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Fodera Club Part XXVII

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Apr 15, 2014.


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  1. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    I had one with the graphite necks back in the late '90s NYC basses (4 string) but never seen one of those. It said NYC by Fodera at the he headstock.
     
  2. steubig

    steubig

    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    this looks like an aj6 body with the moses neck. the pickups have the butterflies on them. i wonder if there’s a pre and what it is. and it’s red, so bonus.

    i just thought it was an unusual piece. if i was awash with cash, i’d go for it (i’m not).
     
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  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    All the way up on my 92 Contrabass. I use .030 on all of my sixes and medium to light gauge sets over all (.120 or .125 B strings).
     
  4. steubig

    steubig

    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    @Brad Johnson

    is that fretted or fretless? (i think op was asking fretless)
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I don't get what he described with any of my sixes, including two fretless. Same string gauges on all of them. Low action too. The Contrabass is fretted.
     
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  6. steubig

    steubig

    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    @Brad Johnson yeah. it’s hard to know exactly what he was saying (or expecting from a string?).

    do your really high notes sustain as long as the really low ones?
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I'm not saying I don't understand what he's saying, rather that I am not getting his results.

    As far as sustain, I find that a big component is touch. So with lower action, wide open bass volume, relatively lighter touch and higher amp volume yes, my sustain even up high is nice.
     
  8. steubig

    steubig

    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    right. agreed. i feel like my sustain up high on my fretless 6ers is good and what should be expected of how a string will react (imo/e), but it is **not as long** as the sustain on low strings (and i don’t expect it to be).

    and i’ll reinforce the touch aspect.
     
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  9. oldfretless

    oldfretless Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    SoYo County,PA
    Years ago on the DB side a great builder said he thought a fair amount of tone (and I believe sustain) from a DB is from well calloused hands. I believe this and that the same science carries over to bass guitar.
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Agreed. My low strings almost ring as long as they feel like it ;) But my higher ones are by no means short or plinky..
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I don't have visible callouses, many people are surprised that my hands aren't calloused since I've play electric bass for decades. I get lots of sustain without them.
     
  12. steubig

    steubig

    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    my 2¢ on the upright thing: i tried playing high and low register on my upright. low notes sustain longer. callouses or no.
     
  13. WorktheWood

    WorktheWood Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    The physics of this is quite simple. The longer the string the longer it will sustain and vibrate. You shorten the string when fretting. Plus, as you shorten the vibrating length of a string, the tension is greater, a bit more stiff which has a negative effect on sustain. I know this is known and obvious to most but thought it should be mentioned.
     
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  14. You and your fancy book learnin'
    :D
     
  15. steubig

    steubig

    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    ^^ what i’ve been trying to say, inexpertly, though.

    fwiw, i went to my orchestration books to see what they said. (caveat: comments about speed are in comparison to arco.).


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  16. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Road trip complete - last night's hit in Mesquite, NV. A little over an hour north of Vegas just before the Utah state line. At least we had a good greeting when entering the parking lot on Friday afternoon

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    Soundcheck at 2:30pm on Saturday, house backline. Was able to get a sound I liked, biggest improvement was cutting the tweeters down on the back of each cab and making sure the aural enhancer was off

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    Was curious about how the crowd would be. It certainly is the proper demographic for Steely Dan tunes, but one never knows. This casino has a lot of tribute acts, evidently an Eagles tribute band was already sold out for next weekend. Ended up being a great crowd. Was disconcerting though - they were actually listening. Not the usual background buzz of people talking and drinking during the tunes, and they applauded after every solo. Played a 2 hour set straight through, then crash and get up in the AM to head back to LA. Lots of traffic on I15. Three of the band members flew into LAS and rented a car. Of course I had to haul one of the guitars for them. I should charge them cartage :D

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  17. Joelc73

    Joelc73

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Great pics — Sounds like a fun night.
     
  18. libanass

    libanass

    Oct 16, 2009
    Belgium
    Hey guys,

    I am losing my mind here in Europe trying to find some Mineral Oil with no weird additives in the pharmacies (for FB maintenance)

    It appears that it is not a EU approved ingredient, so my only choice left would be to import it from the US???
    I've seen some options on Amazon, but they're quite expensive, much more quantity per bottle than I will ever need and I'm not even sure which one I need, I would really like not to damage my basses with the wrong product.

    https://www.amazon.de/s?k=mineral+oil&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

    I hope Jason could help me out with this, but I'm not sure he's often on TB anymore, maybe I will email him
     
  19. oldfretless

    oldfretless Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    SoYo County,PA
    In the US, it is quite cheap, and generally comes in a bottle that will last a lifetime. I bought 2 bottles 7 ears ago, and I'm partly through the first one, even using it on every uncoated fingerboard I have. The key is to look for the kind you can drink. I think it's sometimes given to children for stomach issues. But it's not the solvent kind. Hope this helps.
     
  20. You can also use 'bore oil' on fretboards. It is usually used on clarinets.
     
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