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I could fill this section myself, as I've bought and sold more musical instruments than I care to remember :cry:
What do you currently play and what have you had over the years?
I started on guitar way back in 1977 (wonder what inspired me?;)), but I hated practicing, and never got anywhere for years. The band I was in split in 1985, so i didn't play for a few years, but started again in 1987, this time on the Bass guitar, now I play a combination of both, although Guitar is my first love.
I want to see pics of you in your various bands, and your gear over the years :p
I may take me a while to locate my pictures as most of my pics are of train and small scale modelling items.Im currently using an Epiphone Thunderbird bass through a Trace Elliot 7215 smc 300 watt bass cab and I have a Yamaha bass hidden somewhere in the house along with a Carlsbro 600 watt keyboard amp which is good for both bass and guitar.Having recently started to use my Epiphone again I quite fancy the idea of an upright bass (double) but dont have a spare £1,000 knocking around.
I had a Carlsbro rig for a while. Stingray head and a huge cab.
I did toy with the idea of a Thunderbird, as they just look so damn cool.
I normally stuck to Fender Basses, as my primary influence was JJ Burnel
Did Double Bass lessons at school, and not keen to repeat ;)
I've had use of a double bass on several occasions but didnt use its full range,fretless sounds so much better but needs a lot of practise and time is something I dont seem to have much of.I do like the the Thunderbird but it fails on two points,cant get a slap out of it and its awkward to put down anywhere because of the shape but still one of my favourite instuments.The Yamaha produced a great punchy sound but lacked the feel of quality if you know what I mean. The Carlsbro has not been used for a number of years,last time I fired it up it got rather warm and started to smell a bit like melted solder so it may be opened up at some point.There is also our old(very old) mixed drum kit which was used for rehearsals,its a bit rusty but still has a good sound to it. I've always liked the sound of the cello when used in the right context,Cult,Damien Rice...sounds great in the right application.I suffered a nasty wrist injury two years ago which made a 40 minute set most uncomfortable (severed tendons and main blood vessel) so I just use the bass for my own pleasure now,jamming along to cd,radio,sky music channels and so on. I enjoy a bit of acoustic playing now when my friend comes down,he was the frontman of a few of the bands I played with.He brings an acoustic bass and his Tak 12 string and we go sit on the quay outside my local just for a bit of fun.
Apologies for the picture quality but I've just taken it. She lives in the lounge and is always plugged in for when I get the urge to rattle the windows! I have the added bonus that all my neighbours probably live closer to you than me.Its fitted with E B flatwounds because I prefer the sound.
This was the last bass gear I owned
Dean 5 string
My Fender Precision & Tanglewood Precision (defretted)
My pride and joy, and much missed Washburn Hawk
My very first electric
a Arbiter SG copy in cream, which got spraypainted Silver, then Black
Couple of squier's
Nasty Marlin Loner (again spraypainted white and neck pickup removed
What I currently play ;)
I like the Gibson.My son plays,not sure what he has at the moment,I think its an Angus type copy.
Don't really know where to post this, so sticking it on existing thread.
I hate linking to sites i'm not sure of, but this guy does not seem to be on YT.
He does fretless lessons, and his Mick Karn stuff is pretty much spot on
Links to other tracks on right side
Mick Karn is a unique fretless player, but still not a unique as my Fav fretless player, and no.. its not Jaco..
Mine is welsh wizard Percy Jones.. that man does things with Wals, that defy logic
Good stuff! There is something about the bass,its a feel aswell as a sound.Im no fan of jazz but it has the best bass lines around in my opinion.
Skip to 5.00 to hear the couple of minutes that told me to get a bass back in the 80s...
This fella is rather good to...
Moved to members lounge, not really a retro thread now. Carry on chaps :)
Is that a tip top drink or tip top radio badge in the top left hand pic?
Tip Top Radio
Trace Elliots and Gibsons, very nice, but do you know how to use them?:cool:
All my stuff is cheap firewood. I had the chance to buy a Les Paul but found I wasn't interested.
I play a cheap Peavey Tupelo most of the time, an Epiphone Gibson copy and a reasonably prised Yamaha bass. I sometimes play a nylon string classical a friend picked up for me in a junk shop.:)
I also have various percussion intruments such as bongos etc, and a bodhran (Irish folk drum) that I am still learning.
But I have got some home-recording gear: Tascam 788 with burner, pod xt, tc electronics fx, other fx and various processors, pedals, preamps, mics etc.
All cheap: its down to me to make it cheerful!
I have a nasty Wesley electric guitar which I process through Guitar Rig 4 on my Mac.
I have a Korg MS-20 monosynthesizer, a Korg M1 synthesizer, Korg MonoPoly synthesizer, Korg Polysix synthesizer and a Korg Wavestation.
They're all software plug-ins unfortunately, but I love them all the same! ;)
More stuff I've bought & Sold. I should have opened a shop
Hohner Gold Top
Hohner Les Paul
Fender HM Strat, Fender Prec/Jazz hybrid, Ibanez Artcore
Squier Jazz, the hybrid before I stripped it
Fender Strat, Squier Strat
Yamaha, Roland, Casio, Akai, and others
Various Synth, Drum Machines
Some Outboard rack gear
See, now you're just showing off! Lol:D
Awesome set-up. May have to bend your ear (appropriate saying) on matters of sound at some point, if you don't mind:)
Tip Top radio was great,I listened to it when I worked away and we had no tv on site,I joined and recieved the pack,cant remember what was in it. Would love to find some of the programmes.Anyway,I've found a picture of my Yamaha,pity I cant find the guitar,I think a friend has it,I lent him it back in the early 90s... Just noticed the Kiss sticker at the bottom! The black writing on the body was 'FRAME' logo airbrushed by a friend.
I played the acoustic guitar for a few years in my late teens and I owned a lovely Eko Jumbo.
It had a great sound.
Ive got an eko 12 string, think it might be from the 60s, made in Italy, its lying in the loft and has been for yrs, ive had a fender acoustic for 20 odd yrs now and its the love of my life along with my les paul and Dave Gilmour strat customised by myself.
The Low Country
Ha! Ha! Ha! What a giggle I've just had. I admire you all but I totally got the wrong end of the stick. I thought the thread was about instruments owned/loaned/learned at school. I was going to boast a melodica, recorder, violin and piano. The latter two learnt purely to avoid having to be outside at break and lunchtime in the winter months at school (I'm talking years ago, when we had proper winters - a bit like this past one we've had) I'm sure I could give a good rendition of 'The First Noel' if I was pushed on the old johanna but not a chance on any of the other instruments these days. :-D
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