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The Outpost Cafe / And There You Have It
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:28:20 PM »

I'm familiar with the band name but wouldn't have recognized the guy. That said, this does not surprise me at all. As long as you can sell all those lawyer bursts, right?

The Bass Zone / It's a bass, it's a guitar...
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:14:48 PM »

This guy has some great videos but most of them are guitar-centric, so I've never posted them here. This one kind of bridges the gap, so what the heck.

And I don't know what he does for a living, but his amp collection is insane.

Again, this one is guitar, but with all the talk we do about wood and tone, I thought it fitting (though not nearly as funny as Dave's clip).

There’s no word on whether these vacuum-channel transistors will allow for the creation of small, modern audio amplifiers that sound like original tube amps — but maybe!


He's talking about the guitars so I guess it's "off topic." Make sure closed captioning is on.

Gibson Basses / When You Record With Your Gibsons...
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:55:15 PM »
I've been recording with my SB-400 and right now it's my favorite sounding bass when it's solo'd, but overall, all that character and grind sounds pretty woolly and indistinct in a raw mix. Not sure if I'll be able to eq it enough to be heard without overwhelming the rest of the mix (the songs are more poppy and singer/songwriterish than all out rock). If my bandmates and I are happy with these recordings we'll pay to have them mixed by someone who knows what he's doing, but I'm curious as to how you guys approach recording your mahogany Gibsons. Do I have to run through glowing tubes in order to hear this thing in the (recorded) mix?

The Bass Zone / Hofner Questions
« on: December 11, 2016, 08:25:20 PM »
I've been wanting to try one of the lower end Hofner Club basses and thought I'd ask in case you guys have any experience with them. I know the Contemporary has a block and the others don't. The cheaper ones on eBay seem to have all sorts of names but besides that, I don't know if one is better than the other or how to tell (Icon, Ignition, B, BC, HI).

I know the Contemporary isn't going to sound exactly like a full hollowbody but I'm leaning toward it anyway just because it seems like that one is pretty good quality. Also, is there a cheap model besides the Contemporary that has neck binding? I ask because I'm seeing some with gold Hofner decals on the back of the headstock and some without (all listed as Contemporary or HCT and at similar price points).

So after all that, my questions are: Are all the Contemporary Clubs the same (other than finish), and, if not, what are those differences and which one would you recommend (or not)?

The Outpost Cafe / Von Richthofen the Biker
« on: October 25, 2015, 11:18:11 AM »

Men and their toys... This one I like.

20 odd years ago I was in a non-serious car accident that still ended up wrenching my back and neck pretty well. I've had lower back issues ever since, along with some limited range of motion issues in my neck and sporadic tingles in my left leg and arm (not the Chris Matthews kind). I had great meds for four years and they were a godsend because they eliminated all my symptoms and made normal life possible, but once doctors started getting weird about writing that prescription I just said screw it and got used to the pain.

Over the years I've mostly chalked all this up to the aches and pains of getting older, but about four months ago I woke up with my left arm tingling and half of my left hand (from outside middle to pinkie finger) weak and numb. Long story short, the doc thinks it's nerve and possibly disc issues in my neck. PT didn't help so next up is probably an MRI and then who knows. In the meantime, I can't really play at all. All the strength and dexterity in those fingers is gone. As good as he was, I've now developed an even greater respect for Django Reinhardt 'cause I just can't do it with two fingers...

It's gonna suck if I have to sell basses to pay for that MRI. That being said, I'm grateful for my overall health because other than that, it's pretty good. I hope you guys that are going through health or other stuff (some we know of, some we don't) get through it all with your life and humor intact. It's hard to be cheerful when you feel like sh*t. Lean on your loved ones and be grateful for what you have, my friends.

Fender Basses / The Ultimate Dilemma
« on: January 27, 2015, 04:37:40 PM »

Gene usually goes in the Gibson forum, but, but, that bass doesn't look like a Gibson! 

Gibson Basses / Did they give Gene one of everything?
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:20:46 AM »

The Outpost Cafe / Is That Uwe's Heart I Hear Beating?
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:37:00 PM »
Ex Rainbow singer Joe says axe icon Ritchie “deserves to go out in big blaze of glory” - and aims to get results from meeting this month

Joe Lynn Turner claims former bandmate Ritchie Blackmore wants to return to rock music – and says the guitarist deserves the acclaim that’s waiting for him if he does. ...

Now the singer tells Rockin’ Metal Revival: “I’ve been in touch with Ritchie’s camp. Hopefully we’ll get something a little bit further in the talks in December. Now is the time – 2015. Everybody’s sitting there waiting for this to happen.”

Turner reports he’s had positive reactions from industry bodies including Live Nation and Universal Music Group and adds: “All we need is the nod from Richie to say, ‘I’m ready to of it.’”

Gibson Basses / Well, It's Not a Bass But Has 4 strings.
« on: February 01, 2014, 05:31:29 PM »
I had to drop by a guitar shop the other day and my almost 9 year old caught a case of love at first sight. Made birthday shopping easier though... And now we both get to learn uke!

The Outpost Cafe / Spitfire Footage Years Later
« on: January 20, 2014, 03:31:34 PM »
Scott posted this on Facebook earlier today and I thought some of you guys might like it too. There's about 20 seconds where the guy explains transferring this footage to "modern digital media" and it stood out because that's my line of work. The interview that follows is really cool. I can't embed this clip but it's worth the click. That took some big stones to fly alone and unarmed over Berlin.

Thanks, Scott!

WWII pilot gets shown footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash that he's never seen until now.

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