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Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby Buzzard » Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:11 pm

About 30 years ago, I bought my first bass, a beautiful copy of a Fender P bass.

Unfortunately I never took pictures of it and don't even remember the brand, but I think it was Korean built.
Black body, white scratchplate and probably rosewood on maple (ish) neck.
Compared to a guitar I thought it was HUGE.
Having two very young kids then, I didn't have enough time to learn, some extremely simplified Status Quo was all I managed.
Kept it for a couple of years, but this just wasn't the right time to really learn how to play, I gave up and sold it.

About 10 years ago, I wanted to give it another go, this time a black Epiphone Rock Bass in a sorry condition.
I restored it and it became a player. It looked extremely worn, but caught my interest to play again, even though it was killing my fingers.
At this time my gas for Yamaha guitars started. In the incoming stream of twangers a Yamaha RBX4-A2 was bought second hand, in very good condition.
When the Yamaha entered the building the Epiphone moved on to play heavy metal with it's new owner.

The light weight RBX4-A2 is a joy to play, except the strings wearing skin off my fingers.
The cure was getting flat wound strings installed, that helped A LOT.
I still have this beauty, basically a singlecoil jazz bass, but so much lighter.

By (almost) accident I discovered the Yamaha BX-1, a 80's headless bass with humbuckers that can be split to singlecoils ..... so cool.
This one is so comfortable to use sitting down.

The last bass, so far was bought in the summer 2016 : a Yamaha SBX-500 . what a surfer, also configured close to a jazz bass with singlecoils.
Metallic "Shelby Blue" body and a white scratchplate.

The 3 Yamahas will stay, probably for life .... so far no plans to get more basses, but then again, a Yamaha SB-35 is welcome.

I must admit that my bass playing really needs some work .... I SUCK .... but that won't stop me trying, and enjoy the instruments.

First thing I do when picking up a bass, is plucking away on NOT FRAGILE by BTO.

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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby hypercarrots » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:50 am

I set my action low and don't use a lot of pressure. I play with a light touch and not very agressive. Is it your fretting hand or finger style hand that gets shredded?

When I first started playing guitar I had a steel string acoustic with stupid high action. I played so much my fingernails separated from my fingers. Now I have callouses and know how to set up my string height so there is less wear on my finger tips. Technique is also a big part of it too.

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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby Buzzard » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:11 pm

It's the fretting hand fingertips that take the abuse, when sliding up and down the neck. :( I often use a pick, so my right hand is fine. :?

I usually avoid adjusting the action low, probably playing a bit too hard, low action will give some fret buzz. :oops:

Knowing the advantage of low action from my guitars, I try to adjust the basses os low as possible, without buzzing, but it's a compromise. :?

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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby hypercarrots » Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:31 am

i guess that takes some time to get used to. i don't really drag my fingers up and down the neck. i also have a soft attack so even with low action there is no bzzzzz.

what kind of flats do you use? i have chromes on my jazzes both fretted and fretless, and labella flats on my precision and they sound different but i like them both.

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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby Buzzard » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:11 pm

For the BX-1 , I use Thomastik-Infeld (Vienna) flat wound jazz strings. those vere the only set my local dealer had at the moment,
but are very smooth and pleasant to play, It was the last set in the shop, so getting those again may be difficult.

The two others RBX4-A2 and SBV-500 have D'Addario Chromes.
.... don't remember the exact type now, but next time I get around the hardboxes, the package should be insinde.

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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby Buzzard » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:22 pm

I never took pictures of my first two basses, but here's pictures of an Epiphone Rock Bass like the one I used to own years ago.

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I'm glad I found the Yamahas, the Epiphone never got the love of playing.
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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby hypercarrots » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:33 am

I still have my first bass

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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby Buzzard » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:32 pm

Here's a favorite that I can almost play on guitar, definitely worth a try on bass too.
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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby hypercarrots » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:03 am

here's a song your fingertips will enjoy

https://youtu.be/x3XW6NLILqo?t=7m24s
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Re: Starting Bass ....... AGAIN

Unread postby Buzzard » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:21 pm

hypercarrots wrote:here's a song your fingertips will enjoy


:oops: You must be joking, that's some pretty fancy fingerwork :!:

I find it easier to play some simplified: BTO , Status Quo and Judas Priest among other 70's and 80's metal.
It's gotta be bas(s)ic. :D
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