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adampeteradampeter Frets: 240
Wifey got me this Sire Marcus Miller V7 swamp ash beauty for my birthday today!
Never played bass before, but its gotta be at least 30% easier than guitar, although you don't get the chicks 


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    Playing it is probably 30% easier.

    Being good is 30% harder :)
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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 240
    Playing it is probably 30% easier.

    Being good is 30% harder :)
    Math's ain't my strong subject so not sure where that leaves me!!!
    I will say that for the dough this looks mustard, very happy
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    adampeter said:
    Playing it is probably 30% easier.

    Being good is 30% harder :)
    Math's ain't my strong subject so not sure where that leaves me!!!
    I will say that for the dough this looks mustard, very happy
    Those sires are extremely good for the money - decent preamps and pickups too.

    Enjoy - it’s a good bass to start with for sure! Oh, and get some flats for it - your fingers will thank you ;)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    Oh, and check out Scott’s bass lessons on YouTube - his beginner lessons are absolutely superb and you’ll get a good strong technique good enough for home recording in a couple of weeks tops.
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  • Happy birthday! Nice looking bass, enjoy
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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 240
    Those sires are extremely good for the money - decent preamps and pickups too.

    Enjoy - it’s a good bass to start with for sure! Oh, and get some flats for it - your fingers will thank you ;)
    Now you have lost me, so i assume there's rounds on it now?
    And gauges? how does that work?
    I'm all ears
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    adampeter said:
    Those sires are extremely good for the money - decent preamps and pickups too.

    Enjoy - it’s a good bass to start with for sure! Oh, and get some flats for it - your fingers will thank you ;)
    Now you have lost me, so i assume there's rounds on it now?
    And gauges? how does that work?
    I'm all ears
    Should be round wounds as standards. Try them for a bit and see how you feel with them. There’s two kinds of flats (broadly) - higher tension and similar to rounds but with that thumpy flat tone and a bit of zing (D’addario Chromes) or lower tension and a bit more trad, like Thomastiks Jazz Flats.

    Gauge wise, average would be 45-105 approx - the TIs are lighter (43-100) - Chromes are average. 

    They are proper spendy (about £40 a set) but - they last years and will cope with being taken on and off and swapped over so not expensive in the long term. 

    Try pick, and also the two finger right hand technique to give you a flavour for what you like. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    And IMHO the very best accessory you can get (if you only get one) is a Bass Preamp DI pedal - I have a thread in this section with lots of info in there
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    Oh, and you don’t need the chicks as a bass player - too busy being smug and self righteous for any of that sort of thing :D
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 910
    Nice. Happy Birthday.

    my top tip is to try using a 2p coin on roundwounds. Gnarly.

    Feelin' Reelin' & Squeelin'
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1424
    Enjoy you birthday present and these are great basses. It'll serve you well
     www.cairoeast.co.uk - Madness Tribute band (Bass Player) and guitarist elsewhere
    Feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/57885/
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  • Oh, and you don’t need the chicks as a bass player - too busy being smug and self righteous for any of that sort of thing :D
    I'm curious how it works when you gravitate from guitar to bass. Do the chicks slowly wander off when they notice you've lost a couple of strings? 

    What about if you play a 5 string bass? Will they notice? (Asking for a friend  / science...nothing to do with the fact that I'm currently building a 5!).

    @adampeter HNBD mate, it's a whole new world of awesome! 

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  • Legionreturns said:
    I'm curious how it works when you gravitate from guitar to bass.
    The incontinent widdling stops. The groove begins. 

    Ideally, you gravitate back and forth between guitar and bass. Techniques from each instrument inform the other. 


    adampeter said:
    i assume there's rounds on it now?
    Should be round wounds as standards. Try them for a bit and see how you feel with them. 
    In my experience, ash body, maple neck J style bass guitars with passive pickups and active EQ lend themselves to bright and percussive tones. (Precisely what you would expect of Marcus Miller himself.) That means Jazz Funk. Bridgehouse's favourite! :-p 

    Lovely as flatwound strings are, IMO, they would be wasted on the V7 (or vice versa). Little point having all that sophisticated EQ circuitry to tweak frequencies that the strings do no generate in worthwhile quantities. I suggest that you save the flat wounds for a passive bass.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892

    Lovely as flatwound strings are, IMO, they would be wasted on the V7 (or vice versa). Little point having all that sophisticated EQ circuitry to tweak frequencies that the strings do no generate in worthwhile quantities. I suggest that you save the flat wounds for a passive bass.
    I disagree. The ACG I have is passive pickup, active electronics (East) and responds very well to flats - with the right flats (Chromes in this case) there is more than enough frequency range to benefit from the tweaks the EQ can give. In fact, if anything it draws out the harmonics more - and I find a decent set of flats has, if anything, a broader and richer range of harmonics 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342
    adampeter said:

    Never played bass before, but its gotta be at least 30% easier than guitar, although you don't get the chicks
    The key is to approach it in the opposite way from guitar - with guitar, more is more. With bass, less is more.

    This also applies to not looking like you’re trying too hard ;).
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1045
    Wrong. You are all wrong. You should all stop being so wrong and start being right. It's quite unbelievable how wrong you all are. I really wish you would not be wrong about this. Prepare to be righted.

    Read this:

    Bass player get the chicks.

    Absorb it.


    You are now right. I am right. We are right. 


    Every band I've ever ever been in (which is several +a few) the bass player is the one who has gotten the chicks. This includes when i was a bass player in my brief experimental period in the 00's.


    Example one from one band - In studio recording - Bass player rocks up with broken arm. Still manages to play through 4 songs note perfect and is gone within a couple of hours. Chap with guitar/bass case + injured walks into a bar across the street from studio. Any guesses what happens next?

    Another example - Band is tight as hell - 3 piece band - guitarist singer/ + drummer can't move much. Guess who is the one dancing around and interacting with the crowd, dancing with all the pretty ladies while playing.. guess who carries on interacting after the show.

    Another another example - the bassist in a band I used to  guitar dep for on quite a regular basis currently has 6 kids with 4 different womens.. i mean not the best example.. but he is the bassist.. and i guess he got the chicks..

    I could go on.. :)

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342
    ^
    Exhibit A: John Taylor
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1833
    ICBM said:
    ^
    Exhibit A: John Taylor

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/9524908/Duran-Duran-s-Taylor-admits-he-was-a-creep.html

    "Taylor said that he used to choose his girlfriends by looking through fashion magazines."

    Truth is, you'll be so busy working, you won't have time for women.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    I don’t play bass for the chicks - I play bass for the massive respect I always get from the other members of the band...
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  • I don’t play bass for the chicks - I play bass for the massive respect I always get from the other members of the band...
    How's that working out for you? 

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    I don’t play bass for the chicks - I play bass for the massive respect I always get from the other members of the band...
    How's that working out for you? 
    I’d rather not say
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342
    DLM said:

    "Taylor said that he used to choose his girlfriends by looking through fashion magazines."

    You should read his autobiography - that’s girlfriends, not groupies... :)

    It’s actually a good read, even if you’re not a fan. There are a lot of pitfalls to being a hugely successful pop star as well as some undeniable attractions.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1833

    @ICBM I'll add it to the growing list of musician autobiogs I want to read. :)

    I'm not a Duran fan, but I was utterly riveted by this:

    http://thedoublestop.com/ep-104-ian-little-producer-duran-duran/

    and part 2, also!

    I think you'd love it, too. :sunglasses:

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  • Bridgehouse said:
    I disagree.
    You would.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    Bridgehouse said:
    I disagree.
    You would.
    No I wouldn’t 
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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 240
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    ok, turns out this bass playing aint as piss easy as i first thought 
    I'm finding it easier with a pick but should i persevere with the fingers?, feels like i'm cheating if i use a pick 
    And any recommendations for a small amp?
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    adampeter said:
    ok, turns out this bass playing aint as piss easy as i first thought 
    I'm finding it easier with a pick but should i persevere with the fingers?, feels like i'm cheating if i use a pick 
    And any recommendations for a small amp?
    I prefer fingers for tone, control etc but both are just as valid. Tbh learning to do both is the real way to go...
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    When you say small amp, is it for home use only? Or do you think you might gig with it in the future?


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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 240
    When you say small amp, is it for home use only? Or do you think you might gig with it in the future?


    at home for now
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15892
    adampeter said:
    When you say small amp, is it for home use only? Or do you think you might gig with it in the future?


    at home for now
    A small combo will do just fine - if you want something to expand later and get best quality then Barefaced Midget and a separate head like a markbass LM3 or a GK MB500.. 

    But for Combos then the Fender Rumble combos are excellent - and I like the EBS session 60

    For higher quality then the small Markbass combos are brilliant and the Phil jones bass range is worth a look for size. 

    Mostly, it depends on budget, like most things...
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