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What are your opinions on this amazing tapping instrument? Just curious... For me, it's been guitar, bass or the Stick as far as tapping instruments go... well, there WAS that desk in grade 8 that to my ears sounded just like Lars Ulrich's drum set...

Any thoughts on the instrument, the design, the method?



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I like it when I am thinking along the lines of what TL was doing with KC on the album Discipline, and I love the logic behind the instrument - but [gasp !!] for some strange reason the Mobius Megatar I personally find more appealing.

 

That being said, I got a SB 8 coming from Stick Enterprises in the fall, and I bet once I receive her, I will have a very different answer.


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M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

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NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

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Hey, it's all good - what you like to play is what you like to play!

So here's a question for you, what is it about your Megatar that you find more appealing than the Sticks? [smile] I mean they ALL tap, but some instruments are better for some things than others, Strats vs Teles vs LesPaul vs Explorers...

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For me, as soon as I put my mobius megatar on, it felt so comfortable and my fingers landed correctly on the fingerboard like it was meant for me.
I cant say the same about my Warr Phalanx...
But I still feel that the 10 string Ironwood stick is a complete work of beauty and functionality.
It's the belt clip I cant get into at this time.
But that being said, I am expecting an 8 string Stickbass sometime in the fall perhaps or early winter, so there must be something to it or else i would not be owning three of them :)

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Mobius Megatar - tuned in Classic Stick Tuning [5ths/4ths]

M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

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

 

 

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When i tried a Chapman Stick in London in the 1990's, i did find the belt clip uncomfortable due to the amount of weight resting on your trouser (pants) belt, and due to having the back of the clip against your body with only underwear for padding. The typical trouser belt is quite thin and not designed for a large vertical load.
If i owned an instrument that used a belt clip i would buy some materials and create a wide and well-padded hip belt for the clip to insert into. Think of the hip belts that heavy-duty hiking rucksacks have, that can comfortably support many kilograms.

Anyway, about the Chapman Stick ...

I consider Emmett Chapman and Ned Steinberger the 2 most innovative people in the world of electric stringed instruments.
Steinberger seems to be roughly 50 years ahead of the times, headless is slowly becoming more popular recently.

The Stick seems to me to be even further ahead of it's time.

it seems to be a kind of 'logical conclusion' to the development of the electric guitar (but not as a replacement for electric guitar and bass guitar), in that amplification removes the need for adding an acoustically audible amount of energy to a string. Being able to trigger a note just by fretting allows both hands to fret, doubling the possibilities.

Turning the fetboard vertical and having the hands approach from opposite sides means they can comfortably pass each other, the fingers can interlace to play difficult shapes.
A vertical fretboard is also far more ergonomic for the wrists and hands, the bass guitar was designed as a near-horizontal instrument and therefore creates stress in the left wrist.

I often think about how i would prefer the weight of guitar-type instruments to be supported by the hips, not the shoulders, and especially not just 1 shoulder.
While the mainstream is still Fender copies with a single strap, the Stick was using a hip-belt system in the early 1970s.

Anyway, i could go on ...

As for aspects i prefer in other brands:

Warr Guitars are the most beautiful tapping instruments i have seen, i also prefer the look of Touch Guitars, and even the Koyabu Symmetric Board, which is often described as ugly.
I prefer the tone i hear from Warr Guitars, perhaps due to more mass and the presence of a body.
The strap system created by Warr Guitars, used by Touch Guitars and Krappy Guitars allows perfect balance over a wide range of angles and quickly altering the angle, allowing more conventional guitar and bass guitar techniques.
Other brands, especially Warr Guitars and Touch Guitars, seem to attend more to the 'single region tapper' possibility, which interests me more than dual-region, with Stick there is only the Stick Bass which has a wider string spacing and seems to be more of a 'speciality'.
I prefer the idea of 'uncrossed' playing, even though i can see the ergonomic logic of crossed. I'm not keen on how crossed limits the positioning of the hands, forcing the melody hand up into the higher frets. Uncrossed allows more strings and wider string spacing.
Most Stick models use a string spacing too narrow for my taste.
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I was reading on Sticklist where Emmett was sad that more people are not interested in the Stickbass 8.... and I suppose it might be because of what it isn't which is a normal 10 string Stick.
I personally have mixed feelings about exceeding 10 strings.
One thing I thought about today was the original Steinberger strap system which used that pivoting assembly, why is something like that not incorporated with the Chapman Stick ??

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Mobius Megatar - tuned in Classic Stick Tuning [5ths/4ths]

M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

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

 

 

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I came to the Stick via the bass...it took me(still working on it) a while to approach it as it’s own instrument, that has elements of bass, guitar , drums and piano. I approach it holistically, and have the flexibility of being bass, being guitar, being drums etc. My love of West African music and Jazz Fusion has led me to emulating west African instruments like Ngoni , Kamalngoni, Kalimantan, djembe and varios drum patters. I regularly play with drummers and percussionist to develop groove , patterns and rhythmic drive...and technique
I think the approach of rhythm ,polyrhythms and poly chords are my favorite
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You know, I just seriously shifted gears - and I think this is the result of being lucky enough - privillaged enough - to own a few different tapping instruments, and oddly enough the instrument that is getting me most excited of all is the NS Stick, perhaps because it is a return to what I am most familiar with - I don't know....

But I do know that there is an interesting thread going on Sticklist asking what is the best Stick, the dream Stick so to speak... and I threw up as my answer the NS Stick with a long list of reasons why and how I came to that conclusion.

rclere makes very good points, of which deeply resonate within me as well.

 

The Stick presents so many different options, so many different possibilities - especially the more modern ones....

 

Poly-rhythms truly get my blood pumping !!


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Mobius Megatar - tuned in Classic Stick Tuning [5ths/4ths]

M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

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

 

 

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