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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Any Bass Guitar players on here?

In the late 90's I played a little guitar. Actually, I bought a Slash Replica Les Paul. In exchange for computer repair, this guy was going to show me how to play. I never learned much. I learned a few chords, and then how to play intro's and other main riff's of popular rock songs. The result: I never had the patience to go back and learn how to play the guitar properly because at the time, I already knew how to play some parts of actual songs.

I have long fingers but unfortunately, I struggled with the guitar a bit. A friend suggested I switch to Bass. I have to admit, Bass has never appealed to me, except for a few songs. I love Flea's sound in "Under the Bridge". I like that particular sound. So after much debate I can't shake the desire to want to learn the Bass, only, I want to learn the proper way to play so I don't give up. I think it would be a nice footnote for the special skills section on my Acting Resume too. So, based on the sound I want, and my history, what advice do you guys have for me? Guitar type? Instructor? etc.
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In the late 90's I played a little guitar. Actually, I bought a Slash Replica Les Paul. In exchange for computer repair, this guy was going to show me how to play. I never learned much. I learned a few chords, and then how to play intro's and other main riff's of popular rock songs. The result: I never had the patience to go back and learn how to play the guitar properly because at the time, I already knew how to play some parts of actual songs.

I have long fingers but unfortunately, I struggled with the guitar a bit. A friend suggested I switch to Bass. I have to admit, Bass has never appealed to me, except for a few songs. I love Flea's sound in "Under the Bridge". I like that particular sound. So after much debate I can't shake the desire to want to learn the Bass, only, I want to learn the proper way to play so I don't give up. I think it would be a nice footnote for the special skills section on my Acting Resume too. So, based on the sound I want, and my history, what advice do you guys have for me? Guitar type? Instructor? etc.
Flea, Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorius, and John Entwistle all play or have played Fender Jazz Basses. Take it for what it's worth, but if you like Flea's sound -- that particular bass would probably appeal to you.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 02:08 PM
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In my humble, unprofessional opinion, the amp will dictate the sound much more than the actual bass that you choose.

I have been playing bass for over 10 years now and have a Yamaha 5 string with active pickups. I think my bass was about $600.00 out the door at the Guitar Center in Sherman Oaks in Ca. back in 1997. I spent $2,000.00 on the Hartke amp, 4 x 10" cab and 2 x 15" cab. Spend extra money on the amp and maybe a little less on the bass and you'll be much better off than getting a nice bass and settling for a cheaper amp.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 08:09 PM
 
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Try to find Dave Stanley, use to teach at Brook Mays before they went out of business. He lives around the White Rock area. He has been around forever and plays any style. I play guitar and have play some bass for years. I love the Fender Jazz model. Just minor tweaking of the volumes of the two different pickups yields many different sound. Roll the rear pickup volume down by about a 1/4 of a turn and it sounds alot like a P bass.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-12-2008, 09:54 AM
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Epiphone thunderbird. Way too heavy but the action is pretty forgiving. Just piddling at it, not really a bassist.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-12-2008, 10:02 AM
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I just piddle around in my house, but I like my Ibanez/crate setup. it's nothing fancy, and doesn't sound all that good as far as musicians go, but it does what I need it to.
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