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Re: bass guitars

Post by Andrew Fryer » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:21 pm

Kent wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:13 pm
The new Taylor acoustic gs mini-e bass guitar...may be the easiest and most playable bass available.
But for $700 I think I'd be looking for a decent electric bass.
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Re: bass guitars

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:19 am

I play bass guitar, and use a pick in an effort not to break a nail. I used to play with my fingers, but I have to save my nails for CG. If I were you, regardless of what bass you use, I would use flatwound strings so I could slide into notes without chewing up the left hand fingertips. Probably don't want anything as short of scale as the Taylor GS Mini bass though, as you will likely be stuck with round wound strings, and I played one. Overpriced for what you get. You would be better off buying a Dean acoustic bass guitar as they are long scale and 1/4 the price. And the quality is about equal.

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Re: bass guitars

Post by Andrew Fryer » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:58 am

I'll have to get a full-scale bass, so I can stand in for my friend on one of his basses. So I just need a practice bass. He found this one for £55. Maybe lol, maybe not. Oh, they've hiked the price by £40 since two days ago. Damn!

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Re: bass guitars

Post by Andrew Fryer » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:11 pm

I bought a cheap bass kit (Gear4music Chicago bass). It came with a 15W practice amp. Everything is nice except for the tone controls on the bass, which sound terrible if you put both on max treble. I can use the amp for harmonica too, I guess. At the pub the bassist who plays an upright bass has a Markbass amp. I assumed it was 50W. No, 400W! Nice piece of kit. I think it would annoy the neighbours, though!
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Re: bass guitars

Post by MessyTendon » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:44 pm

Bass amps require a lot of head room to get good bottom end...Since you are in London, look for vintage Trace Elliot amps...the AH250 I think kit is...misleading says integrated preamp, but is actually a 250 watt combo...Great to drive any 15 or 10 inch driver to the limit.

Practice bass amps really stink, unless you are just playing in a small tiny bedroom setting. As for the cheap bass...you know a soldering iron and a little epoxy paste...you can go fretless :)

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Re: bass guitars

Post by JohnH » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:28 am

Kent wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:13 pm
The new Taylor acoustic gs mini-e bass guitar features D'Addario nylon core strings. Combined with a shorter scale design, it may be the easiest and most playable bass available.
I am thinking of making a short scale classical guitar since I have small hands. I have a standard scale electric 5 string bass guitar. I have no problems playing the bass guitar since I play single notes at a time, unlike a classical guitar.

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Re: bass guitars

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:01 am

How did your cheap bass turn out? On that bass I would recommend LaBella flatwound (Deep Talkin' Bass) 45 - 105. These strings are glass smooth, unlike D'Addario chromes, on which you can still feel the windings. And they last for years.

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Re: bass guitars

Post by Andrew Fryer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:01 pm

I like the bass a lot. As I say above, the tone-controls may need attention. I've got a Fender lead on order to see if it makes a difference. But I'm happy with having the treble turned up on the rear pickup only. The bass came with spare strings, so I'll wait a while before deciding to buy a third set.
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Re: bass guitars

Post by doug » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:08 pm

A couple of years ago, I posted on here that I had bought a cheap bass to play with a church choir, and was enjoying playing it. Someone humorously posted, "Q: How do you confuse a bass player? A: Tune one of the strings out of tune, and don't tell him which one."
I still laugh occasionally at that!
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Re: bass guitars

Post by Andrew Fryer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:19 pm

doug wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:08 pm
A couple of years ago, I posted on here that I had bought a cheap bass to play with a church choir, and was enjoying playing it. Someone humorously posted, "Q: How do you confuse a bass player? A: Tune one of the strings out of tune, and don't tell him which one."
I still laugh occasionally at that!
Yes, I vaguely remember that thread! :oops:
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Re: bass guitars

Post by doug » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:44 pm

:D
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Re: bass guitars

Post by malc laney » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:50 pm

i am also looking into bass guitar , and would like comments on amps that can use batteries for bandstand playing.I was recommended a "cube" outfit , and ideas?
weight is also a factor [bad back]

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Re: bass guitars

Post by Andrew Fryer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:55 pm

malc laney wrote:
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weight is also a factor [bad back]
Err, ukulele and a microcube?

Seriously, you have a bad back and you chose the bass?
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Re: bass guitars

Post by doug » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:12 pm

I have a Fender Rumble 25, 25 watt practice amp, that I think would do OK in a medium size room.....maybe up to about 2000 square feet or so. It weighs about 20 pounds, and was about $100. It's easy to carry, ease to use, and it has all the power I need, for what I use it for.
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Re: bass guitars

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:58 am

malc laney wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:50 pm
i am also looking into bass guitar , and would like comments on amps that can use batteries for bandstand playing.I was recommended a "cube" outfit , and ideas?
weight is also a factor [bad back]
Try the Galien Kruger back line 110. its small with a single ten inch speaker. And with 75 watts, it has just enough headroom to talk deep. I used one for years to play small gigs. I think it must have weighed about 20lbs.

You need some serious power to keep up with drums though, and that usuall means a couple of hundred watts and a 15 inch speaker. But those things usually have wheels on them. I'm currently using a fender Rumble 100, and it's barely enough to get the job done with a drum kit in the mix.

And there is nothing that runs on batteries that will have enough power to get the job done. I've not seen any battery operated amps designed specifically for bass. If you find one, let me know. I know Roland makes a Cube for guitar. Bit if you use an inverter, you could run it off of one or two deep cycle, pickup truck size, batteries. Don't know how long it would take to drain them though. Your back isn't going to like them. But if you are playing somewhere without an outlet, this does work. I've plugged an electric amp in my motor home with the inverter on and it does work, You can find inverters at an RV supply store. I'm sure somebody like Camping World has them.

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