Now, this was a bargain

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7404748507&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:UK:12

I don't want to make a habit of doing "Look at this eBay auction" posts, but this was a good score for £335. The Marshall DBS (Dynamic Bass System) really impressed me when I tried one out back in the '90s. Then, I was a stringer for Making Music and I urged the bass-playing Deputy Ed to review it. The twin preamps (one 12AX7 driven, the other solid-state) and, especially, the blend feature, really works. It's something Ashdown do now with their Evo MAG series.

400W amp with a good 4x10" and 1x15" for £335? Sounds good to me; local, too. Unfortunately, I don't do the sort of gigs to justify carting a big stack around these days. If you see one going your way at this sort of price, take it from me; money well spent.

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I looked up this good website:

http://www.lloydjonesmusic.com/index.html

but it's too late in the night for me to play audio. Plenty to click on, though, until then.

Yeah man, that is his main site. He is a great R and B singer and a very good guitar player. Never uses a pick. Plays with his thumband first finger,

Funnelly nuff, I like to use thumb/index for bass playing; especially for alternate octaves. Is this just my lousy self-taught, or is it a valid technique? I'd be interested in the ops of better-trained bass players.

You are doing what a lot of the early " funk" players did. Larry Graham use to be a master of the "push down with the thumb and snap up with the first finger " style. Listen to the lines on some of Graham Central Station, and Sly Stone recodings. Great tone. As the style got more treble related and more "poppy", he had to change with the times , which is a shame. He simply sounds like one of the zillion whack, slap, poppers in the world today.He was, at one time, a real inovater.

1bassleft wrote:
Funnelly nuff, I like to use thumb/index for bass playing; especially for alternate octaves. Is this just my lousy self-taught, or is it a valid technique? I'd be interested in the ops of better-trained bass players.

I've been doing this for a few months now and it does sound good for some applications, my fingers are just getting strong enough to get the timing right with this technique, suffered with feeble plec-hand for a while. Not that I'm a better-trained bassist (or trained at all for that matter) but if it sounds cool...

Boogieman, the thing that annoys me about a lot of funk bass players (like Chic's Bernie) is that it sounds so dang difficult yet, when they're on TV, they hardly seem to move their hands :? :lol:

The alternate-octave plucking I was on about (very '80s sounding) is most recently illustrated by The Bravery on the track "Honest Mistake":
http://www6.islandrecords.com/thebravery/site/music.php

and (I said it sounded '80s) also appears a bit in Duran Duran's "Planet Earth". As a mostly-picker, I find that thumb-index works well enough to do this kind of bassline, but I know JohnTaylor was/is accomplished in the proper finger-stylee. Unfortunately, the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzqIiFBmdHs) doesn't show the 4-stringing at the right time. Check out those pantaloons of le Bon's, though :shock: . Also, Taylor's using a Rick 4001 in the vid but, surely, it's a prop. Even with finger stylee, that sounds nothing like a 4001?

First guy I ever heard live doing that was Bill Wyman when I first heard the Stones live in 1966. He used it a lot through the years. His bass line in Miss You is a fine example.

"Miss You" -yep, you're absolutely right, Boogieman. The same sort of bass technique as used by Duran and The Bravery. I'm going on memory, because I didn't find an easy video download, but I can hear those alternate octave pickings in my head. If anyone can provide a link to "Miss You" that doesn't require a credit card and retinal scan, post the link here and I'll thank you for the info.

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