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The Outpost Cafe / RIP Grant Hart
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:49:16 AM »
I know this was already brought up in the pix-of-brothers thread, but thought it merits its own thread.

Husker Du was a hugely important band to me starting 30 years ago.  I think the first song of theirs I ever heard was one of Grant's best, and best remembered, songs, which latched on to me from the moment it aired late at night on MTV:

That showcases several things - Grant's great ear for melodic hooks, his voice that was could be both screamy and tuneful, his knack for writing poppy punk-ish songs that are both catchy and incredibly sad, and his utterly distinctive drumming which didn't sound or feel like any other "hardcore" drummer. He barely touched the hi-hat or toms, preferring to drive the groove from pinging steady 8ths on the ride cymbal and kick/snare backbeat that I can't quite describe the feel of. Both driving and a bit loose or floppy-sounding.

I think it's fair to say that without Husker Du there would have been no Nirvana as we knew them, and without Grant Hart there would have been no Husker Du. Any number of Grant Hart songs would not have sounded out of place on a Nirvana album; it's easy to imagine Grant singing something like "On a Plain".
Bob Mould gets more attention, and I don't want to detract from him, but Grant was hugely important and will be missed.  I'm sad I never saw him play.

Gibson Basses / Ibanez epiphone slothead?
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:15:22 AM »
I did not know this was a thing.

So it's an Ibanez-made bass illegally using the Epiphone logo for a bass Epiphone never made? Confusing. Wonder why they didn't go all the way and use a Gibson logo!

The Outpost Cafe / Funny podcast arguing about Michael Anthony
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:56:38 PM »
My favorite light entertainment podcast lately is John Hodgman (you might know him as "PC" from the old Mac-vs-PC commercials, or as a rival character on "Bored to Death" among other minor things), acting as "fake internet judge" to settle disputes of no consequence.

One particular recent episode might amuse Bass Outpost members as it consists entirely of an argument about one bassist.
Synopsis: "Jackson brings the case against his friend, Jesse. They are at odds about the merits of Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Jesse insists Michael Anthony is an unsung genius. Jackson disagrees and wants to put this debate to rest. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?"

It's fun in a "passionate music fans who don't play bass arguing about bass" kind of way.
Yes, they mention the "drunk bass solo" youtube video.

Bass Amps & Effects / Ampeg BA210V2 - any experience?
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:31:58 PM »
My next gig is at small bar that has an Ampeg BA210V2 listed as their house backline amp.
I've never played through one. Anybody tried it?

The Bass Zone / Some really tasty fretless playing
« on: March 06, 2017, 07:18:01 PM »
I've been on a kick of listening to this album obsessively lately. Not everyone's cup of tea, I know. But I really like the way some of these songs feature bass as a counterpoint to the vocal.
Particularly the two with Eberhard Weber:

Bass Amps & Effects / Pocket POD
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:47:05 PM »
Anybody tried one for bass?  I'm thinking of getting one for low-cost, no-fuss home headphone practicing for both guitar and bass.

Living in a small apartment with a family of 3 has its drawbacks, one of which is I can't really practice electric guitar anymore, and I kinda miss it.

The Outpost Cafe / Gig alert! Playing in Brooklyn, NY on Sat Dec 11
« on: December 08, 2016, 10:13:40 AM »
Hey NYC folks,

I play live so rarely (once or twice a year for about a decade now) that I thought it worthy of letting you all know!

Info here:

World Record Players go on at 8:30 and will play about 45 min.

It is apparently a benefit for an animal shelter.  Come on by and help us save a puppy or two!
We promise to bring the rock. Seriously, this band is good.

I will most likely be playing the '92(?) Gibson LPB-1 through my Genz Shuttle 6 through... not sure. Possibly the house 6x10 cab.

Hopefully there will be another show sometime in 2017?   :D

Other Bass Brands / Danelectro pickup options
« on: November 24, 2016, 12:38:07 PM »
I brought my circa-1999 dano DC bass to rehearsal the other night. I'd forgotten how much I love playing it! It has a feel I really like.

And I remembered the reason I don't: way too anemic in the mids for my taste. I cranked up everything from about 500hz to 2k and eventually felt like I could hear myself okay.  But I've never been especially thrilled with the lipstick pickup sound.

Has anybody tried the replacements on the market?
GFS has 6k and 8k models. Duncan has some too but not sure if they sound different than the originals.

Bass Amps & Effects / Gigging with a house backline
« on: August 21, 2016, 08:36:07 AM »
Got a gig coming up in a small bar. They have a house backline and there are 4 bands playing in 4 hours, so minimizing transition time would be good.

But... the bass amp is one I've no experience with. Hmmm. 
They say "SWR Bass750 bass head through a 4x10" bass cab and direct out."

I have played other SWRs long ago, but not that exact model as far as I know. I tend to stay away from SWRs; they seem to have a characteristic scoop to the sound, and I'm all about the mids.  Also I like a bit of dirt, and they tend to be very clean.

My band plays very very rarely (we're averaging a gig a year). So when we do, I like to make it count!


- Just deal with the house amp

- Bring my Genz-Benz head and swap it out if I can't get a decent sound in less than two minutes of fiddling

- Bring the Greco T-bird which has so much mids it can survive almost any amount of scoop

I've been burned by house amps before.  But usually because they're drastically under-powered.  This one should at least have plenty of power, jjudging by the specs.

What would you do?

I recorded with my favorite bass (1992-ish Gibson LPB-1) a couple weeks ago and it sounded great. Haven't played it since then. Today I took it out of the gig bag and started playing and - what's this?  I can barely play the lower frets, or open strings, especially on the D and A strings. No sustain, all buzz.  The note just goes PLONK, and dies very quickly. It sounds like the string is almost lying flat on some other frets.  It doesn't improve much until about the 7th fret.  Visually it's hard to see what's going on... the action does look very low up there, but I can't spot any curvature of the fingerboard by eye or anything.  Not sure what I should be looking for.

Has anybody experienced something like this?  What could cause it to begin all of a sudden in between last time I played and this time? What should I do to diagnose the problem further?

Gibson Basses / pssst... '69 eb0
« on: March 03, 2016, 01:39:17 PM »
... over in the for sale section.  Just sayin'.

The Bass Zone / What the heck does "growl" even mean?
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:28:11 AM »
In another thread it was noted that the bass sounds growly.  I didn't hear it as especially growly. The main thing I could hear was a lot of strings vibrating against frets due to aggressive pick playing with a bright amp, which is a sound I happen to like, but ... is that "growl"? I never thought of that as "growl" per se.  The mids sounded pretty scooped and I couldn't really hear what sort of texture the lows might have with the example played.

To me, "growl" is something that happens when the lows have a sort of purring texture not unlike a big cat rumbling ... I don't know quite what causes this impression, but I think it's happening in the lower overtones more than the fundamental  ... but I just intuited that meaning of "growl" from the literal meaning of the word, and since it's not like there's a dictionary we all agree on, maybe it doesn't mean that to other people at all and I'm out on a limb here.

What do you guys think?  Sometimes we use these weird metaphorical words and they're hard to pin down...

Don't get me started on "warm", which is probably the least meaningful audio adjective ever.

The Bass Zone / Jaco movie
« on: November 23, 2015, 01:45:44 AM »
No idea if it's any good, and I can only take moderate doses of Jaco, but I'll probably see this:

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Warwick bridge questions
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:02:04 AM »
Hi all,

I know some people here have done builds with the Warwick 2-piece bridge, right?
I gather from some old threads that if built on a bass with a straight (not angled back) neck, you need to route the body to prevent the bridge sitting too high.  Is that true?

I like the 2-piece look, and reputedly they're quite adjustable (string spacing too).  Anything else similar I should be looking at?

Price looks decent if they ship to the US...

(it may be over 10 years ruminating in my brain but I will get a custom slink-bass built one of these years dammit)

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