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Posted by M.Francese on February 24, 2002 at 20:41:55:
I am going to buy a 3/4 size Epiphone or similar bass,but I will also be holding on to my first DB,a 5/8 size bass made in Mexico. This bass is very lightly constructed,and has not fared well since I strung it with Corelli 370 Fort Tirants. The bass's tone is excellent,but the top is buckling under the strain. I had to shim the bridge to get the action high enough to make it playable,but between the high action and a neck as thick as a baseball bat,it is a hard bass to play(I've got two conservatory trained bassist friends who tell that its harder to play that it should be).
What I would like advice on is how to restring it for a different effect. If I take the Corelli 370's off,and put them on my new bass,I would then like to restring the Mexican DB with Supernil or some other kind of soft nylon,gut or composite(?)string which will be easy to play yet give a warm deep sound. Volume won't be a problem-all the places I play have PA mikes for my bass(c&W and bluegrass jams). I would also by a pick-up and a small,lightwight amp,if one of you can recommend some brands(nothing too expensive.please). Although I do use a German bow at times,the Mexican bass's neck and bridge were never shaped for arco playing,so if you recommend strings,please note that bowing is not a major concern.
P.S.-Thanks in advance to Bob G and Andy Seed,who I know will help me out!
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