Κυριακή, 17 Νοεμβρίου 2013
Τετάρτη, 16 Οκτωβρίου 2013
Δευτέρα, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2013
Πέμπτη, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2013
Τρίτη, 10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013
Κυριακή, 18 Αυγούστου 2013
What I usually do before our gigs, is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scene as the sound engineer messes things up for both the band’s guitar players and singer. Tranquility touches my soul, a nirvana unexplainable, because I know I will damage the controls as soon as my turn comes up. And then, as I lay motionless and without any guilt, I am called to the stand. Proudly I rise and paly a chord, either an F# or an Am, I really don’t care, and then I step on my own spaceship’s controls; my bass effect pedals.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want to be a guitarist in the guitarist’s place. I just want to play the bass, if you get what I mean. But a man has to have his toys, right? I can’t go on stage without the proper ammunition, can’t I now? And here’s what I mainly use.
Till lately, I have been using my very own, old, scratched, b-stock Toneworks AX1-B by Korg, a unique tool under any bass player’s feet. Mostly, I have used Distortion/Overdrive sounds, a bit of Delay, a bit of Reverb, and I really enjoyed the Chorus effect on that old multieffect pedal board, God bless its soul. It died unexpectedly when it hit ground during a starry night after one gig, hopelessly falling from my car’s front seat.
And then I find myself purchasing a Boss ODB-3 Overdrive, and putting it to the test. Wow! And Yeah! A cool effect pedal for any metal head that happens to be a guitarist, not! Especially designed for bass, it enhances my sound to the max, leaving nothing to chance. Nothing I tell you!
And then I got my Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer, which is kind of an oxymoron, and funny, if you think of it; first I buy a distortion pedal, and then a compression one. Ha, got you there, you thought no one could do that, right? Well, I can. And I can pretty well. You should hear the sound that I produce; it sounds like a decent bass player’s playing, which is fascinating for me to hear, since I aren’t good at all. Only thing is, you have to listen to me. So, at our next gig, please be in the front row with all our groupies, all two of them!
And that’s all the bass effect pedals I use.
Well, till next time, ta ta.
Πέμπτη, 25 Ιουλίου 2013
Back in the day, Steve Harris used to call me, trying to persuade me into buying his Fender P Bass. I don’t know if you ever heard his name; he’s the bass player in an English band called Iron Maiden. That particular instrument was, as he told me, his favorite bass guitar. He was so persistent, that he almost got me into trading my second hand copy Aria P Bass, with his own custom made Fender P bass. Hell no, not me. I stood my ground for almost two years, back in the day.
Then one morning, and I do believe it was raining hard as I now recollect lovingly, I passed by the music store downtown, when I saw my next-to-buy bass guitar; Fender P bass, 4 strings , MIM (No, MIM doesn’t stand for Molecular Interaction Maps, if you get what I’m saying. It’s Made in Mexico). Steve was right after all; I fell in love with the bass instantly.Great feel, great sound, great tone. Mine has an amazing sunburst shade, with a black custom made pickguard, especially made by my best friend. Passive electronics and it’s all I ever used for twelve years. Till January 2013, when I…
bought my next bass guitar. Yamaha BB414 RBR (RBR standing for Raspberry Red). A four-string red thunder. It was the first time I was playing a bass guitar with two pickups, and I was amazed by its capabilities and its unique tone that the bridge pickup produced. For quite some time, I was torn between my two bass guitars. Fender or Yamaha? Yamaha or Fender? Should I stay, or should I go?For the most part of 2013, till now that is, I choose my Yamaha for the gigs. It just feels better to know I have a few more options for my sound, right down my fingers. I used it in a studio recording too, and it passed the test with flying colors. Hurray!
And then, another Yamaha came in the family. A newbie yet to be tested out in the wild, or in the studio or at gigs, if you prefer this wording. Yamaha RBX 374 BL (Black as Death himself), 4 strings, active, sweet. Yes, a winner in his genre, it will blow the drummer’s head off and leave the guitarists worried about their place in the band. And don’t get me started about the singer’s reaction to the new beast I will show them, or the girl’s, THE girl that plays keys and sings. I will torment them, my bass fire rekindled, till it bursts out in a flaming orgasm of bass riffs. Feel my bass, rockers!And so, that concludes my collection of bass guitars. Next time, I’ll talk to you about heads and cabinets, effects and multieffects, if you get what I mean.
Well, till next time, ta ta.