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It's been made clear that the Guitarist Thread doesn't welcome talk about the 6 string guitar's big brother

So I'm starting a new thread

Are there any other bass players out there?

What gear are you  playing?

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A Squier precision copy. And a weird Japanese 60s hollow body called Commodore. One of those guitars that could be worth a fortune or only valuable as firewood. 


Looks like the last time a commodore was on EBay it fetched £300

Sorry to inform you that you’re not fabulously wealthy but don’t burn it

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1 hour ago, topcat(The most tip top) said:

 


Looks like the last time a commodore was on EBay it fetched £300

Sorry to inform you that you’re not fabulously wealthy but don’t burn it
 

 

That's not bad. I bought it for £35 in the 80s, and spent about £50 ten years ago getting some repairs done. It's very easy to play, but couldn't be used live....very weak sound and feeds back at even low volume. 

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Italia Maranello Z Bass.  Quite hard to find in the uk but managed to find this felly by pure luck from a guy in Aberfoyle.  Unfortunately the bairn gets more use out of it than me these days,  i last played a gig about 7 years ago.  

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53 minutes ago, Academically Deficient said:
That's not bad. I bought it for £35 in the 80s, and spent about £50 ten years ago getting some repairs done. It's very easy to play, but couldn't be used live....very weak sound and feeds back at even low volume. 

 


The laws of physics mean it’s really hard to build a good acoustic bass instrument that’s significantly smaller than a double bass

This is fun to play
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But what I really want is an octobass

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I'm a reasonably competent rhythm guitarist, but looking to learn bass. Is it something that's simple enough to transfer knowledge to? 

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I'm a reasonably competent rhythm guitarist, but looking to learn bass. Is it something that's simple enough to transfer knowledge to? 


Your left hand is effectively playing lead because it’s one note at a time but you’re right hand is playing rhythm (unless you’re left handed)

The big question to ask yourself is whether you’re going to play with your fingers like a “proper” bassist or with a pick like a guitarist

Personally I hate playing with a pick but who are you going to listen to? Me? Or Lemmy?

Look for Bass Buzz on YouTube for beginner to intermediate lessons


Or for a bluffer’s guide

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2 hours ago, CALDERON said:

I'm a reasonably competent rhythm guitarist, but looking to learn bass. Is it something that's simple enough to transfer knowledge to? 

Definitely quite straightforward to transfer the knowledge as the notes are in the same places, if that makes sense.

The hardest thing for me was the sheer size of the bass and the thickness of the strings - I get round that these days by playing higher up the neck, but that's just me, and I like high-up-the neck bass anyway - Chris Squire played high up the neck a lot, and he's one of my favourite players. 

McCartney is the govnor, though. 

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Definitely quite straightforward to transfer the knowledge as the notes are in the same places, if that makes sense.
The hardest thing for me was the sheer size of the bass and the thickness of the strings - I get round that these days by playing higher up the neck, but that's just me, and I like high-up-the neck bass anyway - Chris Squire played high up the neck a lot, and he's one of my favourite players. 
McCartney is the govnor, though. 


If the sheer size of it is a problem then it’s worth considering a short scale Bass (30 inches as opposed to 34)

McCartney famously plays a little Hofner Violin Bass with a short scale

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So they’re not just for short people

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Aye, I bought my Gretsch bass  as it has a short scale neck, and it's fine - I prefer my Peavey bass, though, which is full scale, but has a slim playable neck. 

I'd always said that if I ever got a bass, I would get a Hofner violin bass, but I suddenly needed a bass in a hurry, and there were no Macca basses in the shop. :(

 

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