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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:24 PM

I've gigged a Status Buzzard once owned by Entwistle

I played at an outdoor festival in Worcestershire in the 70's. Alexis Korner was headlining...he said we were sh*t (didn't meet him). My mate Harry, drummer from this band, has gigged with Robert Plant!
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:28 PM

View Postivansc, on 25 August 2017 - 11:50 AM, said:

Fender made a five WAAAAY before that. Also a six. Both in the 60s.

Wasn't their fiver equipped with a high C, though? Not to split hairs, but I think BRX was referring to the first basses with a low B!
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:31 PM

Saw Victor Wooten at a Hartke seminar in Essex - signed my copy of "The Lesson"...

Mark King signed a Charrington Bass 1908 "Kings Ale" bottle for the Herts Bash raffle last year.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:36 PM

I know a girl whose sister was the girlfriend of Justin Currie of legendary Scottish rockers Del Amitri. When they broke up Justin's bass was left behind in a cupboard. Her brother sold it at a car boot sale.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:47 PM

View Postivansc, on 25 August 2017 - 11:51 AM, said:




because..............?

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:52 PM

View Postbassace, on 25 August 2017 - 12:47 PM, said:

1959

I think that even beats Bill Wyman!
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 01:11 PM

View PostCosmo Valdemar, on 25 August 2017 - 12:52 PM, said:



I think that even beats Bill Wyman!

Yes, I suppose it does but he was well known and I wasn't. My brother made a homemade bass guitar, used the coil from a headphone for the pickup but because he didn't have the skills to put frets in the fingerboard he left it fretless. As I was playing DB back then I found it quite easy to play. Deffo 1959 tho, I played it at my school dance.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

View Postivansc, on 25 August 2017 - 11:50 AM, said:

Fender made a five WAAAAY before that.
Yes it was high C. Alembic did the first low B for Jimmy Johnson in 1981 I think.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 02:06 PM

I live 20 minutes away from a lady bass player who played bass for Jet Harris whilst he played guitar.

Even more obscure is that Phil Collins once bought me a lager and lime and he wasn't a bass player.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:15 PM

I once made Neil Murray a cup of tea. I was working at Roland/Boss at the time and he came to our HQ for something.

I also sat in a hotel bar with Guy Pratt once after a stand up show he was doing called My Bass and Other Animals a few years ago now. Ended up getting pissed together and talking about our fave bass lines.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 04:07 PM

View PostKiwi, on 25 August 2017 - 01:47 PM, said:

Yes it was high C. Alembic did the first low B for Jimmy Johnson in 1981 I think.

Are we talking about the first bass with a low B? Anthony Jackson had one built by Carl Thompson in 1975 apparently...

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 04:15 PM

View PostLeonard Smalls, on 25 August 2017 - 07:53 AM, said:

I once shared a dodgy cigarette with a well known Blockheads bass player...
thats funny so did I.... woolwich tramshed early 80s

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 04:18 PM

View PostEliasMooseblaster, on 25 August 2017 - 09:39 AM, said:



Your neighbour at the time wasn't called Alice, by any chance?
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

My son was gigging one night and a drunken woman remarked that he looked like a young Duff McKagan.
She also remarked that she *would*...

Thing is, I don't know if there are any pics of Duff from when he was 14. Or if he was the object of desire for cougars.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:17 PM

I once held Victor Wooten's bass....(yes this is his)


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:23 PM

I once played Pino's fretless Stingray and I also sat on the table next to Roscoe Beck at the Jazz Cafe whilst he ate his dinner.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:57 PM

View Postivansc, on 25 August 2017 - 11:50 AM, said:

Fender made a five WAAAAY before that. Also a six. Both in the 60s.

Production bass with a low B as we know it today.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 05:22 AM

View Postbassace, on 25 August 2017 - 09:12 AM, said:

I was at school with Les Hurdle (early Donna Summer, Brighteyes and much more) and I shared a flat with Dave Wintour (Wurzles, Wakeman and more)

Oh, and I can confidently claim to be first in UK to have played fretless BG.
Didn't bill wyman make one in the 60s?

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 07:40 AM

View Postezbass, on 25 August 2017 - 06:23 PM, said:

I once played Pino's fretless Stingray and I also sat on the table next to Roscoe Beck at the Jazz Cafe whilst he ate his dinner.

Gotta be so careful with speed reading...I thought you said 'ate his drummer'!!!!!!!!
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 07:48 AM

View Postezbass, on 25 August 2017 - 06:23 PM, said:

I also sat on the table next to Roscoe Beck at the Jazz Cafe whilst he ate his dinner.

We did a couple of gigs as support for The Blue Line in the earely 90s. Roscoe Beck was very interested in my SKC Bogart 5-string Jazz bass and we had a couple of nice chats about it. Back then he had a 4er and a 6er but no 5er.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 08:10 AM

About ten years ago, sat drinking beer and chatting with Jimmy Haslip in a small bar in Berlin.
In fact it was me and a couple of guys I was doing a show with, along with Allan Holdsworth and Chad Wackerman.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 09:03 AM

View PostOopsdabassist, on 26 August 2017 - 07:40 AM, said:

Gotta be so careful with speed reading...I thought you said 'ate his drummer'!!!!!!!!
:lol: I misread posts all the time and come up with the whackiest things.

View PostSICbass, on 26 August 2017 - 07:48 AM, said:

We did a couple of gigs as support for The Blue Line in the earely 90s. Roscoe Beck was very interested in my SKC Bogart 5-string Jazz bass and we had a couple of nice chats about it. Back then he had a 4er and a 6er but no 5er.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 09:32 AM

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 11:01 AM

My G3 used to belong to Joe Fagan and was played on the Auf Wiedersehen Pet theme.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 11:15 AM

I've got a few.

My step mum was the manager of the Who's official fan club in the early seventies. She knew all of the band quite well (is Still in occasional contact with Pete and Roger) but out of them all was closest to John Entwistle.

When I was 16 my band had the chance to headline a multi band gig at the LCR venue at the University of East Anglia arranged as part of national youth week.
Our roadie had been to see Skunk Anansie there the week before so I got him to point out where on the stage Cass Lewis had stood and made sure to stand in the same position while I played.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 12:38 PM

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My G3 used to belong to Joe Fagan and was played on the Auf Wiedersehen Pet theme.
I used to go and see Joe all the time at my local when I was nought but a lad. Top fella, bass player and singer.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 01:22 PM

View Postbassace, on 25 August 2017 - 01:11 PM, said:

Yes, I suppose it does but he was well known and I wasn't. My brother made a homemade bass guitar, used the coil from a headphone for the pickup but because he didn't have the skills to put frets in the fingerboard he left it fretless. As I was playing DB back then I found it quite easy to play. Deffo 1959 tho, I played it at my school dance.

Wow...1959? What a great story.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 01:57 PM

I once sat in Vangelis studio while He was recording the music for Blade runner , He had just had a new "Fairlight " keyboard & I got a disapproving look for playing the theme to "Rhubarb & Custard" on it :)

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 02:22 PM

View Postlowdown, on 26 August 2017 - 01:22 PM, said:



Wow...1959? What a great story.

Most Obscure Bass Claim to Fame?......The above from 'bassace' for me. Pure story, no name dropping ....... :)

Thanks for your kind comments, Lowdown. Just a small mea culpa: it was actually 1960, I've just rooted out my A Levels cert to check the actual year. Still a bit earlier than Bill tho' but does it matter?
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 02:57 PM

Here's a tenuous gear related claim to fame.

I played in a band whose drummer used the kit in the photo, many years after that picture was taken.

Check out the bass player standing behind the kit.

Also, the bass player from the Steve Gibbons Band once bought me a pint. Nice bloke but I can't remember his name.

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