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The Outpost Cafe / The Raisins
« on: April 22, 2017, 12:01:55 PM »
Bumped into this today and was instantly hooked. A fantastic song, reminds me of Max Webster somehow.

Great players and as I did some research I found that they did evolve into The Bears and Psychodots. One album released in 1983, produced by Adrian Belew who was also a member of The Bears. Gotta get the album but this whole show would be nice too. Their version of "Avening Annie" (Andy Pratt's song) is brilliantly played and on the whole the band reminds me of NRBQ. Not as rootsy but they seem to share the same qualities: the humour, the musicianship, the eclectism.

Gibson Basses / Alan Barry's doubleneck
« on: April 07, 2017, 10:53:03 AM »
Alan Barry was a bassist/guitarist/vocalist for a short-lived progrock trio Fields featuring also Graham Field (ex- Rare Bird) on keys and the mighty Andy McCulloch (ex- Crimson and future Greenslade) on drums. He used a modded doubleneck:

Rickenbacker Basses / Jerome Rimson's Rickenbacker...or is it?
« on: April 06, 2017, 12:57:25 PM »
Jerome Rimson played with Phil Lynott in the early eighties and mainly used this modified Ric:

Or is it Ric at all? Lemmy had a similar bass too or more likely used the very same instrument.

Looks like it has a third pickup at the bridge end.

The Bass Zone / Bass & wah-wah
« on: March 29, 2017, 07:02:10 AM »
I recently bought a wah-wah -pedal and started the use it with the bass. A basic Dunlop Cry-Baby (w/a "vocal mod" or whatever it is was called...), shouldn't work but it does. Eats a bit of the low end but I don't care.  With a fuzz it's instant Canterbury prog or John Wetton '73 "Talking Drum" climax.

I also started to think about favourite wah-wah -bass moments. Lots of prog of course, like Gentle Giant's "Mobile", Richard Sinclair with Hatfield and The North, Pekka Pohjola w/Wigwam but also "Night Woman" by Nazareth.  What are yours?

Here's a small intro I played to our jazz-rock combo's version of "Icarus" (Ralph Towner). Meandering and searching for the spark but the sound is good. '76 Thunderbird (w/ EY pickups) through a Lab Series L4 and EBS CL210 (mic'ed).

Other Bass Brands / Tom Peterson's mystery 4-string
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:24:40 PM »
This 4-string simple looking bass has bugged me for years. It seems he used it circa 1979:

It also looks a bit wrong being a sort of modern looking bass with a pointy headstock and neck-through construction, at least when compared to other more vintage and "cool" looking 4-string basses he used on stage at the time (T-Birds, '55 P-Bass, Fender Bass V).

Fender Basses / Richard Sinclair's modified Jazz Bass
« on: January 25, 2017, 12:52:31 PM »
I've always liked Richard Sinclair's singing and bass playing and his signature tone has always been a Jazz Bass with emphasis on the bridge pickup. However on Hatfild And The North's second album "The Rotters' Club" his tone is different (but equally tasty) and it bothered me for years (I'm serious!). The bass sounds a bit like a P-bass or a Ric with bridge pickup on.

Well, it seems he had removed the Jazz pickups and had installed a Gibson EB bridge pickup between the original locations. I asked Neil Murray on Facebook if he could give me any info since Neil and Richard played some gigs together when Neil was in Gilgamesh in 1973 and he said that Richard liked the sound of his P-bass that had an EB-3 bridge PU installed (near the bridge). 

He later reinstalled the Jazz pickups and went back to his old sound (during his stint with Camel also removed the frets).

The Bass Zone / Jim O'Rourke: Simple Songs
« on: May 13, 2016, 05:07:54 AM »
Did anyone else pick up this fantastic album released last year? Great songs, witty lyrics and a warm production. There's a slight Genesis/Collins -vibe on the drum department and I bet it's not a coincidence since Jim is a huge "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" fan.

Apparently Jim and his Japanese band did some gigs too:

The Bass Zone / Andy Pratt and a killer bassline
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:08:02 AM »

Abraham Laboriel on bass , most likely. A great song and a great album too. Very eclectic, don't be fooled by the cover.  :)

The Outpost Cafe / New (almost) comphrehensive Alex Harvey box
« on: March 22, 2016, 06:05:09 AM »
Any fans? I love his work and the just released 14CD "The Last Of The Teenage Idols" box was an auto-buy. Includes everything SAHB released plus great bonustracks (single B-sides and outtakes from the "Live" album) and most of his solo work pre- and post- SAHB.

Rickenbacker Basses / 4002 samples
« on: March 14, 2016, 10:05:07 PM »
I just realised I've never heard a sound of a Rickenbacker 4002. If anyone has any good samples or links please post!

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Tele with a bridge PU
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:11:51 AM »
I decided to mod my Tyyster Telecaster bass with a bridge pickup. I will never sell it, the original sound (the front pickup only) is still available and the original luthier did the job plus it's my bass. :mrgreen:

With the scratchplate:

Haven't decided with which look is better. The "plain Bain" or with the plate (or guard). Anyway, it sounds really good. Here's a Jeff Beckish riff I recorded straight to the desk:

The pickup is a slightly wider version of the normal SCPB. When both pickups are on they are in series. There's something in the sound that reminds me of a Ric and I also did a comparison with a Jazz Bass ( JV Squier with Dimarzio DP123 pickups) :

The Tele sounds more arrogant, a bit more throaty. The bridge pickup is approximately in the 70's Jazz position.

The Bass Zone / Saunders' strange bass
« on: December 02, 2015, 07:13:41 AM »
It's there on a back cover of Jan Hammer Group w/Jeff Beck "Live"). Is it the piccolo bass Fernando sometimes used (for example on the song "Oh Yeah?"). Any info?

A brilliant album. Tony Smith is the most underrated and also best drummer from the fusion era. Beats Cobham and Walden if you ask me.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Wiring diagram for Aria sb-900
« on: August 13, 2015, 09:14:11 PM »
Has anybody got a wiring diagram for '81 (or newer) Aria SB-900? My friend got one with all the guts out and needs a bit help.

The Bass Zone / Geddy whips them out!
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:45:40 PM »
Rush is back on tour and it seems Geddy is using a lot of basses from his ever expanding collection. There's many Jazz Basses, a Precision, a 4080/12 Rick for "Xanadu" and even a pink Paisley Tele. And a non-reverse II.

Just listening to this great pre-"Who's Next" gig and marvelling at Entwistle's sound. Non-reverse and the Hiwatt rig sounds great, it's not as dark sounding as his T-bird & Sunn rig a bit later (I like that too). Lot's of great songs they were soon about to drop from the set such as "Pure And Easy" and "Too Much Of Anything" and I even like "Water" here even if it's a plodding hippie rock number that does the band injustice. :)

With this in the background I was wondering if Entwistle used Hiwatts in the "Who's Next" studio sessions too or did he acquire the Sunn gear for those? The sessions started in May '71 and all the pics I've seen from the "Who's Next" tour have the Sunn  rig.
Never seen any pics from the studiosessions 'though. Entwistle's recollections vary about the basses he used (P or Thunderbird) but a lot of the tracks sound like T-Bird to me when compring to his earlier Precision work. "Going Mobile" for example is a very clear T-Bird.

There's a pic from The Young Vic in the liner notes of "Who's Next" deluxe 2CD which is dated the 5th of May 1971 and shows Entwistle playing a P-Bass through the Hiwatts but the dating is incorrect (it's from 11/15/1970). The 4/26/1971 was their last at that venue.

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