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Scientist claims to have invented revolutionary bass guitar strings

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by wyclif, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. wyclif

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    Certainly an answer to a question I never cared for. I'd be fine with a 14 fret bass, maybe even 12 or 10.
     
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    onion article?

    who is still re-hashing the bass vs guitar trope?:rolleyes:

    I dipped out @ the intrusive cookie permissions notice

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Me too. Whatever the strings are I doubt they'd have made James Jamerson sound any better.
     
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    Bass guitar really was not designed to be played way up the board except for an occasional solo, imo. In a band mix bass strings available now work just fine. But, we will see.
     
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    "revolutionary " would be a Bass with a "touchboard" and no strings...
     
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    Just get some .052 gauge LaBella flats and stop your damn whining.
     
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    What would Carol Kaye do?
     
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    Besides claim credit for Jamerson's playing?
     
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    For what it's worth Jamerson started losing gigs because he insisted on playing with very dead flat wounds. Partly he had intonation issues and partly tastes shifted towards different sounds
     
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    Looking back, perhaps Jamerson would have been in demand later had he added say a jazz bass with round wounds along with his Precision funk machine?
     
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    What? I thought he had only an index finger on his right hand.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Same. Not a good way to promote anything.
     
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    This picture always trips me out. I used to work at a music store with a seriously killer bass player named Darrell Williams...he was an absolute doppelgänger for Mr. Jamerson. Every time I see this pic I swear it’s Darrell.
     
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    He also does fancy guitar strings which he says allow you to bend chords in tune, with the lowest 4 strings giving the same pitch change in response to the same vending force — and they aren’t absurdly expensive so maybe worth trying.
    https://kempstrings.com/product/kemp-strings-standard-10s/

    Overall though I’d say he’s trying to science the s#!t out of problems that aren’t problems for 99% of guitarists or bass players.

    To give him credit, he has managed to make a hobby part of his work, and then find a way to commercialise that science. Kudos!
     
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    Yeah stand up for tradition! Leo would probably disagree. He was an innovator yet so many people think his earliest work was his best work. I think that’s preposterous. Why can’t we have both? Proven models and fresh ideas? Damn guys. You sound like a bunch of old fuddy duddies.
     
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    What if I don't want to sound like James Jamerson with dead strings?
     
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    I will never understand why some people refuse to accept that an instrument can be played in more than one way, especially in the rock and country world when it comes to bass. You have people who absolutely insist NO MATTER WHAT that bass should always--always--play root notes in a specific manner and anything else is unacceptable. If the bassist dares to stray from only root notes, well...time to find a new bassist, right? I find this "back in your cage" attitude to be especially prevalent among guitarists, especially those who spend most of their time online. Fragile ego? Control freak? No idea.

    "Leo got it right the first time". Yeah, and the second, and the third, and...just because it's not the same thing that was done fifty or sixty years ago doesn't mean it has no use. More options are always a good thing so long your mind can handle them.
     
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    Terribly written article, and the several others I got out of searching.

    This seems to be what they are talking about.

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    Notable band that may have drawn attention to the need is Royal Blood, made up of a bass player/singer and a drummer. The bass player uses an octave up pedal and likely spends a lot more time in the higher frets.



    The paper: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42452-020-2391-2

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