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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:17 PM

All the records I like that come out of nashville seem to have a P bass with flats or a semi with flats
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:18 PM

I agree - P bass with flats.

I use Chromes, as they can add a bit of clang with some nail used fingerstyle.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:36 PM

I play bass in a country band (mix of trad and modern) and I use a P with flats (occasionally a Mustang), but that's just my preference. As others have said, the way you accompany the song is much more important.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 07:41 PM

I use an Ibanez Artcore 5 with flats and a Squire Jaguar V on rounds with a PJ pickup config.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:04 PM

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:08 PM

View PostFinnDave, on 30 July 2017 - 07:50 AM, said:

We play a few country type songs at some gigs, I use my Thunderbird, round wounds and a pick.

I like that.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:12 PM

View Postblue, on 31 July 2017 - 08:08 PM, said:

I like that.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 10:51 PM

Hmmmm, don't know the country scene so well so let's have a look at the basses used in some fave classic and modern folk/folk rock bands...

Fairport Convention: P bass, Jazz bass, Ricky, Steinberger copy, Riverhead Burns Flyte-alike, Ibanez Soundgear, Carvin
Jethro Tull: P bass, Jazz bass, Ibanez Soundgear, Wal, Goodfellow,
Iona: Chapman Stick, Wal, Warrior, Steinberger, Stingray, EUB
Steeleye Span: Ricky, Fretless Jazz, Overwater, Fender Mustang, Tele bass, Gibson SG double neck
Jamie Smith's Mabon: Stingray, Wal, EUB
Oysterband: DB, Fender PJ, Squier jazz, Fender P bass.

So I think we can conclude that the best bass is whatever you like (probably avoid BC Rich and Dean though!).

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:22 AM

Id use my PB62RI with the old flats that have been on it since I brought it years ago

But any bass that suits you , lots of country folk use bright sounding bass these days

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:39 AM

View PostTrevorR, on 31 July 2017 - 10:51 PM, said:


So I think we can conclude that the best bass is whatever you like (probably avoid BC Rich and Dean though!).
And nowt wrong wirh a B.C. Rich mockingbird, bich or eagle either. Dean does some great affordable basses for all styles too :)
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:55 AM

Gear snobbery aside...
http://www.thaterica...-from-a-shovel/
It isn't country but the geezer on the left could cut it.

The site itself looks interesting. I'm off to look at this bit now;
http://www.thaterica...solated-tracks/

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 09:28 AM

View PostBolo, on 01 August 2017 - 06:39 AM, said:


And nowt wrong wirh a B.C. Rich mockingbird, bich or eagle either. Dean does some great affordable basses for all styles too :)

Indeed. I always wanted Neil Murray's quilted maple Mockingbird when I was starting out on bass... lets just say it was more of an "aesthetic" comment than a tone, quality or VFM one!!! :D

Edited by TrevorR, 01 August 2017 - 09:29 AM.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 05:35 PM

The bass you have access to.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:18 PM

View Postskankdelvar, on 29 July 2017 - 03:42 PM, said:

On a serious note (badum-tish) if I ever went back to Country I think I'd string a P up as B-E-A-D.

It might make root-fiving in E and G a bit more convincing.

Hmm interesting. Might just try this, since I have recently joined a Country band by accident.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:26 PM

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...I have recently joined a Country band by accident.

Oooh, I do so hate it when that happens. :mellow:

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:33 AM

View Postseashell, on 05 August 2017 - 08:18 PM, said:

Hmm interesting. Might just try this, since I have recently joined a Country band by accident.

I have a US Standard P bass strung BEAD that I am considering selling....
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 06:32 AM

View Postseashell, on 05 August 2017 - 08:18 PM, said:

Hmm interesting. Might just try this, since I have recently joined a Country band by accident.

I wish I could get into the same sorts of accidents as you seem to. Good luck. It sounds like fun.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 08:35 AM

Stingray 5 worked perfectly for the country artist I was playing for a year or so ago. As blue has said, your understanding of how country bass is played is far more important than the bass you choose - technique and eq can get any bass close enough, but if the feel isn't right it's going to be a train wreck!

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 08:37 AM

View Postskankdelvar, on 29 July 2017 - 03:42 PM, said:

On a serious note (badum-tish) if I ever went back to Country I think I'd string a P up as B-E-A-D.

It might make root-fiving in E and G a bit more convincing.

That's why I found the stingray 5 so useful!! You can go above or below the root with ease. Just have to watch, a B can be a bit thunderous on a quiet song 😂

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:36 PM

I forgot to mention in my earlier post that on eof the decades I spent playing country was spent in Nashville. So I can tell you not ALL the records coming out of Nashville are recorded on a P bass with flats. At least not the ones I played on!
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:49 AM

View Postivansc, on 07 August 2017 - 09:36 PM, said:

I forgot to mention in my earlier post that on eof the decades I spent playing country was spent in Nashville. So I can tell you not ALL the records coming out of Nashville are recorded on a P bass with flats. At least not the ones I played on!
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Come on now Ivan, name and shame fella!!! Let's hear those chops!!!! 😄

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:19 AM

I believe there are also a lot of 5 string Laklands and Sadowsky's in Nashville these days.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:14 PM

I was in Croyde years ago and there was a great country/blues band playing in the busy pub in the village, lovely thump coming from the band I couldn't see, when I eventually got sight of them on my way to the gents I could see a Stingray, it wasn't what I was expecting but it sounded bang on.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:34 PM

Don't pigeonhole your bass choices for what you 'think' a genre demands, especially if you're basing that decision on looks.

Country in particular is massive in the US and consequently attracts some top class players with top class gear, so even something boutique will fit the bill if it performs adequately.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

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Don't pigeonhole your bass choices for what you 'think' a genre demands, especially if you're basing that decision on looks.

Country in particular is massive in the US and consequently attracts some top class players with top class gear, so even something boutique will fit the bill if it performs adequately.

I think this is quite true.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:17 PM

I used to play in a band that played US folk & Americana. Played it on my Ibanez Soundgear & never looked or felt out of place.
The pedalboard however, may have looked a bit out of place though & the sounds certainly didn't always sound like bass guitar. But it was great fun.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:19 PM

View PostDamonjames, on 08 August 2017 - 08:49 AM, said:

Come on now Ivan, name and shame fella!!! Let's hear those chops!!!! ��

(grin) most of them were from when I worked in one of those "come to Nashville and record your singer-songwriter garbage in a REAL NASHVILLE STUDIO with REAL NASHVILLE SESSION GUYS" studios. A couple of things made it onto albums by The Beat Poets and Rudi Whaling, but I don't really have any of them. I will dig up a link to the ONE track I have seen on Youtube a while back, a tune from 1989 masquerading as a new song by Rowena of the Glenn. (!)

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(grin) most of them were from when I worked in one of those "come to Nashville and record your singer-songwriter garbage in a REAL NASHVILLE STUDIO with REAL NASHVILLE SESSION GUYS" studios. A couple of things made it onto albums by The Beat Poets and Rudi Whaling, but I don't really have any of them. I will dig up a link to the ONE track I have seen on Youtube a while back, a tune from 1989 masquerading as a new song by Rowena of the Glenn. (!)

Can't wait pal!!! I messaged you a while ago about Nashville numbers system and some other country stuff a while back, but this last year has been aweful for me playing wise (long story). Hoping the next month or so will see a corner turned!!

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:49 AM

t was easier than I thought!
Track is at least 30 years old so be gentle!

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:36 AM

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t was easier than I thought!
Track is at least 30 years old so be gentle!...

Marvellous..! Nice growling bass, dark drums and a voice like Bonnie Tyler meets Kate Bush meets Morticia Addams..! I love the splendid, incongruous rhyming of 'Nile' with 'sundial'..! Must have been fun, recording that on a wind-swept hill-top, naked, at midnight, whilst sacrificing a couple of virgin goats..! Thanks for sharing; that'll trouble my dreams for several weeks now, I shouldn't wonder..! :rolleyes:
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