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Ramps! Info and Pics w/ them on!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by slapmachine, Jan 20, 2012.


  1. slapmachine

    slapmachine

    Oct 4, 2010
    PV, Kansas
    Help me understand why so many, especially jazz players, are using ramps?

    Post pics of your basses with ramps on them too!

    P.S. Reason for this is I'm considering putting one on my jazz!
     
  2. llamalor2112

    llamalor2112 Banned

    Sep 18, 2007
    Also curious
    Bump
     
  3. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    So you're thinking of putting a ramp on your bass without knowing why?
     
  4. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Interesting article though. Reminds me a little of a guitar teacher recommending that I use a smaller pick so I didn't dig in between the strings as much - over time it's helped me get over a nasty string-breaking habit!
     
  5. gigslut

    gigslut

    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    I took the training wheels off my bike years ago.
     
  6. It's comfortable. That's the only reason, it doesn't help you play any better.
     
  7. LarryO

    LarryO

    Apr 4, 2004
    WHAT'S THE BEST RAMP FOR METAL?
     
  8. Skitch it!

    Skitch it!

    Sep 6, 2010
    It stops your fingers over-travelling for a lighter technique and quicker recovery. Useful for different finger combos, especially 4 finger tech.

    What's With The Ramp?
     
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    A ramp is no more of a training wheel than your pickups. Did you take the wheels off your bike too?
    :D

    No offense, just found your analogy amusing.
    :cool:
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Actually it allows you to play in a similar fashion in more plucking hand positions. So that might be considered better. And it keeps your fingers from going too far past (below) your strings when you pluck, much the same as when playing over a raised pickup. That can result it being able to play faster and more cleanly. Both could be seen as better.
     
  11. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    my only question about Ramps is,...

    will it make me more awesome than i already am? :bag:
     
  12. If Gary Willis needs training wheels, we best quit.
     
  13. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

    May 9, 2011
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I definitely can't play as fluid without a ramp, It's definitely helped my technique and I need all the help I can get lol.
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings


    Maybe.
    :D
     
  15. gigslut

    gigslut

    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    No offense taken, all said tongue in cheek. But my ABG's have no pickups to lean on either.
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    And a ramp could even be installed on that. Think of it as a fingerboard extension that doesn't have to be contiguous with the actual fingerboard. Just put it where you want it. If that makes sense.
    :cool:

    I realized a long time ago I dislike instruments with too much space between the string and the top of the body. I like playing over the pickup for that reason and when Gary Willis came up with the ramp I thought it was brilliant in it's simplicity.

    It really isn't a training wheel... I already knew how to play over my pickups. it's just a bit harder to accomplish when there's no pickup where you're plucking.
    ;)
     
  17. Gary Willis came up with it?
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    He's the first I saw with it.

    Edit: Actually yismall. came up with it. My mistake.

    :cool:
     
  19. I like ramps and I use them for comfort. That said, I would disagree that it adds an advantage in any way. Its just different.
     

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