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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:11:16 AM »
Pinkie shortly before takeoff to San Clemente, CA.


That is absolutely killer. :toast:

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That looks sharp! All this talk of Bi-Sonics made me dig out my 60's Coronado IV sporting 2 of them.

I forget how good these pickups sound.

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The Outpost Cafe / Massive Stars Guitars Auction Saturday
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:13:17 AM »
https://www.guernseys.com/v2/guitars_musical_treasures.html

Some treasures, some very interesting items like live performances on reels of tape, as well as masters.

A lot of stuff - bring your shekels. :o :mrgreen:

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Gibson Basses / Re: Oops... I did it again. 2016 ES Les Paul Bass
« on: November 24, 2017, 11:03:48 AM »
Mojohobo- I've always wondered about that - never had a bass w/ 2 tone controls. How do you like to use them?

I really like having a V-T for each pickup. Besides my LP I have several stack knob J basses, one of which my tech wired as a stack knob with a master volume that pulls up for series.

I like to use the neck pickup V-T dimed, bridge rolled off slightly with tone at around 50%, depending on strings.

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The Outpost Cafe / Kissed Off!
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:43:10 AM »
Looks like our favorite knucklehead got the boot from Fox - forever!!!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/fox-news-bans-kiss-frontman-gene-simmons-for-life/ar-BBF47Tj?li=BBnb4R7

According to a knowledgeable Fox News source, Simmons showed up on the 14th floor to do a book-plugging interview with FoxNews.com’s entertainment section, but instead barged in on a staff meeting uninvited.

“Hey chicks, sue me!” he shouted, and then pulled open his red velvet shirt to reveal his chest and belly, according to the source. Then he starting telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck.

“It was pretty severe,” the source said.


But like they say, there's no such thing as bad press.. :rimshot:

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Fender Basses / Re: Ford Fiesta Red
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:18:22 AM »
Fender Color Extraction



My latest P build has an 2014 AVRI '63 P body and the color is Seminole Red. Looks pretty close to Fiesta, but who knows...

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: For Dave: Yet another C&W authenticity test ...
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:19:42 AM »
Just thought I'd share -

Performing at this year's 51st Country Music Awards, that renowned and legendary country music superstar:

Pink



I have nothing to add..... :rolleyes:

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Gibson Basses / Re: 3-Point Abuse
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:17:03 AM »
Holy Moly!!!! Bass Guess = Vantage? Westone?

I wouldn't think you could do that to a 3 point without actually breaking it. That was a very determined effort indeed (vs plugging the holes and re-drilling).

That looks like the work of a blacksmith....

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Saw King Crimson here Oct 26
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:28:47 AM »
For me it isn't whether I'm behind or on-top-of or pushing it. Being locked into the drummer is the key. My drummer of nearly 40 years is a rock and roll guy all the way, but he's quite capable of playing most genres. Typically though he's usually just a bit behind. When we're synced up it never sounds like it's dragging or too slow. In those instances when I think it might be a little too behind, I hear recordings and it sounds rock solid, even as I distinctly remember thinking it not being quite so at the time.

Whatever part of the rhythmic structure you're in, being synchronized is what makes it work. You don't want to get too far away in either direction while maintaining a groove.

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: And There You Have It
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:08:38 PM »
Is there any way to hook an mp3 into a post that's not on youtube?


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The Bass Zone / Re: Young Polish Talent (probably a relative of Jake)
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:46:46 AM »
Exactly my point. It has become so de rigeur that when it doesn't happen it stands out. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was a conscious decision on her part.

Having said that, she's probably a slap monster and is saving it for a later album.

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The Bass Zone / Re: Young Polish Talent (probably a relative of Jake)
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:21:25 AM »
Uwe, that just illustrates just how pervasive that has become. You clearly have a some real breadth of familiarity with many genres and styles, but it seems to be more common than not.

I don't slap, and I don't feel like there's a gaping hole in what and how I play. Upon occasion people have come to me after a show and expressed a positive response to what I played, but never once has someone said, Gee that was pretty good but you should really slap more....

I admire the chops it takes to be a good slapper, meaning not just flurries of notes for the sake of it (which seems to be the dominant form of display) but inserted in a musical way that enhances the song. Lawdy, sometimes I walk into GC or Sam Ash and it's like walking into note blizzard. I often stop and wonder, can that person cut a groove into Mustang Sally, or James Brown?

I dig her because she doesn't need to slap. Like Jeff Berlin. I couldn't carry either of their lunches in any case, but I'm okay with not having that particular skill set. I manage with what I got and we still rock. ;)

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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Things to aspire to be...
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:45:31 AM »
Owns a Bass (Knows how to play is a bonus)

Clearly, for this type of music Part 2 is not mandatory. :rolleyes:

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The Bass Zone / Re: An Unexpected Display of Technique
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:40:00 AM »
Yeah, I totally get that it's the way they started out using what they had. It was just unexpected and I have to say a treat to watch.
Being a player, you hear the licks and know what you should be seeing. it's just fascinating to watch it happen in "reverse" so to speak.

It reminded me of an experiment done at some university where they took students and had them wear glasses that flipped what they saw 180 degrees. It took very little time for the brain to acclimate and they were not just fully functioning but riding bikes etc. (I don't think they let them drive though...).

The point - so what's normal anyway? ???

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The Bass Zone / An Unexpected Display of Technique
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:08:19 AM »
So I'm channel surfing and I hit on my local Public Access channel which was listing Latin Jazz Festival.
 
This amounted to a Latin Jazz band in the TV studio riffing through a bunch of tunes. They weren't kids, clearly accomplished players.
Sax, trap drummer, conga player with an array of congas, keys and bass guitar.

They were pretty good, but here's what really grabbed me. Bass player was a lefty with a lefty 5 string Carvin.

But it was strung as an upside down righty!!!! B string at the bottom and the G on top. :o This wasn't like just looking in the mirror - it was like looking in the mirror while standing on your head! He played seamlessly fingerstyle and had even developed a method of slap/pop. He used his middle finger to tap the string over the neck (a la Entwistle's typewriter style) and then pop the G with his thumb. He was pretty darn good at it too, and quick. I don't slap myself so any display that's musical (not just chops heavy) gets my attention. He was working some nice licks.

It's pretty amazing how adaptable one can get with some focus and application.  I was thoroughly impressed.

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