Whodathunkit? Need to tidy up more often.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paulabass, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I've been having some vocal trouble on a Los Lobos song and I knew somewhere in the deep recesses of my odds and ends closet I had a hardware autotune unit. (Before you go-Yuck, autotune- every concert you see, and every recording you listen to has autotune on it now, just NEVER use it as an effect!)
    Started pulling stuff out. First thing I found way a brand new vintage DiMarzio model P, looks to never have been installed. Cool, I like model P's.
    Found the ole' autotune I was looking for.
    Pulled out the mystery gig bag. Hmmmm....a early G&L Legacy from the 90's. Jeez this thing is light. Weighed in a 8lbs 1 oz. lighter than anything else I own. I haven't used it in years and years cause the pickup was a bit wooly. Lightbulb moment- I have a DiMarzio model P, which I quite like.
    Tonite at rehearsal- autotune. Tomorrow in my shop- New p/u in the G&L.
  2. SubHuman


    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    Yeah with this whole virus mess I've been cleaning out closets and drawers and found some goodies too!

    One of the few positive things from the virus!
  3. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I just decided.
    I going to take every one of my basses, one at a time, to rehearsal.
    See which comes sooner- I run out of basses, or I get a gig.
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  4. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    I found two of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in a bucket of spare necks just last week. Next I'm going to look in my box of DB bridges. I might find the Abdominal Snowman.
  5. SubHuman


    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    Ha! I know what you mean! I did find an old 1928 baseball card of someone I never heard of and an actual Thomas Edison record...not the cylinder but a 78 rpm!
  6. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    I'm staying out of this one.

    However, an academic question: IF I wanted to play fretless without spending the '10,000 hours' to get it just right, could I play OK fretless through AutoTune and sound killer pitch-wise?
  7. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    You pulled out a bass you forgot about??

    We should all be so lucky....:D
  8. SubHuman


    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    Not sure if you're responding in the correct thread but the thing about fretless is you don't have to be in perfect pitch! Just get it close when you're playing and in that microsecond if you hear it's slightly off bend or slide into the note. That's the fretless sound...at least to me. I'm sure pro's will scoff at my advice but the slight variation is what makes it sound so cool!

    Of course if you're too far off it will be obvious but pretend like the frets are there and play where the fret would be...not in between. I am by no means an expert and I keep it super simple when I play my fretless. Autotune "might work" but you'll get more satisfaction and hone your skills without it. I am guessing Autotune would make it harder to play live! Maybe after it's recorded to fix a few bad notes.

    We need pro to chime in here and help! Ha!
  9. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    Found Jimmy Hoffa and DB Cooper in my basement during a clean out
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  10. You know the rules-run out of basses buy another one.

    If you don’t decide to keep that MFD pickup from the G&L , I’m sure someone around here would buy it. My understanding is that you can’t buy those without the bass and most love them so much they never change them out.
  11. rickdog

    rickdog Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    Dang. All I've found so far is a Guild-branded ECC83/12AX7 that looks to be a long-plate Telefunken. I'd love to find a P-bass, but my house is too small to lose a whole instrument in.
  12. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    These old legacy basses used a white Schaller split P.
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  13. I’m obviously not a G&L expert. I like them them but don’t own one and have only played a few.
  14. Why do you say never to use it as an effect? Countless tunes use it that way.