Hi guy’s I haven’t posted for a while. I thought I would share this little humorous story. I’m sure most JD owners get the “what bass is that”
comment a lot, I know I do. This story however, gets a little beyond that and I thought was very funny.
I was asked to jam at a gig I was at with friends, the band was fronted by a local shred monster guitarist, a good 20 years my junior. This came about through mutual friends who knew I had my gear in the car. So after a lot of persuading as the music was not really my ganre and i dont like jumping in with guys i dont know, I agree to do a "few" numbers.
During the break I set up my gear. I open my case and pull out the Supernatural. The teen widdle demon takes one look and says. “F Me! That is the ugliest bass I have ever seen”
which I kind of just swallow.
Sure the JD shape can be an acquired taste, and he is just a kid after all, but it did put my back up.
He then asks what it is, I tell him "It's Jay Dee".
His reply “never heard of it, But you have a killer amp, why don’t you get a decent 6 string bass"?
Now I’m struggling to stay calm, but, he is young, and I think, calm down, I have all said daft stuff in my time too.
As I glance off stage, through the loading door, I see his over the top, decaled van parked right against the door.
What is emblazened on the side but Toni Iommi’s Jay Dee SG floating over a background of flames in true clichéd metal style.
So I chuckle to myself, normally I would keep quiet, but he has been a bit of a p*ick , and I’m ticked off. I turn and say.
“I’m surprised you haven’t heard of JD, you have one printed on the side of your van”.
He says “what you mean, that’s Toni Iommi’s custom Gibson".
I said “no, it’s Toni Iommi’s custom JD.”
“No" he says, "it doesn’t have Gibson on the headstock cos that’s Toni’s custom logo instead”.
I take a deep breath savouring the moment.
“That’s strange, It looks like Mr Iommi and myself have the same custom headstock logo then”
His eyes fly to my headstock, and I see the confusion and subsequent shock of truth dawning on his face. But, being the nice guy I am, I let him down with the.
“very few people know that, don’t worry I thought it was a gibbo for years”.
I Played the whole set like a pro, even almost enjoying the mind numbing repetitive scales backing his preposterously self-indulgent 5min speed fest solos.
Got off stage. Went to the bar still wearing a huge win grin. Thinking to myself, I’m so glad I’m not young enough to know everything anymore.