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Phil Lesh - Last night with Ritter Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by silvertone, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    Hey TB: I don't post too often round here - but I do play upright and Electric Bass (Fender Amer Dlx Jazz > Eden)...
    (I also play mandolin and guitar professionally in SF.)

    Anywhoo - was invited to a rehearal by Phil Lesh & Phriends last night at the Tiny Sweetwater Station in Larkspur, CA.

    About 100 of us got to see a pretty smokin' set.
    Phil was all tricked out with a new crazy Ritter Bass...

    Call me skeptical - this thing looked nutty and sounded pretty good - but not as good to my ears as the trusty modulus...

    This may have been cause he wasn't using 4 "18s on stage...

    That is one Crazy F'n bass....

    SF, CA

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  2. adube810


    Mar 6, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    thats so awesome! a private phil and friends show!
  3. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    I love Ritters so very much.
  4. Navybass


    Mar 12, 2005
    Norfolk, Va.
    It's funny how that bass looks OK hanging on a wall but looks completely ridiculous when it's strapped around someones shoulder.
  5. I think its because you don't get the scale of it against a human body
  6. TMacATK


    Jul 9, 2008
    Davis, CA
    Haha, +1 :D
  7. double-muff


    May 5, 2007
    hang on for a second.. 4 18" ?

  8. The Sweetwater is a great little place. Can't imagine 4 18's in there though...:eyebrow:

    Not a fan of the LED's, but otherwise the bass is certainly him.
  9. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I had no idea Ritters were so huge.
  10. chris lykins

    chris lykins Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    phoenix az
    They're normally not. I have a ritter and its about the size of a jazz. That model looks massively extended beyond the bridge saddles to the string anchors
  11. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I love Phil's bass playing, but that bass looks like something out of a fever dream to me. It reminds me of the "Monsters of the Id" from Forbidden Planet.
  12. Bassman316


    May 27, 2008
    Longs, SC
    Is he going to be touring with that bass, or is he touring with his Modulus? I'm seeing him next Friday in Raleigh right before the Allman Brothers come on and I'm a little curious as to what he'll be playing.
  13. Enden


    May 1, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well, I mean...hm

    It's nice to see Lesh is still making...different...decisions when it comes to bass, but the modulus was really sounding nice the last couple times I saw him.
  14. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    That's a Jupiter model, which is a pretty long bass with what Ritter calls the Soundfin String Attachment.

    The Classic and the Roya are much more 'regular' in their size.
  15. PocketGroove82


    Oct 18, 2006
    Wow, Ritter basses use to look artistic and modern to me, but after seeing Phil play one I only hope that Phil should eat a sandwich and Jens should quit building basses for The Big Show. That thing looks cartoonish. Post a pic or two to show me that they all aren't oversized to accommodate buxom German woman.

    I bet the show was noice.
  16. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  17. no1likesme


    Dec 26, 2006
    Shepherd, MI
    IMO aesthetically ritters are on par with wish. Please make it don't.
  18. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Ok, now I get the user name.
  19. +1 That's about the goofiest looking thing I've ever seen. Phil looks like he's a 6 year old or something.

    Cool on hearing the rehearsal, that must have been awesome.

    Man, that bass looks just hilarious!
  20. jordanm


    Feb 24, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Most aren't that big or crazy, Okons, Raptors, and such are normal sized though. The Jupiter is pretty huge and I think the Seal is probably a bit large as well. I don't think the bass looks all that out of place, just different.

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