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So, I am learning to play bass...

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  • #16
    I was gone for a bit, but within that time, many things happened.

    First thing was that my dad suprized me and got a 2000's model of the Ibanez GSR200, so it doesn't have active pickups (a good thing for me). I really didn't like that jazz bass' sound, it sounded like the filter was modified or something and I could never get a clean sound out of it. Plus, this new bass is 100% mine, so I can use it until I can invest in a better bass (likely from Ibanez). Curiously, my dad really dislikes Ibanez, but I can understand that when they make cheap shit and really good instruments.

    Also, my dad taught me how to string up, tune, set the bridge, and intonation.

    I also learned that guitars are much less complicated than I thought, and I could easily service mine.

    @bfg666

    Surprisingly, I have managed to play a few advanced songs. Not very well obviously, but I can play Flea's version of Higher Ground. Its really messy and I miss notes often, but I have been practicing it every day. I was actually having trouble beforehand because my strings were too high off the fretboard, so it was really hard to slap twice quickly. So, hopes for improvement are pretty high.

    About starting a band, I can't exactly do that. I live in remote area with only old people (where I live is halfway between a neighborhood, and where you go to retire). I have a friend that plays guitar, but I can't visit him often because of how far away he is. My only option is playing with my dad, which could be awkward, but available. Maybe I will get lucky and find someone my age around here that can play something.

    On building strength, my grandfather gave me his old grip strengthening equipment, and I also use stress balls. I have improved greatly, but I still can't get American Life down.

    @Focalator

    The frets on my Ibanez (I got it used) is really bad in some places. I think I can deal with it, but luckily my dad knows how to dress frets. He could replace them too if he had the tools and patience. He said I can redress them any time, I just need to ask him how.

    The tone knob on my bass is very lightly scratchy in two places, barely noticeable. I think that may not even be dirt, it could be wear. I have no problem with replacing the pots though, and I may modify the filter too since it's such a simple schematic. I forget how it works, but I think I can stick in a bigger farad non-electrolytic capacitor with similar voltage rating in the tone knob and get a wider filter. Hey, why not?

    From what I could tell, someone used the HELL out of the tone knob, because it was loose when I got it. That may be the reason behind the wear, but who knows.

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    • #17
      Be careful with that grip strength thing (and the stress ball) you are just asking for carpel tunnel syndrome with at least the grip strength thing. You don't have to take my word for it...it doesn't take long at all to fuck yourself up with those things. Use them with common sense or regret it with a need for expensive surgery and kiss ever getting good at bass goodbye for a long time. Maybe forever. Honestly, just playing your bass should condition your hands and over-practicing can give you CTS too.
      X_Michael

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      • #18
        Originally posted by MadGypsy View Post
        Be careful with that grip strength thing (and the stress ball) you are just asking for carpel tunnel syndrome with at least the grip strength thing. You don't have to take my word for it...it doesn't take long at all to fuck yourself up with those things. Use them with common sense or regret it with a need for expensive surgery and kiss ever getting good at bass goodbye for a long time. Maybe forever. Honestly, just playing your bass should condition your hands and over-practicing can give you CTS too.
        Hahaha, I'm not that dumb, I take breaks for a few days.

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        • #19
          I didn't think you are dumb, bro. Can't expect everyone to just know everything. I just don't want to see you hurt yourself.
          X_Michael

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          • #20
            If it's an earlier 2000's Ibanez GSR200, it would feature the passive P/J pickup config with a single coil at the bridge (like a Jazz bass) and a split single coil in the middle (like a Precision bass). I forget exactly how the controls worked on all the 2000's models. Some had 3 knobs, some had 4. The 3 knobbers were probably Vol/Vol/Tone, while the 4 knobbers were most likely Vol/Vol/Tone/Passive EQ Boost.

            That's kinda the main difference between the Gio GSR's and the Standard SR's. The Gio's tend to be passive single coil pickups only, while the SR's have active pickups with that 3band EQ boost/cut onboard as well as coil tapping ability to go from running both coils or just one coil at a time. Depends on what sound you're going for in the song as to what pickup setting you might use on the SR's. And most bassists don't exactly go bonkers for "tons of options". The bass is simple beast. Bassists tend to go for one sound and stay there.

            If you're gonna stick with the bass, I'd encourage you at some point to hit up a Guitar Center and test out a GSR200 and an SR300 side by side, just so your ear will finally know what your bass sounds like compared to what's available out there. Brand new, the SR300's are 150 bucks more, but in my opinion, the difference in sound is worth every penny and then some.

            Eh, you could also try out a GSR200 or an SR300 side by side with something really really expensive like a $2000 Ernie Ball Stingray bass or a $5000 US-made Spector bass. They'll likely have them locked up on the rack like they do these days and may be hesitant to let you handle them, but if you did, you'd probably see that a $5000 bass doesn't necessarily sound "four thousand six hundred fifty dollars better" than an Ibanez.
            Last edited by Focalor; 07-01-2017, 11:35 AM.

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            • #21
              @guitar center

              Keep telling them you don't have enough money. TWICE, I have left guitar center with half price on an 800$ guitar that was not on sale.

              The first time I told the guy flat out that I only had 425$... He got on the computer and gave me a new price that was less than what I told him I had. I left the store with an $800 guitar and 13ish dollars.

              If they try to talk you into a cheaper guitar be real firm that you are leaving the store with the one you picked or nothing at all.

              It at least used to be the policy that they have to make sure you leave with something and happy. I don't see why that policy would change.
              Last edited by MadGypsy; 07-01-2017, 12:08 PM.
              X_Michael

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              • #22
                Speaking of Primus....

                [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYDfwUJzYQg"]Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver[/ame]
                'Replacement Player Models' Project

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