New bass... and new player!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brane, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. I finally pulled the trigger on the BTB I've had on hold for a while. My RBX760a, my mainstay for many years now, has said goodbye... but I'm more than happy with the new acquisition! I'm loving the 35" scale, and the vari-mid pre-amp is killer.

    Without further ado, here she is:


    A bit of thumb wear over the pickups... few dings, but nothing I can't live with happily.

    My son, Rhys, seems to like it, too. For the first time, he's showing interest in it! He asked me to let him play it, and I just had to get a pic:


    Check out the technique! LOL Lefty, though... poor kid.

    I was actually hoping he'd become a drummer... I figure the only way I'm going to find one that is both skilled and mentally well adjusted is to, ahem, "grow" one. :p But bass works too!
  2. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Very cool! My son plays bass (electric and upright!) and it is a hoot to watch him learn. Let's hope it turns out to be a real interest in music. I want the 5 string version of that bass :D
  3. I think your son has a better tapping technique than I do.
  4. I played one recently, very nice bass for the money.
  5. Actually, I almost forgot about this... funny story involving my son and this bass.

    He had to come to the music store with me to pick it up, due to some snafu with daycare. As we were leaving and I was about to put him in his car seat, he decided to run off out into the road! It's a pretty busy street (Main St., after all...) so I had to bolt off after him. I spent the next few minutes zealously explaining to him why running out into traffic is a bad thing, strapped him in, and off we went. About 20 minutes later, I realized that I couldn't see the hardshell case in the back of the station wagon.... I had left it on the curbside in front of the store! I got to the first phone I could and called, them. Thankfully, they had noticed it and brought it in. I returned later that day, to much laughing and jeering mind you, and picked it up again.

    I say "funny story", because in the end I got the bass... not sure what word I would have used otherwise. Can't really say "tragic"... I would rather lose the bass than have my son get hurt. I sure am glad I got to have both, though. :)
  6. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Haha Now I know the bass you mean!
    I liked it, but personally I didn't like the neck. GREAT sound though.

    I also don't like the end of those necks on the BTB's. When I slap I keep hitting the damn harmonics :mad:

    But congrats man!
    I've got a few things I want to get from Central ;)
    Have fun!

  7. I'm diggin' the neck a lot, actually. And I don't have any problems slapping... in fact, I've been a little slap-happy on it. The wider spacing is really making it easy.

    I've also discovered the joys of using the mid sweep as a built in wah pedal. LOL, much fun.

    And yeah... lots of goodies still at Central, but I have to curb my desires for a while. They aren't helping me, though... they have an ME-50B in stock, and said I could take it to try it out for a while. I think Darrin is secretly trying to break up my marriage or get me killed. :help:

    Have you seen the Geddy sig with the super low action, flats, and DiMarzio Ultra-J's? It's used, but you'd be hard pressed to notice... god it sounds amazing. Oh, and they have a new Schecter Exotix hanging around now too... I didn't even pull that one down. :p Sure looks purdy though.
  8. I like a 35 inch scale. I went to it when I went to a five string but I would look for 35 inch if getting another four also. But I think your son may have a little trouble reaching the first 15 or so frets for a while. But that is all right. If he learns playing up there he will be one up on a lot of bass players ;)