Hey, it's Jeff... from Alabama.... Yeah... Mhmm... As for bass I got an Ibanez TR 500 I use, as well as an old Electra P Bass knockoff I used to use and should do some work on, I did my own paint job and littered it with stickers when I bought it in 1986. I also have a Kramer Striker 700 ST I will sell. I am actually going to mention my first bass, the one I painted... not well at all... It's striped up like Eddie Van Halen's only lesser, and in Never Mind The Bollocks colors, but the cuts I made to the body totally threw it off, way neck heavy... Not a good idea. Now I have to have a big Skoal logo on everything I own or I get sued. No, that's not really true. That stuff is nasty imho. But I haven't done anything to decorate my most recent bass, which is a creamy white and doesn't look like my bass should, though it plays well if you ask me. I do OK with it. I once played a Rick, and it just sort of played itself. I didn't know how I was able to do it without a pick... I mean I don't hang around in music stores much playing **** I can't afford, as a habit... I di do that a little more when I was younger, but now I just know what I want when I go in generally, I get it and leave. But that's because my favorite store hasn't had a Rick hanging when I went in. I'd love to play one, even though they also aren't myt favorite looking instrument, but I could learn to deal with that. I play through a Fender Bassman, both guitar and bass, and a not so great sounding, but affordable Digitech pedal. I will get E at Highland Music to make me a crunch/octave pedal sometime soon. When my band Wall Street Traitors records for reals I play all the acoustic guitar, Cümbüş (not necessarily as it should be played), my Epiphone Strat knockoff with a Duncan Hot Rails, and any other thing I decide to play. I always play a bass live, and usually a little guitar with the bassy lower octave from the cheap pedal I have, which I perhaps unfortunately used on our last CD, on a bunch of parts. I don't hear a big problem, but a few people have told me the pedal isn't that good, so I wonder. It has a lot of sounds anyway, I use maybe four different patches on a regular basis. I got "stuck" on bass when I was the guy with the bass and the willingness to play it in my second band, in 1985. We practiced in my dad's tack room (for horse equipment, in a barn, with big "gofer rats"; they left before we played). My band now does a lot of politically oriented songs, I got most of the Atheist songs out of me on our first CD. We try to be funny sometimes. I loved Minutemen when I finally settled into punk rock and it's offshoots after abandoning any sort of new metal completely for a while during the big hair years. Can't even stand much by Metallica or Iron Maiden, just bores me to death. OLD "Heavy" metal I still like to this day, but music needs some humor and a bit of variety, which is sorely lacking in what is now called punk, to keep my interest for very long, unless it's just a favorite sound. Dillinger Four sounds great to me, even though they don't stray too far from one sound. Fishbone, now there's an eclectic band. I got into Chico Science & Nação Zumbi for a while in recent years. Mr. Bungle... variety. But Professor Longhair rocks too. Not sure what we will make up next, we just did a long sci-fi set for an event called Imagicon, two long medleys of old school rock and roll with Godzilla movie themes, TV themes, long and short parts of songs by Plamatics, BOC, Hawkwind... It was something. You should have been there. We opened with the Predator theme, with just a few mistakes. Overall we did pretty well. I make my band learn both cover songs and originals in a hurry when we have a theme to go by. It's the jazz man in me. I have to make sure to check the door when I go upstairs or they might figure out they can get out. Hello bassists.