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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Wilmingtonian, Jul 12, 2020.
Now I have double the GAS.
Get a 6 string bass. Problem solved. Err maybe tripled.
I know the feeling. COVID related boredom (staying at home) and writing music more often caused me to take up guitar. I swore I would never play guitar for the first 20 years that I played bass. Enjoying it so far. The GAS was enjoyable while I had money left in the GAS fund. 2 guitars and 2 amps in the last 4 months. None of it for bass. The deep discounts popping up on Reverb from music stores trying to stay open during lockdown didn't help the GAS either. Probably done buying for now though. Keyword... Probably.
And which flavor? BEADGC or Bass VI style EADGBE? Collect them all! lol
I used to own guitars, but have fortunately gotten tired of them, over & over.
Last time was just recently, I bought one for less than $200 USD with a nice case, thinking if I didn't get on with it I'd have a nice case for the Ibanez Mikro-bass.
After a week I was left with just this cool case:
Ibanez Mikro in a Kaces soft-case by Killed_by_Death posted Jun 3, 2020 at 2:36 PM
I missed having a guitar around the house.. bought a MIM Strat off a guy for $250.. I've picked it up occasionally but mostly it hangs there. The times I do pick it up I go straight to playing barre chords and those things freaking hurt when you don't use them regularly.
I sold all my guitars a few years ago. Once a while I think about getting one again, but I can't even think of any songs I'm itching to play on the guitar, while there is a long list of songs I want to learn to play and cover on the bass. Generally speaking, almost all songs need a bassline, but there are plenty of songs that don't need any guitars, so the math is on the side of bass in terms of choice of songs you can play.
hmmm... maybe i shouldn't? unloading two basses and thinking of getting one. lol
You don't need to become a guitar player as your main instrument, but being able to look at another guitar player and understand what they are playing is a priceless skill for all bass players surrounded by a world of guitar players with poor communication skills. It will get you more work and you'll be a much better team player.
It is time to buy a piano now.
Ok... posting that is like bringing a 6 pack of Bud to an AA meeting.
I agree about 2x the g.a.s. I bought a vintage mid 70's Aria Pro Diamond semi- hollow body E335 type to learn on. ($500). But I saved on amps because surprisingly the Rumble v3 40 sounds great with it. Maybe should have bought a cheap acoustic but no plans to buy another- buy once. Holds tuning great. Oh and you should have seen the look on my friend's faces when I played a few chords. Priceless.
Keyboard or guitar? less G.A.S?
If you compose music, keyboard is the better choice for composers, since the keyboard is much more logical than the fretboard layout, and you can play more than 6 notes simultaneously (necessary for the more complex chord structures). Add to that the ability to use sample libraries and synths and play pretty much any instrument with today's advanced sampling technology (drums, orchestra, guitars, basses, synths, jazz quartet--you name it). Want to compose/arrange an epic Hollywood orchestral cue? You'd do that on a keyboard with high-end orchestral sample libraries.
4 string bass... check
5 string Bass... Check
Midi Bass... Check
Fretless bass... Check
6 String Bass... Check.
Acoustic electric upright bass... Check
6 String acoustic... Check
12 string Acoustic... Check
6 string nylon string electric guitar.. Check
Les Paul... Check...
Hammond B3 and Leslie... Check...
Mini Moog... Check
Hammer Dulcimer... Check
Call about rental space now that divorce is being finalized... Check.
I almost bought an electric guitar last week, something I have successfully avoided doing my entire life. I'm still hanging strong, for now ...
I recently got a new guitar so I could retire my main player of the last 21 years, and honestly I couldn't be happier, it's just a better instrument for me in every way. On top of the six string bass I got last year to retire my beat-up old fiver, I think I'm done.
thanks for this. let me check out my sample library with my midi controller for guitar patches.