Y'all have made me a bass geek.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by swamp_bass, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    When I started playing bass 2 years ago, I was sure I'd never get into the nitty gritty details and tweaks beyond: buy a bass, amp, and make great music.

    Well, I just placed an order for my first set of flatwounds to put on my Squier VM shortscale Jaguar (D'addario light ECB81S), as well as a hipshot tuner for my Frankenbass to allow easier transitions between standard to drop D.


    Last month, I bought copper tape to shield buzzing electronics. My Frankenbass went from 60Hz nightmare to super quiet.

    Next, I'll shield a used MIM Fender I recently picked up for a steal at a local pawn shop. It's my first PBass, and the tone is absolutely incredible. Needs some work on the pickguard, which appears to be an replacement that doesn't quite line up.

    I blame all of you. Curses and bad vibes all around. I've fallen down the rabbit hole and there's no going back.
    Hues, StreetScenes, MTFD24 and 5 others like this.
  2. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Just wait until you join the BHPD club!
  3. Doctor Hugocat

    Doctor Hugocat Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Nice photo!

    And you've hardly even begun......:smug::bassist:
  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    No need to thank us ;)
  5. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man-

    BWAHAHAHA.... It worked. :laugh:
  6. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    You only have 3 basses? ;) Just wait...
  7. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    No; I never said I only have three basses. This place gave me severe GAS and I've been trading and collecting like a lunatic. Ya fargin bastages!

    I aint sayin how many I have. But my wife is an enabler, so it could actually be much worse than it is.
    MTFD24 likes this.
  8. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    My wife is also an enabler. She brings them home!
    In my defence, I had 3 when I started TB, and I have been down to 3 in the past year (at some point)

    All you have to do is quit reading the posts and looking at the shiny pictures!
    How many amps do you have...Buy More!
  9. zeffbeff


    Dec 14, 2014
    This forum has been a godsend to me, too, as I'm getting really obsessed with bass. I come from a very long history of electric guitar obsession, so it's nice having this forum to help me dive headfirst into the amazing world of bass!
    TN WOODMAN likes this.
  10. That is a nice photo.

    Welcome to the underworld.
  11. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Is it me or is it getting crowded down here?! :***::D

    I feel your pain, brother!
  12. Buzz E

    Buzz E Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    I gotta get a skeleton...
  13. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    mrb, I aint telling you how many amps I have... or cabinets dangit. I blame TB for that too.

    BUT: I can brag that I only have one pedal! ...for now. :whistle:

    Buzz, unfortunately that skeleton isn't mine, it belongs to my drummer. It's a coincidence that we're starting a Doom band. Ok, maybe it's not such a coincidence.
  14. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    no pedals? come on, I thought you were a geek !
  15. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    Oh, wait- you caught me. I wasn't counting the octave/chorus pedal that has dual inputs for microphone and guitar. Ok, two: Two pedals.
  16. Better to be one than pay one, geek that is.

    Nice AXL body. I have PJ in brown. Had to shield it in copper. You are in the rabbit hole and a parallel universe.
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nah. Bass nerdity (nerditude? nerdisity?) was in you the whole time. We just brought it to the surface. You were always a carrier for the disease or we wouldn't have been able to drag you all the way in.
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  18. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    hehe I notice you don't have a fuzz yet, there's five pedal purchases right there !
  19. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Yep, you're on the downward spiral now.
    Don't worry the handbasket is roomy, make yourself comfy and welcome aboard!
  20. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    FAT drive is my other pedal.

    Yeah, the AXL body is fun, and the PJ pickups sound amazingly good - once I shielded the cavity. I picked one up used on the cheap with a neck curved like a banana and no adjustment left on the truss rod. Hence the replacement neck from Fender. Replaced the crap tuners with Fender vintage. I'm about to order a tortoise shell pickguard to complete it. There's something about a white guitar with a tortoise pickguard that...has become an obsession. At least that's a cheap upgrade.
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