Hi there, I'm Memphis, from Nashville, live in Japan currently. I just finally bought a bass this week and figured it was as good a time as any to join a bass forum. I landed a 1993 MIJ Fender Fretless Jazz Bass. It needs a new nut, but came with a set of Bartolinis installed (don't know which specific model, or if there is even more than one type for J Bass). Everything else is stock and it set up quite nice with a low action.
I've been playing many many instruments since I was 8 years old, eventually focusing on drums and guitar in that order. I would play some root note type stuff on a bass for recording my own songs and that but I never really cared about the bass. Perhaps because after 22 years of playing I am not quite the lead guitarist I thought I was, I decided to give a bass a more serious effort. With 20 years of drumming and competent guitar skills I am finding it to be quite a joy actually and have jumped right into the mix.
I'll post up some pictures as time permits and I am also working on my first youtube bass video. I don't know why, but the first song I thought of was "For Once In My Life" when I got home with the bass, so I have that over half down by heart in this first week. I can read through the whole thing, but working on my memory and these fast lines. Love Jamerson, always did.
I'd say my favorite Bassist is Pino Palladino. Slightly biased as his sister is my godmother and my mom used to date him when they were in high school and college. She left Wales for the States and he didn't want to go stateside so they parted ways. The rest is history, they say.
Here's a pic of my wife playing my bass for me the first day I got it
And here is my mom meeting up with Pino last week at the Nine Inch Nails concert in Nashville, TN last week (he is on tour with NIN right now)