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#230774 by jw123
Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:04 pm
Planet Guy my name is John Wilder in Memphis Tn on FB, I will try to find you but if not, send me a friend request. Theres actually a couple of videos on there of me playing with a group named Basket Case a couple of weeks ago, Im using my P-Bass on those videos, so you can critique my playing! LOL!

#231364 by Planetguy
Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:06 pm
jw123 wrote:Planet Guy my name is John Wilder in Memphis Tn on FB, I will try to find you but if not, send me a friend request. Theres actually a couple of videos on there of me playing with a group named Basket Case a couple of weeks ago, Im using my P-Bass on those videos, so you can critique my playing! LOL!


john, I've tried to find you but no go. sorry, I'm NOT a facebook guy! I do have a FB account under the aka Argus Narr just so I can get around on FB when need be. (you can see from my FB page just how little time I spend there!)

anyway...I DO want to check out your photos and vids! perhaps you can friend me on my page ... https://www.facebook.com/argus.narr

#231368 by jw123
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:43 pm
argus I sent you a freind request a couple of weeks ago

#231384 by Planetguy
Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:19 pm
hmm, i didn't see it when i was last there.

or ....would it go to the email acct they have on file for me?

they have an old derelict peoplepc acct that i gave them because i was tired of my inbox filling up daily w booshit from FB.

#231413 by GuitarMikeB
Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:09 pm
Planetguy wrote:hmm, i didn't see it when i was last there.

or ....would it go to the email acct they have on file for me?

they have an old derelict peoplepc acct that i gave them because i was tired of my inbox filling up daily w booshit from FB.


Just sent you a friend request and 'suggested' JW and Neanderpaul, too.

#231424 by Planetguy
Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:40 pm
thanks mike. will they show on my FB page or go to my (derelict) email acct that FB uses to send me notifications? guess i could just go to my FB page and check there! :shock:
#235218 by Joel Clyde
Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:05 am
If you want something that sounds different than the P Bass, sort of like an upright sound, I would suggest doing what I do. I have a Fender J-Bass, but I also use my Guild Ashbory Bass on some songs. It has silicone strings and sounds like a huge deep upright bass, great for jazzy and oldies songs. But, it is only about 25" long, and weights next to nothing. They are now made by Fender, and are very reasonably-priced. Try one, and you'll be hooked.
#236786 by newmusicmichael
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:05 pm
I agree, it's nice to have a backup. I got an Ibanez SR300 last year that I really like, active humbuckers. I recently upgraded my Squier P-Bass with DiMarzio pickups so it's a great "1A" now instead of just a backup.
#236924 by Planetguy
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:02 pm
fletch1027449 wrote: No badass bridges allowed. It's hype for the most part.


strongly disagree.

i have a number of basses but my "number one" is a pretty heavily modified '63 Pbass. this was my very first bass that i picked it up in a pawn shop in NYC for $75. this was around 1978. (it's the one i'm playing in my avatar). i own and have owned many basses over the yrs but 40 yrs later it's still my baby.

so, after i had it for a cpl of yrs i came into a Badass brdg. and even though it was a direct replacement that mounts w no mods...i couldn't bear to mess with the "originality" of this classic '63 P bass. well, one day my curiosity got the better of me and i couldn't believe the difference in tone. not to mention ease of adjustment (height/intonation) that it made.

this was a life changer for me AND the bass because knowing that i'd NEVER sell this bass and so, not worried about keeping it original for better resale value....little by little i started making mods to it that both made it a better playing/sounding instrument .....AND hurt it's resale value!

it's mods:

Bartolini p/u's w added J (it can still cop a passive P growl...but also do more modern things as well)
Grover tuning machines (huge improvement on the orig FENDERS w their ton of play and slop)
I countersunk the Badass bridge 3/16" into the body
added string guide for the low E and A and moved the other for the G and closer to the nut

i've added a Badass to other basses over the yrs and to my ears it was always a marked improvement.

you can see and hear me playing that bass here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZEVx76CjgY
#237011 by gtZip
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:05 pm
jw123 wrote:I currently have an old P Bass, really nice one, active EMGs, Baddass tailpiece.

But recently I have been asked to play some bass and thought I would add a bass.

Ive looked at some Ibanez's, and I also like a Warwick Thumb bass. Spector is another Ive looked at, I like the Doug Wimbish models.

Just curious what would the bass players on here would get if they had thier choice.

I want a full scale 34 inch neck, but I want a light compact bass that sounds good.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


Music Man Stingray
#237602 by Planetguy
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:21 pm
fletch1027449 wrote:I agree to disagree in a friendly way. A badass bridge does absolutely nothing for the tone of a bass. All it does is add a little sustain at best.


well, i appreciate you keeping it friendly. but i still have to disagree. tone/sound is pretty damn subjective and i stand by what i said about my exp w them. every bass that i've changed out to a BA....noticeable improvement (to my ears) and not just sustain. stronger fundamental and better/clearer overtones.


I'm sure I have purchased at least 10 of those.

sorry but this begs the question...why. if you're not a fan?

You can't make some Fender basses sound better no matter what you do to them.

well, i don't know that i agree w that 100%.....even real dog can be improved somewhat....but, yeah they are amazingly dissimilar from instrument to instrument.

The BA was like the 1st replacement bridge for a Fender bass so everyone jumped on the bandwagon back in the day. Even guys like Geddy Lee. I took the BA off both of my Geddy Lee Jazzes and noticed a lttle more clear sound. I thought the basses sounded better- but that's an opinion and everyone especially musicians have them. A lot. :D


yep..."everyone"! there's that subjective thing i was talking about. i remember when the BA's first came out. that was a huge thing and booming new business.....parts to mod your instruments. bridges w more mass, after mkt pickups, brass nuts, Fat Finger for the headstock, etc.... i always crack up watching old Midnight Special, D. Kirschner's Rock Concert, and youtubes from that era......seems like EVERYONE had some mods on their instruments!

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