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Other Bass Brands / Ibanez Ice Man Bass Q's
« Last post by daan on December 11, 2017, 06:00:57 PM »
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/46705484
OK, so there's a website that will do nationwide searches of Goodwill stores (for you out-of-towners, Goodwill is where people donate unwanted stuff, and it gets resold and the $ is supposedly used for charity. I've heard stories that they only give a tiny percentage of what they make, but I'm not an expert, or anything.)
Anyway, I like looking on there for stuff. About a million years ago, I got an Ovation Viper, with case, for $20 that I played for years. And, once I found the website, I got a couple Harmony/Silvertone lap-steel guitars, and sold the pickups (the "gold foil" ones all the kids go nuts for) for $ for my projects. So I just saw what looks like an Ibanez IC-300 bass. Has anyone on here had one of these, are they good? Right now the bidding is at $99, and these seem to sell for around $300. Assuming it isn't unrepairably broken, and the bidding doesn't go nuts it looks really interesting.
I haven't played one in person, but I've always been interested in these. A freind had the guitar version, a real one from the 70's with the weird triple size humbucker and it was cool.
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Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« Last post by uwe on December 11, 2017, 05:08:04 PM »
Oh, and I like Rockpile too, but Nick Lowe even better!

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Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« Last post by uwe on December 11, 2017, 05:01:55 PM »
Not everything they did, but they got it right on this track which even found grace with its original composer Aaron Copland in the version they did. And playing at below zero temperatures in an empty stadium of course sums up ELP's testosterone-charged megalomania (which was both awesome and laughable at the same time) nicely.   8)

When I first saw that vid sometime in the seventies I thought it was the essence of rockstardom. :mrgreen: The desolate vastness of the stadium, their visible exhaled breath, the leather jackets and fur collars plus the controlled racket only three men made - all very impressive!  :)
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Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Last post by BklynKen on December 11, 2017, 04:28:58 PM »
How is the neck thickness of the RD compared to the NR Thunderbird?
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Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Last post by uwe on December 11, 2017, 04:24:48 PM »
Yeah, the guys from Ghost dig the shape.



But they are in league with Satan!

As must be Dir En Grey ...



... with their pleasant variation of largely acoustic Japanese folk music ...

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Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« Last post by Pilgrim on December 11, 2017, 03:48:19 PM »
ELP was simply magnificent. It's spell binding to watch them.
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Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« Last post by Chris P. on December 11, 2017, 03:44:27 PM »
ELP: nice sound!

Maybe it's even more the case with octave strings than with bass in general: you don't hear it, but you miss it when it's not there? I guess an 8-string can fill up the sound of a three piece band quite nicely.
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Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Last post by Chris P. on December 11, 2017, 03:30:36 PM »
The new Fantomen of Hagstrom (guitar only) is nice. And of course there were some other RD kinda basses . Forgot which brand(s), but not many indeed.
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Other Bass Brands / Re: Hamer 8 string in action
« Last post by uwe on December 11, 2017, 03:10:22 PM »
Nick Lowe looks like a young John Kerry in that vid! And it goes to show that you don't really "hear" the double-octave characteristic of an 8 string bass (just like you don't "hear" it in almost all Cheap Trick songs) unless you dial in an extreme sound or play it with a lot of distortion/effects. To my ears, the best 8 string bass sound captured on a popular recording is still this one here:



In fairness: Probably aided to a large part by the fact that with ELP there was no guitar to get in the way of that 8-string sound! You can hear that Lake essentially "strums" that Alembic like an acoustic guitar for percussive effect (which sounds nice).
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Other Bass Brands / Re: Warwick Wife?
« Last post by uwe on December 11, 2017, 02:59:15 PM »
That shape is très unfortunate (even for Warwick standards), but the Yamaha Attitude isn't exactly a prom queen either.
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