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Re: 5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored?

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Posted by Bob The Bass Player. on February 10, 2001 at 09:55:15:

In Reply to: 5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored? posted by Daniel on February 07, 2001 at 17:52:40:

: I've been playing bass for about 4 months now, and while I think I am crap, I have made some progres with the instrument. While I can't play fingerstyle, slap, pop, tap, read music or play rhtyhmic basslines without getting bored of having to pace, I can belt out a modified version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child'.
: But recently, I have had regrets. I was wishing I had bought a better bass, or a 5-string, or tried to learn music theory first. I've played all the basses that were in the price range of the bass I bought(none of them fell right), and I've played 5-strings(I didn't like em, but I've got a hankering to own one), and I've recently been contemplating upgrading the pickups in my bass(my P is branded EMC Electronics. My J is unmarked), even though I know nothing about inserting them or wiring them, and can't find anywhere on the net that has a decent guide to doing this. I feel as though my pickups are letting me down, that they are not good enough, even though they sound better(to me) than an active bass with the same P-J configuration that was 200 more than my bass. I've only had it since Xmas, but I feel as though I have no future with the instrument, and that perhaps if I had a better piece of equipment that it would all 'fall into place', and all these hidden arts that the best players use would be unlocked for me.

: So, basically, am I right for the instrument, or do you think I should give up being a musician(can't play any other instruments), as I feel like this wonderful bass that I got for a great price doesn't seem up to professional level, and it seems like its hindering me? Even though anyone else would kill for such a good starter bass? I'm sure I can't have grown out of this bass yet...

Years ago I had a really cheap guitar that sounded like crap whenever I played it. I thought about getting a new one on the grounds that I would never get good on guitar if I stuck to an inferior instrument. One day a friend of mine who was an excellent guitarist, came over and asked to try my peice of junk. Much to my amazement the guitar sounded great when he played it, and he complimented the guitar as being quite playable and pleasing to the ear.

The point is, if you have only been playing four months the problem is probably not your bass. I suggest asking and experienced bass player to give it a whirl and see what he - or she - has to say. In my humble opinion a novice musician, such as yourself is probably not a good judge of instrument quality.

Take care and keep on jammin


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