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funkyjudge
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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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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    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.

    My first Skjold 5-string was an "Artist Series" '92 with a Mahogany body, a Morado fretboard on a maple/walnut neck and lots of other custom features (this bass now lives with another TBer in Lodi, CA). Pete Skjold also recently built me a full-custom "Skjoldslayer" 5-string with a lightweight Obeche body and a gorgeous quilt maple top.

    I also have a tremendous 33"-scale Muckelroy HMC 5-string bass with Delano Quad-coil pickups. I acquired this bass from Brady Muckelroy in 2015, and it was one of his primary gigging basses prior to that. Recently, Brady built me an absolutely fabulous fretless 5-string HMC model.

    Last year, 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!

    .... and I have owned and played P-Basses since 1965, currently playing a sunburst American Vintage Re-issue '62 P-Bass.

    Amplification is provided by 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 few months ago, I bought an Epifani UL310 from famous Detroit bassist Joe Aranda. I have been using this cab with my Walkabout head .... WHAT A GREAT COMBINATION (talk about "bringing the thunder")!

    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:
    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. Currently, I play 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. Right now, I am the first-call fill-in bassist for at least three different Philadelphia-area bands, playing everything from classic rock and blues to current pop and rock hits.
    Previously Owned Gear:
    WAAAAY too many to list here! Most recent basses sold have included a pair of Warrior custom 5ers, several Stambaugh 5 and 6-strings, many Fender Custom Shop Custom basses, an ABC Classic V 5-string (cherry burst/pao fero) with Nordstrand pickups and Audere preamp, 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 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 would love to acquire an AccuGroove "El Whappo" cabinet; other than that, there is nothing on my G.A.S. List!
    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
    Skjold, Valenti, and Muckelroy Basses.

    Signature

    Doug (a/k/a "funkyjudge")