"Church Bassist Discovers His Amp Has Been Unplugged For Past 20 Years"...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by moonshinegtrs, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Inactive Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
  2. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Sad, but an accurate statement in lots of cases. Last time I was asked to play with ours, they asked me to turn down to like 1. So, I did until show time arrived. I then rattled the stain glass windows. Of course, I politely didn't return. :)
  3. heatheroo1


    Dec 14, 2009
    Ephrata, PA
    I DI straight into the PA and the church sound guy mixes me waaaaaay louder than I would if I was using my own backline amp.
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  4. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
    Being from olde England I can't imagine playing bass guitar in a church!
    Over here we have elderly ladies playing a wheezy old organ mostly..;)
  5. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ha! funny!
    My bass at church goes into a DI and than into my amp. several weeks ago I realized that the DI needs a battery which apparently was never replaced. I told the guys in the band I was not gonna even bother with plugging into the DI anymore. sound guy, who btw are church volunteers have not noticed. Occasionally I'm asked to turn down.
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  6. getbent


    Aug 20, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Ever hear the story of the bassist for Spacemen 3 having something like a religious experience on the gig and then...

    "I checked that the other musicians were finished and then reached down to switch off my amplifier.
    I was quite surprised to find that it was impossible to switch it off.
    It was impossible to switch it off because I had never switched it on in the first place. This was quite confusing and embarrassing until I realised that nobody, not even me, who had been sitting on my amplifier, had actually noticed that it wasn’t switched on. A monkey could have done what I had just done. A non-existent monkey could have done it.
    The live recording of that performance continues to sell, 27 years later. To this day. I’m not sure if it was art or not."

    Spacemen 3: 'A monkey could play one note. But could a stoned monkey?'
  7. I compete with the “melodic” keyboard player and the kick. Makes a nice Burrrrrr sound with the subs....
  8. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    .....and nobody noticed. :laugh:
  9. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Funny in hindsight, but to some that must be a soul-crushing experience... especially that no one noticed. Ouch...
  10. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I've joked about this---and Babylon Bee has some funny Stuff that way.
    We have it work differently with different bass players--I go to my amp (Fender Rumble 40)--then out the XLR jack to the board--so the amp acts as a DI basically, I guess--I hear my amp and monitors.
    Only one of the drummers ever complains I am too loud, unless my amp got turned up when I wasn't looking.

    i also enjoyed the one where the bass player was put in a closet...
    (And also turned completely down)
  11. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    Likewise, DI on large church gig going into auditorium speakers.This was 10 years ago. Had a local mix station so I could dial the other guys in/out in my headphones as required. I often " "unplugged" some of them.
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  12. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Has been posted before :D

    And I still love that story :hyper::hyper::hyper:

  13. dpaul

    dpaul Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2015
    Hamilton, NJ
    Not exactly the same, but on a related note...In the early '90's I played in an hard rock band in southern CA with two guitar players who were always engaged in volume wars, competing over who could be the loudest. At one gig in particular, the guitars were SO loud that I decided to just roll the volume of my bass off to zero, to see if anyone had noticed that the bass had just completely dropped out. At the end of the set, only the drummer noticed, and one of the guitar players said to me, 'Wow, that was one of the best sounding sets we've ever played!" I knew at that moment it was time to quit that band...
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  14. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    Dont take it personal. You were dealing with guitarists.
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  15. Phlipper


    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Used Fender Lead Sleds and Hartke cabs with bent grills
    Every bass player Metallica ever had dealt with the same issue.
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  16. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    Even Robert Trujillo???
  17. AlvarHanso


    Jun 20, 2011
    At my church, we just got a new soundboard, and it's got the ability to set every individual praise team member's levels and save them, and call them up with the push of a button. When the main soundguy got the levels he wanted, we were good for a couple weeks. Since then, every time I play the bass sounds waaaaay too loud. One singer complained of heart palpitations because she was standing near a monitor. I turn my volume knob down, only to hear the level increase back again. We recently started using a 20W practice amp as the bass monitor, so all I hear well is that, and I'm not out there to hear how it sounds in house, but sometimes my wife will tell me it was a little loud if I ask.

    On a similar note, at our old location, one of the other bass players used to run sound now and again when he wasn't playing, and that guy would always come and turn up my amp and the XLR out of the back of it. Gotta love the fellow low end lovers!
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  18. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    I read an interview with Dave Grohl and the other two guitarists of Foo Fighters and Dave told a story about a gig a few nights earlier saying something like "i'm having the time of my life.... this gig is just going off and i'm in complete rock god mode when my guitar tech casually walks onto stage, reaches over and turns my guitar up.... what the f**k..i'd had it turn down all the way for the whole song and didn't even know it!!"
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  19. Yeah it’s a totally alien concept to me as well. Seems like a majority of players on here have a regular “church gig”. Church would be way more fun if I could play my bass.

    We just have a few million-year-old ladies singing out of key soprano and one of those organs that grannies have in their “sitting room”.
  20. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Inactive Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    Yep, here in the States we have all kinds of churches and worship styles. There is plenty of traditional styles services ranging from the small one room church with the proverbial old lady playing piano accompanying a small choir (or even just a guy with a pitchpipe... some religions don't allow instruments) to huge churches with orchestras and choirs.

    Then there are churches that are contemporary; again from small start ups in a store front to the multi site mega churches (I attend one of these). These churches all use the same basic set up for worship which is basically a five (or more) piece band with one or more lead singers (worship leaders). The audience is very involved and participation is highly encouraged. The production in the larger churches rivals a large scale secular concert; huge, state of art professional audio systems with pro sound techs (the majority of audio techs and musicians tour (all different genres) and gig at church when they're home) as well as professional lighting, even fog machines (I know... we joke about it too).

    Though not in a church, here is a good example of contemporary Christian music: This is Lincoln Brewster; the bass player is Norm Stockton who is pretty well known as a player and a solo artist.

    Then there's African American Gospel... If this music doesn't make you feel something you I don't know what will:

    I never realized that the wide variety of church music was exclusive to the United States.

    Moonshine :bassist:
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