JMJ update 1/24/13

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by jmjbassplayer, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005

    Lots going on with no break in sight, in spite of my need for one:

    - Currently in the studio with Crystal Fighters

    - New Tegan & Sara album is now streaming, one week before worldwide album release date of 1/29:

    - New Paramore single is available on iTunes: "Now". Worldwide album release on 4/9/13

    - Anthony from M83 and I are going to the Grammies! We were nominated for Best Alternative Album.

    - Beck and I are contemplating more shows this year. In other words, yes I still play bass and sure wish for more of that for 2013. :)

    - Other irons in the fire for this year including some cool co-writing gigs and interesting production work.

    - Interview I did just came out in the new TapeOp.

    - My Digital Noise Academy project is finally about to get the album wrapped up:

    - I'll be hitting the NAMM show with my daughter Zelly in tow on Sunday...if you see me, please say hi!

  2. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    WHEW!! That's alot of stuff going on! Congratulations on the Grammy nomination, very cool. Enjoy NAMM with your daughter, important to spend time with the family.

  3. MonsterBass101


    Mar 3, 2008
    Awesome! Is there anything you are dying to check out at NAMM?
  4. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Prophet 12, Buchla Music Easel, Moog Sub Phatty, some mics, some pedals, Live 9 & Push....
  5. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
  6. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Also, now that there are official track names, are you allowed to tell us who produced which T&S tracks?
  7. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Drove Me Wild & How Come You Don't Want Me, and unreleased stuff (for now).
  8. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Awesome. I correctly guessed Drove Me Wild, (VT Bass and drum programming snare fills…) and I really like You Don’t Want Me too. It is a cool collection of music that feels very cohesive even though it was produced by a number of people.
  9. Patski


    Feb 27, 2012
    If you get a chance to try out the new Guild Starfire reissue at Namm i'd love to hear what you think. I've been on the lookout for a vintage one without much luck, on paper these are looking like the next best thing.
  10. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
  11. chromium


    Jul 17, 2006
    Chandler, AZ
    I concur! :hyper:

    Did not see that one comin'...
  12. razmandi


    Oct 27, 2008
    loved the tape op article, one of their best yet.
  13. I will second this as I'm also in the market for a Guild Starfire ;)
  14. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Played it. Enjoyed it, seems pretty well made, sounds good. My time was brief, and the surrounding noise prevented a deep scrutiny. Neck size is a bit smaller in than the originals, with a shallower profile and a flatter radius.

    It is a Korean instrument. So, while this helps price point, there's a certain feeling in its build quality that just doesn't compare to one of my USA reissues from '98. First thing I noticed in this regard was the thickness of the finish, for instance. WAY too thick. The next thing I noticed was the thing that seems endemic to quite literally every single Korean instrument I've ever held, which is the slightly marginalized quality of the fret work. All that said, it felt very solid (certainly as good as an Epiphone Jack Cassidy, for instance).

    I'm a little miffed that Fender didn't consult with me on it, only because they have promised such things to me over the years in several attempts to get the Starfire project off the ground. Each time it was brought up as a possibility, I had made it abundantly clear that this project needed a lot of TLC and careful management and expert artist consultation from myself and others, and that I would of course had helped out happily with no compensation required. Alas, it was not to be. However, when I saw the instrument today, my immediate thought was that I was glad that they didn't completely f*&k it up. I would just have far preferred a different pickup position as well as a more true-to-form neck profile, more thoughtful finishing, and USA manufacturing.

    That's my report from the field. Otherwise an extremely uneventful and boring NAMM show, with the only exception being the very excellent sonics demonstrated by the Prophet 12 and Moog Sub Phatty, both of which I'll own in short order. My daughter came with me and was very patient, and we had a good time together. But jeez: do I really need to go to every NAMM show? Unless I REALLY need to, I just don't think I need to.

    Back to an insane work week.

  15. ETThompson


    Jan 3, 2011
    For some reason, this post made my day - just seems so real. Thanks JMJ!
  16. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the new Starfire. I own a '69 that has aftermarket pickups, so what I've been most excited about is that Fender/Guild may sell the Guild bisonics they've created for these reissues individually. That's what the guys on the Guild forum are saying anyway. I'd love to get my hands on a set of them for my bass if they do in fact sound similar to the original bisonics.
  17. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Glendora, CA.
    Did you, by any chance, get to check out the Loud Button Electronics Morphine Dream? That thing had you written all over it!!
  18. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    You need to search around on eBay for those Guild pickups. I got NOS ones for my reissue for reasonably little money and basically zero effort on my part tracking them down.
  19. Do you mean the Guild humbuckers? I'm talking about the single coil Bi-sonic pickups, which were originally made by Hagstrom in the 60's and are now being made by Guild apparently for these Newark street basses.

    The original bi-sonics rarely show up in the second hand market and when they do usually go for upwards of $400 per pickup. Same with Dark Stars now unfortunately.
  20. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Ah, yes, I got the Guild Humbuckers. My bad. I didn’t read your post very closely before I replied.