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funkyjudge
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Bassist (of course) and Master Golf Clubfitter

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funkyjudge

Male, from Langhorne, PA, USA

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Enjoying my 8th (or is it my 9th) consecutive year at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp! Mar 18, 2017

funkyjudge was last seen:
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      funkyjudge
      Enjoying my 8th (or is it my 9th) consecutive year at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp!
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    March 26
    Location:
    Langhorne, PA, USA
    Occupation:
    Bassist (of course) and Master Golf Clubfitter
    Current Setup:
    I currently have a brand-new Valenti 4-string with Nordstrand Big Singles, a Nordstrand preamp, and a gorgeous transparent walnut finish plus a blocked-and-bound maple neck/fingerboard.

    I also have two tremendous 33"-scale Muckelroy HMC 5-string basses (one active model with Delano Quad-coil pickups, and one passive P/J 5er). Recently, Brady also built me an absolutely fabulous fretless 5-string HMC model. He does fantastic work and his basses are a joy to play

    A couple of years ago, my great wife bought me a Jazz-style Valenti 4-string (the first bass with a maple board and black blocks/binding that I have ever owned!). This baby weighs less than 7.5 lbs., but has 1,000 lbs. of utherwordly tone, thanks to the Nordstrand Big Singles and a Nordstrand preamp! Last year, I added a 5-string passive Valenti bass to my arsenal, and although it is considerably heavier than teh 4-string Valenti, it is nonetheless a fantastic bass!

    My latest bass acquisition is a great US-made Lakland 55-94 with a transparent white finish over a lightweight swamp ash body.

    .... and I have owned and played Fender P-Basses since 1965, currently playing a yellowish (“aged white”?) “parts P-Bass with a nickel nut and Babicz full-contact bridge.

    Amplification is provided by a Demeter VTMP-D800-M through a MAS (Michael Arnopol Soundworks) 112 cabinet or a super-portable Markbass Little Mark Tube 800/Traveler 210 + Traveler 115 to "mix-and-match". Finally, I own a Mesa Boogie Walkabout 12" combo amp for practices and smaller venues.

    A-Designs REDDI DI tube direct box, which I also sometimes use as a preamp.

    Many other pedals and effects and a Boss pedalboard has been added to my setup, as well. However, it's generally unnecessary to employ the effects with these great basses.

    Auralex Great GRAMMA sound isolation platforms cut out the "boominess" from my cabinet(s).
    Favorite Genres:
    anything that grooves
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Currently playing bass with a 4-piece 60s/classsic rock/pop band called “Shadow Vision”. I also play with a 5-piece blues band on a weekly basis and sit-in with as many different bands as I can find time for.

    From 2011- 2013, I held down the bottom end in The Funkin' Soulnuts, an 11-piece soul/funk/R&B/Motown cover band, plus occasional R&B, classic rock, blues and funk gigs whenever I can get them. Following that stint, I played bass in a 9-piece "horn band" called Blue Waters, playing everything from blues to soul/funk/R&B and classic rock.

    I also audition and play in as many different types of musical groups as possible, so as to keep things fresh and keep my musical vocabulary as varied as it can be.
    Previously Owned Gear:
    WAAAAY too many to list here! Most recent basses sold have included a few of Pete Skjold’s gems, a pair of Warrior custom 5ers, several Stambaugh 5 and 6-strings, a few Fender Custom Shop basses, a Nash JB-63; Callowhill 5-string J(unk) bass, Fender USA Hot Rod P-Bass with P/J pickup configuration; "LullDowsky" 4-string; a few more Valenti 5-strings (one J-bass style with Nordstrand pickups, and one modern 24-fret 5-string with Sadowsky pickups and preamp); Mike Lull M5V in ash/maple (great bass); many other Fenders, including an American Standard P-Bass, an olympic white FSR "Hot Rod" Jazz Bass & an Arizona Bass Co. passive 5-string. Other basses I have owned range from a Danelectro to a few dozen more Fenders (Ps and Js) to a couple of Sadowsky NYCs (4 and 5-strings, Vintage and Modern models), a few amazing custom-built basses, including one of the first PBC 5-strings ever built. Amp rigs have included an original 1969-70 SVT head and two custom-built 4x12 cabs, several Ampeg B-15 models -- to a few Epifani, Genz-Benz, SWR, Thunderfunk and Mesa Boogie amps with many different cabs (Mesa, SWR, Acme, Lo-B, Markbass, etc.), and most-recently a Genz-Benz Streamliner 900 + Epifani UL-310 and UL212 cabinets. Also had a vintage MusicMan HD150 hybrid bass amp that I really miss!
    G.A.S. List:
    I Hope that the G.A.S. has finally subsided!
    Influences and Teachers:
    Gerald Veasley, as a friend and mentor; Rob Smith (best bass teacher that there is!); Anthony Wellington, Glenn Marrazzo ..... also Jaco, James Jamerson, Charles Mingus, Chuck Rainey, Francis Rocco Prestia, Nate Watts, "Duck" Dunn, Bob Babbitt, Tony Levin, and a host of others.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    golf and golf equipment fitting/building and repair; motorcycles; and reading
    Lakland, Valenti, and Muckelroy Basses.

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    Doug (a/k/a "funkyjudge")