Posted by paige on May 30, 2001 at 13:51:14:
Got a big laugh this last week at a pay gig for a church. The instrumental director has a big band in the metro atlanta area and I have played for him in the big band on numerous occasions, so he called me up to play in the church orchestra last Sunday. He is used to seeing me with one of my other more exotic basses - of the 5 string and 6 string variety - and looked at me a little oddly as I pulled my Fender Pbass out of the gig bag and set up to play. He then arched his eyebrows when he saw me unlimber my pick as I sat down and reviewed the charts I would be playing. As the band got ready to rehearse, he went back to the trumpet section (He sits 1st chair in that section) and I forgot about all of his looks while rehearsed.
After the performance that night, he came rushing over with one of the other horn players , saying "Paige - I told him, but he didn't believe me! He was wondering where this wonderful round upright bass tone was coming from, as he couldn't find the upright player..." And the other horn player was grinning and shaking his head... saying "It was so close to a real upright sound... how do you do it?"
Grinning myself by now, I told him.... PBass pickup all the way on full, the Jbass pickup on just a smidge, treble turned all the way off on the tone control, a piece of real ugly foam under the strings at the bridge, and then the real secret to all of it... holding up the pick... saying "good enough for Carol K, good enough for me!" Oh - yeah... I used flatwounds. My Bass is a Mexi-PBass Special (PJ pickup combination).
Good gig. Good laugh!
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