Hard to get that cigarette and whiskey sound at 13 years old.

Good luck to her.     

neophytte wrote:
Zurf wrote:

My fretless was giving some terrible 60 cycle hum into the mix.

You might need a grounding strap:


Clip goes on the bridge, strap goes on you ...



Upgrading components and installing proper shielding was sufficient without need for a gizmo.  But that gizmo looks pretty useful for some circumstances.     

Best wishes doing what you need to do. You will be missed and are welcome back anytime for as long as you can stay.     

Update on this. I've been playing every other week or so. Pretty much whenever I'm in town on both Thursday (rehearsal) and Sunday.

My fretless was giving some terrible 60 cycle hum into the mix. It wasn't getting into the house, but it was very loud and distracting in the monitors. So I checked it out and the components were cheap and there was no shielding. So I shielded all the cavities, put in new pickups, ran new wires (coax for the longer runs), did a little better job grounding at the bridge, put in a new high mass bridge, and replaced the pots and jack. The neck, body, and tuning machines are all that's left of the original, and the tuning machines are being eyed with suspicion.

After all this, it ran silently until I wanted to make noise. But once the amp was plugged into the board, hum. Plus there was some kind of signal cancelation because the bass would go silent in the monitors. The solution was to get a DI box that runs on phantom power so there's only one electric circuit involved. Boom.

Today was the first run with the rebuilt bass and new signal chain and it worked great.     

Topdawgz wrote:

In 2003, I met Robert Hunter in Reno at a bar. I did not know who he was. I was playing at an open mic and when I said I was going to play three or four Grateful Dead tunes in a row- jam style- he asked if he could join me. He disappeared for about three minutes and returned with a 12 string Martin guitar. He was staying in the hotel the bar was located in.

I launched in to my version of Ripple and he smiled a big grin and said “I remember the night I wrote that song”. I thought he was full of it, but when we played Mexicali Blues he coached me about how to get a trumpet sound out of the guitar (sliding a d chord shape between second and first fret on the fly). Man, he was rocking it and I almost forgot the words I was so enamored with his playing. When I finished my set, he bought me a beer and introduced himself. Just wow. Told me the backstory to several songs, funny stuff about the Grateful Dead scene. Showed me a few chord tricks for these songs. Down to earth guy, very approachable. Enjoyed that evening and sorta became a GD fan after that. Hope to play many of these tunes with you  at Chordie PA next week, Joe.

That is a super cool story.     

Lol. Funny comment on the blues.     


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B is evil.     


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Welcome back.     


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A bandmate and jammate of mine died today. We've known one another over 40 years. We've played music at intense and important times including my Daddy's funeral. I'm heartbroken. Just heartbroken.


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Well... Dang.

I am jealous.     

neophytte wrote:

LOL, funny stories make good memories ... smile



That is absolutely what I ought to have done.     

Phill Williams wrote:

I suppose it could have been worse? You could have been in the wrong church!!!!!

But great story, how did the gig go ? Sore digits I'm guessing?

No sore digits. Only two sets, and I used my fretless which is strung with flat-wounds like God intended.     

Yep. The chords are easier.

But, I'd say you actually have a pretty good musical background.     

If the goal is to have something to pick up and play, maybe accompany some sing along songs at a campfire - uke's a good choice.  But if the goal is to transfer what you learn on uke to guitar, then get a guitar and stick with it.

It went well.  It's been a long while since I have played with a band. I've spent the past few weeks playing with them to knock the rust off my knuckles. On Thursday they taught me how to tie into the personal monitors. That was helpful.

Anyway, after a lifetime of on or behind stage activity, I had a first happen. I thought I had longer than I did to have some bathroom time, and I wound up having to run through the sanctuary and up onto stage.  The band members laughed and backstage after the first set, apparently they were talking to each other through the monitors saying how funny it would be if I ran onstage with a huge string of toilet paper stuck to my shoe.

Everyone laughed it off. It was one minute late, though, and that's not a good thing.  Before the second service, I literally stood backstage between the curtains so that I would NOT miss a second cue on the same day. 


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Baldguitardude wrote:

Been there.  Ice your fingertips.  It’ll help some but not a bunch.  You just need to power through.

Joe's advice is just right, but I would add that the ice belongs in a glass so that it doesn't drip everywhere. And so long as you have a glass of ice...     

joeyjoeyjoey wrote:

Be Careful. Just sayin`

Next think you know there'll be a bread machine in his trunk.     

I am very, very late to this party. Like 16 months late. But, really, I had this song in mind to do when this topic came up.  It has taken until August, 2019 to give it a try. This is my second time through the song. Please excuse the horrors of mic cutout and mumbelation.

https://soundcloud.com/user-35218982/bl … ck-kind-of     

topdown wrote:

I ran into this dudes Utube page maybe a year ago and am still amazed at his talent and ability to break things down for common amateurs like me. Much of his stuff is still way beyond my knowledge and abilities, but his teaching and the way he breaks things down is still compelling. I was and still am a huge fan of Justin Sandercoe for his beginner lessons (He's the guy that brought me back to guitar several years ago), but this Rick guy has the same quality of lessons for the more advanced player.

I have no affiliation, just thought I'd share the link. I've also added the links to Justin's page for those who might not be familiar.




That is pretty.     

Current strong contender because of weight and adjustability of tone.   https://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-IBA-SR300E-LIST

I've given up on short scale since I play between fifth and 15th frets on bass most of the time anyway.

Other strong contenders are Musicman by Sterling (so nice of tone!). It sounds the way an electric bass ought to sound. There's only one pickup, but there's pretty good adjustment in the tone knobs.

And finally, the good old Squier Jazz bass - specifically the 70's vintage jazz bass. 

All three are in the $350 range (U.S. dollars).  It will be hard to choose between them.

But Topdawgz has got a P-bass style custom luthier unit for me to check out that I'm eager to try.

In the meanwhile, I now want a Fender Rumble 100 combo amp.  Again, it just sounds bassy.     

neophytte wrote:

Have you considered a uke-bass?:


(poor) Video of comparison:



Not a uke bass, but Good Tone mcrobass. They're a little pricey. The uke basses don't have enough sustain, neither have I found one where the E string is picked up adequately, which makes them effectively just a three string bass. I didn't try Rondo, but did try Kala, Cordoba, and Luna. Luna was the stand-out, but still paled in comparison to Gold Tone's micro-bass with either 23 or 25 inch scale.

That sounds like a cool and useful instrument!     

Tenement Funster wrote:

When I was hunting around for a bass early last year, I tried out an Ibanez SR500 which was almost too light for my liking. They're well under $1,000 and have those terrific Bartolini pickups in them. I ended up with an Epiphone Thunderbird, which I would definitely not recommend for light weight. It's as close to sounding like a Rickenbacker 4003 without a $2,000 price tag ... which was the sound I was looking for (love that Rickenbacker growl!).

Maybe try an Ibanez out ... I think you'll be please with how light they are, and how good they sound.

Thanks. I tried their short scale, Mikro, and didn't like it at all. But I bummed an Ibanez full size at the end of practice the other day and liked it very well. It was light!

Basses are kind of nice in that the low end basses are still often good instruments.     

topdown wrote:

I've got this really cool Fender Squire short scale bass that a good friend gave me a couple of years ago. I'd like to learn to play it some day, but it's not really getting any use. It would certainly be in better hands if you had it. Maybe we could work a trade? Of course, it might cost you a trip to Florida big_smile

That is a nice bass. There's still some available used, and they put it back into production. They put the Mustang back in production too, but I don't think it's as nice as the Jaguar.

Once giving up on short scale, I started looking at affordable regular basses. The first two I found - Gretsch If and Hoffner Club - are short scale. I tested a Gretsch last night. Still pretty heavy body and the stock strings are crap, but the bass itself is very nice. The Hoffner is a semi-hollow body, but the only place selling it I've found is Sweetwater. I want to put my hands on it even with a stories brand like Hoffner.     

I've recently started playing bass with a band again. I need a new bass. My 1980 era Ovation Magnum is just too heavy for the two of three hour practice sessions. My back is wrecked every Thursday night.

I was looking for a short scale bass, but the only high quality short scale bass I've found is an Epiphone EB-0, which no one seems to have in stock locally for me to put my hands on it. I going a Fender Jaguar short scale, but it's out of my price range. Squire has started back up production of their version, so that's a possibility. Unfortunately production is limited and availability short.

So, I may just hit some pawn shops and see what they've got. I'd be allowed to play the blues on it then.