When playing unplugged...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RichSnyder, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Do you ever twist the knobs? I find myself doing that all the time. Crazy thing is that I hear the change in my head. Heh.
  2. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    Do you also scowl at the drummer who isn't there and chastise him to stay in time?

    BTW: what do "the voices" say?

  3. jaybones

    jaybones Inactive

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio

    When I bought my first electric guitar (1976 Stratocaster hardtail natural) I was showing my mother.

    Just strumming it, and I moved the 5 way switch, then strummed it again. She said "What did you do? It sounds louder now..."

    Nothing ma, just moved a toggle switch nothing to do with the volume in an unplugged electric.
  4. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Always. It's a reflex.
  5. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    All the time. Hand goes right to the volume knob. No others though. I’m usually playing in passive mode.
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  6. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    No I don't. I don't even really touch the knobs much when I'm plugged in. I play a P, set it and forget it.
  7. Luckly, the bass I grab for unplugged playing has one knob. I don't reach for it when plugged in on that particular bass, either.
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  8. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Can you reach 11 with volume knob? :)
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  9. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Funny observation, this post. Never thought about it, but whenever I sit down to play a bass unplugged, I instinctively make sure the volume and tone are up. Force of habit, I guess :)
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  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Listen to the sustain!
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  11. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
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  12. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    No, since I don't play live unplugged, I don't practice unplugged.
    Yea, yell out, "YOU'RE RUSHING" every couple of minutes just to make practice more real!
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  13. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011

    Also, sometimes, I will sit down with the bass, put my headphones on, and then actually never get around to plugging the bass in, but I don't remove my headphones!!! :D
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  14. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    Sometimes I just twist the knobs just, oh wait...

    Never mind.
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  15. I still tell the guitarist to turn it down.
  16. I've been in the habit of turning the volume up when playing something and turn it back down when done, no matter if I'm plugged in or not- it's a nearly Pavlovan response to me now!

    The wife laughs when she sees me do it. I remind her that the worst thing is forgetting to do it at a gig, especially at the end of a set- "WHERE IS THAT CRAZY HOWLING SOUND COMING FROM???"

    I also have a habit of changing the PUP toggle as well! If I don't, I'll forget to do it in during the "real deal"!

    Of course, I also instantly salivate at any gig if I smell chicken wings!
  17. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I do. Wife swears she can hear a difference. What a funny gal.
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  18. Whippet


    Aug 30, 2014
    I do that. I also talk to myself. I also get into arguments with myself. People think I'm a little touched.
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  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Good idea, simulate actual playing conditions!
  20. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Only the ones that can't hear the voices!
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