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General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / help
« on: December 26, 2005, 11:51:04 PM »
Sharps are identified by # and that means that a note is raised(towards the right or up the neck).  Flats are noted by b and that means that a note is lowered towards the left or down the neck).   The difference between a D and a D# is 1/2 a step or going from the 5th fret on the A string to the 6th fret.   By the same principle, the difference between a D and a Db is 1/2  a step or going from the 5th fret on the A string to the 4th fret on the a string.
    For tuning purposes, the note A open 3rd string is tuned to 440 hz.  It's sharp when it is raised to 441 hz or more.  It is flat when it is lowerd to 439hz or more.   Thus there is a difference between a sharp A and an A#.   A well trained ear can detect the subtle difference.  A lot of people cannot, but it can become obvious during a well known song.   I hope that helps you out.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / How Long Do you Practice?
« on: January 07, 2005, 02:57:42 PM »
I'm in a down period where I don't practice but every other day.  When impsired or working on a show, I may practice 3 to 4 hours a day.  I feel like I'm in a sterile period right now, so I take a day off just to clear my head.  No music, just talk radio or silence, or new.   On contrast, I've put up to 7 hours in when I've had the muse or a bug up my butt about an upcoming show.   It depends on my ears and my hands at the time.[8D]

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Trying to Find a Fretless Neck...
« on: January 01, 2005, 10:06:37 AM »
Did you ever think of just taking the frets out?  Washburn set ups are pretty good as they are.  With all the action in Austin, there have to be a few good luthiers who could do the job.  You can have to old fret board replaced(costly, but about the same as getting a new neck) or just have the frets removed and filled in.  It will be  a lined fretless, but it will sound like a fretless.  Warmouth makes replacement necks for basses, but I think they tend to be more Fender styled.  YOu could always just keep an eye out on Ebay for a fretless bantam series bass.  They are pretty common and go pretty cheaply, and just take the neck off.  If you are lucky, you'll find someone selling a bass where the body is trashed.  You could get another neck for about $25 - $70.   Fretless necks sell for cheaper.  I hope that helps you out.  If i can think of a good Luthier in Austin, I'll repost.  Good luck.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / XB400 question
« on: December 31, 2004, 04:46:53 PM »
Mine just did the same thing, but I'm rough on my bases.  Stay with Bartolini, as they make the pickups for washburn and yes they fit no extra routing necessary.  Bartolini had a pick up chart on thier site.  just punch in washburn bass and you should see the models.  It is really just the know that broke so you could go to any electronics store to get a new pot.   its a 3 prong knob I believe.  Any good electrician could rewire it for you.  I understand that you want to keep it up to specs.  www.bartolini.com.  I'll check to see if I can find the pot model #.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Noob question
« on: December 31, 2004, 04:41:51 PM »
Right now for a lot of styles, the five string is it, so you might as well buy one.  I wont say it's a must have.  I play 4 string and I'm one of the most sought after guys in Cleveland.  No one has ever asked me to get a five string.  I have one, but its not my favorite bass....nothing wrong with it, just the 4 works better for me.  cost wise and wieght, the 4 & 5 strings don't have much difference any more.  Go for the 5.   Try a T-25 if you can get one.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Washburn B20-8 eight string beast!
« on: December 31, 2004, 04:38:49 PM »
I've got a few words on 12 string and 8 string basses to consider:


  • Tuning  
  • Stringing  
  • heavy


A friend of mine has a 12 string and it's heavy and he takes all of sound check to tune that monster.  It sounds great, but the care factor is high.  He had to cut back on his drinking to string it up for shows.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Greatest Bassist
« on: December 31, 2004, 04:35:39 PM »
Victor Wooten

He is a monster.  His version of Amazing Grace is awesome until you hear him do Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies on bass...it's better than the orchestra.   He can do funk, jazz, rock, classical.  I've never hear him distort, but then  with what he does, why cover it up with effects?!  Just my humble opinion.  man there are so many choices out there!  Is anybody wrong?!?[:D]

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / need info WASHBURN 83 FORCE8 BASS
« on: December 31, 2004, 04:31:02 PM »
Yes.  I have one and it's  great.  maple neck, string through body bridge.  It's a great axe.  Mine has p/j bartolini's on it.  I'd love to pick up another one as a spare.  I've had it set up twice and each time it just sounds better.  mine has a Khaler whammy on it so check to see what the one in the store has.  try it out.  I think it sounds great

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Welcome to the Midwest area Washburn Jam Group. / Eastside of Cleveland
« on: December 31, 2004, 04:18:10 PM »
From the lakewood section.  I do Rock, jazz and pretty much all sorts of music.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / What Sucks?!?!
« on: June 21, 2004, 03:17:51 PM »
Kossy,

   I actually teach a music history class and when disco comes up, everybody moans & groans without execption.  I don't actually hate disco, just some of it.  Bernard Edwards from Chic was an excellent bassist, his lines in Everybody Dance are texbook funk, but the band was labeled a disco band at that point.  I'm not here to convert anyone on this topic, just to hear others gripes....we all have em, just for different reasons.  It funny when people hate the same things but for different reasons.  I also do not doubt the existance of God.  I was just being fecitious.  
   Also, after my rant on Clear Channel, I just may have them as a sponsor of my CD release party......go figure?!?  DO I stand on principles and turn them down, or do I grab the promotion?!?!  [?]

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Guitar: Poor mans Bass?
« on: June 21, 2004, 02:39:39 PM »
In my absence, I assume that Kossy and I are not flaming each other.  I am good with that.  Clutch, much luck...I've had my run and I have no regrets.  I was never the star that I'd hoped, but I met a lot of people and saw some great performances.  I'm not done yet, just realizing that my dreams of stardom have passed me by.  There will not be a washburn Fourstring model.......sighs.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / What Sucks?!?!
« on: June 18, 2004, 08:51:25 PM »
Ok,

  this goes against my personal creed but what sucks?  Is there a song or a band or a musician that makes you doubt the existence of a god?  YOu feel that they exist merely to torture you.  I like to think that no music sucks, it has elements that I don't like.  Disco doesn't suck[xx(], it just has meaningless lyrics, the beat is too rigid and the progression lacks soul.  You get the idea![:D]
   Clear Channel sucks!  They control the radio stations and venues here in the states.  Not all of em, but enough to make it tough on the little guys.  They are single handedly ruining the industry here by losing money and squeezing out independent operations(clubs & radio stations & even some stores too).  Ok, that's my 2 cents.  What do you think sucks?[?]

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / who is the best bassist going?
« on: June 18, 2004, 08:42:31 PM »
Clutch,

    NO offense taken.  You either like the Darkness or hate em, there's no in between.  They are campy, but I don't do drugs, so this is my harmless vice.  At least I'm honest.  I'm human, I fall prey to some musical variances once in a while.  Some kids pick thier noses, some kids play with themselves, I listen to the Darkness. I listen to other things too, so don't fear.  So what does your band sound like?  I'm curious.  I'm pretty open minded. For me to say it sucks, it really has to suck.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Guitar: Poor mans Bass?
« on: June 18, 2004, 08:37:16 PM »
Kossy,

  I thought you wanted to have a discussion so I replied to you.  I stated that my first reaction was to tear you a new one, but after seeing what I thought werer other's over reactions, that's not what I did, I simply responded to your post and even gave my two cents as to why others were so angered in their responses.  I don't come here to flame or fight others and I'm still not calling you names.  
   I'll try again and this is my peace offering to you, if you wanna start a discussion about music and not rip on those discussing with you, I'd be honored to participate.  If you want to flame people, then why are you here?  [?]  grow a pair?!?!  Ha ha  

    Clutch, good luck on the shows, I hope success comes you way.  I love to see people who work get paid.  I hope you get so big that I get envious and start to hate you.  [:D] Depending on what style of music you play, maybe we can hook up some time on some shows.  This board is about networking isn't it?!  

I am usually the peace maker on this site... what happened to me?! [:I]

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / need help with bass
« on: June 18, 2004, 11:23:19 AM »
Mike,

   72?  Yeah, this is one for Aceept2.  Russell, was it 78 or 76 that Washburn began making basses?  Either way, this bass pre-dates both dates.  Sound like a Force 4, the original series too.  It would be #914 and I could see that many being produced.  Could they make a mistake with the serial number?  It happens to coins and they are called fido's  Maybe you have a Washburn Bass Fido?  That would surely be a collector's item were it the case.  Does it say Lyon anywhere on the instrument?  I'm wondering if it were the old Lyon's company line.  But then with Bartolinis.....hmmm.   The Badass is most probably a modification.  The barts may be a modification too.  Does it have a maple neck?  3 knobs?  Give me some more information on this one.

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