The Big "I'm Not An Ignoramus" Bass Info Thread

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fretlessman71, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    So, I was just reading another post, where I found out that I've been mispronouncing "RickenBACKer" all these years, mainly due to the fact that I've heard everyone ELSE around here mispronounce it as well. And now I'm practicing... "Geddy played a RickenBACKer... Tom Petty plays a 12-string RickenBACKer... Lemmy played a RickenBACKer." Feeling a bit foolish, but not nearly so foolish as I might feel had I run into the poster who mentioned the pronounciation and I had screwed it up in his presence. :D

    And it got me to thinking... maybe this is a great place to have a list of little things we ought to know in order to prove our bassist mettle. Some things theory-oriented (It's MixoLYDian, not MixoLODEian), some things bass-oriented (A P-style pickup just LOOKS like two pickups; two coils, one pickup, got it?), but all informative.

    I figured it would either be very helpful, good for a good argument, or good for a good laugh... and hopefully all three.

    I'll start it with the two mentioned above, though in no way do I claim ownership of the concepts:

    1) It's RickenBACKer, not RickenBOCKer.
    2) A Precision pickup looks like two pickups, but functions as only one.
  2. I found out the truth about #1 a couple of years ago, but the proper pronunciation always seemed awkward to me. I just call it a "Ric" to avoid trouble. :)
  3. so its rick-en-back-er not ric-en-bach-er?!?!
  4. Huh, I always thought that it was a softer A.
  5. Look Here.

    John Hall (Ric CEO) puts the issue to rest about halfway down the page.
  6. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    How about:

    3) There is no mode called "Delorean", nor is there a chord called a "demolished 7th".
  7. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Are these things people get mistaken about? How could you read Mixolydian and think it was pronounced Mixolodian? Is there a language where Y is sometimes pronounced like O? I don't get the P pickup thing either. The Rickenbacker thing is common (I've never been sure, so I kind of split the difference), but these kind of seem like made-up misconceptions to me.
  8. I've called it mixolodian a couple of times... it just sounds more natural than mixolydian so it just rolled off the tongue and i got into the habbit... doesn't matter as long as everyone else gets it. And the rickenbacker is common and i refuse to pronounce it correctly... and i can see where one would be confused with the P pickups though that hasn't happened to me.
  9. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Consider that many students don't read worth a snot anymore - and I'm talking ENGLISH, not standard notation. They hear a word, they see the word, they memorize the look and the sound, and if they get it wrong, oh well. And "Mixolydian" sounds just enough like "Nickelodeon" to confuse people and lead them down the primrose path...

    Also, I've had people tell me that their bass has two pickups, only to have them produce said bass and find out it's a P copy, and they counted the coils as separate pickups. It's happened to me more often than I would have ever thought.
  10. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    See the thread title. We're supposed to be HELPING each other on this thread, not enabling each other! Yes, it does matter, even if everyone else gets it, just like it would matter if I pronounced your last name wrong enough times for it to stick with everyone else. It's as bad as people pronouncing Porsche "Porsh".
  11. Hi.


    Now this has been discussed several times, but still people can't read the writing on the headstock :rolleyes:.

    I don't know why, but it annoys the crap out of me every time I see it :atoz:.

  12. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Wait 'til you hear me play it before you make that statement. :D

    I've always remembered Squier like this:
    FendER -> SquiER
  13. StarscreamG1


    Dec 17, 2007

    I've seen that typo a few times and its annoying. The Squire/Squier one annoys me as well.
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The "floppy B" is a function of the string, not the bass.
  15. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    And they sell drugs to fix that for you.
  16. dinghy


    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    P's are BETTER than J's.

    kidding, please don't eat me.
  17. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    It's Lakland, not Lakeland. At least if you speak about the bass brand...

  18. Where we're going, we don't need modes.
  19. Curtybob


    Jun 2, 2007
    Jackson, MO
    + at least a few.
  20. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Lākland if we're being picky :ninja: