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- Current Setup:
Basses: Ibanez SR1000 Prestige, and a Deluxe Fender Squire Active Jazz fretted bass with hot-rodded Demarzzio Model J pups.
Amplification: Mesa Boogie Walkabout; Recently purchased a Mesa Boogie Titan V12 Amp...Heaven is not in your mind...this amp can do almost anything...I just want to play it all the time!
Cabinets: Genz Benz Uber 410 (1000 watts RMS), and 2 EarCandy 212 BassBomb Cabs (950watts RMS each with an Eminence Delta 12LF and a Kappa 12LF) -custom made. Original owner of an Acoustic 360/361 powered bottom, only used for big jobs- RECENTLY SOLD!
Effects: Sansamp Bass VT1, Sansamp BDDI, Strobostomp V-VS Floor Tuner, Pandora PX4D, Zoom H2 Handy Recorder;
Strings- Thomastik Infield Flats, and TI Bronze Acousticores on my former Lightwave fretless for that Double bass sound, MTD Strings at times, DR Nickel SunBeams, and currently on my MTD KZ4, and in honor of Jaco, I put on his fav strings...RotoSound SwingBass;
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster ;
Guitar Amp: Fender Ultimate Chorus 212;
: my Fingers and my Ears.
- Favorite Genres:
- Blues, Rock, roots Fusion,Reggae, Jazz
- Gigs and Ensembles:
- Burnt Sugar Blues Band
- Previously Owned Gear:
I started out with a Vox solid body single pup model?, then a Gibson-SG(briefly)copying Jack Bruce, then a 1963 Fender Jazz bass (for most of my bass playing life, till it was burned up in an overnight club fire), & later went through the following basses; a high-end Samick w/ EMG pups, an Ibanez SR900, a Fender fretless Jazz Bass, a Fretless Stilletto Schecter Fretless, a fretless Fender Squire VM Jazz, a Fretless Ibanez SR1000, a fretless Ibanez SR800, An Ibanez SR 700, An Ibanez SR900(twice), an MTD Kingston Heir, a Micheal Tobias Design MTD Trans-Cherry Mahogany body KZ4, (Kingston Z4 string) Fretted, and an MTD Fretless Z4 (twice), but got rid of it because it was just a little large for my small hands. See my other current basses.
Amplification-I started out in 1966 with a single Fender Bassman. Then gradually, as our Band improved and we played bigger venues and started touring, I acquired more and more Fender amps so I could be heard-till I was lugging around multiple Bassmen, each with 2x12 cabs, 2 Fender Dual Showmen with 2x15 cabs each, and various combos of Twin Reverbs powering other various cabs, (usually home-built 212 cabs). This "mess" of amps was difficult to transport and set up, so I finally cleaned it up by purchasing an Ampeg SVT Classic breifly with two 810 cabs, but because it didn't have enough volume for the large venues we were then playing, I soon switched over to an Acoustic Control Corporation 360 head (preamp) powering two Acoustic 361 powered speaker cabinets, with 1x18" Cerwin Vega speaker in each reverse folded horn style cabinet. I added a 2x12 extension cabinet for each Acoustic cabinet on stage as monitors so I could hear myself more realistically(these amps are real loud but it was often hard to tell that you were blowing people away 20-30 feet in front of you without the extension cabs for monitoring your volume). I played in a 3-piece blues- rock band (Moonfire) in the Rocky Mountain region and toured alot in The late 60s -early 70s, small to large venues, our band touring alone or opening for major acts. I've just been really getting back into bass seriously since winter 2004. I started out using an SWR Workingman's 15 with a 2x12 extension cabinet until I eventually gassed my way up to my current rig. I've had an Eden WT800B for a while-but it just wasn't my sound, tried the Genz Benz 1200 for awhile, and though I liked it, I did'nt see any reason so sell off a Yorkie XS800H. I've tried out a few other heads as well(SWR750-900, GK1001, multiple Ampegs), but I did'nt like them as well as my Yorkville XS800H head. Then I went the power amp/pre-amp path for awhile. For Amplification, I used a BBE BMAX-T Tube Preamp/ starting with a Stewart 2.1 Power amp, then for more power , I switched to a Crown Xs900 Power Amp, and later I switched to the Crown XTi 4000 Power Amp which I needed to run all my cabs at once and it also sounded better to me. but the complexity of dragaging all that gear and weight around vs finding a integreted head that could achieve the same sound became my next search. Then I got a Genz Benz GBE1200 again which I primarily used till recently. I wanted something lighter to transport for practices, so I tried an iAMP 800 and though it was a fine amp, it was a little too "pure" for me. I also tried out a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 but it just seemed a little thin for me. And finally I got my Walkabout by Mesa Boogie-which just sounds plain awesome-maybe the best sounding little amp on the planet. I also just purchased a Mesa Boogie Titan V12, which I absolutely love. The last acquisition is a Mesa Boogie 400+...Wow, what a family of amps.
Cabs: I've tried a lot of cabs along the way -but my more recent Favorite cabs to play through have been my Schroeder 410R cabinet, paired with my Schroeder 212L Cab,which are built like a tank, sound great, and are just stupidly loud if needed(And Jorg Schroeder IS THE MAN). I also recently owned one oJorgs 412BMF cabs. I've also loved trying out Dave's Avatar cabs-I had 3 Avatar 410s (these were my favorite Avatars) at one point, as well as a 212 and a 210 Cab-but I've sold all the Avatars now. Right now my most recent acquisitions most are 2 custom made EarCandy BassBomb 212 cabs-Diablo Red Front with Black tolex and Hard wear, with Black Circle Grills just covering the speakers, and a Genz Benz Uber 410-both have serious snarly fat tone. I'm really loving the tone and volume of these cabs or my Schroeders paired with my recent amps more than any other combinations.
Recording Equipment ...Live:
The H2 recorder has been great for recording live gigs or practices and making CD recordings for passing out or for self-critique purposes.
- G.A.S. List:
For speakers, I would'nt mind trying out (with my current amp & preamp) an El Whappo and/or a Whappo Jr. too! But I've been so very happy with my Uber 410 cab, and adding the EarCandy 212s to the mix has taken away my gas in the speaker cab arena. The new Berg IP cabinets intrigue me, although costly, I'd love to try one out some day-though they aren't sold near where I live. I'm pretty satisfied with my amp set up, now that I have the Mesa V12 Titan and Mesa 400+. I would like to try more of the Mesa Cabs one day.
Also I'm working on a building professional home recording setup and rehearsal room in an 1899 sq ft area of my basement thats currently unfinished. I've started out with a Presonus FirePod to record our original songs. I've picked up a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder and am really having fun making live recordings of the band at practices and gigs that are able to be burned to CDs-yes the quality is that good(or we're getting better??).
Finally,my last wish is to get a great Bass teacher in the area-anyone out there???(I've never had a lesson yet-I think I should have at least one before I fly this coop!!). Peace on ya...DAcat
- Influences and Teachers:
- Jack Bruce, Noel Redding, John Entwhistle, Ron Wood(with Jeff Beck), John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Jaco, Marcus Miller, Tommy Shannon, Sting, Vic Wooten, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Viktor Krauss(with Bill Frisell's band) and on guitar Jeff Beck, Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, SRV, Hendrix, Tommy Bolin, Joe Walsh, and every one else who's laid down a great Riff/Groove that we've all learned from...Peace...DAcat
- Hobbies and Interests:
- Scuba Diving,Sailing,Hiking,Biking, Psychology, Metaphysics, Dancing, my Wife(not in that order)
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