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Amplifiers / Re: New Amplifier - any minute now - question
« on: January 16, 2013, 01:20:10 PM »
OK, now I've been really naughty. Been watching a few YouTube reviews . . .

I went to the music shop and playedâ„¢ a few different models and then acquired a Squier Affinity HSS Strat in red with a black scratch plate. After a bit of fiddling with the action and only having to adjust the intonation on one string I'm as happy as an MP with a successful second home expenses claim.

The hardware is obviously not top notch, but nevertheless it sounds and, more importantly for a guitarist in training such as myself, plays beautifully. I've not bothered with the tremolo arm, following the oft quoted advice to 'avoid the Floyd'.

The packaged 15w Frontman amp is quite stunning for the money too, typically Fender clean and very bright with the controls set to neutral. Before I'd plugged it in I was going to sell it straight away on eBay, but after I tried it I changed my mind. At the moment I have installed it in the study for occasional use.

All in all I would definitely recommend the Affinity starter pack to any budding strummer.

Amplifiers / Re: New Amplifier - any minute now - question
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:03:30 PM »
It's Friday.

A nice man from UPS turned up with my new toy, thus giving me hours of future fun trying to work out how to use it properly. 

I've already sussed that I have to now save up for a guitar with single coil pickups, just for a bit more variety - the twin humbuckers on the ES335 are seriously driving. Sounds great though, the metal sounds are VERY metal, but the clean sounds are superb. Lots of programming and customisation coming up methinks.

Amplifiers / Re: New Amplifier - any minute now - question
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:15:43 PM »
Well, I did want the 2, but after a bit more research I have set upon the 3, on account of it only being a little bit more expensive, having a few more features, coming with the basic footswitch and having persuaded SWMBO to sub me for the few bob that I didn't quite have in the piggy bank. Not too sure about the open back, but it won't matter at the levels I'll be playing at.

I've also sorted the intonation issue on the Antoria ES335 using only a screwdriver and some cunning (well it is rather old now).

I don't have to buy a bass practice amp for the time being as I 'found' a 2x8" 200w bass cab that I forgot I had, and after blowing the dust off of the 200W Trace I now have a smallish bass rig that's plenty oomphy and loud enough for the house.

Now to decide on a guitar to replace/sub the Antoria. I have in mind a Squier Classic Vibe 50's Strat, or maybe an Epiphone Les Paul of some description. But that's for a lot later.

Amplifiers / Re: New Amplifier - any minute now - question
« on: January 08, 2013, 08:48:58 AM »
Thanks Mick - yep I have watched the Andertons' video a few times :)

And now the big EU online music store, Thomann, is out of stock with no replenishment date. The local music shop is very reasonable on prices too (well for amps and guitars anyway, just don't buy any leads of strings there!), but they sold their last one before Christmas and don't know when they'll get any more either. They've got a 1 and a 3, but I want the 2 . . .

Amplifiers / Re: New Amplifier - any minute now - question
« on: January 07, 2013, 05:05:47 PM »
Sorry, I had been thinking about it for so long that it seemed obvious to me . . must try to communicate better. :-[

My budget for guitar stuff (excluding the bass amp) is about €400, and I will only be using the stuff for learning how to play and not for any kind of performance. Hence my suggestions of the amps etc I had looked at as being suitable to my requirements.

TBH I am sliding towards a Fender Mustang 2 and a Zoom pedal of some description. I think that my current guitars are good enough and that I might save up a tad more to get a better electric at some point in the (distant) future.

Amplifiers / New Amplifier - any minute now - question
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:34:03 PM »

So I have decided upon my new bass practice amp - Warwick BC40, but as a budding six string player my question to you more experienced chaps out there is this:

Modelling amp (Vox VT40+, Line 6 IV, Fender Mustang II) or clean amp (Behringer 30VTX, Fender Frontman 25, Stagg 40) and modelling pedal like a Vox Stompad?

My current guitar amp is a cheap as chips Storm 20 with a farty 8 inch speaker and a distortion circuit that only does anything faintly useful when turned up to eleven.

My guitars are an Antoria ES335 copy and a Lidl Electro Acoustic (which sounds and plays unbelievably well considering the source and the price). The little Storm actually sounds really good with the electro/acoustic running through it, but doesn't do the Antoria any favours, especially on the bridge pickup.

I have to admit to a tendency towards the Fender Mustang because it does clean really well, and I might buy a Squier Affinity Strat to muck about with too. If I do that the bass practice amp will have to wait, but no problem, I've got a basement full of Traces ;)

Bass Amplifiers / Re: Question for all your Bass Players!
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:59:15 AM »
Their is another answer, but in itself it creates a problem ..... Technically the answer is correct, but as the amplifier and the cab handle frequency's lower than normal acceptable volume levels, and the octaves are lower, the Bass is almost always driven at four / six times the power of other instruments.  Somewhat overpowering to all members of the band, as well as the "listeners" resulting in the overall sound becoming "Muddy" due to the overpowering Bass notes.  therefore you need a bass cab that is extremely well made to stop it vibrating itself to destruction and a decent driver to accomplish an acceptable sound at lower levels. Few band's accomplish this which makes a performance difficult for the entire band to be happy with the result.

A basic response: the reason that bass requires more power is two fold - firstly the drivers need to physically move a lot more air requiring a much larger voice coil, and secondly the human ear is far more sensitive to mid range sounds. In the most recent band I played in, two 100w Marshall rigs and one of the world's loudest drummers were pretty successfully balanced in smaller venues by a 200w Trace and a Peavey 4x10 or 2x Sidewinder 1x15 cabs, although I usually used a Peavey 400w (with addition Peavey 2x10) or Trace 500w (with the Sidewinders) for larger venues below 'get bigger a PA' size. At every venue the bass and snare drums as well as the two guitars were fed through the 400w PA to aid sound distribution and guitar stereo effects. Obv the vocals to ;)

If you are finding that the bass (I assume guitar) that you are amplifying is making the live sound muddy then you are doing one or possibly up three basic things wrong. Firstly the bass drivers could be PA drivers, which have no dynamic range above 150-200hz and so higher frequencies (anything above the A string on bass guitar) and essential harmonics are not being reproduced, as well as only producing the bass harmonics on higher strings. Some bass guitar enclosures have HF drivers for slap players or heavy growling rock sounds. Secondly the equalisation on the bass could be way too flat creating essentially the same problem, and thirdly bass tends to be omni directional, whereas the sounds from midrange/high instruments (guitars, brass etc) are highly directional. Make sure that there is sufficient direct coverage of the audience with midrange and HF drivers.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hey hey
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:37:34 AM »
I gave up the two wheeled thing after about a million miles and an argument with some armco, which I lost  :'(

General Discussion / Chord App
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:09:17 AM »
Yesterday I decided to try to find a chord dictionary for my Android fondleslab.

So I went on to the playstore and did a quick search. I went for the free version of CHORD!

Obviously I have only had it to play with for 24 hours, but it is impressing me. I didn't buy the full version because even playing the standard B fingering is proving a bit of a struggle at the moment.  :(

Bass Guitar / Re: Bass, cutting your teeth?
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:02:52 AM »
Double bass, school orchestra, then folk and jazz groups, then rock. The change from double bass to bass guitar came in the middle of the jazz bit.

Introduce Yourself / Greetings
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:00:09 AM »

I'm Howard, retired old f*rt living in rural France.

I'm a bass player, never played a 6 string until now, although I got a folk guitar for Christmas last year and I am making occasional forays into trying to play it.

I've been playing since I was a much smaller and younger person, some 40 odd years. I had a few stabs at going pro in the 80s but nothing much came of that apart from a bit of touring and recording. I then moved on to a pub band, which was a lot of fun and kept me largely out of mischief for quite a number of years. I also had an 8 track studio in my basement which was used both for the pub band and some other local bands to record demos. One band even put a couple of singles and one album out that were recorded there.

I play Hohner active basses through one of two Trace Elliot heads into two 1x15 Sidewinder loaded ported cabinets.  I used to use Peavey stuff, which I still rate very highly, but the 4x10 was a bit big and heavy and I replaced my long suffering head with a Trace when it got too tired. The Hohners replaced a Rickenbacker 4003 and a Status Graphite, both nice to play but too heavy and frankly they just didn't sound as good to me.

I haven't played in public for three years, and have no desire to do so again - for one thing the tinnitus is not getting any better.

Bass Amplifiers / Re: Question for all your Bass Players!
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:45:52 AM »
The audio response curves are completely different. The slope on a bass amplifier is much lower than on a guitar amplifier, as it needs to handle much lower root notes and harmonics.

Likewise a decent bass speaker/enclosure will have a lower resonance than a guitar system, but will still need to be able to handle some relatively high harmonics to give a good tone, but clearly not as high as a guitar.

Play a guitar through a bass system and it will sound flat and bass heavy, play a bass guitar through a six string system and blow the cones . .

A 4 string bass guitar is one octave lower than a standard six string, a double bass is two octaves lower, so the amplifiers for them are even more specialized.

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