How come Edgar Meyer has markers on his bass?

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Blazemourne, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. Blazemourne


    Nov 6, 2004
    I was just wondering why an awesome bassist like him would need markers.
  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Seems kind of a silly question.
    If he likes 'em, why not?
    It's not like there's an edict somewhere - Great Bass Players Must Not Use Markers. Or Lines.
    You do what you like. He does what he likes.
    What's the problem?
  3. He swallowed his ego and pride and just put em up there, its kind of inspirational in a way
  4. I don't think they hurt his tone much. ;)
  5. Blazemourne


    Nov 6, 2004
    So there was no point he was trying to make or anything? He just simply wanted them there?
  6. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    i have no idea who are you talking about but if his bass had already the markers whats the point of taking them out?
  7. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    I bet they are clay and make his bass sound better.
  8. PaulCannon


    Jan 24, 2002
    Frankfurt, Germany
    NS Design / AER Endorsing Artist
    He had them installed at Robertsons. They are wood dots inlaid into the fingerboard. He claims it helps his intonation slightly.
  9. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    He gets payed a lot of money to play in tune (among other things). I'd want a little help too in that situation.
  10. I'd go with that. With all the studio work he does there a lot of situations where our "natural" facilities for intonation are interrupted - iso booths, cans, etc. Not to mention all the club work with dubious soundpeople he does.
    Learning a solo composition in the upper register is one thing, improvising one live against a mandolin or banjo in a duo is another.
    So is being asked to hit a high Ab at the end of the fingerboard in the studio.
    I have done studio sessions with my tuner on and on the music stand.
  11. Gearhead43


    Nov 25, 2007
    Nothing wrong with playing in tune.
  12. jayarroz


    Jul 10, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    Funny this came up! I got a new "well old" carved german with an Eb neck so I put some markers on. I asked my teacher who's up there with edgar and those cats, and he said who gives a F*** what people think, Edgar Meyer does it! And he's a bad A**... Funny this came up !:cool:
  13. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Makes it easier to get proper intonation while drunk.


    No, really. I imagine it's the same reason that some electric basses have them - why make things unnecessarily more challenging, if the goal is good intonation? As long as you're not using them as a substitute for ear training, I see no reason *not* to have them.
  14. jayarroz


    Jul 10, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    I see a lot of classical cats doing it to. It's easier when you have to fly up two octaves for a quick moment. But you can't see them under stage lights/dark usually and especially when your reading from a chart you can't see both at the same time. Another thing is as my bass expands and moves with the environment those markers aren't always dead on, so they help but there not perfect!
  15. MR PC

    MR PC Inactive

    Dec 1, 2007
  16. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    When I saw him play he didn't seem to look at them at all. I really doubt he needs them. But what the heck his bass, he wanted them, there you go.
  17. bopeuph


    Jul 3, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Author of "Soul Fingers." I'm the Duck Dunn expert.
    A teacher I had a lesson with said Meyer mentioned something along the lines of the fingerboard being 3 feet long, and it's just wrong to expect us to start a high note or jump across the fingerboard and be dead on.

    I wish I'd had them in venues where I'm sitting in a dead bass spot, where everyone's telling me the bass is too loud, but I can't hear a thing.

  18. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    He wants them
  19. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Unless you're Steve Bailey. :ninja::bag::ninja::bag::ninja:;)
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