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Question for Edgar Meyer fans

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by jazzbass72, Jul 26, 2006.


  1. jazzbass72

    jazzbass72

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    Hi guys,
    are there any Edgar Meyer fans that have a close up pic of his fingerboard in the higher register? I seem to remember that it's longer on the G (and maybe D as well) side and cut off to a normal length for the low strings. I'd like to explore a similar option for my newly installed extra-long fingerboard (can play up to an E past the high G harmonic, or what I would call 24th fret on an electric bass).

    If you have this close up pic, please share!

    -Marco
     
  2. Marcus Johnson

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    Oh crap...you're scary enough on a regular fingerboard in thumb position...:eek:
     
  3. Aaron Saunders

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  4. jazzbass72

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    :D
     
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  6. jazzbass72

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    Hey Aaron,
    that's great, thank you so much... but Edgar has his bow right on that very spot I want to see! That makes it hard to see the whole deal across the 4 strings :bawl:
    Anyone has a pic without a bow in the way?

    -Marco
     
  7. mcnaire2004

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    I am getting the same fingerboard put on my bass right now.
     
  8. 5stringDNA

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    I do believe Edgar's fingerboard is tapered and not just a direct cut.
     
  9. Aaron Saunders

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  10. Jeff Guevin

    Jeff Guevin I know you love me like cooked food.

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    mcnaire, can you tell us more about the FB--specs, cost, source, etc.? What are the "guide dots" made of, btw?
     
  11. jazzbass72

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  12. mcnaire2004

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    I was told by my luthier who is doing mine who is a friend of Edgars (well not in a whole lot of years since Edgar lives in west TN now) that his finger board (like mine)was from one long piece of ebony.
     
  13. mcnaire2004

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    As far as the FB length-it is supposed to 4 inches longer than the finger board I have on my 7/8ths Juzek (haven't seen it w/ FB on it yet). My old fingerboard that got taken off is a long one that went all the way to D just past the G harmonic 2 octaves above the G string. So I guess it will go about an octave higher. Sorry if I can't give you numbers (my bass is at my luthiers) And btw I don't know where he gets it. I think it is custom made?.
    As far as the guiding dots- I wont have them on my FB so I don't have a clue what it's made out of. But, I honestly think you could youse a small round blank stickers. But, I think by looking at his bass from the pic I mite be able to tell you. It looks like where his thumb is at looks like G the dot obove the note he is fingering (C?) would then be D? The next dot is G? It looks like to me that his dots are harmonicaly based (smart idea). Hope I could be of help.
     
  14. Jeff Guevin

    Jeff Guevin I know you love me like cooked food.

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    I asked really just out of curiosity--maybe it's just me, but I think most of us would lose a little credibility with a DB with little "cheater dots". Edgar, of course, need not worry about such things, and such a customization will only elicit a reaction like "cool" or (as you say) "smart". And it is cool and smart, but on my bass the reaction would more likely be "wimp" (especially if I just stickers!).

    Thanks for the info. I have about 5 more years of TP playing before this kind of thing is worth it for me.
     
  15. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

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    You can really see it in that second pic: he wins the prize for narrowest ribs and highest end pin. There can't be much pin left inside the bass.

    I saw him play that thing four years ago and it didn't look that small....
     
  16. Johnny L

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    It's always looked like an average 3/4 size bass not small to me either, just lighter in color and a little more worn compared to the other basses hauled in by students seeking his advice in masterclasses .

    Edgar Meyer isn't a small guy either.

    Why he has it so high I don't really know, myself. I've seen him have to stand on his tiptoes to reach the end of that fingerboard and squeal with the best, and his lack of interest in endorsing some narrowly defined standing-while-playing vision tells me his own reasons for playing that way (if he thinks about it at all) don't point exclusively to, say, ergonomics as Rabbath and Karr intend. We got to see Edgar "shred" a little while playing a bass with an angled endpin, trying to chase the back of the bass with his knee still...and he was still amazing.

    Anyway, I thought that extension at the bottom was added on later and not originally part of the fingerboard.
     
  17. mcnaire2004

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    Yea I know I would be called the same thing if I had dots on my bass.

    Another bassist in my section thought Edgars bass was a 1/2 size when he came a few months ago(LOL). I thought it was small to untill one day I laid my bass down (my 3/4 ply)and walked a little distance away and turned around and looked at it. I was like "WOW that realy looks small from here" (it was only like 30 60 feet).

    Just looking at the first pic has anyone else noticed a mic by the right F hole on Edgars bass?
     
  18. Clay_Bass

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    Edgar says the dots eliminate bad nights. If thats your thing I wouldnt worry about "credibility" among the crowd of bass players.
     
  19. mcnaire2004

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    For me though coming close to my college audition time dots would realy make me look bad. (well, except for when I audition at Curtis since Edgar teaches there) (Don't expect to make it but i'll try. crazier things have happend right? lol)
     
  20. nicklloyd

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    As far as dots go, some players use a single-hole punch tool and black electrician's tape. It makes a nice black dot that only you can see. Placed between the D and G strings, it works quite nicely, and keeps the bad nights bearable. Also, if you want to re-sell the bass, they peel right off.
     
  21. damonsmith

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    My Ergo EUB was a bit cheaper because he had it ready. It has dots. They do not do much for me and I just ignore them. Most of us have our little wood blemishes or what ever.
    I would prefer they are not there but I do not really care.
    I like the fingerboard extension - the fingerboard on my double bass goes to a high "d".
     

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