Strange, has this happened to you?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Samie, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. Samie


    Dec 13, 2000
    Madrid, Spain
    Most people that pick up my bass cant get a sound out of it. They play around with the knobs for a while but the only sound they get is a big old low fartlike muddy burp.

    My guitarrist has given up. Yesterday another dud tried and after 2 minutes he gave it back to me and sail "how can you play on this thing".

    I on the other hand can get any sound I want and rock with it.

    any thing similar happened to you?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yeah, most people can't handle my low-action setup.
  3. jazzbo

    jazzbo Guest

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Do you unplug it when other people go to play?
  4. Samie


    Dec 13, 2000
    Madrid, Spain
    je je you got me! no just joking. I do have a very low action and a usually cranck up the amp and play with the volume on the bass set to 3-4. This allows me have volume in all styles and tones. It is a frettless five also. I can expect that it is ackward to play but a low action guitar is a very easy to play so it is kind of strange.
  5. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Most people are thrown off by the fretless, and I suspect that it's a combination of mostly poor fretting hand technique (different feel as there are no frets) coupled with a different plucking style that causes their tone to by muddy with your bass. Most people don't even dare try my bass when they see it.
  6. arther daily

    arther daily Guest

    May 3, 2000
    Reading, UK
    the guitarist on our band is a git... he can drum, play bass and guitar (all badly ;))

    ...but everyone in my band can get a sound out of my bass - worst of all is our vocalist
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    See, I never let gits, tossers, wankers or pratts touch my bass. That way lies trouble. :)
  8. arther daily

    arther daily Guest

    May 3, 2000
    Reading, UK
    AH yes, but it's give n' take see... our guitarist has a beautiful PRS!
  9. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    eeewww... scrawny little scrunched-together frets, baseball bat neck... never touch the stuff, myself.
  10. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Ahh the other guys in my band get great sounds out of my basses! But its more of a blammeeee! It must be the fact that i just smacked them in the head with it! The drummer especially he is always dropping sticks! I told him i was going to sew velcro to his hands!
  11. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm...

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Not a bad idea.... :) My drummer has that problem also, and at the most inappropiate times. (for example: Dropped them TWICE in the same song on a gig in LIVE TV! :eek: )
  12. furtim

    furtim Guest

    Dec 12, 1999
    Boston, MA, USA
    My drummer once told a story about this AMAZING bassist (or was it the gui*tarist? nah, couldn't be) he knew (no, not me) and dropping sticks. The bassist was playing a solo when one of the drummer's sticks went flying right out of his hand! Somehow, the bassist managed to catch the stick, AND THEN PLAY A SOLO WITH IT. =X I don't know how he managed that, but he was probably using the thing as a slide. There's no reason for him to be lying, so I just wish I coulda been there to see that!
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    On the subject of stick-dropping drummers:

    A few years ago I was watching the Conan O'Brien show. The musical guest was this drummer and his band. (no, not Max Weinberg). The song ending was this ludicrously long (for TV) drum solo. In the middle of the solo, disaster; With the all eyes on him, the camera showing all his moving limbs, he dropped a stick. He reached for another stick from his pouch thingy and pulled out a brush. He reached a second time and pulled out a mallet. He reached in a third time and pulled out the other mallet. The fourth time, you guessed it, the other brush. Finally, after the fifth attempt he pulled out something that wasn't a brush or a mallet, finished the solo and ended the damn song. It was the longest drum solo I've ever seen on TV, although It probably felt even longer for the drummer. :D
  14. Newsted


    Jun 24, 2001
    i dont give my little baby to anyone so i dont now if athers can lay with it but i can and thats the only thing i need
  15. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I'm a lefty so practically no one can play any of my basses, HAHAHAHA

    Oh the little perks of playing lefty

    "oooh can I play your bass?"
    - "You can try"
    "***? It's backwards!!!"
    - "::chuckle::"
  16. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    hahaha! I wish I was a lefty.
  17. I am a lefty, but I play bass like a rightie. I'm guessing thats cuz my right hand is my dominant hand.... oh well...
  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
  19. terms bassist

    terms bassist Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Queensland Australia
    I have the same problem when people try to start my car.