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BassPlayer 2017-05

BassPlayer 2017-05

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COMMUNITY LINK FACE TECH PLAY LEARN C ommunity LOWDOWN CHRIS JISI 99% Inspiration AS WE PLAN EACH ISSUE OF BASS PLAYER, WE STRIVE FOR STYLISTIC BALANCE IN OUR artist and educational content, and a cross-section of gear coverage. But a schedule of names is like a band with new charts, or a bassist having learned the songs by a band, about to play with them for the first time: The magic happens after the count-off. That’s what came to mind when I read the very inspiring words by the collection of artists in this issue. Cover subject Juan Alderete shares that he’s constantly looking for where the bass can go next, so that the instrument is not left behind. Scott Colley discusses how he learned to jump into the unknown, musically. Stanley Clarke recounts how he brought his game-changing vision for the bass to a classic R&B session. Nick Beggs talks about the importance of making music that has something to say, while Brandi Disterheft advocates composing with no inner criticism. Ashdown’s Mark Gooday tells his motivating tale of establishing two amp companies, while continuing to look forward. To cap it off, I’m pleased to announce BP Senior Contributing Editor Jon Herrera’s return to our Tech Bench section with his eclectic new column, The Inquirer. Jon’s stirring initial column focuses on detail, something all of the above artists were no doubt well-versed in as they headed down their singular, successful paths. My hope is that, like me, you’ll read their stories and see the possibilities. Let me know what you think at bpeditor@nbmedia.com. DIG MY RIG! I MADE MY FIRST SOLO-BASS LOOPING CD, Basscapes, in 1998. I used a Boomerang and DigiTech guitar effects because that’s all that was available. Around the same time, Steve Lawson independently arrived at some similar musical territories and continued to push the envelope. I eventually took a long break to raise a family. I later discovered Eventide and Looperlative effects, and I made a second CD, Mourning Guests Who Never Arrived. This current setup reflects the evolution of my playing and sound, and it’s also designed to be portable. I can now return to playing small, intimate settings, and I hope to post some music on Facebook and YouTube soon. I usually go right into a small PA or the house system. As you can see, I really love Marc Garza’s handmade basses. He has built 6-, 8-, and 12-string fretless basses for me. I also play a short-scale Ergo 6-string electric upright, mostly for arco. The signal chain is a Dunlop Bass Preamp and Bass Compressor into a Bespeco volume pedal into an MXR Carbon Copy into an Electro-Harmonix Mel 9. It then goes into the Boomerang and the Strymon Big Sky, and from there, it goes into the Eventide Eclipse and the Looperlative LP1. I like to have a looper in front of and behind the most intense reverbs and delays. I also like the option of having a beautiful, relatively clean sound for playing melodies over (and under) ambient pads. —SCOTT KUNGHA DRENGSEN Got a rig you think we’d dig? Send a photo and description to digmyrig@gmail.com. 10 bassplayer.com / may2017

THE REAL WORLD Nick Yordon Home base Oakville, Connecticut Occupation Self-employed Gigs Total Shock (hard rock originals plus covers of rock/metal/ alternative songs from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s), Menaces To Society (punk, reggae, hard rock, and ’90s alternative originals and covers), solo acoustic guitar performances Basses Fender Precision, modified (my main tool), Squier Classic Modified Jazz Bass, active Fender Deluxe P Bass Special, Squier Matt Freeman signature Precision, short-scale Gibson SG Special USA guitar Rig Fender Bassman 400 head, Fender Bassman 4x10 & 1x15 cabs Effects The raw power and tone I get from my bass and rig is all I’ve ever preferred. If I do use an effect, I use the Boss Bass Chorus CEB-3 pedal. Strings DR Strings Hi-Beams or Rotosound Swing Bass 66 nickels Heroes & inspirations Paul Simonon, Duff McKagan, Karl Alvarez, CJ Ramone, John Paul Jones, Mike Watt, and Dee Dee Ramone, who inspired me to start using a pick Introducing Players Circle - Buy Strings, Get Points, Claim Rewards Enter to win 2,500 Players Points by visiting bassplayer. com/realworld And go to Playerscircle. daddario.com to join today! How did you come to play bass? What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? What are your musical goals? I originally wanted to play guitar, but I didn’t have the patience for it. So I bought a P-Bass thinking I only had to play single notes. Then I learned how to play bass and what the instrument is all about, and the rest is history. To have patience and things will fall into place correctly. Be passionate about the music and the instrument you’re playing. Put in the time and the preparation, and absorb everything you learn. That’s what will shape you. To keep learning, to improve my playing to levels I may consider impossible to achieve, and to be a full-time working musician. COURT OF OPINION What’s the #1 pedal in your collection? My Xotic X Blender. When you’ve got a pedalboard as bonkers as mine, it’s good to have a dry/wet mix to keep your fundamentals front and center. Also, you can switch off all of your pedals in one go, without having to tap-dance around like Fred Astaire. —Matt Hudson My TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor. It’s always on, and squashes my signal just enough that my plucking and tapping remain a consistent level, but still allows me to have some dynamics. —Ryan Sloan Always, always, always a Tech21 SansAmp. Front of house sorted. Optional dry or effect to amp onstage. Just a cracking piece of gear I’ve had forever. —Brad Sinclair Boss TU-2. All the effects in the world won’t make an out-of-tune bass sound good. —Thomas Hunting I use the (ancient) Boss AD-3 Acoustic Instrument Processor with my Fender Kingman acoustic bass guitar. It helps with feedback and gets me really close to a standup sound. I have not been able to find a product similar that is made specifically for acoustic bass. —Chuck Best Hands down, my go-to pedal for years has been a Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI; it adds buckets of tone to any rig. But I never use it with my Ampeg B-15, because you don’t mess with something that is already perfect. —Chuck Peterson I love my Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff—great sound, plus it serves as an emergency backup DI (just in case my amp fails). —Brad Stephens Tech 21 Sans-Amp Bass Driver DI. It’s an SVT in a box, and a killer pedal for bass direct recording, as well as getting some overdrive/grit in a live setting. —Tony Gregory A 4"x5" piece of felt under the bridge to kill the high-end ring. Total cost: 47 cents. —Greg P. Davis The Boss LMB-3 Bass Limiter/Enhancer is the mainstay of my pedalboard. It helps eliminate the clicking sound of my fingers hitting the strings, hence a clean, fat low end. —Anthony Erwin V I’ve become a total pedal geek over the last few years, but if I had to cut down to one with a gun to my head? Hands down, my Boss CE-2 Chorus. —Robert J. Nimmo Jr. bassplayer.com / may2017 11

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