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Over the past week or so, I've been really re-thinking things regarding my playing. where I am, where I've been, and where I am going.

Over the past several months, I've added a M.M. Toneweaver, set up in Major 3rds tuning - signed by Traktor Topaz too !!, a regular T.T. Mobius Megatar, and two Ironwood Chapman Sticks - one from the mid 80s the other from the mid 70's,... both exceptional instruments.

I recently had a revelation of sorts where I envisioned myself going the Stickbass route, first with it tuned completely in 5ths [which the Chapman people say is impossible but the WARR crowd states otherwise...] but then decided it should be tuned E A D G for the melody [bass guitar tuning..] and C G D A for the bass side [standard Stick classic tuning there... as tuning down to B makes no sense to me]  anyhow I wrote Grace [since this was her idea for me a while back anyway...] as S.E. had a used Stickbass - 34in scale - for sale.

I wanted it in the worst way.

Of course, no reply.

Then - a miracle !!

I came across a used Ibanez SRAS7 “Ashula”  7 string hybrid electric bass guitar on Reverb.

It was almost as if I took part in a religious experience, as FINALLY - THE PERFECT INSTRUMENT PRESENTS IT SELF TO ME !!

I wasted no time buying it as the price was right, and only one state away [N.Y.] so it will arrive sometime tomorrow.

I spoke to my friend and long time musical collaborator Wayne in Brooklyn NY and told him about it, he wasted no time in telling me it's phenominal instrument.

So, finally... essentially a 1/2 fretted 1/2 fretless bass guitar is on it's way.....

I mentioned to Wayne how I wished this instrument existed 20, 25 years ago... because it would have solved a lot of problems,  but as they say - better late than never.

Tuning possibilities are wide open, and strings super easy to get - super easy.

So, one door closes and another opens....

It's all good.

On a personal note I'm going to be off-line for a bit, as I am involved with day to day activities with my aging parents - and my father is having a kidney issue which I am doing all I can to ensure the proper path is chosen and is taken to ensure maximum quality of life, as opposed to quantity.... as what good is a long life if one is suffering tremendously ??

So far things are good, and my father is calling the shots, of which both my mother and myself fully back.

So, if I am away from here, know that I am busy with family matters as any good son ought be, and that all is goods.

Cheers Friends !!

Big George W.

 


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Big George W

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WARR, Mobius Megatar [2], Syme, KYDD, Ovation [2], Steinberger [3], Tune, Schecter, Musicmakers [lyres, etc...], Ibanez SRAS7 “Ashula”

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Furman

RAMSA, Alesis, Tascam, Fostex, Panasonic, Marantz, Sony, Roland, Yamaha, Audio Technica, AKG

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Ah, never thought of using the Ashula like a 2 region tapguitar.

8 in all-fifths is possible, just not with SE strings as you need 1 or 2 very large gauges.
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I had one of those basses for awhile! It is a fine instrument... I just could not get used to the fretted fretless setup... THat has more to do with me than anything else. The build quality and sound is stunning!!
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I just brought this interesting instrument home, and will un-pack her in a little while but yes, this is a very versatile instrument as there is such a huge difference between fretted and fretless, fretless opens up possiblities which are simply not possible on a fretted instrument, so literally two instruments in one so to speak.

I'm so glad I went this route instead of the Stickbass I had wrote grace and Cambria about which they had for sale, guess I must be on ignore again regarding S.E. but that's fine..... it worked out better for me, as I think the Stickbass would have gotten boring after a while, well... only because I have 5 and 6 string basses set up in similar tunings/divided fingerboards - just with less strings, and I have loads of fun with those and I mean LOADS !! 

Any instrument can be used for tapping, and by any instrument I mean any instrument.

I just watched a video of Jan Laurenz playing an 8 string Jackson electric guitar all set up with a heavy D bass string running down the center, this was yesterday... and it reinforced my theory that any instrument is capable of anything from a playing style stand point.

Jan Laurenz is by far the most inspirational musician I have ever heard in over 45 years of being a music aficionado, nobody and I mean nobody plays at his level with such feeling and emotion.

I'd love to try an older [late 1980s] bowl Ovation 12 string guitar with a mute at the nut end just to see what would happen.... bet that would be pure magic !!




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Big George W

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WARR, Mobius Megatar [2], Syme, KYDD, Ovation [2], Steinberger [3], Tune, Schecter, Musicmakers [lyres, etc...], Ibanez SRAS7 “Ashula”

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Furman

RAMSA, Alesis, Tascam, Fostex, Panasonic, Marantz, Sony, Roland, Yamaha, Audio Technica, AKG

Ampex, HHB, TDK Professional

 

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Can we see a photo of it? I love bass too!

I don't think that SE puts anyone on "Ignore" they are pretty busy is all, and it sometimes takes a bit of time for them to get back to you. The troubles of a small business... Still, the instruments they make are great so it's worth the wait!

And hey, be well Big G we'll see you here when you get back!

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Big George W

East Derby CT

WARR, Mobius Megatar [2], Syme, KYDD, Ovation [2], Steinberger [3], Tune, Schecter, Musicmakers [lyres, etc...], Ibanez SRAS7 “Ashula”

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Furman

RAMSA, Alesis, Tascam, Fostex, Panasonic, Marantz, Sony, Roland, Yamaha, Audio Technica, AKG

Ampex, HHB, TDK Professional

 

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I just took this picture in my garden, as there were two other people I wanted to send this off to as well.

She's a real beauty... plays so incredibly well - hard to believe it was used, I think they were wrong about that... pick ups still have the protective film on them !!

And yes, I did get a hold of Grace - or I should say that Grace got a hold of me and told me to call Cambria on Tuesday regarding the Stickbass, I guess both of them thought the other read my original email sent one week ago today - so here's the suspenseful part: while the instrument is still at S.E. Grace could not say if Cambria has it set aside for somebody else, so there is a note with my name on it but.... well, it might be already sold.... so stay tuned !!

 

And thanks for the well wishes.

Things are serious enough were we felt as a family it was time to buy our plots in the local cemetery now rather than later.


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Big George W

East Derby CT

WARR, Mobius Megatar [2], Syme, KYDD, Ovation [2], Steinberger [3], Tune, Schecter, Musicmakers [lyres, etc...], Ibanez SRAS7 “Ashula”

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Furman

RAMSA, Alesis, Tascam, Fostex, Panasonic, Marantz, Sony, Roland, Yamaha, Audio Technica, AKG

Ampex, HHB, TDK Professional

 

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