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Myself (and basses) (large photos, dialup users beware)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by groundzero, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. Hello everyone. I've been over at Musicianforums for quite a while now and I figured I'd start browsing these forums as well. It seems like a pretty well informed bunch here.

    I'll start with an introduction I suppose. I'm Steve. I'm 20 years old. I go to Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. I'm majoring in Computer Science and have a concentration (ie a minor) in American Sign Language. I've been playing bass for a year and a half or so. I currently play in a metal band called The Council (we have some recordings at http://www.myspace.com/thecouncilrocks ). I'm in the process of joining a small blues band as a side project. I swing dance and blues dance several times a week. I like fuzzy kittens and long walks in the snow.

    I have three basses at the moment. The first is my very first bass, a Rogue SX100B which I've since defretted and refinished. I don't have any pictures of it but I've sanded the flat black off and polyeurathaned it to give it a natural finish.

    The next is my Schecter C5. I've had it for about a year. This is the one I use to play in the band and so it's seen quite a bit of action in that year. Whether at band practice every week, a bunch of shows and recording in a studio it's been serving me very well.

    The last one is my Christmas gift to myself this year. It's a '99 Fender American Jazz. You can read more about it at http://www.livejournal.com/users/g_0/7685.html

    In my dorm I play through a 70's Ampeg B-80N combo. It gets the job done just fine. For the metal band I need more volume, and use a Hartke VX410 cab with an Ampeg SVT-350H head. It's plenty loud and it gives me a great tone for my budget.

    The folks over at Musicianforums love pictures and I would guess you guys do too, so here you go:

    '99 American Fender Jazz

    More photos of the Jazz:

    Schecter C5

    More photos of the Schecter:

    Photos of the Council playing a show in Rochester
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    More photos of The Council (these were taken by our friend Mike):
  2. tiredman9


    Aug 15, 2005
    New York
    Nice basses. I like the look on the shecter.

    Looks like the bands having tons of fun-thats the only way to play IMO.

    Are you guys doing originals or covers?
  3. All our songs are original.
  4. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    I like the jazz. And the C-5 (right?) isn't really my style, but they're helluva players.
  5. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    The Schechter looks nice.

    Woohoo! someone else from Rochester on these boards! Unfortunately, I'm not one for metal, so :spit: :D
  6. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Dig the jazz
  7. I love playing metal; so much more energy than almost any other genre.

    I can't wait to play blues though; I love that too.
  8. Possu jam

    Possu jam

    May 16, 2004
    Hot jazz!
  9. tripb19

    tripb19 Camel - Camel

    Jun 18, 2005
    Melbourne, Aus
    I want your Jazz.
  10. artitrol


    Jan 15, 2005
    hey that's my hot rod precision bass as a brother of your jazz

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  11. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Hi Steve,

    I'm right down the road from you...I've played RIT and it was a very interesting experience. We had to provide the school with print-outs of all our lyrics, and they had a person signing all our material for the crowd. We thought it was a pretty cool thing.

    Where do you guys play in Rochester these days?
  12. a friend of mine just bought the 4 string version of that schecter...i played it and its a pretty nice bass! great tone!
    the only thing i wasn't fond of is the string spacing...a little tight :)
  13. I'm not sure actually; they're the strings that came on it. They feel nice and smooth (then again, so does sandpaper compared to the steel Rotosounds on my Schecter) but they do show some age spots so I'll be replacing them when I get the money.

    We've played in the basement of a place on Kingsboro Ave (a great time), Penny Arcade, and Steel Music Hall so far.

    We're going to be playing a show in early February out in Buffalo with a couple of bands from the record label that our guitarist and vocalist own. I believe we're also scheduled to tear some faces off at the Battle of the Bands at RIT. That should be interesting.

    We'll play anywhere really. We like metal and playing it; if people are into it we'll have a great time no matter where we are.

    The string spacing is very tight on the C5, but I really like it. I don't really slap much (never got the hang of it) so I love the small spacing for quick fills. The string spacing on my Jazz is taking some getting used to but it's not that big either.