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choice of basses

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by The Lurker, Mar 15, 2003.


  1. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Ankh-Morpork
    Mike,

    First, thanks for running this forum here and making yourself availible to us. I've been a fan of your stuff, both musical and philosophical, since the early 90s.

    Ok, real questions time-- why did you switch to shortscale gibsons from Fender-styles, and will you be using the Tbird on your tour, or the EB3?

    Thanks, and I'll see ya in April!
     
  2. takeout

    takeout Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Kansas City area
    Where the hell do you find your Gibsons? I imagine you are somehow still "keepin' it econo", but vintage T-Birds are in the 2K-3K range, even beat-up. Do you have a secret "Mother of all Pawn Shops" place that you grab these from?
     
  3. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    I do check out pads to get basses on tour and there where I've gotten almost all of mine - lucky finds that just happen randomly, no consistent source of 'kind' deals.

    the non-reverse thunderbird II was gotten in nyc about twelve years ago. I got it cuz the case said "dee dee ramone" - it was an aria II pro case! the headstock came off in my left hand while I was playing it the first gig I ever used it (a fIREHOSE gig) so that had to be lots rebuilt - it was almost all bondo already anyway! I had to move the bridge so it would be in tune higher than the seventh fret and I added a bartolini preamp. the tuners all smaller than the original klusons - they're grovers.

    w/the internet now, it's harder to just walk in on these deals but that's how I did it back then. "vintage guitar" magazine was the first thing to start to wreck that and then internet stuff like ebay totally made things tough. I haven't bought a bass in a long long time.





    on bass, watt


     
  4. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    I switched to short scale basses cuz my hands really started to hurt after gigs, especially on tour and this was a solution.

    I'll be using my little gibson eb-3 this tour.

    thank you for your kind words.



    on bass, watt


     
  5. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Ankh-Morpork
    Mike,

    thanks for the reply. Happy touring!
     
  6. On finding deals....
    Stop in those stores that you wouldn't generally think of finding old basses. I bought one of my Gibson RD Artist basses in an "Olde Time" music store (banjos, fiddles, etc.) for mucho cheap. Also bought a Kustom rig there, too.

    Watt, do you still play your Guild Asbury bass? You just used it on the Bootstrappers album, right? I have never seen anybody play one of those in a live setting, only for recording purposes.
     
  7. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    jason,

    last time I played that little bass w/the rubber band strings (by the way, the 'g' is broken - do you know where to get replacements?) was at a breast cancer benefit at tahoe maybe four years ago w/peter and perkins from porno for pyros, it was that band we have called hellride that does stooges interpretations. what's tough is the tiny scale (like a mandolin!). you're right - I did use it for the whole 'bootstrappers' album (w/elliot sharp and george hurley).





    on bass, watt


     
  8. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    jason,

    the ashbory bass is now going to be under the squier label and according to a friend, strings are:

    Part Number: 3509520000
    Description: ASHBORY BASS STRINGS
    Retail Price: $24.99/set

    so that's some good news. my friend at fender said the strings should be in stock come august.

    great ashbory link, by the way - thanks!



    on bass, watt


     
  9. speaking of that bass...
    any chance of you & george reuniting with elliott to do the bootstrappers again sometime?
     
  10. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    g,

    elliott sharp, the brains behind the bootstrappers thing wrote me a few months ago about that very subject - maybe something for next year!





    on bass, watt



     
  11. sounds great mike! let's hope that happens! even better let's hope it happens in NYC so this here jersey fool can catch it!

    chris
     
  12. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    chris,

    it'll probably have to be on this side (left coast) cuz george has a son not even a year old yet!




    on bass, watt



     
  13. oh c'mon now! i know for a fact that a child that size would fit nicely in most airline's overhead compartments! just kidding of course! on a more serious "choice of basses" topic have you tried out one of those new gretsch syncromatic basses yet, watt? they're pretty thumpin', pretty econo and short scale! obviously i thought of you when i played it!

    peace,
    chris
     
  14. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    chris,

    what bass is this? is there a link to it?



    on bass, watt



     
  15. eshears

    eshears Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2001
    Spokane, WA
  16. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    I played one of those once! at a pad called the joint on pico in l.a. - I had broke a string on my bass and the bass player in the leaving trains had one and offered it up (maybe I spaced and didn't have any extras). her name was miss koko puff and she was good and her bass played great. it was easy to wail on! I think I was playing w/the madonnabes and really wanting to go for it. funny, those guys in that band (pete and jer), ended up in the secondmen!

    that bass was good and tiny.


    on bass, watt



     
  17. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    I heard these are the best short scale basses going...

    [​IMG]

    I saw this one browsing the bay. It's up for auction and I'm considering it.
     
  18. Those are kind of heavy. I find that they aren't balanced well. Just my 2 cents.