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- Frankcm1 was last seen:
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- Current Setup:
Pavel Aryel Deluxe 6
Fender Jazz V (modified)
Pavel Jazz Pro Deluxe 5 Fretless
Crest Power Amp
Alembic F1X Preamp
Hartke VX210 (used at church)
Avalon 737 - used for my studio
- Gigs and Ensembles:
- Currently Write/Produce my own Contemporary Jazz CDs. Play Bass at my local church. Do seminars and clinics on songwriting, producing, bass & keyboards.
- Previously Owned Gear:
Ken Smith BSR-6 (loved this bass and had it for many years. Was replaced by my Pavel Aryel 6).
MTD535 - Ash body and Maple Burl top. I loved that way this bass looked and felt. The problem I had with it was it's sound in the studio. It was very thin sounding and I found that I had to do much EQ'ing to give it enough presence.
Elrick Gold Standard 5 - Ash body with Maple Burl top, Wenge/Wenge Neck. I did not like the way it sounded live but for some reason, on recordings it was killer! I traded this bass to get a Fodera Imperial 5.
Fodera Imperial 5 - Chesnut top w/Alder body. This is the bass I wished I had kept. The bass had Duncan pickups in it and I found out that I hate the sound of Duncans. In hind sight I should have put in Bartolinis or Aeros. I believe, had I done that, I would still be playing that bass today.
I got rid of that bass and purchased a Fodera Emperor Deluxe 5. God rid of it because my KSD 5 was out performing it in the studio. Perhaps I should have put Jazz pickups in my Fodera. It's been a learning venture indeed.
KSD 5-string 70's
Ashbody vintage look. This bass was probably the best bang for the buck. The neck was a little thick but it was manageable to play. I got rid of this bass after I got my Fbass BN5 and needed a new rig(Accugroove Tri112L).
My very first fretless. I decided to be bold and get it w/o Fretlines. I did not keep it b/c my intonation sucked and I wanted to use it on recordings. Sold it to purched a lined fretless. I think I sold this to get the KSD 70J5.
Had a Lakland 55 which sounded great and felt great. Had problems with the maple neck needing adjustments too frequently.
Fender MM4 - I loved this bass. I got rid of this bass because it started to confuse me too much to go back and forth between my 6's & 5's to a 4 w/o the low "B". I considered the MM5 but it was too boomy for my taste.
My first rig was a Eden 210XLT w/WT300 head. This rig sounded great in my living room but when I played out with a band, it had great highs but too much boom. I traded up and went to an SWR500 w/Goliath III 410. Played this rig for many years until I turned 37. I wanted something more accurate sounding for my basses so I went with an Epifani 310 w/Carvin Power Amp and Alembic F1x. When I turned 40, I wanted to travel light. I went to an Accugroove Tri112L w/Crest Power Amp and Alembic F1x.
- G.A.S. List:
I'm waiting on a Fodera Emperor 6-string w/Aero PU's
I'm done for shopping basses for myself. I have had so many and have gained so much knowledge about basses, tone, and design that I have began my own Retail store called www.Exquisitebass.com. Check it out!
My Home Studio is complete
Gear I want:
Upgrade from Logic 6 to 7
MV8800 Drum Sequencer/Sampler
Strike virtual Drummmer
- Influences and Teachers:
- Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Nathan East, Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci, Andrew Gouche, Victor Wooten, Verdine White, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Ken Friend, Keith Horn, Richard Bona, Dominique DiPiazza, Joel Smith, Tom Kennedy, and Adam Nitte to name a few. There are many more.
- Hobbies and Interests:
- Web Design. Computers
- Retailer: Exquisite Bass