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Not a great pic but I'm too lazy to go get a good one.

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I love a maple fretboard .

the shops in my town are a bit thin on basses but I'm glad I looked around locally . so the search continues .

in the meantime I got pretty high the other nite and was watching this very interesting James Taylor interview for Guitarist , in it he lays bare some of his technique and things like his chord stacks , pretty neat to see !



and he talks a bit about his thumb approach and how he plays basslines on the guitar and how that presents a wrinkle to his bass players ( Leland Sklar being one ! ) but then it gets super interesting when he starts talking about searching for a guitar platform that gives you a bassier kind of note . the hangup is that he wants bassier bass notes but also guitarier chord feel so he is always sort of playing the bass when he wants to but also strumming on the lower 3 strings . tall order .

BUT i'd seen this other super interesting video ( remember i'm high ) where a dude is playing a fretless guitar and they have a different sort of lower and grumpier timbre . and so I think ' what about a half-fretted neck ' lmao
 

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I love a maple fretboard .

the shops in my town are a bit thin on basses but I'm glad I looked around locally . so the search continues .

in the meantime I got pretty high the other nite and was watching this very interesting James Taylor interview for Guitarist , in it he lays bare some of his technique and things like his chord stacks , pretty neat to see !



and he talks a bit about his thumb approach and how he plays basslines on the guitar and how that presents a wrinkle to his bass players ( Leland Sklar being one ! ) but then it gets super interesting when he starts talking about searching for a guitar platform that gives you a bassier kind of note . the hangup is that he wants bassier bass notes but also guitarier chord feel so he is always sort of playing the bass when he wants to but also strumming on the lower 3 strings . tall order .

BUT i'd seen this other super interesting video ( remember i'm high ) where a dude is playing a fretless guitar and they have a different sort of lower and grumpier timbre . and so I think ' what about a half-fretted neck ' lmao

It's a very clacky tone. Hadn't noticed that before. Before school started my freshman year of college, I saw that he was playing at the Erwin Center. I walked up to the box office and bought a second-row center ticket the day of. Fantastic show.
 

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It's a very clacky tone. Hadn't noticed that before. Before school started my freshman year of college, I saw that he was playing at the Erwin Center. I walked up to the box office and bought a second-row center ticket the day of. Fantastic show.

yeah it gives a bit of sizzle . that show sounds pretty sweet , i've talked about this elsewhere but i've only fairly recently come around to James Taylor ( and really from his live recordings ) as I really dislike the apple studio recordings .

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i'm on the fence between a fretted short-scale bass ( either a mustang or bronco model ) or a full scale fretless jazz bass ; the idea of picking up a bass at all is about sketching grooves with my drummer , he plays on a padded kit and a lot of syncopated stuff so I feel either platform is workable

that said i'm sort of leaning fretless j-bass as it is maybe a bit more expressive in terms of timbre ( the mwah ! ) and I think would pair well with a quieter kit . I also think might be more fruitful to learn on as i'm not a bassist but I think I could figure the instrument out
 

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I'm just not playing my guitars much any more. I sold my 1963 Martin 0-18 recently. Next to go will be this 1956 ES-5 Switchmaster

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I'm just not playing my guitars much any more. I sold my 1963 Martin 0-18 recently. Next to go will be this 1956 ES-5 Switchmaster

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Mine are not nearly as nice, but they are getting a similar level of (non-) use. 😕
 
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Found this Renaissance Lute at one of the local antique shops. Playable condition, tuned up fine and sound nice.....though I don't know the fretboard yet. Made by Richard Wilkinson, luthier to Pepe Romero, c. 1960s.

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