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Old 03-30-2009, 04:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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In my band we tend to write music that would help us to become better players. That is to say, most of the riffs we write are some of the most challenging we can try to imagine.

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that's pretty cool. reminds me of a mash-up of pantera and meshuggah. good recording quality too, what did you guys use? or did you pay for studio time?

my one concern with the method you describe above is that it's an easy way to trap yourself into a corner. you seem to have a good attitude to get around that though, so long as you remember that sometimes 'not' playing a single note is more challenging than playing the entire scale.



as for CO's 5-string hate, whatever my co-worker thinks they're redundant instruments too. i can understand people not liking the extra width of the neck, that's quite understandable and it 'was' an adjustment when i made the jump. on the other hand, crapping on the instrument because you think the extra string is superfluous is foolish.

for me it's all about tone, it's the same reason one of my guitars is tuned down to C. my approach is not that i'm playing bass so i should plunk down some root notes on my low-B, but to consider its full potential range and to apply it to the moment as necessary.
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that's pretty cool. reminds me of a mash-up of pantera and meshuggah. good recording quality too, what did you guys use? or did you pay for studio time?

my one concern with the method you describe above is that it's an easy way to trap yourself into a corner. you seem to have a good attitude to get around that though, so long as you remember that sometimes 'not' playing a single note is more challenging than playing the entire scale.



as for CO's 5-string hate, whatever my co-worker thinks they're redundant instruments too. i can understand people not liking the extra width of the neck, that's quite understandable and it 'was' an adjustment when i made the jump. on the other hand, crapping on the instrument because you think the extra string is superfluous is foolish.

for me it's all about tone, it's the same reason one of my guitars is tuned down to C. my approach is not that i'm playing bass so i should plunk down some root notes on my low-B, but to consider its full potential range and to apply it to the moment as necessary.
Yeah I had one in my early days, it was a Stagg... nothing special but i thought i would try it. It just wasn't for me. Not to say i don't like to listen to it. I think it sounds great in certain apps. and i'm sure you can jam out some funky lines on yours, so more power to you.

p.s. I wasn't trying to generalize and say all people who play 5 string suck. It's just not my thing. You'll find my on 4 strings 4lyfe.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:02 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Dude, if you need a bass get a Fernandes.
if you need an Amp, get an Acoustic 8 by 10 cab.

PROBLEM SOLVED lol
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I am a die-hard Fender Mustang ho. Its comfortable, yet punchy. My hands aren't too large, so the short scale works best for me, although, I can play a full scale just fine if the neck is right. Its just got that one small split coil pickup, (its way smaller than the P-bass' pickup) but it has its own fat flavor. I went from a Thunderbird to this, and Ive just gotten a lot better from being punished by that awkward Thunderturd...(Im not completely hating on the tbirds; they sounds good.)

I have my Mustang plugged into a Trace Elliot combo 130 watt 10" and it has the front enclosed with a narrow slot, connected to a Trace 1 15" cab. It has a ton of bells and whistles and a 7 band EQ... I also have an Ampeg BA115... Its supposed to be not-as-good as my Trace, but the Ampeg has this fatter tone I like... Maybe I like "crappy" xD I dont know...

And yeah... Like someone said earlier, 5-strings and I dont play well together... Its gotta be very playalbe first to sound good, in my opinion. If you can play them well, and at your best, then psh, have at it! More bass to you.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:14 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Dude, if you need a bass get a Fernandes.
if you need an Amp, get an Acoustic 8 by 10 cab.

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I will pass. Never been a huge fan of fernandez. What kind of power are you recommending along with the 8 10?
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I will pass. Never been a huge fan of fernandez. What kind of power are you recommending along with the 8 10?
Yeah, at Guitar Center they have this Accoustic set up that has a 600w, 6 band EQ head on 8 10"s.. Probably what he's talking about... Its just over $1000, so, it appears to be a good deal vs. power, but in my opinion, you really don't need a budget atom bomb of volume that might sound bad because of its low price... (btw, I really dont know about its sound quality.) Read some reviews on it if your interested in more bang for your buck..
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p.s. I wasn't trying to generalize and say all people who play 5 string suck. It's just not my thing. You'll find my on 4 strings 4lyfe.
it's all good, i didn't think you were making the generalization but i've seen it done before hehe. i actually feel the same way about 6 string basses hehe i find them gaudy and too wide, 4s are usually a little too narrow (especially Peaveys), 5s fit my hands just right.


as for Fernandes, i've never looked at their basses but i like the idea of their sustainer pickup. their vertigo models look really cool to me, i just don't like the idea of needing to get an elite model with a floyd rose if i want a sustainer built in.
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it's all good, i didn't think you were making the generalization but i've seen it done before hehe. i actually feel the same way about 6 string basses hehe i find them gaudy and too wide, 4s are usually a little too narrow (especially Peaveys), 5s fit my hands just right.


as for Fernandes, i've never looked at their basses but i like the idea of their sustainer pickup. their vertigo models look really cool to me, i just don't like the idea of needing to get an elite model with a floyd rose if i want a sustainer built in.
Whatever works for you friend.

And I agree, about the fernandez pickups.
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Yeah, at Guitar Center they have this Accoustic set up that has a 600w, 6 band EQ head on 8 10"s.. Probably what he's talking about... Its just over $1000, so, it appears to be a good deal vs. power, but in my opinion, you really don't need a budget atom bomb of volume that might sound bad because of its low price... (btw, I really dont know about its sound quality.) Read some reviews on it if your interested in more bang for your buck..
yeah dude. that's my setup. I also have a 100 watt, fridge-sized Acoustic. They're easily the best amps on the planet.

As for basses, I can run with a 4 string, but i usually like 5 strings. I just kind of dig the low B. The Fernandes just has tone I like. I play a Fernandes Atlas 5 in cherry red. I also own a Squier J Bass, and it's not bad, but i don't play it too often. it ran about 400$, because it came with a 50$ Fender rumble 15 watt. that's still my practice amp.
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yeah dude. that's my setup. I also have a 100 watt, fridge-sized Acoustic. They're easily the best amps on the planet.

As for basses, I can run with a 4 string, but i usually like 5 strings. I just kind of dig the low B. The Fernandes just has tone I like. I play a Fernandes Atlas 5 in cherry red. I also own a Squier J Bass, and it's not bad, but i don't play it too often. it ran about 400$, because it came with a 50$ Fender rumble 15 watt. that's still my practice amp.
So long as you like what you got, and it makes the sound you want. Thats all thats important man.
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