Sunday, 09 August 2009
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My band gets the opportunity to open for some well known acts, either on the way up or on the way down, and while we are talking set lists, logistics, time limits on our stage time, I always end with the joke, "Well, I guarantee no matter how good the bass player is, I bet he doesn't have a Dingwall or a Phil Jones rig!" I know that most professional players are righteously proud of their gear, but honestly, I watch the big boys and their Fender Custom Shop Precisions, Jazzes, and standard Ampeg SVT and matching 810 cabs and wonder if they had the opportunity would they not jump at the chance to try a Dingwall? (BTW I hope I'm not being a snob, I have both a '66 Precision and an Ampeg SVT AV head and matching 810 that no longer gets used except on Sunday worship)!! I've offered when asked about my AB1 fiver, but am always turned down, understandably so I guess, they are about to hit the stage and don't want to experiment with foreign concepts in the heat of the moment. Anyone with similar stories, maybe some Dingwall convert stories with the act you were opening for?
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":lnm0dugs]I don't think I am a gear snob. Whatever gets the job done and if you are happy with your gear, it doesn't really matter what it is. I have always enjoyed having good stuff, which unfortunately often tends to be more expensive stuff, but I never think less of a player for playing less expensive stuff. As for cars, I am more of a "from point A to point B" type of guy. Reliability and minimum frills for me. Right now, that happens to be a Corolla.[/quote:lnm0dugs] +1,000,000!!!! The trunk of my 2003 Corolla LE (115,000 miles) houses the following: Dr Bass 2x12, 4U rack, casterboard, briefcase of cables & footswitches, and my Dingwall AB-II. It's like a perfect game of Tetris :)
13 years ago
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[quote="Bocete":360sgiex] I don't think that that is snobbish in any way. You're keeping your costly gear out of unknown hands. I once let my guitarist (not guitard :wink:) play my parallel fretless, and the first thing he's done was bend the strings like there's no tomorrow. That's bad for the fretboard. It's no biggie but it's not a good feeling, having to patronize someone about handling an instrument they think they can handle. Not letting unknown people touch your gear is a valid choice like the other. You'd be snobbish if you dissed their "simple, parallel" gear.[/quote:360sgiex] When I was a kid there was a "mom and pop" music store in my town. One time the owner barked at me for slapping on a pretty decent G&L I was trying-out. He said I would ding up the frets and once I bought the bass I could do whatever I wanted. I asked him how I was supposed to know if I wanted the bass without knowing how it slaps. He wasn't satisfied with my response so I exited the store rather than continue the standoff. 20+ years later the store is still open and owned by the same guy. Even back then I always respected the guy because I knew he had a point, these days I spend what I can there. Aside from jewelry, extreme "moisture/fluid issues", dropping the bass or really going at it with a pick there's not much anybody can do to damage a bass, but even the cleanest playing will add wear and tear. Bending notes is not bad for the fretboard as far as I know, but it will wear it out faster if you do it all the time. I never "diss" other guys "simple/parallel gear", it serves as a reminder that in many popular genres playing bass is a blue-collar job and much less scientific or complicated than I sometimes like to make it and keeps me looking inward.
13 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":30gtf6q7]Now that I think about it, I guess I am a bit snobbish when it comes to my Dingwalls. I would never let a sit-in that I didn't know very well play any of my Dingwalls. There are only two or three guys I know that are granted the privilege when they show up to my gigs (and only one of my bands allows sit-ins at all.) I applaud the few for having the nads to try the Dingwalls. However, I nearly always carry my hot-pink P-bass clone for sit-in duty. If I don't know you well enough, you're going to play Pinky, and you must want to sit-in badly to be see with that bass! The color doesn't bother me since I'm an 80's guy, but you ought to see the look on some guys faces when I hand it to them. :shock: Mark[/quote:30gtf6q7] I don't think that that is snobbish in any way. You're keeping your costly gear out of unknown hands. I once let my guitarist (not guitard :wink:) play my parallel fretless, and the first thing he's done was bend the strings like there's no tomorrow. That's bad for the fretboard. It's no biggie but it's not a good feeling, having to patronize someone about handling an instrument they think they can handle. Not letting unknown people touch your gear is a valid choice like the other. You'd be snobbish if you dissed their "simple, parallel" gear.
13 years ago
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":3b6tlg1o][quote="guitarded":3b6tlg1o]The color doesn't bother me since I'm an 80's guy, but you ought to see the look on some guys faces when I hand it to them. :shock: Mark[/quote:3b6tlg1o] I'd [i:3b6tlg1o]love[/i:3b6tlg1o] to see that![/quote:3b6tlg1o] I'd love to play it :D awesome bass, not completely my style but still awesome.
13 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":3t48rurr]The color doesn't bother me since I'm an 80's guy, but you ought to see the look on some guys faces when I hand it to them. :shock: Mark[/quote:3t48rurr] I'd [i:3t48rurr]love[/i:3t48rurr] to see that!
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[quote="guitarded":2nyt5e4w]....you're going to play Pinky, and you must want to sit-in badly to be see with that bass!.... Mark[/quote:2nyt5e4w] This could be the understatement of the year.
13 years ago
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Now that I think about it, I guess I am a bit snobbish when it comes to my Dingwalls. I would never let a sit-in that I didn't know very well play any of my Dingwalls. There are only two or three guys I know that are granted the privilege when they show up to my gigs (and only one of my bands allows sit-ins at all.) I applaud the few for having the nads to try the Dingwalls. However, I nearly always carry my hot-pink P-bass clone for sit-in duty. If I don't know you well enough, you're going to play Pinky, and you must want to sit-in badly to be see with that bass! The color doesn't bother me since I'm an 80's guy, but you ought to see the look on some guys faces when I hand it to them. :shock: Mark
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13 years ago
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[quote="rollerberg2000":9o502ybs] Anyone with similar stories, maybe some Dingwall convert stories with the act you were opening for?[/quote:9o502ybs] Billy Blough(George Thorogood's bassist) tried my bass out a few months back, he seemed to enjoy it and was especially stoked that it was born in Canada......and btw rollerberg, Billy uses PJB gear when he's off the road and doing local gigs and couldn't say enough about how amazing it. When I'm playing shows it seems most established bassists I encounter won't play plugged-in, some will pluck around acoustically. On club gigs I find that most players who are confident in their playing and/or comfortable in the environment will sit in.
13 years ago
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I'm serious about having good gear. It doesn't allow me to blame any tonal shortcomings on any deficiencies of my gear. The search for the best gear for me was fun, but I'm pretty much done. To answer the question posed in the thread title - I don't consider myself a snob and can't presume to speak for the rest. 8) What works for non-Dingwall players is completely up to them! For those who are curious and don't know, I use: Indigo Burst over alder AB-1 five string, Wenge board Bronze Age Super P/J four string, Morado board Mahogany LeCompte SC-CB4 Indonesian G&L JB-2 with Dark Star pickups Thunderfunk 550, Accugroove Tri-112 and/or Tri-115 Ken
13 years ago
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Try fitting cabinets in this car... :cry: It's hell, I'll promise you. Most cabs just do not fit the boot access. Took me 3 months to figure out what to buy. Fortunately, the Aguilar DB112's fit perfectly with their 35cm hight and 2 of them are all you'll ever need. The funny thing is that even with a bigger boot, I still would not change my cabs. I just love them. Take care.
13 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":1ibgppwh]And when, and if, i ever get to own some vintage Americal iron again, this will be it: Mark[/quote:1ibgppwh] That's my favorite grocery getter, with the skylight minus the wood paneling though.
13 years ago
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[quote="davio":r2e1yij9][quote="rollerberg2000":r2e1yij9]I hope I'm not being a snob, I have both a '66 Precision and an Ampeg SVT AV head and matching 810 that no longer gets used except on Sunday worship!![/quote:r2e1yij9] You play an SVT rig for Sunday worship??? What kind of church is this?[/quote:r2e1yij9] That '70's Church? :lol:
13 years ago
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[quote="BurningSkies":2kc1nequ]Actually, I didn't mind the Magnum. I think its a great looking car.I see a bunch of them around here. What really turns me off is that they blatantly aimed at dudes crotches with the 'power play' along with never ever mentioning it was a station wagon. Its not a dirty word.[/quote:2kc1nequ] From the beginning, most wagons weren't dubbed as such. The VistaCruiser and the old Caprice wagon, indeed of all the American wagons I can think of, few, if any, were called out as a wagon with nameplates that said "wagon". It doesn't have to be spelled out, it's a simple matter to look and see. I'm sure Dodge didn't avoid using the description "wagon" because they were afraid of the term, or that they were trying to pull a fast one hoping that nobody would notice, as you have implied. It's obvious that it's a wagon, and Dodge never marketed it otherwise. As far as the crotch-aiming goes, that's exactly what most guitar designers are going for, wouldn't you agree? A design that kicks you in the nads (like a CAG Dingwall does :) ) and makes you GAS for it is the goal, whether it's a car or a guitar. Who want's boring design? Mark
13 years ago
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not a gear snob if you dont look down on other ppl's gear. and yes, often a 250$ bass would do the job just as well for most of the crowd :o
13 years ago
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I don't think I am a gear snob. Whatever gets the job done and if you are happy with your gear, it doesn't really matter what it is. I have always enjoyed having good stuff, which unfortunately often tends to be more expensive stuff, but I never think less of a player for playing less expensive stuff. As for cars, I am more of a "from point A to point B" type of guy. Reliability and minimum frills for me. Right now, that happens to be a Corolla.
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You guys should ask if you can get a seperate estate car forum here.
13 years ago
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My friend once asked me if I would prefer a mini-van or a station wagon. He then realized that he was IN MY STATION WAGON (well, technically 5 door hatch back but it looks wagon-esque). And yes, when I can fit a full size ladder INSIDE my car, that garners respect for said car. (sorry for the derail :oops: )
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Actually, I didn't mind the Magnum. I think its a great looking car.I see a bunch of them around here. What really turns me off is that they blatantly aimed at dudes crotches with the 'power play' along with never ever mentioning it was a station wagon. Its not a dirty word. My 505s was similar, but not just like this: [img:swnqfb6e]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/24/88819908_b5e506b08d.jpg[/img:swnqfb6e] Mine was black and the sports edition, which had better appointments (really nice leather interior and a 8 speaker blaupunkt stereo). I have no problems admitting that it fit a 3x15 cab along with a drum kit, a JC-120 and all of our guitars in it for road trips. It also was good for 200K miles. After that, it got too much for me to afford due to the cost of an import mechanic and the cost of import parts.
13 years ago
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And when, and if, i ever get to own some vintage Americal iron again, this will be it: Mark
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13 years ago
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I've always had a woodie for wagons, since riding in a '68 Vista Cruiser (with the glass panels in the roof) as a child. Here's the '07 Suzuki Kizashi concept wagon. Sadly, they have greatly tamed the styling of the 2010 production version Kizashi, and the wagon is on hold. Bad decision, IMO. They had a beautiful idea there. Mark
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