Bass VI folk...

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Bass VI folk...

Post by jagermeister » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:46 am

sorry if this has been done before...

But I just managed to pull a Token on the bass so to speak, and my singer now wants me to play bass on a few songs...

I have a bass ATM, but I've been thinking about a Bass VI proj so I can still look cool B) ... I've played one only briefly without an amp, interesting thing. What do you use it for? Would it work as a bass, more or less, or does it err too much on the guitar side? What sort of amp would it be used through, guitar or bass?

I used the search function but couldn't find anything recent or specific... unless  I missed something in which case presume me to be drunk :lol:

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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by i love sharin foo » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:16 am

I use mine for bass, guitar, and somewhere in between the two. IMO, it will work pretty well as a bass substitute. It sounds much better as a bass than my '71 Musicmaster bass for somewhat of a comparison. I use mine through guitar amps and it delivers all the lows I like.

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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by pullover » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:04 pm

I have a Jaguar Baritone Custom (similar scale length as a bass VI also tuned E-E) and it works more towards the bass end. It sounds great plucked with a pick or fingered, and it's an easy switch from guitar to it. Strumming works out better on the high strings, but a low E chord will work, you just have to be careful about how hard you hit the low E string. I play it through my silverface super reverb and it sounds great. It took some getting used to, and I found that my bass playing style has changed a bit from using it. Since the scale isn't as long as my gibson or my old Jazzbass I do more intricate walking patterns, and throw chords in more often.
The Jaguar Baritone Custom is a great option as a tester to see if you would like a bass VI cause it cost about 1/3 of the price or less.
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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by SPudnik » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:28 pm

Unexpected versatality.
I got a Bass VI to function as a baritone guitar but ended up using it for everything: bass gigs; a trio of drums, frontman, bass VI, (something inbetween bass and guitar - both and neither...).

Lately I'm in a trio gig as a bassist, but am encouraged to play chords and supporting lead/melody lines.
I use a bass amp and a Pignose G40V to cover the upper mids and highs - like a 5 tube tweeter.
It is the most rightgeous instrument I have ever owned. 
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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by Naturality » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:32 pm

I was wondering, is the high E on a Bass VI the same as the low E on a standard mid range guitar?

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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by SPudnik » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:21 pm

Naturality wrote: I was wondering, is the high E on a Bass VI the same as the low E on a standard mid range guitar?
No
It's the same pitch as the E on the D string [2nd fret]
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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by Naturality » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:23 pm

Oh right, so the VI can get some more guitar-y tones as well.

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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by thewizardofaz » Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:05 pm

Ever see the studio video of The Beatles playing "Let it Be"? John's playing one there.
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Post by RumorsOFsurF » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:15 pm

thewizardofaz wrote: Ever see the studio video of The Beatles playing "Let it Be"? John's playing one there.
George plays one (Prob the same one) on Hey Jude!
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edit:  I also love George's Tele on Let it Be!  You never saw him with a Tele!
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Post by thewizardofaz » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:32 am

It's actually quite famous and well known.

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/101977
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Post by RumorsOFsurF » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:21 am

thewizardofaz wrote: It's actually quite famous and well known.

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/101977
Why is Delaney Bramlett selling this?  >:(
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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by thewizardofaz » Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:35 am

Now that's a good question.
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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by StevenO » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:46 pm

Didn't it sell already? I think harrison's wife bought it, non?

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Post by thewizardofaz » Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:41 pm

It could be sold, I don't know. When the Rosewood tele was mentioned I just looked for some links to it to show how famous it really was.
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Re: Bass VI folk...

Post by StevenO » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:11 pm

I thought it sold years ago. Like, a long time ago.

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