of a relief from the day job/family/gigs grind. I didn't need that extra $15K a year anyway...  :o :sad: :P

So a guitar player friend and fellow prog fanatic that I've known for 30 years and I are finally doing the prog project we've been talking about for a few years now. We're sharing writing duties. I'm doing bass, synths, and vocals. He's got a Roland setup on his guitar. I found a really cool electric violinist (7 string through a guitar rig), and recruited the drummer from the last original band I was in (Ivory Wire). I'm still trying to find a name everyone likes.  :-\ I've realized I have a lot of great resources available too - people who are willing and eager to help out. Really GOOD people - producer, live engineer, photographer, web designer, booking agents... Even though, at the end of the day, this is "for fun", I still intend to make it as top quality as I can. There are some good venues in Chicago for this kind of thing, and I have some possible "ins" as local support for national acts. We have a ton of stuff written. Things are moving VERY slowly due to availability (drummer and violinist), but I plan to record 4 songs ASAP, then get some live shows under our belt before recording another half dozen or so. Very exciting and inspiring stuff!

I've got 1 "sub" gig this summer with a band that does all Zep, Aerosmith, VH, and AC/DC. I may return to that world some day, but for now, I'm enjoying some time off!

Other Bass Brands / Bass ID needed
« on: May 13, 2015, 12:33:57 PM »
Can anyone ID this bass? Hofner by chance?

Gibson Basses / Impulse purchase - Epi Explorer
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:51:59 AM »
Well, now I've done it. This is the first "my wife is gonna kill me" purchase I've made in a while. So it's shipping to my office.  ;) I have a list of stuff to sell, so once I get that out of the way, I can bring this thing home. Looks pretty great in the pictures. I've been dying for a korina one, but they just haven't been coming up at a reasonable price. This one comes with a case and I got it for $315 shipped. Couldn't resist! Someone painted the pickguard gold. Looks decent in general, but they did a poor job. I'm thinking of cleaning the edges and painting the top black. I also want to put gold covered TB+ on it. If anyone has a pair of those covers, I'll take em. I need to check eBay.

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