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My Jazz bass is evaporating ... Now what?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Thor, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Here is my problem:


    I got this bass 4 weeks ago, a MIJ 87 Jazz.

    Last night, when I came home from work at 8
    o'clock and after I made dinner for everybody,
    my son the Ivy rock star appeared from his room.
    He keeps college student on vacation hours, 9PM
    to whenever. So off I go to grill him a steak,
    and while I'm working in the kitchen, I hear
    weird noises coming from his room. I never go in
    his room, as I am afraid what may crawl out. I
    don't even open the door, because something
    strange might fall into the hallway.

    Anyway, the noise changes, and there's this
    *thumping*. For a second, the noise sounds like
    that Les Claypool song, David Markalay or
    whatever the name is. Then there is this
    squealing, so I realize he is screwing around
    with a guitar, I think.

    'Hey, is that my bass in there?!!?'

    'Yeah dad'

    'Whaddya doin' with my bass?'

    'You said I could use it!'

    'I never said that! When?'

    'When I asked you last night!'

    'You never asked me! When was that?'

    'Oh, around 3 o'clock'

    Apparently, I had fallen asleep in front of the
    TV, and he woke me and asked me to use the bass.
    Yeah, I remember that! He took my comatose
    grunt and defined it as a 'Yes'. It then
    disappeared into the Dark Hole.
    His Room.

    Much to my dismay, I realized he was now playing
    it thru his multi-effect processor with a SLIDE.
    What really pissed me off was that he sounded

    'Hey, that's MY bass!'

    'Dad, YOU HAVE THREE BASSES!' Can't I use ONE!'

    Oops. I lent the Bison to my best friend so his
    son could take lessons. And there is NO WAY he
    is using my 63 Eb3!

    'Errrrrr, I guess so!'

    continued ..... below
  2. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    so I wake up this morning, and get ready for work.

    Now he is playing 'It's No Secret' by the
    Airplane. Dang kid sounds like Casady, too.
    This really scares me.


    Something tells me it is evaporating when he
    goes back to college next week ...
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Man, that is one dilemma you have on your hands.

    On the one hand, it would do you proud to have junior follow in your footsteps on the bass.

    On the other hand, there goes your new bass!
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    It works both ways!

    Two years ago I bought my daughter a Peavey "Jeff Berlin" bass because it has a fast neck and is very light.

    I always liked them and I found myself picking hers up now and then and REALLY digging it. Then I started thinking about asking her if it was OK to take it out for a few gigs :eek:

    Last week I found another one for myself :cool:
  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    You know, there is an article at Fodera about Oteil Burbridge, and it says: "According to Oteil, his parents hoped playing instruments and listening to music would keep them him (shouldnt this be "away from"?) the streets." Rather bass than something worse... Buy him a bass - or buy yourself a bass! :D ;)
  6. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well, he got 4 A's last semester... so the street
    is not a problem.

    Kids got a great ear, though his taste is
    bizarre. The first song he learned on the
    guitar was 'Peaches in Regalia' by FZ.
    Nothing else would do.

    Too old to spank, hair is his own thing, I promised myself after my father busted my @ss
    for years about my long hair I would never
    repeat that with my kids. Too smart to cook, though I have been working on him in case I drop dead, and he has worked for decent gear.

  7. Might I suggest this?
    "Son, if you're going to play with a slide, at least play some damned Morphine covers!"

    Thor, how are things on your side of the bridge?
  8. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Cold on this side, brother bassman!

    Boy is like the next FZ, I swear!

  9. Can I play with him, then? I need work, and I've been learning alot of Zappa stuff.
  10. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    He going back to school today, I'll introduce you to him if you guys want to hack it up for the summer. He'll be around all summer.

    PM me and I will send you his email add.
  11. tkarter


    Jan 1, 2003
    Order the kid an Essex Jazz keep yours?

  12. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Here's another shot. :bawl:

    Got himself a haircut, no prompting from me,

    He looks uncannily like Jack Casady here.
    Maybe it's the round shades. He's
    sure diggin' on this bass.

    Tomorrow, is J day. I have to pack the car to
    take him back to school. Maybe the car will
    be full !!!

  13. He could use some work on his Left hand Technique:p
  14. He looks VERY familiar, did he go to NKHS a couple-a-years ago?

    I think I have seen him at a couple of shows in providence too, more lately though.

    I might have actually known him for a minute or two...:meh: :)
  15. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    4 A's - get him a bass; I know you're paying out the yin/yang for his school, but get him a bass, just do it - BUT DON'T GIVE HIM YOURS!!


    this is the real reason i play lefty - so nobody can take my axes!!

  16. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Uhh, yeah he graduated NKHS in '04. Class
    Salutatorian. The only show I knew of in Prov he
    was at this year was Project Object. It's very
    likely you would have seen him around the new
  17. Don't you mean class of 02', or 03'?

    I knew I saw him in 01-02, I was a freshman. And If you mean the Project Object/Frog Brigade show, I was there too.
  18. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yeah, '02, Sorry.

    I don't know about the Frog Brigade show,
    but I know he was at the last PO show at
    the Met Cafe.
  19. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Is your boy just now showing an interest in the bass? The reason I'm asking is I picked up the bass my freshmen year in college. I wished I would've picked it up much earlier but I think I made great progress since then (15yrs ago).
    My boy is only 8yrs old and I've tried to get him interested but at the same time I don't want to be one of those overly pushy dads when it comes to certain things (sports, music etc). I'm just hoping he shows an interest in the bass one day.
  20. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam


    He took piano lessons when he was little. He
    stopped in about 5th grade. The teacher said
    that technically he was very good, but somehow,
    handwise, she felt he was not getting any better.

    My daughter on the other hand, who is 2 years
    older, plays beautifully with excellent reading
    skills. She, however, is unable to understand the
    concept of improvisation. And she cannot play by
    ear, she needs to work within the framework of
    musical notation.

    My son continued with music in junior high school.
    I got him a Conn Sax on the easy payment plan,
    rent to own. He won't let me use it! I might get
    spit on it. !!

    My son can still play the piano and keyboards
    passably. He can hear a Zappa song, and sit at
    the Piano and puzzle it out. He took up my guitar
    a couple of years ago. Wihin 6 weeks he had
    taught himself to be a passable player. I then
    got him a Fender SQ Strat to fiddle with.

    He had only played the bass once or twice for a
    couple of minutes, until the other night. I
    finally weaseled out of him what was up, he said
    he had recorded the beginning of a loop he he
    been fiddling with on Acid Pro 2.0 since
    November. Apparently, he needed to add a bass
    line as opposed to a keyboard line to the loop.
    He said he played along with it for an hour,
    until he felt he could play it reasonably well on
    my J bass.

    I got him to play the unfinished loop for me, I
    was shocked, it was quite good. He is supposed to
    leave me a Mp3 of it. The song is titled
    'Unibrow Jesus'. He listens to too much Zappa and
    has developed a very bizarre sense of music and
    time, as well as humor.

    He has turned out to be a fairly accomplished
    musician, both in terms of theory, composition
    and the ability to translate the theory to
    facility in picking up new instruments and
    intuitively being able to play them.

    Some people are just wired that way, and as a
    parent, you find out that some things are truly
    genetic as opposed to environmental.

    We have always made musical instruments available
    to our children. I found that the interest to
    play music ultimately comes from within, if you
    push too hard, they turn off to it.

    I introduced snippets here and there. We never
    had a constantly blaring TV going in the house.
    After football or Lois and Clark was over, it got
    turned OFF. The radio is usually on a public
    station, which provides a mix of big band jazz,
    modern jazz, classical, world music, and reggae,
    etc. That is a kind of passive approach to
    musical exposure I took.

    I did force piano lessons originally, but let up
    when it seemed right.

    I made sure to play my guitars and basses a lot,
    and left a nylon Yamaha 'beach' guitar lying
    around they could play with and touch without
    getting a hassle. A decent nylon that cost me $89
    when I got it, and I wasn't worried if it fell
    over. Bait, I suppose. But passive interest bait.
    Your kids see you play and enjoy it, it leaves an
    impression. 'Nuff said and done.

    So in that same environment I nurtured 2 kids and
    instilled in them a love for music, but the
    results were unique in each case.

    You should really enjoy the next 10 years, if
    you haven't dropped your future the teenagers off
    at the mall and gone to Tierra del Fuego for a 6
    year hiatus. It can be that way some days ...

    [/fatherly rant ]

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