Posted: Aug 30, 2011 8:55 am |
Edited by: tigerblinds
So I been playing bass...a full scale bass for the first time since I was 14. It's been a little rocky. My hands are used to everything being closer together..but I'm used to the wide string spacing from fingerpicking a bootleg national so much. It's a Peavey T-40 I traded a bmx bike for on craigslist, the guy wanted it for his son...It fits my body frame perfectly. It's the most balanced guitar I've ever owned, people bitch about the weight but realy it's no more heavy than some Les Pauls I played in the 90's...it's just rock solid. I hold it standing for hours on end it never bothers me, must be the 35 pound reso I been used too. I also got a cl deal on a fender red knob amp for dirt cheap...so it's the first all made in the US rig I've ever owned, even the speakers are made right here in Kentucky by Eminence. If you count the original cost of the bike, it was all for under 500...anyway, this band is the most Goner style band I've ever been in and it's nice that I don't have to do all the work. Lots of references to Compulsive Gamblers and Black Lips camps. I'm pushin for a Neckbones/ Woggles/ Bleed sound, but for the most part just keep my mouth shut and keep things fair and good natured. They're good musicians and I'm struggling with the new instrument learning curve just to keep up with these guys.
So who are the best garage bass players you can think of? All the ones I can think of are more about image than instrumentation and that's why I'm primarily concerned with sounding tough. There's 3 or 4 different ways to play everything on bass, and I do experiment but what it boils down to for me is which sounds the most consistent and hard driving, it's not a finese instrument and that's not my style anyway.
Sure yeah, Mike Watt, blah blah blah, stand up basses are lame, blah, blah, blah...lets avoid the typical messageboard bullshit thats been said on a million musician webpages.
I'll start off...I been listening to lots of Jerry Teel in Cranks...Steve Baise...Billy Bass Wolf...Lemmy. Been meaning to dig out some Mad 3 LPs...Matt Reber....give me more to consider.