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..

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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

Hacked Again

Well I Hoped i would never have to report this again but we have been hacked again this is getting old dont know why they do this to us. I guess we pose some kind of threat not sure what that might be. But any way the site might not function properly for some folks please be patient we are working on repairs AGAIN.. Some images went missing so for some posts there will not be images till we get this fixed, Its the middle of the night here but we are working on fixing the site hope to be back to 100% real soon thanks for your patience . Our readers are awesome  ThePlayer

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.

DEAN SPYDER BASS GUITAR

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2012 John Entwistle (The Who) signature  Dean Spyder Bass.Mint condition with fitted Dean hard case.Active bass,Three band eq with blend knob. Volume knob is separate on horn.Neck thru construction.High mass bridge,Emg Hz pickups,embony fret board, Grover tuners.Made in Indonesia.Inspired by a rock & roll bass legend

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Sterling By Musicman Sub Stingray

4 String Bass Guitar By Music Man

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New condition. One owner. Used and stored in smoke free studio. Was used in studio only. No gigs.

Mint condition. Thing feels, sounds and looks awesome.

Don’t let the price fool you this is a nice instrument. I mean I’ll take more money for it if you want.

They sell for $300 new. It’s definitely aimed at the beginner/intermediate crowd. But it records like a champ.

 

Short Scale Bass Guitar Or Long Scale Bass Guitar

Short Or Long Scale

When it comes to bass guitar sizes as far as scale goes , We are usually talking about the length of the neck of the Bass Guitar.

With The typical scale usually being 34 inches measured from the saddle on the Bridge to the Nut on the head stock. This measurement is right for many top

brands on the public market. Like your Fenders ,Music Mans, Epiphones, Some Gibsons etc.

This is the common scale length most builders build to. And same goes with Bass Guitar String builders too. So it goes to say most of us Bass Players feel

comfortable playing a bass with a 34 inch scale length. We have learned to use this scale length without regard to the size of our bodies.

For Many players tho this scale length has actually slowed us down in our learning and in our flexibility moving about the neck.

Lets face it, not all people are made the same. And Im sure most of us Bass Players already know

there are alternatives to the 34 inch scale length of Bass Guitars.

For one is the 30 inch scale length . The 30 inch scale length has been around many years,

And a good number of Builders have consistently used the 30 inch scale with great success.

One such builder is none other than Gibson, For years they have built and put on the market the E B Series of bass guitars.

We have the Famous E B 1 Bass by Gibson That looks like a 4 string bass version of their very popular Gibson S.G. Guitar.

But there are  other scale lengths out there too. The Ashbury Bass, For a long time made by Fender, But also produced by gretch.  And tried buy a couple others as well.

This bass is not only unique in Scale Length, It sports silicone rubber strings and special piezo pickups to collect the sound of the rubber strings,

As steel or all metal strings would not make any sounds come from the ashbury bass because of metal strings require a electromagnetic pickup system to pick up and duplicate the sounds produced by the vibration of steel or metalic strings.

And The Ashbury just does not have this type of system. But the rubber strings makes it fun to play.

The Ashbury Bass is a scale of only 18 inches. But don’t be fooled by the small size of this bass guitar.

The Ashbury Bass  Produces a huge sound kinda like a full size Upright Bass Makes. People are usually shocked to hear such a big sound from the ashbury bass.

Now take the full size standup bass or Bass Viola as they are called, Although you would not play one of these in a way you would a guitar.

They do have a different scale length, And this can very from 41.3 inches to 43.3 depending if you have a 7/8 size or a 3/4 size or even a 4/4 size, Yes the Upright Bass Viola has a few different scales of its own.

And there is more many regular 5 string Bass Guitars can be found in a 35 inch scale length, And there are many brands of Bass`s that are made with 6 ,7, and even 8 strings,

And many of these long scale speciality Bass`s come in scale lengths of  35 inches ,36 inches ,and even 37 inch scale lengths, And alot of these are special custom built Bass Guitars,

One thing to be aware of when thinking about playing a long scale Bass Guitar, Is the fact about can you get strings for these Special Scale lengths ? Or would you have to have custom strings made for your bass all the time,

This could get real expensive. Bass strings already are on average about 4 to 5 times more costly than guitar strings. This could lead to a very expensive string habit…….. Something to consider

All in all alot of real tall people with very long arms, Might find the need to get a long scale bass guitar, And if you do , You can feel confident there probably is a size out there just for you.

Peavey T-40 Bass Bass Guitar

Peavey T-40 Bass Bass Guitar

 

Peavey T-40 Bass Bass Guitar  – Classic electric bass in great condition. Recently serviced. This thing is a BEAST with great tone!
Comes with a hard case.PEAVEY T-40 BASS

Editors note: I Was once lucky enough to own one of these Basss,

Beautiful bass to play,Unfortunately i got talked out of it but loved it while I had it,

These Bass`s have a special type of tone pre-amps in them that are unique to Peavey,

Maybe someone who knows more about them will chime in. Because all i know is you can really get some unique sounds out of these bass`sPEAVEY T-40 BASS

Learn Your Bass Scales

Learn Your Bass Guitar Scales

As Bass Players we have a certain responsibility
when playing with other musicians,
And That Is to furnish a great bass line or groove
that makes the
listener want to hear more, And hold the song together,
Plus set a tempo that moves the rest of the band along.
And if you are also the singer like some  bass players are, 
(Jack Bruce)
You need to add that to our list of duties while
playing live music.
Yeah the Bass Players Job has expanded for sure
lets say since
the arrival of funk music , And Larry Graham Especially in
today’s modern music  you notice more and more slap bass
playing in rock songs,About BestInBassguitars.com
I Can remember a time when some of your average bass players would not be
good enough to play some of today’s music, Not meant to be a knock on some of us older players ,But the amazing talent
out there has driven the complexity of the music way up.
The role of the Bass Player has greatly expanded, From the relative
comfort of playing the 1, 4 , 5 `s, or the single 8th notes that
we all did back in the 60`s and Seventys, and into the start of the 80s
Today’s Bass Players get little if any rest thru-out the song,
like we used to enjoy for making things easy and back when
many times the Bass Player was a buddy that wanted to join a band,
  And we know  they used to always say anyone can be the
bass player.
Not Anymore.
Today`s music demands a highly skilled and talented
Bass Player.
Sometimes We have to come up with catchy bass lines almost
on the spot. Especially true if you do very much Jamming with
strangers, Or music you have never heard or played before.
I recently attended a few open mics in my area ,I do this once in
a while , to keep myself  sharp especially if im not in a band at the
moment.
And I like to play alot, i miss playing music with other musicians ,
Its hard to go a week or 10 days for me.
Could not believe some of the great talent thats out there, 
One thing that has not changed very much tho, That is and i guess
always will be Bass Players Are always in high demand.
Some of the bass players i know play in 2 maybe 3 different
projects at once. 
I was in a situation like this last week, Sitting in with a bunch
of talented musicians at a open jazz Jam, I  got 2 offers to come
out and play regular with bands, Not bragging thats not the point ,
Point is bass players in high demand
That I got invited to come Join in the fun. Was so cool for me its
always great to get a invite to go play music.
But I must admit some of the music was complicated a bit ,
But I got thru it shining ,And really had a great time.
This could have been a train wreck
A lot of songs i really did not know that well or maybe
not at all.
All I knew was the Key or root note. And it made me so happy I
 had taken the time in the past to learn my Bass Scales.
Especially the minor scales,
And really if you know the key and a hint of the tempo,
You can catch on fairly easily
That is if you know your Scales.
 I Probably do not have to say this but Many of You im sure
know already there is a scale
Or a set of notes on the fret board for every key.
Even the notes
that make up  The chords. The thing that makes this
all way easier is
knowing what notes you need to play that all sound
good together
That is what notes in the  scales do , they all sound good together.
These groups of  notes  are called Scales.
nuff said
And we typically use about 12 of them, How Many are There ?  
im not sure but alot of them. I had a book of bass scales around
here some where seems like it had at least 50 pages.
But just knowing the Main 12 will usually get you by
just fine.
Most scales have 8 notes and go from root to root a
octave above.
So Learn and  Practice These scales for your bass guitar.
They will no doubt come in handy many times over in
your music playing career.
I Know they have saved me tons of embarrassment
over the years.
Now here is a link where you can learn much more
about scales
And What I think is really cool the scales are written
out in bass tab.
And much other musical info for players,
This is not a affiliate link And im getting nothing for
sending you there,
Some people get all bent out of shape if they think we are
earning money off some info.
But thats not the case ,
I`m just trying to help players learn as easy as possible
And I find this page to be helpful in that regard ,
The site owners do not even know im sending them traffic.
So Rest assured no money made here The Link
Enjoy

 

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Crosstown Traffic

You jump in front of my car when you,
you know all the time
Ninty miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive
You tell me it’s alright, you don’t mind a little pain
You say you just want me to take you for a drive

You’re just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
Crosstown traffic
I don’t need to run over you
Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
And I’m tryin’ to get on the other side of town
I’m not the only soul who’s accused of hit and run
Tire tracks all across your back
I can, I can see you had your fun
But, darlin’ can’t you see my signals turn from green to red
And with you I can see a traffic jam straight up ahead
You’re just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
Crosstown traffic
I don’t need to run over you
Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
And I got better things on the other side of town

Jimi Hendrix

Rickenbacker 4003 4 String Bass

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Rickenbacker 4003 / 4 String Bass 

Selling my 2002 Rickenbacker 4003 Maple-Glo 4 string bass. I am the original owner. It is Flawless! Perfect condition and sounds great. I bought this new  and now its just very Lightly played and used because the acoustic guitar is my main instrument. Never have taken outside my non-smoking home. Strings are fairly fresh since replaced with original Ric OE strings. New these are going for about $2,000 to $2,249.99 depending on location.

D.N.A. OF A BASS GUITAR PART 2

part 2                                    This is a repost of a article i wrote some time ago

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D. N. A. OF BASS GUITARS PART 2

D. N. A. Of Bass Guitars Part 2

Playing Styles Differ As Much As Players Differ, And how they use their hands on the bass guitar says alot about the sounds they create

There are also variations in how a bassist chooses to rest the right-hand thumb (or left thumb in the case of left-handed players). A player may rest his thumb on the top edge of one of the pickups. One may also rest one’s thumb on the side of the fretboard, which is especially common among bassists who have an upright bass influence. Some bassists anchor their thumbs on the lowest string and move it off to play on the low string. Alternatively, the thumb can be rested loosely on the strings to mute the unused strings.

Early Fender models came with a “thumbrest” attached to the pickguard, below the strings. Contrary to its name, this was not used to rest the thumb, but to rest the fingers while using the thumb to pluck the strings. The thumbrest was moved above the strings in 1970s models and eliminated in the 1980s.

“Slap and pop” and tapping

The slap and pop method, which is a mainstay of funk, uses tones and percussive sounds achieved by thumping (or “slapping”) a string with the thumb and snapping (or “popping”) a string or strings with the index or middle fingers. Bassists often interpolate left hand-muted “dead notes” between the slaps and pops to achieve a rapid percussive effect. Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station was an early innovator of the slap style, and Louis Johnson of the The Brothers Johnson is also credited as an early slap bass player.

Slap and pop style is also used by many bassists in other genres, such as rock (e.g., J J Burnel and Les Claypool) and fusion (e.g. Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Alain Caron). Slap style playing was popularized throughout the 1980s and early 1990s by pop bass players such as Mark King (from Level 42) and funk-rock bassists such as Flea (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Alex Katunich (from Incubus). Wooten popularized the “double thump,” in which the string is slapped twice, on the upstroke and a downstroke (for more information, see Classical Thump).

In the two-handed tapping style, bassists use both hands to play notes by rapidly pressing and holding the string to the fret. This makes it possible to play contrapuntal lines, chords and arpeggios. Some players noted for this technique include Billy Sheehan, Stuart Hamm, John Myung, Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, Michael Manring and the style’s originator, John Entwistle. The Chapman Stick and Warr Guitars are string instruments that are designed to be played using two-handed tapping. Another rarely-used playing technique related to slapping is the use of wooden dowel “funk fingers”, an approach popularized by Tony Levin.

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The Bass guitar  has changed the world.

The Bass guitar  has changed the world.

 

 

As A Very Young Instrument The Electric Bass Guitar Has Made Massive Strides In Changing The Sound Of Modern Music,

More Than Alot Of Other Instruments That Come To Mind,

Just Imagine The Beatles “Come Together” Without Paul McCartney`s
Famous Bass Lines,

Or Try To Picture The Cream WithOut A Electric Bass, All Those Songs We Grew Up With ,

Would Not Have Been Possible
Just 30 Years Earlier When Leo Fender In The Late 40`s,Came Up With The First Electric Bass Guitar.

Here Are Some Examples To Recon With
Just Imagine This Music With No Bass Guitars, Then you realize how

The Bass guitar  has changed the world.

The Bass was a huge part of our modern early music

More than anyone else, it was Cream who changed the face of British rock music.

They took the fusion of blues and rock pioneered by Alexis Korner and John Mayall to places where it had never been before. They employed a level of group improvisation

that was worthy of free jazz. In fact, their music had basically three layers:

a pop melody, lengthy solos inspired by free jazz,

and a propulsive rhythm’n’blues beat.By the electric Bass Guitar

They indulged in guitar distortions and dissonant solos that were shocking for an audience raised on the Beatles.

Even the soul-jazz melodies of Sunshine Of Your Love (1967) and White Room (1968), while not revolutionary,

pointed towards a more sophisticated kind of “pop” than the childish refrains of Mersey-beat.
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The Bass Guitar Builds Music

 

Cream was the most successful of the blues revival bands, forcing British rock that at the time still fed on pop tunes, to an abrupt reversal of direction.

The Who had already given it a try, and the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds had already reformed the blues in a revolutionary way, while Bob Dylan had experimented with long topical songs on Blonde On Blonde.

But it was Cream that made the new genre happen.

Cream was the band that altered the format of the rock song: long free jams recorded live instead of three minutes of verse, bridge, and chorus recorded in the studio.It would have been way too boring without the Bass Guitar.

They sold fifteen million albums in three years, a record that made the Beatles seem like losers.

The members of this power trio, formed in the autumn 1966, were all veterans of the blues revival. Guitarist Eric Clapton was the same prodigy who revealed himself with the Yardbirds,

and who had contributed to the legendary recording of Bluesbreakers with John Mayall. Drummer Peter “Ginger” Baker, skilled at many forms of percussion, had already played, in 1960, with the Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and in 1962 with Alexis Korner and the Graham Bond Organisation.

Scottish bassist Jack Bruce had traveled some of the same roads as Baker, before joining Manfred Mann. Bruce and Clapton had met each other in the Powerhouse,

A short-lived lineup put together by John Mayall, that also included Steve Winwood at the keyboard.

With Cream these three virtuosos simply brought to fruition the experience that they developed in the London clubs,

bringing to the rock concert stage long, electric, high volume improvisations.

Cream debuted with two singles: Wrapping Paper, that belongs to the early psychedelic era, and I Feel Free, the first taste of Clapton’s solos.

Fresh Cream (Atco, 1966) was an historic event: Clapton’s high volume distortions, Baker’s acrobatic style, and Bruce’s melodic atmosphere raised ordinary and rather poor material (mostly covers, except for Toad by Baker and NSU by Bruce) to the highest levels.

The compositions of Jack Bruce take over on Disraeli Gears (1967), an album decidedly more pop and less bluesy, produced by Felix Pappalardi.

Strange Brew is a typical example of how the group could transform blues into rock for intellectuals who were tired of Beatles pop tunes.

Tales Of Brave Ulysses, Clapton’s tour de force, features the introduction of the wah-wah pedal.

Sunshine Of Your Love, a long collective delirium based on one of Bruce’s catchy and obsessive riffs,

Remains their masterpiece.

And all because of the Electric Bass Guitar

Their fame came with their concerts, which in America instituted a social shock as important as the love-ins of the hippies. Clapton, fast and incisive, Bruce, pulsating and powerful,

And Baker, loud and overflowing, created a new standard for popular music.

Never Too Old To Play The Bass

Never Too Old To Start Playing Bass Guitar

 

Picking Up The Bass Again at 60Bob’s Story

When it comes to the decision to play the bass guitar, not everybody is picking up the instrument for the first time. Sometimes, the person who wants to play already has many years of experience. Maybe you played as a young person and gave it up when job, family and, well, LIFE needed your         attention more than your beloved bass?

We all know that players might have to put down their basses to do the things they have to do in this world. But there’s no reason why you can’t come back. Now that your major responsibilities have been met, Are you itching to get back to being a thunder-maker? If you’re a bit nervous or reluctant to take the plunge, read this little fictional story. I hope it will inspire you to do what you know you want to do!

But yet there still are many mature folks that have always wanted to be a musician,  But The right perfect moment just never presented itself,

Its Kinda like that business idea you have had for years, And you really feel like its a goldmine just waiting to be opened up.  But circumstances have just never been perfect to give it a shot.

But you know what ? Circumstances may never be Perfect, And waiting and waiting for that perfect moment,  Is shorting yourself,  You need to be positive, You need to forget about failure do not even let failure cross your mind.

And if its a expense issue, Please know with the proper education about purchasing a bass guitar

(Please read our Bass Guitar Buying Guide ) You can always recoup the cost of buying that bass of your dreams (usually 100% ) So put that thought away too.bbgbanner00 site map

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Bob strolls into the music store. He’s grey at the temples, wears glasses, and has a bit of a stiffness to his walk. In his eyes, a lifetime of experience. He’s been married for thirty five years. The kids have gone on to start families of their own, and Bob’s been thinking about something.

The salesman watches as he makes his way over to the bass guitars. He follows. “Can I help you find something?”

Bob tucks his hands in his pockets and motions his chin at the Jazz Bass hanging on the wall. “She’s a beauty.” I forgot how to hold one of these girls.

The salesman eases the Jazz from its perch and hands it over. Bob lifts his foot to the rung of a nearby stool and rests the Jazz on his leg. He plays a 12-bar walking line with a lot of feeling and groove.

The salesman plugs the Jazz into a floor amp and sets the dials. Bob plays more lines and the now amplified thunder shakes the floor. He`s lost in the fret board and  doesn’t hear as the salesman relates some of the features of this particular Jazz. All he hears is the thunder.

When he finishes his demo, he turns the Jazz over in his hands. “I used to play when I was younger. We did school dances, local weddings. Pop, rock, blues, swing from 60s and 70s mostly.”

The salesman asks, “Planning to take it up again?”

Bob hands back the Jazz. “Oh I don’t know. Just looking, I guess.”

“Well, you’re pretty good, man.” He gives Bob his card. “You should think about it.”

When Bob gets home, he takes out his old photo album and does a Memory Lane once-over of the guys in the band and some of their stage gigs. He really would like to play again, but the truth be told, it’s been so long and he knows he’s no Spring Chicken anymore. And anyway, what’s the point of buying a brand new Jazz Bass when he’s probably forgotten most of what he used to know? A few basslines in the music store does not mean he could still play all the songs he used to love.

But wasn’t the thunder great, though? Wasn’t it a genuine thrill to feel the floor rumbling again under his feet?

I’m almost sixty, he reminds himself. I can’t start all over again. He looks at the salesman’s business card.

Bob’s wife comes in and breaks up the reverie. “Where were you?”

He closes the album. “Just a walk to the music store.”

She sets a coffee cup next to him. “Remember, if you get to have a new bass, I get to have a new acoustic guitar.”

His heart beats a little faster. Maybe I could do this, he thinks to himself. His breathing gets quick and the adrenaline rush hits him. He  gives her a wink. “Maybe we should take lessons this time.”

She rushes from the room to grab her jacket. “Hurry up. The store closes at six!”