Re: Getting the band together
By: Miranda to All on Sat Jul 25 2020 07:56 pm
others? Do we have a band? Look forward to hearing about your gear and your music making.
I mentioned it on IRC but it's worth discussing here that I play Bass and Guitar. I say it in that order as I consider myself a bassist first and a guitarist second. I regularly swap between the two in practice and personal playing and I find that as I play one it, oddly, helps me out with the other and vice versa. Those who understand the roll of Bass in a band and basic music theory will know what I mean, like you Miranda. I *know* you know what I mean.
I have a few various guitars, none of them anything special - a squier strat, an Ibanez SA-260 in flamed maple sunburst, which is my #1 guitar, I have an old Kay strat clone from the early 90's which I added 3 hot rails pickup sets to -- it's basically my "punk" instrument, a beater that I can really just have fun with and play aggressively with, and a custom built (only 2 in the world exist of this kind, apparently) Gibson scale guitar that somewhat resembles a Carver brand instrument but is otherwise like a Les Paul and a Strat had a baby... it's a bit of a chimera and deserves it's own video documentary, but dang if I don't enjoy it for what it is - it certainly has a unique sound compared to my other instruments. Much more deep, jazzy, if you will.
As for Bass I have 3 main ones - a Cort action bass I found in an antique store is my "main" bass. It's from 2003 or so and is a bit odd and beat up but the intonation is damn near perfect on it, the action is super low, and she's a treat to play.
I have an Epiphone Gothic Thunderbird IV bass that I found at Goodwill in December as well. The pickups are super hot, so it actually is a really good bass to play like Lemmy of Motorhead did - overdrive it and play it like a guitar - but is also great for anything else I want to do. Hot pickupts, broad tonal range, but a high action and it's bloody heavy. Additionally it was broken when I got it (clearly was in a humid environment) and somehow I was able to reglue the fretboard to the neck, fix some heavy bowing in it, and even glue a bridge post back into the body! She plays pretty good now. Not perfect but totally usable and well within acceptability.
Lastly is my Ibanez GSR-205 - my 5 string bass. While still a step above entry level, I had one of these back in 2002-2003, but it got stolen and since then I had pretty much given up on Bass. Now I finally have one again and I love it. I can tell where it has some issues - I wish the pickups were a little less bright sometimes, but at the same time she's great. Can't complain, really, and it gives me that low end that I naturally would want, given the styles of metal I grew up listening to.
Of final note is my string choice - I use Ernie Ball Cobalt Flats exclusively on my basses. Yep, they are flatwound strings *but* using cobalt as the main metal causes them to be quite bright, more like rounds but with the sonic properties of flats. The result is a unique tone that I've kind of embraced as mine - additionally they are really easy on the fingers, and anyone who plays bass can appreciate that.
Yeah, I kind of love my instruments and making music. It's somewhat separate from the rest of my hobbies, but that's probably a good thing. Heck, now I wanna practice some. :D
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