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SMillette92
04-17-2008, 03:57 PM
Hey guys,
I know that theres alot of guitar players on this site, but are there any guys who play bass guitar? If there are what kind of stuff are you guys playing?
Just wondering...
(8^)+-(

andrew
04-17-2008, 04:33 PM
I don't know if what I do with it qualifies as "playing", but I own a bass guitar. It mostly sits in its stand, collecting dust. I will pick it up when I hear a clever bass line that I think I can replicate, figure it out, then put the bass back in its stand. I don't even plug it in.

Poor, neglected bass. I feel bad for it sometimes. Then I pick up the uke. Much more convenient.

dmassop
04-17-2008, 04:35 PM
hey man, yea i play some bass, i was getting pertty good, and then i got this little thing called a uke, and my bass playing has almost stopped...! but yea, can't beat four strings i guess.
i play(ed) bass a lot with a buddy who plays guitar, reel big fish, rage, and chili peppers are what we played a lot.

oh haha so today i finally got my little stick on pick up for the uke, but i only have a bass amp, so i plugged her in. it didnt sound to bad, just cut the bass and turned up the treble.

what kind of basses are people out there playing with?
i've currently have the ibanez acoustic electric black

tsudawuda
04-17-2008, 09:47 PM
i have a warlock bass for rock, and a stand-up mini-bass for ska/reggae/hawaiian.

SMillette92
04-18-2008, 01:16 AM
what kind of basses are people out there playing with?
i've currently have the ibanez acoustic electric black

I have a solid body Washburn for rock and funk. And a Acoustic/Electric Ibanez for jazz. It's the Black ash Ibanez. Could we be playing the same bass?

I've played with my school's jazz band and now I'm starting to spread out and do some other stuff, like Beatle's tunes...

seeso
04-18-2008, 01:13 PM
I love playing bass. I played bass for a few years in a band. I play a 3/4 scale Gretsch Electromatic.

Like this:

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/2516/531589jpgxx9.jpg

dmassop
04-20-2008, 11:23 AM
I have a solid body Washburn for rock and funk. And a Acoustic/Electric Ibanez for jazz. It's the Black ash Ibanez. Could we be playing the same bass?


yea i bet it is, theres only 2 black ae ones i think. the plain black, and the exotic black wood one? mines the plain, but its cool. i like it better unplugged, thoughts?

SMillette92
04-20-2008, 04:26 PM
yea i bet it is, theres only 2 black ae ones i think. the plain black, and the exotic black wood one? mines the plain, but its cool. i like it better unplugged, thoughts?

I like the way is sounds when it's unplugged, but I also like the way it sounds when it's plugged in, though not as much. It sounds great in the jazz band i play in. I also love the built in tuner!

seth
04-22-2008, 09:01 AM
i play a little bass. i play several different styles. but my most favorite is double thumb/slap from the funk era. Larry Graham and the Graham Central Station and Cameo are some of my most inspirational from that era.. Nowadays though, I'm lovin' marcus miller's style.

edmundwhitehead
04-27-2008, 09:56 AM
I'm into fusion and jazz stuff... it's a beauty

BUGOY
05-01-2008, 07:14 AM
I love playing bass. I played bass for a few years in a band. I play a 3/4 scale Gretsch Electromatic.

Like this:

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/2516/531589jpgxx9.jpg

DUDE! I got the exact same one! I LOVE IT! i like how its pretty much the size as a regular guitar! ok actually its mine and by brothers since we put our change (literally) together to buy it. but ya, I LOVE playing it also. Its So fun. I wish i could play the bass in my band but no one else will, or be able to play the lead guitar.

oh ya, I took off the pickguard on my bass. looks tough! haha!

Kateri
05-01-2008, 01:21 PM
I played bass and sang in a band in high school. We did a talent show...I think Seth and Aldrine remember that. Aldrine's band kicked everyone's patootey. :P

uber_goober
05-06-2008, 02:34 AM
I play a bit of bass. Mostly solo stuff with a 6 string bass and looper pedal. As my wife is the bass player in my band, so I don't have a lot of call to play bass out. :)

Bassukuguy
05-15-2008, 09:11 PM
I'm primarliy a bassist who likes to dabble in other musical influences. i own a crappy rouge (if anyone has messed with musician's friend you know what im talking about) then i upgraded to a SX (essex) P\J Combo bass with upgraded pickups, and i recently got given a slammer bass by hamer i believe. just recently got rid of a Hondo (CRAP!) acoustic electric bass and couldnt be happier.


i rock a Behringer 120 combo, but i usually just go direct into a soundboard...

im kindof a freak when it comes to instruments...

(V)@

thatguy431
05-30-2008, 11:30 PM
i play a little bass. i play several different styles. but my most favorite is double thumb/slap from the funk era. Larry Graham and the Graham Central Station and Cameo are some of my most inspirational from that era.. Nowadays though, I'm lovin' marcus miller's style.

marcus miller is the man! gotta love larry graham too though :P

in response to the original question....i play a poopy johnson bass, and have the worst amp in the world because im poor as hell. the music i play ranges from pretty much anything rock, ska, or punk, to prog rock and metal, with a little jazz from time to time :P

bsting
05-31-2008, 06:16 PM
haha I used to play bass too, in jazz band in high school. i still take it out every once in a while, because it's a lot of fun....my bass is kind of crappy though, it's the she devil :D

http://thisisambika.com/uploads/shedevil.jpg

it's a fender p-bass with a headstock labeled jazz bass....i have no idea how that happened, i bought it used many years ago.

lovemissheather
06-17-2008, 10:47 PM
i played in an all girl punk band back in my high school days. i was the bassist / leadsinger. fun fun fun. i own a p-bass as well as my newwwwwwer edition... a cheapy acoustic electric. no , cheapy is not the brand. its just cheap and i like making words sound more fun. for example: funner.

bahaha.

my next instrument to perfect (okay, or just to get started on) is the cello.
very excited to start it out... whenever i can get the extra money to buy one.

SamIAm
06-20-2008, 03:45 PM
I started out playing bass. my first was a musicman sub, which collects dust on ebay. but then my dad got a ukulele for xmas and inspired me to go out and buy a tenor and now i dnt have time for the bass.:(

ant on son
06-22-2008, 03:32 PM
I play bass. I have two basses, Yamaha RBX460 and Godin BG5.

fred davis
07-28-2008, 01:40 PM
I own a epiphone guitar bass 4 string a dean electric bass and a asbury from fender as well a 4 ukulele and a total of about 60 instruments

jody
09-28-2008, 03:13 PM
hey man, yea i play some bass, i was getting pertty good, and then i got this little thing called a uke, and my bass playing has almost stopped...! but yea, can't beat four strings i guess.
i play(ed) bass a lot with a buddy who plays guitar, reel big fish, rage, and chili peppers are what we played a lot.

oh haha so today i finally got my little stick on pick up for the uke, but i only have a bass amp, so i plugged her in. it didnt sound to bad, just cut the bass and turned up the treble.

what kind of basses are people out there playing with?
i've currently have the ibanez acoustic electric black

I play bass for Rockmamaoff, I love my batz maroo bronco bass by squire. its light and smaller scale, though sometimes I need more grrrrrrr! I also use a jp player acoustic bass. we play covers and a few origonals.

albertmunoz
10-12-2008, 03:14 PM
Sorry if this sounds like a noob question, but I have been playing bass for only a few months (alternating with my other instruments, I suck at all of them!). I got an acoustic bass guitar, nothing too fancy.

My question is about the sliding sound you get when you are going up and down the neck of the bass. I am working on trying to minimise this sound as much as possible, are there acoustic bass strings out there that would be better for reducing this noise? or is it a technique thing that I need to put more work into?

Bassukuguy
10-13-2008, 12:57 PM
realistcly that noise is impossible to stop unless you play cleaner... this could be done by playing the same note on a higher string such as


E ------------66666-----99999

insted of sliding or strecting to the nine you could just go

A-----------------------444444
E------------66666------------

really its all about technique

jm12
11-26-2008, 08:51 AM
i play alot of bass. i have an ernie ball stingray for funk, a gibson thunderbird for rock, a frettless for jazz and blues, and an acoustic for chill stuff

gobes
11-26-2008, 01:30 PM
I have the same bass as seeso and bugoy. Sadly it doesn't get played very often. It's just a lot easier to pick up an ukulele or acoustic guitar.
I hate having to pull the bass and amp out, plugin it in, play for 10 minutes and then put it all away again.

sebi
12-11-2008, 03:28 AM
hey, i'm a bass player. i've been playing bass for more than 17 years. it's great to meet bass players on a uke platform :D i guess, all 4-strings intruments are AWESOME (even though i play a 6-string bass, but don't tell anyone ;) )

TsouL
12-15-2008, 03:15 PM
iono i just played a bass last night at my uncles house and i love it haha thinking about investing in one

sebi
12-18-2008, 11:17 AM
@TsouL: i highly recommend investing into a bass. to me, it is one of the greatest instruments ever, since a bass player can connect the groove with the harmony and the melody more than any other musician. that also helps with ukulele skills, because you will have a different approach in a band context.

ricdoug
12-18-2008, 09:12 PM
My question is about the sliding sound you get when you are going up and down the neck of the bass. I am working on trying to minimise this sound as much as possible, are there acoustic bass strings out there that would be better for reducing this noise? or is it a technique thing that I need to put more work into?

Use flatwounds or half-round strings, Albert. hese types of strings eliminate most of that noise. Ric

Kailabraise
01-11-2009, 03:42 AM
I've been playing since July 2008. Its become my most prized possesion I could never live without it!

I mostly play 90s alternative songs but I'm trying to pick up on some funk and blues. I write a lot of songs on my bass too haha. I have tabs all over the place. =P

I only have a 4-string sadly, the 5-string was too expensive for my summer budget. =[

rastadan
04-30-2009, 05:02 PM
fusion? never heard of that before im gonna look it up. Anyway i play some bass mostly reggae. One drop by Bob Marley is really good easy song to learn and play i recomend it to anyone who is learning like me : )

Rob Roy
05-11-2009, 12:30 PM
Hi -- I guess you can call me a bass player. After a lifetime of playing sax, I bought a Crafter Fretless. ALL THOSE NOTES out there. The fretless seems like a natural for a sax player because we are always looking for notes. ANYHOW, over the weekend, I went to the music store for a stand and I saw a little KA TE mahogany tenor. I fell in love with it immediately...it's so cute. I was a little disappointed that the strings weren't GDAE but it's still so much fun. No idea of how it compares with others because we don't have a lot of inventory here in the Virgin Islands. I was so uninspired playing the sax in the gig on Sunday. I just wanted to go home and strum my little boxes with string. Glad you guys on the site are here. XX Rob Roy in the islands in the other ocean

Uncle-Taco
05-11-2009, 01:29 PM
I play bass.
I got one from my friend a year ago; he built it! It has a deep green flame maple top body and a rosewood neck with abalone inlays. It has Duncan Basslines pickups and gold Gotoh hardware.
I took lessons for about 6 months and I really enjoy it. (Oh, I STINK at it, but I do enjoy it. :D)

Spooner
05-11-2009, 06:47 PM
I've been playing bass for over 25 years.
I started out on a stand up in an orchestra.

Then I moved on to the classic rock stuff...and just delved into the bass entirely.
I popped my A string on stage at CBGB's when I was 18...and had to finish out the performance as is since I only had one at the time.

Bass is a GREAT instrument. Dont ever let the confines of 4 strings hold you back. Sure, it's a foundation instrument but when it's just you and her alone....find yourself on that fret board and let your soul sing!

Floyd Blue
05-11-2009, 06:51 PM
I currently play bass in a rock/blues band. I'm a bass player for about 25 years now.

Rob Roy
05-13-2009, 06:16 AM
I I don't know what's wrong with me. I have absolutely no desire to pick up anything with more than four strings. Before I became a confirmed bassist in waiting, I took a guitar lesson. No way. All that fooling around with fingering and no flow. I could never see me doing it or wanting to do it. Why is that? Anybody know?

Chris Tarman
01-23-2010, 08:05 PM
I've played bass for nearly 30 years and uke for just over one. I love playing bass, but rarely play it at home anymore. I gig quite a bit on bass, and so that is generally all the practice I get. At home, all I ever play now are my ukuleles. I have a decent acoustic guitar and was once not bad at it, but I haven't played it much in about 10 yrs. I mainly play a '77 Fender Jazz and sometimes my Music Man Stingray. I've played all sorts of music from blues and country to heavy metal (long ago, lol). Favorite bassists include (but not LIMITED to): Geddy Lee, John Paul Jones, Chris Squire, John Entwistle, Paul McCartney, Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, George Porter Jr., and Steve Harris. Oh! And Dave Hope, whose amazing playing with Kansas is what drew my ear to bass even before I had any idea what the instrument was.
People don't even know how much bass affects the overall sound of a song. In a country band I used to play in, I would switch to a syncopated Motown-type part on the final verse of some songs, and you could see everyone change the way they were dancing without even being aware of it. It was the coolest thing ever! One day during a sound check our drummer stopped at that point in the song and said "I don't know what the hell you're doing there..." I braced myself for the "knock it off" that I thought was coming, but he continued with "but that is REALLY cool!"
I am happy and proud to play the 2 coolest instruments in the world.

Ukelid
01-26-2010, 10:32 AM
Yeh, I play the bass. I play upright when I'm jamming with the Bluegrass folks and I play electric the rest of the time.

Plainsong
01-26-2010, 10:47 AM
My husband has been playing bass since he was big enough to not fall over while trying (never knew this! I knew all the other stuff he played, but bass is his favorite and he just never mentioned that until he got his brother's '73 Ibanez ric copy) - and he really wants an upright. He's never so much as touched one, but coming from a jazz family, very much wants one.

But while trying to get him into ukes, he discovered the Godin 5th Avenue and realistically that would be the next purchase. He isn't much into the Kala Ubass, which I don't understand why that is.

ukulele-antihero86
01-26-2010, 11:05 AM
I've been playing bass for over a year and a half now. I really like how the bass sounds.

JIKvig
03-29-2010, 05:45 AM
I bought a Basstar (http://www.ministarguitars.net/id15.html) when I was in the US, but it just makes want to buy a "real" bass....

the52blues
03-29-2010, 10:16 AM
I have played guitar and bass for over 40 years. I just recently got the ukulele bug and bought a couple of them....then I noticed there is such a thing as a bass ukulele. Kala makes the U'Bass based on a baritone uke body (20" scale) using rubber-like strings, tunes the same as a normal bass (EADG), fretted or fret-less it sounds like a stand up bass. It feels so good and actually easier to play than conventional bass. I gotta get me one. It's so tiny. Now when someone says "Do you play Bass?" I can say "Yeah, I play a little bass....no really...a little bass!"

Wooville
04-01-2012, 01:46 AM
I'm new to UU and thought I'd chime in....I started playing doghouse bass about 16 years ago at the tender age of 42...Primarily for Bluegrass. Still play my 60's model C1 Kay as my main axe. Since that time, I've graduated to guitar, dobro, clawhammer banjo, and now Ukulele. Along the way, I've obtained a house full of instruments. I now own a 1960 Gibson EB2 Hollowbody, 2007 Fender Jaguar Bass, and a (circa) 2000 Epiphone El Capitan (...along with several guitars , a 2003 Martin HD28, Blueridge BR160, (circa) 1972 Yamaha FG-180, Alverez Student Model, 50th Anniversary Mexican Strat, 60th Anniversary Mexican Strat, 1933 Model 27 Dobro, 2003 F60 Dobro, 1948 Gibson Ultratone Lap Steel, a Morgan Monroe banjo and now a Lanikai LCD-C Ukulele and hopefully in the near future a Mainland Tenor Uke.

Oh did I happen to mention that when I'm plugged-in, I playing thru a 1962 Fender Bassman (Blonde Piggy Back)...just bragging!!! sorry

ramone
04-02-2012, 03:13 PM
bass has been my main instrument since the mid 70's. picked up a tenor uke last fall; great fun! anyway, this thread showcases the various basses board members play.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12642-bASS-pORN

Arsenal_Fierce
05-03-2012, 10:33 AM
I'm rubbish at bass, but I love it. I have a Fender P-bass special, which has a J neck, P body, and P/J pickups. Got her off ebay upgraded with a Badass II bridge and strung with flatwounds.

Meerkatdawg
05-03-2012, 11:54 AM
I'm a classically trained double bassist and it's mainly what I play when I do pick up my bass which is sadly less often these days. It's a 4/4 French Mirecourt School Bass made in 1880. Very lucky to have it. I also have a Tokai fretless fender jazz bass copy which is awful but I had the delight of owning a Ricky 4003 which was great but I had to let go so I could my hands on my Pineapple Sunday. A move that I've never regretted.

singh44s
05-03-2012, 02:25 PM
I have a dust attractor of an Aria Sinsonido "travel bass" (mk1) and a used ME50b. I got them in a fit of "Ooh my first paycheck, now I can afford an instrument for that band my friends keep saying we should start!"

*sigh* So naive...

leewot
05-10-2012, 08:32 AM
I have played guitar and bass for over 40 years. I just recently got the ukulele bug and bought a couple of them....then I noticed there is such a thing as a bass ukulele. Kala makes the U'Bass based on a baritone uke body (20" scale) using rubber-like strings, tunes the same as a normal bass (EADG), fretted or fret-less it sounds like a stand up bass. It feels so good and actually easier to play than conventional bass. I gotta get me one. It's so tiny. Now when someone says "Do you play Bass?" I can say "Yeah, I play a little bass....no really...a little bass!"


I also love the Kala Ubass, and am inspired by them..
This is my latest project: BAZZUKA #2
http://youtu.be/Cba5baHL3M0
please let me know what you think?

and yes its trully a really little bass!