Kingston 5 fretless recordings

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peter McFerrin, Jul 22, 2002.

  1. For all of those of you who wonder what a Kingston 5 fretless might sound like, and want to marvel at my out-of-time (couldn't figure out a time signature that I wanted this one to be in, explaining the gaps in the riff and the lack of a coherent "one") and probably out-of-tune fretless playing, here's an (ahem) treat for your listening pleasure. I thought the first riff reminded me of Mick Karn's work on the second side of Japan's Tin Drum:

    Yes, this is basically the equivalent of me farting onto tape. This was a straight-into-an-SBLive recording (no preamp), which means the sound quality is, as on the recordings of my FBB, ASS. I should get a nicer setup at some point, but whatever.

    The bass is strung with DR Sunbeams, gauges 40-60-80-100-130.
  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Nice tone, Pete. Makes me want to go play my fretless bass. :)
  3. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Makes me wanna go defret mine :D
  4. Nice fretless voice.. Made me go and listen to my Dali's Car, CD ....
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I dig it. Shoulda thumped on that B string some more!
  6. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Haha, nice cheesy slides at the :38 and :45 second marks. Other than that, I want a fretless!!
  7. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Nice, Peter!!! what IS that bass?? an Alain Caron???;)
  8. Heh, yeah, I was just dicking around there :p

    If I'd wanted to make it even more cliche, I would have thrown in some harmonic cascades.
  9. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Not toooo bad Pete. Intonation was good considering you've had that fretless for what.. a week? It has great tone
  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    sounds great P!!! i think your intonation is just dandy!

    thanks for sharing the clips.

    is that the K5 with any mods?

    isn't that a great bass. i love playing mine. practically plays itself.

    i know i've over posted these clips at the altguitarbass yahoo group...but, for more Kingston sounds:

    (log in to and join the altguitarbass yahoo group first.) 1 final.mp3 grade at tempo.mp3

  11. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
  12. Pete, the reason your recordings sound so bad is that you are clipping the mic input on your card. I bet you have the 20 db boost enabled on your mic input. Enable the "advanced controls" under the options section of the windows mixer and then click the advanced tab under the mic section to disable it.

  13. Nope, I specifically check that every time.

    If I am clipping the mic input, it's from the Kingston's (fairly hot) output. The mic pre on a consumer sound card, even with the +20dB boost, is not equipped to handle a high-output passive instrument--let alone my NTBT-fired FBB's signal!