Originally Posted by Worldeeeter
A BIG +1!!!
Patrick shouldn't have to come on this thread and defend the aesthetics of their products.
Also, consider the source (owner of a Dean bass)...
I'm not really defending anything honestly... I didn't think anything that anyone has said is bad or negative or anything. It's all good.
Just trying to offer some perspective from Alex's standpoint.
I mean as a design consultant for Spector I know about this stuff, way, way in advance but because of the non-disclosure agreement I have with them I can't say anything until PJ says it's OK. I designed the Alex blood drip graphic almost 9 months before it was announced that Alex was getting a signature bass. And Alex and PJ had been talking together about for at least two years or so before PJ commissioned me to do the design.
It's not really about aesthetics to me because from person to person there's just too much in play (cultural backgrounds/ ethnic backgrounds - and when I say ethnic I don't mean race... I mean the community/country you may be from or a descendent of, personal bias, etc...).
I never begrudge anyone for their personal tastes/likes/etc... I really take to heart the old "walk a mile in someone else's shoes thing"... I always try not to judge. For me the issue of blood/no blood has to do with the type of music you want to play, the audience you want to play for and if you are a huge Alex Webster fan.
I'M A HUGE fan of Alex's. And really because through the process of working with him and PJ on his bass I discovered he's a sincerely humble, very pleasant and EXTREMELY intelligent guy with an amazing mind for music, music theory, etc... I have enormous respect for Alex Webster the person.
I used to work in Hollywood... I say used to because I'm doing so much work in the music industry I just haven't done much in H-Wood lately... Anyway... celebrity is a strange thing. And most people think of this celebrity or that as basically the character they may be famous for. Like to me... Mel Gibson will always be Mad Max... I mean not really. He'll always be an ignorant bigot. But before that, he was Mad Max. LOL.
And for some, Alex is a character in the 5-ring blood soaked circus called Cannibal Corpse. But take all that stuff away and he's really a very approachable, nice, likable family-man with a great wife and kids who loves making music and performing.
Another way to look at it is that I also know Doug Wimbish. And the first time I met him I was nervous because he's someone I really admire and respect. And instantly he was the nicest, most down-to-earth guy and his passion for Spector and his love and affection for Stuart, who he considers "family" is so strong it instantly put me at ease.
And my point with this is that as much as I admire Doug and aspire to one day perhaps understand a fraction of what he does regarding music, I didn't order my Doug Wimbish model in ultra-amber like his. Because I don't care for the Ultra-Amber finish. It's not a color I'm crazy about. If I was to get a Euro4LX Doug Wimbish model I'd order a different color than ultra-amber.
So in a way I think it makes sense to look at these signature models like this; are you getting them because you like their features and the way they sound or play, or are you getting them because someone you really admire is the signature artist?
That's the more important factor to me. Because if you're crazy about All Things Alex Webster... you're going to want to Bloody model. If you're not so much, but appreciate his tone and speed, you'll want to more sedate, less graphic version.
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