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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Bert Slide, Jan 14, 2013.


  1. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

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    I just started touring with a new roots country act and was stoked to find out that the venue we are playing in Memphis tomorrow night is a smoking establishment. Wow what a breath of fresh air! It will be like being back in America again. I love the smoky barrooms and honkytonks and their contribution to so much of the great music and culture of Americana.
     
  2. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    A breath of fresh air... ironic!

    I dont see whats so wrong with taking the smoke outdoors, though.
     
  3. jgroh

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    Smokey bars and honkytonks didnt contribute anything to music. Back in the day, almost everyone smoked, and anytime/anywhere because they were completely ignorant of the health risks. Im so glad just about all the places you gig these days wont allow it.
     
  4. sharpbass

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    +1 I don't need any stinky gear
     
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  6. Grateful

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    +1.

    I hated all my gear smelling like smoke when I got it home. Blecch.
     
  7. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

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    I dunno. I'm convinced that at least a small part of the mojo in old guitars comes from being cured in smoky bars for decades. Cig burn above nut? That baby was a player!
     
  8. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    So can we falsify that mojo by hanging our basses in the meat smoker?
     
  9. Grateful

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    Mmmm. Meat bass....
     
  10. Bert Slide

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    I haven't done the research but if it will make an ugly new shiny white maple neck turn that beautiful golden brown aged color I just might try it.

    I hope they allow cigars. Would love to get some pics of me playing my DB on stage with a big stogie! :D
     
  11. esa372

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    Maybe this will attatch to the relic'ing fad... "It looks totally neglected and abused, and it smells like a dank and smokey bar!"

    :help:
     
  12. Bassic Playing

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    I would pay good money for a bacon flavoured P bass
     
  13. Kmonk

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    +1

    I won't take a gig if people are allowed to smoke indoors. If they want to pollute their lungs, that's their business but I don't want to be around it. I equate it to forcing alcohol down the throat of someone who doesn't drink.
     
  14. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    Maybe experiment on a beater bass, first. Just in case.

    While Im all for smoke-free bars, yes, that picture would be sweet.

    I may have just started a new relic'ing trend. Make sure you guys are using hickory, and not applewood. Everyone knows the most mojo comes from hickory smoke.
     
  15. jphovercraft

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    That's a sig! LOL!
     
  16. Auguste

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    I agree
     
  17. LiquidMidnight

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    As a non-smoker, I like playing non-smoking establishments. As a musician, I'm not a fan. When certain clubs went non-smoking here, the crowds definitely fell off.

    I live in a place where it gets cold during the winters; it may be different in a place where you don't freeze your ass outside off certain times during the year.
     
  18. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    Those venue/bar owners should start thinking in terms of enclosed/roofed smoking patios and heaters.
     
  19. Bert Slide

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    Even in Summer it causes a fragmenting effect in the bar. Since smoking bans came around I notice that many bars have added bars outside on the deck and even maybe a fool on a stool or two. They are smart to do this of course because a good percentage of the clientele are in the smoking at any one time. I understand the aversion to smoke so many have and I started this thread in jest really but I think smoking bans have affected the gigs in more ways than just lowering numbers.
     
  20. Bert Slide

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    AHEM.......WHO gave you the inspiration with the phrase "cured in smoky barrooms?

    I expect at least a small royalty if this pans out.

    Oh and I'll definitely post a cigar pic if I can.
     
  21. pedro

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    LMAO!!

    To be honest with you even though I'm not a smoker, I found the change to 'no-smoking' few years ago somewhat off putting. The bars became too Disney-like. I've gotten used to it but I do know what you mean.
     

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