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- jedgargroover was last seen:
- Aug 6, 2014
- Current Setup:
Fender 64 Precision Re-issue (90s/Japan) in sunburst
PolyTone Mini Brute 1x12
Dunlop "Gator Grip" 2mm picks (because Carol Kaye told me, "Use a heavy pick and flatwound strings on a P bass," so I did and have been happy ever since.
D'Addario Chromes flatwould light gauge (.45 - .95) string
- Favorite Genres:
- All sorts of jazz and pop...meaning Beatles, not Beyonce
- Gigs and Ensembles:
- The Grand Prospect, NYC Alt-Country/Americana band
- Previously Owned Gear:
- Lots of Fenders, some Gibsons, a couple of Ibanez Prestige basses, Danelectros, a couple of Azola EUBs, lots of amps. In my opinon there are basically two basses in the world: Fender Jazz basses and Fender Precisions. Everything else is essentially a variant on those two, and everything else is a diluted copy of the original. Of course, I like a "classic" tone and I like to keep things simple. But if you run a Fender P or Jazz with flats through a very transparent amp (like my PolyTone) or, if you can afford it, through an Ampeg B15-N or B12-N...or maybe a Fender Bassman silverface or the like...then you will get all the tone you need.
- G.A.S. List:
Pre-CBS Fender Precision & Jazz basses
Ampeg B15-N Portaflex and/or B12-N Portaflex
Early-to-mid 1960s Guild Starfire IV with the coveted Hagstrom pickups...just to have it (even though I'm not partial to short scale basses.)
A roadie to carry all the heavy amps and a tech to work on my gear...on call of course!
- Influences and Teachers:
I've studied with Hill Greene, of the NYC Jazz Collective, on upright. He's the man. I've studied with Patrick Pfeiffer on electric bass guitar. He's awesome too. Great author (Bass for Dummies, etc.) as well.
I've been fortunate enough to receive some personal guidance from my friend and Pittsburgh Hall of Fame bassist, Rich Goods. I've also had the good fortune of having gotten some great advice via e-mail and at in-person clinics from the great Carol Kaye.
I am inspired by a lot of bassist but I will mention: Ray Brown, Carol Kaye, early Phil Lesh, Rick Danko, Bruce Thomas, Davey Farragher, Familyman, James Jamerson, Duck Dunn, early Bootsy Collins (James Brown era), that dude who played with Van Morrison whose name I can never remember but who is awesome, and lots of other super-hip cats!
- Hobbies and Interests:
- My main hobby is being a NYC Public School Teacher. Music is my passion.
SignatureMusic, that magician of magician, who lifts his wand and says his mysterious word and all things real pass away and the phantoms of your mind walk before you clothed in flesh. - Twain