My king bass has had a facelift

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by Custard cat, Dec 6, 2020.


  1. Hoyt

    Hoyt

    Jun 29, 2006
    Saint Charles, IL.
    5684157F-834B-4CA8-B008-9A87AC90BBE3.jpeg Well done! I gave up once I got down to the primer on my Roadking. Ended up using a few coats of walnut polyurethane and a dollar store comb to simulate wood grain over the primer. A few rockabilly guys got mad at me for taking the flames off, but I was getting a lot more country & Western swing gigs at the time and really don’t like bringing my ‘53 Kay to bars, so the flames had to go.
    Because I didn’t remove the primer, I don’t really notice a difference in tone acoustically, but that’s not really what I use the Roadking for anyway. If I want acoustic, that’s what the Kay is for.
     

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  2. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    That’s bad ass! I love the pick guard you added - so cool!
     
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  3. Hoyt

    Hoyt

    Jun 29, 2006
    Saint Charles, IL.
    Thanks! I saw an old player (Huey Moore?) who had something similar and thought I’d try something like it.
    As much as I hate to admit it, half of the “show” aspect is aesthetics. :)
     
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  4. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    Of course. Our guarantee went up $100 when I got my Kay 26 years ago. One club stopped booking us when I left the band for a bit in the early 2000s cause they used EB then.

    I’d like to put one of those drum skins on mine and try and hit it with a brush while I play like the old bluegrass/Western swing guys did at times.
     
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  5. Hoyt

    Hoyt

    Jun 29, 2006
    Saint Charles, IL.
    I made a brush bass attachment and messed around with it for a while. It was fun, but I sort of felt like I would need the right project to justify the hassle and time to perfect the technique. The little black thing on the bottom right is a clip on clamp style piezo. Worked fairly well to amplify it. 9FD9579A-A439-4D90-8B4F-2AA24410FDF8.jpeg
     
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  6. Jared Houseman

    Jared Houseman

    Jul 5, 2018
    Do you guys have any recommendations for western swing bands to listen to/watch?

    Western swing/rockabilly bassist seem to have the performative aspects of shows down rather than just the playing the music
     
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  7. Hoyt

    Hoyt

    Jun 29, 2006
    Saint Charles, IL.
    Western Swing is a pretty niché genre.

    I think you HAVE to start with the originators like Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan, Leon McAuliffe, Spade Cooley, Milton Brown, etc.
    Then you move on to more modern artists like Wayne Hancock, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Asleep At The Wheel, etc.

    I always sort of think of Western Swing as rockabilly that has room for fiddle & pedal steel because they fired the drummer ;)

    I’d also add that I think playing in a Western swing band with no drums “can” limit your mobility because you ARE the drums. With most rockabilly there’s a lot more freedom to showboat with a drummer.
     
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  8. Jared Houseman

    Jared Houseman

    Jul 5, 2018
    Thanks I'll check them out!

    It seems like historicaly bluegrass killed off western swing because it was more convenient and could be melded into mainstream folk songs. I'm a bluegrass guy but I'd love to explore some of the cousin genres
     
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  9. primusfan1989

    primusfan1989

    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    Big improvement
     
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  10. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    That’s really nice work. It would be a cool attachment to use during train songs.
     
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