BASSICALLY SPEAKING
BASSISTS REVEAL THE TRICKS Of THEIR TRADE
fASTER THAN A SNAPPING D STRING
Fender Jazz, Ibanez Custom ATK
MXR Hass compressor, Tech 21 Sansamp Hass drivers, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Saturnworks passive splitter,
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, boss TB-3 tuners, MXR bass DI
various
JOSH GiLBERT, wovENwAR
I stick to four strings because I've yet to encounter a tim e w here
I've needed the extended range above or below w hat the four
strings can offer m e. For lower tunings such as drop C , I usually
use a .125 gauge string from a five-string set to com pensate for the
lack of tension. In m y band in particular, the bass's place in things
is more m echanical, and com plem entary to the guitars. W hile I
venture out from tim e to tim e with m elodic flourishes, in a guitar-
driven band, the nam e of the gam e is taste. The secret of playing
bass well is consistent attack, be it fingerstyle or picked, and locking
into the groove. Also, a healthy am ount of midrange. M y favourite
bass ever to date is m y Fender G eddy Lee Jazz. For a number of
reasons (1970s pickup placem ent, Leo Quan Badass Bridge, body/
neck material), this bass has an ungodly am ount of growl, yet is low-
output enough to be utilised well with overdrive. I've owned three
other Ja zz m odels, as well as a number of Ibanez ATK/Soundgear
custom basses, but for m y preferred tone style, no bass can match
its aggression and clarity. I alw ays replace the sto ck pick guard with
black, though (note to Fender design team).
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I played a five -strin g Yam aha for m an y y e a rs and also ow n
a se v e n -strin g fre tle s s, but I fou nd that m y fo u r-strin g Ja z z
is all I ever p ick up and play. It h a s all the v e rsa tility and
tone I need. I feel four strin g s are m ore natural. T h e s e cre t
of p layin g b a ss is lo vin g w h a t you play. I p ra ctise on m y
o w n b efo re re h e a rsa ls at d o u b le sp e e d , s o m e tim e s w ith
m y entire bo dy co ve re d w ith o ven -d ried ap rico t h a lve s and
fro zen p ra w n s in the full g lo ry o f the m oo n, id e ally by a
d e e p , re s tle s s stre tch o f river. T h is q u ic k e n s m y fin g e rs and
a c c u ra c y so w h e n I'm at re h e a rsa ls, I play at the co rre ct
tem p o and find so m u ch m ore s p a c e to exp lo re. M y first b a ss
w a s an old Ep ip h o n e su n b u rst so m e th in g or other. N ot su re
"M Y
f a v o u r it e
b a s s
e v e r
is
m y
n e w
f e n d e r
j a z z
SELECT, NAMED CARRIE FISHER. THIS IS THE CHRISTM AS
DINNER OF bASSES. A GOLD-PLATED, DIAMOND-ENSCONCED,
FRESHLY BLEACHED PORN STAR OF A BA SS"
w h a t the m od el w a s. In fact, I'm not su re w h a t hap p en ed to
it. It's p o ssib ly in the b a ck of so m e cu p b o a rd so m e w h e re , or
in a park d rin kin g ch e a p cid e r that h a s n ever se e n an ap ple,
or m ayb e m arried w ith tw o little u ku le le s. W h o really k n o w s?
M y favo u rite b a ss ever is m y n e w Fen d e r Ja z z S e le c t, nam ed
C a rrie Fisher. T h is is the C h ristm a s dinn er of b a ss e s . A go ld-
p lated, d ia m o n d -e n sco n ce d , fre sh ly b le ach e d porn star of
a b a ss. If th is b a ss w a s m ad e into a cre a m , I w o u ld rub it
on m y k n e e s. Th e first b a ss that really m ad e m e s it up and
liste n ? C h ris Sq u ire .
Fragile
by Y e s. Th e b a ss tone is fa c e -
sla p p in g . T h e b a ss d o e s not s in k b a ck into the b a ckgro u n d
a s m an y did: it d riv e s fo rw ard. It w a s rich fro m high to low
end. T h e tra ck 'R o u n d a b o u t' fo rced the b a ss do w n you r ear
and m ade you listen . N ot o nly that, it's w o n d e rfu l to hear
the slig h t im p e rfe ctio n s that pre-digital re co rd in g had. C h ris
S q u ire 's u se of the b a ss, for m e, is the o n e that m ad e m e
really take n o tice of the in stru m e n t. W e 're b racin g o u rse lv e s
for our d e b u t alb u m laun ch at the end of A p ril.
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