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Month: November 2019

AMPEG BABY BASS

This is a 1966 Ampeg Baby Bass that I am posting for a friend. He purchased the bass new and has enjoyed it for many years and now he decided it is time for it to go to a new home.

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I was over at his home last weekend and he allowed me to play it and I fell in love with it! It is a beautiful playing instrument, is all original with the original stand and the original transport bag. the bass had a headstock repair done to it many years ago and it is in excellent playing condition.

 

The bass has a couple of minor blemishes in a couple of spots from a warm heat register causing bumps to the plastic body and you can’t really see them.
The owner is a bassist who has been playing for many years and being 91 years old he has decided to sell the instrument so that someone else may enjoy it as he has all these years.


1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass

1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass 

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– Good Condition
– 100% working, no issues
– Original chipboard case
– Crazy birdseye maple neck
– Some scratches, markings;


FENDER PRECISION BASS 1978

This Bass for sure has seen some action

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1978 Fender Precision Bass – Sounds like you would imagine a bass from yesteryear.

 

 

 

This has recently been setup and the frets are beautiful everything  Works

And had Lindy Fralin P-Bass pickups installed.

Now she plays better than ever

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CORT CURBOW 5 STRING BASS

This Is A fine Cort Curbow 5 String Bass

 

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A lightweight, comfortable Cort Curbow 5 bass with a stunning futuristic uranian blue cutaway body and a fat, funky 9V active contoured tone.

This is an ideal bass for a beginner or intermediate player

looking to step up into a more active sound or graduate into 5 strings, or for a more serious player looking for a sharp contrast to a more meat & potatoes P-bass kind of tone.


Do You Use Sunn Bass Amps?

Do You Use Sunn Bass Amps ?

If You Do Here is some interesting information I scraped from the internet I find it a bit more interesting Because these factories are in my neighborhood,  But still a very cool and interesting read if your a fan of the Sunn product line, Or even if you are familiar with the song Louie Louie or the band The Kingsman they were also from the Portland ,Oregon Area.  So Yeah Enjoy…

In early 1963, the Kingsmen, a band based in Portland, Oregon, became known for their hit version of the song “Louie, Louie”.

After its hit single, the band soon embarked on a 50-state national tour.

Because the band was used to playing small hops and school dances, many of the members found themselves ill-equipped with the amplifiers that they were currently using. Put it bluntly they were not ready for the Big Time ,or at least their gear was not ready.

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Bassist Norm Sundholm discovered that his bass amp was not nearly powerful enough to play larger concert halls. Like they were now facing.

Sundholm enlisted the help of his brother Conrad to help solve his problem. ( This is the origin of the now famous name Sunn Amplifiers comes from the last name of these Brothers ).

By 1964, the Sundholm brothers had designed a high-powered concert bass amplifier.

The early Sunn amplifiers relied heavily on tube amplifiers designed by David Hafler and preamps sold by the Dynaco Hi-fi company,

With many of the first units actually containing power amplifier chassis sold by Dynaco (models MKII, MKIII, MKIV) as well as modified Dyna PAS1 preamplifiers.

By 1965, the demand for Sundholm’s amplifiers had increased to the point where the family garage could no longer be used as the manufacturing facility.The demand had gotten too big for the space in their garage to be able to keep up with production needs..

SUNN CONRAD AMP

At this point the Sunn amplifiers still relied on the Dyna power amp circuitry, reworked to fit Sunn’s own chassis but still employing Dyna produced and branded transformers and the same electronic design.

Thus, the Sunn Musical Equipment Company was founded.

Although the original Sunn Amplifier line they employed used Dynaco designed and built transformers (up to the 120 watt MK VI transformer set)

And Hafler based power amp designs until Sunn stopped producing the original line of tube amplifiers in favor of the solid-state Concert and Coliseum models.

Later Sunn produced the electronically unrelated Model T tube amps.

Then Fender acquired Sunn in 1985, relocating operations from Tualatin, Oregon to Lake Oswego, Oregon .

A move that was all of about 5 miles.

The stated intent  for Fender was to both revitalize the Sunn Amplifier lines and to produce some Fender-branded models as well,

Which included the Standard Series (Princeton Chorus and Ultra/Ultimate Chorus, both solid-state) and M-80 Series, and are identified as USA-made amplifiers with an “LO”-prefix serial number. for Lake Oswego,

 Unfortunately Fender shut down the Sunn operation in 2002. And the rest is history.SUNN MODEL T BASS AMP


1969 Fender Telecaster Bass

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History incarnate! Original everything down to the screw and the hard shell case.

In simple terms… its’ the real deal.

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These go anywhere from $3k to 18k…. If you’re looking at it seriously, you already know what it is.

 

Briefly: This is what the 1959 precision was. Exactly. Same body, same pickup, same neck.

Essentially it’s a sting bass….

 

Pre CBS pickups and neck, even with it being post CBS.

Leftover parts went from CBS to post CBS. 68/69 almost all the parts are CBS.

If you’re looking at this you probably know that, please forgive.

But, I’ve had that confirmed several times.

              So Bottom Line Is I Value This Bass At 6500.00  American Dollars


Custom EBO Style Bass

Here We Have A Custom EBO Type Bass Guitar. Not made by gibson tho. Just looks kinda like a E B O Bass ,With more Beautiful Wood Tho.

 

PLAYS AND SOUNDS AMAZING

custom EBO style bass


Breaking Bad Bass Playing Habits

No matter where you are in your bass playing ,Weather you are a seasoned pro or a fresh new beginner ,Chances are you have picked up some bad bass playing habits, As these bad habits tend to formulate while we are learning to play. And whether its out of laziness or don`t know any better, These bad habits can really effect the way we progress as a bass player. In Fact some bad bass playing habits can actually injure you with out you even knowing it. Most of the bad bass playing habits can be acquired by players who are self taught.

Mostly because no body was there to instruct them and help avoid  picking up bad bass playing habits to begin with.

So just what are considered bad bass playing habits?

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Not in any order Because all bad bass playing habits can be detrimental to a players bass playing career.

Lets Start with posture : Most bass players stand up while playing bass, Although sitting down  is considered acceptable in big bands or orchestra situations. When standing to play be sure you have equal weight on each of your feet, Stand straight as possible with your shoulders back. Your left arm or  your fretting arm should be slightly bent at the elbow, and the thumb on your fretting hand should be just about centered on the back of your bass neck.

Just imagine like if you were hitch hiking how you stick your arm out with your thumb up. Using your guitar strap adjustment to accomplish this position you want your bass hanging off your body so it would be the same height  if you were standing or sitting,

Remember elbow slightly bent. We never want our bass hanging below our waist even tho it looks cool its a bad habit and can lead to injury of your lower back.

Wear comfortable shoes , We do not want our feet killing us while standing sometimes 2 or 3 hours playing a gig or even practicing .

Get help lifting heavy gear : This is often over looked while setting up or taking down our gear, Be careful especially if your not in the best top physical condition,
As many of us musicians tend to let exercise take a back burner to more important things like jamming.

It is very easy to get injured trying to lift and stack these heavy cabinets. Luckily the new modern gear is coming out with much smaller COMPONENTS. Making it alot lighter in weight.

Make use of wheeled carts or hand trucks, or even installing castors or wheels on our heavier pieces.

It is much easier rolling a heavy P.A. Cabinet than trying to carry it even for two guys..
Now a couple more bad habits a bass player should avoid is not incorporating your pinky finger on your fretting hand, You should make it a point to use that pinky from the start and build up strength in that pinky finger. You will always be a better bass player for this. And do not use your thumb on your fretting hand, You will see some bass players hanging their thumb over the edge of the fret board you do not want this habit it actually greatly slows down your playing, And many bass runs were styled around moving from position to position and your thumb will only get in the way of this movement. And another bad habit in my opinion is using a pick to play your bass, Now i know this is going to get the rockers up in arms, But im sticking with it use no picks! Its a bad habit!

And here is another bad habit mostly done by unwitting guitar players trying to play bass, They rely on the snare drum to play their beats or notes and not the bass drum. The snare is more of a fill or back beat as far as timing goes you will really screw up the beat of the rest of the band when they attempt to follow you thru the snare drum beats you create. The whole band will likely follow you right off the cliff.

Lets touch on techniques again , Now its a very good idea for any bass player starting out to just get used to the 1 finger per note style this means with out too much trouble you should be able to stretch your fretting hand to cover four spaces with 4 fingers, thats four frets covered in one position or one set. Just make this a habit it will get easier as time goes on.

Another bad habit that could haunt less experienced bass players is Being too busy,

That`s right in many things including playing bass guitar, Some times less is better, I know from personal experience by just listening to my practice recordings that sometimes i get a little busy myself. This can sometimes plug up the mix and could rob other instruments of valuable lead openings, Or over run the singer, You never want to hog the show as some say it. So play your lines wisely you will have plenty of chances to play, And you will be a better bass player for doing it this way.

The more I Write i realize this could go on for ever as more and more things keep popping up and by no means is everyone reading this going to be a perfect bass player but if i help even one player get better then im good with that. Because I know as a bass player myself im not free from bad habits in my playing either I kinda feel like im preaching to the choir sometimes.But we all strive to be the best we can. Nobody wants Bad Bass Playing Habits, They just happen, Trick is to realize this and fix it.

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For a very easy way for beginners to learn the right way to get a great start playing the bass guitar, Consider this advice from a old timer bass player,Take some simple lessons at home, You can study at your own pace you can pick and choose which lessons you want to learn and in what order you want them. The best part is at your own pace, On your time, Whatever time that is. Plus still get your important questions answered in very fast time like within minutes usually. And all at or below the cost of going out for a Pizza and a Beer. No better way to learn The Bass Guitar Period.