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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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March, 2020 will mark 11 years at Gerald Veasley’s Bass Boot Camp. Jun 28, 2019

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    1. funkyjudge
      funkyjudge
      March, 2020 will mark 11 years at Gerald Veasley’s Bass Boot Camp.
    2. funkyjudge
      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 three Valenti basses: a Valenti 4-string Jazz-style (#218) with Nordstrand Big Singles, a Nordstrand preamp, and a gorgeous transparent walnut finish plus a blocked-and-bound maple neck/fingerboard; a 5-string passive Valenti (#183) with a natural finish on a full-size Swamp Ash body and monstrous Nordstrand Big Singles; and my latest, a Swamp Ash 5-string (#255) with a sweet chestnut top, Nordstrand Big Blade pickups, and a three-band Nordstrand preamp (do you think maybe I like Nordstrand electronics?).

    I also have a tremendous 34"-scale Muckelroy HMC 5-string fretless with a gorgeous Canarywood body and a Dymondwood fingerboard with inlaid Maple fret lines. In the past, I have owned two or three other Muckelroy basses .... Brady Muckelroy does fantastic work and his basses are a joy to play

    And I have owned and played Fender P-Basses since 1965, currently playing an Olympic White American Professional P-Bass with an Aguilar AG-4P 60 pickup set and other significant upgrades, including a PLEK’d fingerboard. I also have two of the Gamma Basses Alpha model, which is a P-Bass style — one a white one with a maple fingerboard strung with D'Addario nylon tapewounds, the second (a pink JMM model) with a Rosewood board, a Jazz-width neck and flatwounds.

    Finally, thanks to a fellow Talkbasser, I own a Sadowsky NYC Satin Series 4-string bass .... what a pleasure it is to play that one!

    Amplification is provided by a Mesa Subway WD800 head through either Barefaced (Big Twin II) or Greenboy Fearless (F115) cabinets or a super-portable Markbass Little Mark Tube 800/Traveler 210P + Traveler 115P to "mix-and-match". Finally, I own a Mesa Boogie Walkabout 12" combo amp for practices and smaller venues, plus for use at my weekly jam sessions.

    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 any effects with these great basses.

    Auralex GRAMMA and Sub-Dude 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.

    I began playing regularly with the Philadelphia, PA - based blues band, Empty Belly Blues in October, 2018.

    Band #3 is called “Derailed”, put together and fronted by Warren Montgomery, who is very well-known in Nashville recording and performing circles. He splits his time between Nashville and Eastern PA, and Derailed is his PA-based band. We do festivals and lots of outdoor gigs during the summertime.

    I'm one of 3 to 4 bassists who participate in the monthly Philadelphia Guitar Club jam, and co-host a weekly blues/blues-rock/jazz jam session.

    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 possible. 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. At the same time, I filled the bassist slot for the East Coast Rivieras, a 10-piece show band, while their regular bassist and Musical Director recovered from carpal tunnel surgery.

    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 few Muckelroy 5-strings (I still own one fretless “Muck” — see above) 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
    Fender, Gamma, Valenti, Sadowsky NYC, and Muckelroy Basses.

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    Doug (a/k/a "funkyjudge")

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