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San Diego Bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by peledog, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    If there's already a thread for this, I apologize.

    I searched, but didn't find any.

    Just wanted to put feelers out there and see if there's some cool cats in the San Diego area who want to talk shop.

  2. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    *** crickets ***
  3. I'm one and I know of at least two others that have been San Diegan's in here (one is a prominent bass player). But I don't think I should say who they are.
  4. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Well, I just wanted to see who is around. You know, a community type thing. Talk shop etc.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    All San Diego players need to bow down once a week to the greatest of your number: Nathan East!:bassist:
  6. JLudwig


    Oct 14, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Well, I finally subscribed to TB...motivated in part by the call for San Diego cats...

    ...and in part by my confusion over who Nathan East was. Oops..should I admit that? Well, google has since cleared me of my ignorance, in any case.


  7. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    :hyper: Me me me! :hyper:

    I'm in San Diego. Clairemont to be more specific. I grew up here and just bought a house a year ago which is great 'cause now I can break all my gear out and have jam sessions at the house.

    I'm 38 and single (borderline old guy) and I'm primarily a guitarist with over 25 years of experience and around 20 years of bass playing, plus some keys and drums thrown in just for fun. Although I generally consider myself a guitarist more than anything I find that as of late I'm being far more bass minded. I tend to pick up my bass more now than my guitars. Hmmm wonder what that means?

    Lets see for bass stuff I've got an Ibanez SR506 from way back (needs new electronics), a 2009 Squier P-Bass special in the satin walnut finish, and a 2008 Carvin LB76 (avatar). For amps I have a late 90's Fender Bassman 60 1x12 combo, a Warwick Blue 1x12 combo, and my newly acquired Carvin BX1500 and BRX 4x10 Neo cab.

    I started off listening to things like Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, and Queensryche, but I also got into the heavier stuff like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Now days its more Dream Theater, Opeth, Kamelot, Nightwish, and Meshuggah. I also dig Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Dave Matthews Band, Alterbridge, ZZ Top, Rush and Seal. Starting originally on violin I grew up listening to a lot of film score stuff as well such as John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Etc...) David Arnold (Independence Day, Stargate) and that whole scene. Yeah I'm kinda all over the place.

    I've done the San Diego club thing although it was around 10 years ago with an all originals hard rock band. Today I'm not in a band but would love to be in one just to play out and have some fun again. I have no illusions of stardom and would play just about anything at this point as long as the set list is diverse and interesting to both listen to and to play. Originals, covers, metal, rock, or even trying to fake jazz. Even though I'd mostly be in a band just to enjoy it, it doesn't mean I'd be slack @$$ with it. I take being in a band pretty seriously. It's fun, but there's also a business aspect of things like not being flakey and learning your parts. You know the usual peeves we all have.

    So we can't be talking without pics so here goes:

    Semi-recent pic of me in my jam room. I have since picked up the BX1500 bass head and the Squier P-Bass.

    Room shot (white Carvin guitar rig is mine, the black one belongs to my friend Ernie)

    Wall of noise (past set up)

    The "Blue Beast" Carvin LB76 in DTS Blueburst over quilt, dual HB pickups with 18v preamp, no inlays and 5 piece laminated neck. This thing weighs a ton but man will it shake your fillings loose




    Pic from a recent weekend jam/BBQ/pool party at the house and only pic I can find of my P-Bass special. I cleared out the living room furniture, and brought down all the gear. I had about 20 people at the house (including some gals) and we butchered quite a few songs! Great fun.

    L to R: Carvin XB76F fretless, Carvin LB76, Squier P-bass special (still had the plastic wrap on it), Carvin HF2 walnut top, Carvin C66T mahogany body quilt top, and an older 90's Carvin DC135. The XB and DC belong to my friend Matt.

    So hows that for gear smut? Enjoy and I look forward to seeing who else is here around town. :bassist:
  8. trayner1


    Jul 1, 2010
    La Jolla,CA
    Not only am I a San Diegite bassist, but I also attribute a lot of my fretless playing style to Nathan East. Inspired by bass & scat solo on Fourplay's "101 Eastbound"

    Skip to 4:26
  9. trayner1


    Jul 1, 2010
    La Jolla,CA
    Oh, and I'm in La Jolla.
  10. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Looks like a fun place to jam Raymeous! I've shed the extra gear and concentrated on my rig and current bass - Spector ReBop. The band I'm in now is getting set for some casino gigs - apparently they pay well. Me? I'll take the money, but I really just want to play live. Total blast.

    I'm in La Jolla as well. Bird Rock area. I think I have a friend on Facebook who lives in Clairemont. We both went to Berklee in Boston.

    Today was a gorgeous day and warm too. I lost about 5 pounds of water weight at rehearsal!!
  11. applejack


    May 10, 2009
    San Diego
    I`m in SD, but just getting back into playing after a long long break. The bass thing came alive again after a bunch of years.
  12. I went to College with one of Nathan's younger brothers James. I remember that James was really stoked to see Mark King live. Back then he had a Fender Precision that was a hand me down from Nathan. It was only one semester but he was a good guy. And obviously a very good player also.
  13. Subsist


    Jun 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Chula Vista bassist here. Good to see some other San Diegans on the forum.
  14. Ben B

    Ben B Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2006
    San Diego, CA
  15. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Cool. Thanks Ben.
  16. trayner1


    Jul 1, 2010
    La Jolla,CA
    I just moved to Birdrock earlier this year. Have you by any chance heard of Rancho Relaxo?
  17. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I to am a San Diego bassist for the past 15 years.. but I am moving out to Philly in two months
  18. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Been in San Diego for a decade now, been playing in local bands for the last six or seven years. Check my sig link to hear my current band.
  19. Just started learning how to play. Trying to wrap my mind around all the cocepts early on. Right now I have a Silvertone LB11. Cheap but does what I need it too and nothing less. I would like to meet other bassists to learn from and pick their brains. Most of my friends play guitar and I've already noticed the disparity in the approach and mindset. Anyway, anyone who is down to hang out with a neophyte, hit me up. I'm in Mira Mesa by the way.

  20. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    @Traynor1 - no I haven't, I googled and found a band from Norway, a restaurant in Chicago and some chick from Austin, TX. Which is it? LOL

    @BassGreaser - good luck with the move. I used to live in Philly. Back in the 80s. The Hooters were a huge band out of Philly then.

    @Unrepresented - I dig it. Good stuff. Man, you guys need a rockin' website, hint, hint (I do websites). LOL

    @Lysergic Plank - dude, anytime man. If you want to talk, hang out - look at the SD GTG thread - we should organize something for this year maybe?