Anyone remember those Columbia House CD clubs? I owe a lot of my musical experience to them! When I was younger, I signed up to join the club and one of the first CDs that they sent me was “Like a River” by The Yellowjackets:
This was my introduction into jazz music and the song that stuck with me the most from this record was a tune called “Dewey” which was a tribute to Miles Davis. It’s still one of my favorite songs and was an first meeting of some musicians that would later have an incredible impact on my life. I was a drummer at the time, so Will Kennedy blew my mind (as he still does!). As I got older and started to explore the bass more, I started paying more attention to the compositions and I’m now going back and re-learning all of the melodic parts to their music. I figured a great place to start would be back at “Dewey”.
Here’s a clip of me playing one of Russell Ferrante’s solo lines near the end of the song:
What’s up fam! So I have some great news! I finally got that perfect back up bass! Ironically, it’s a Sadowsky MV-5! I caught a great deal on a used one in great shape. Thank God that the search is over! Yeah, I know, you guys are thinking that I should have done that a long time ago. Well, the up side is that I got to experiment with some different basses and electronics… only to confirm that I simply just love Sadowsky basses!
Okay so back to the reason for this post. I’ve been doing a great amount of studio time lately and have been dealing with those pesky engineers that only want to see a Fender bass. I understand the history and significance of this “request”… but I think my Sadowsky is way better in many regards. At any rate, I took this as an opportunity to experiment yet again. I decided to go with a Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V because the neck seems to be just a bit longer than the American standard and it gets me just a little bit closer to the 24 fret that I’m used to playing.
I upgraded the pickups and preamp, opting for Lollar Single Coil Jazz bass pickups (direct Fender fit) and a Sadowsky pre (I really trust that preamp in any situation). The Lollars are very impressive! I first learned of them while testing out some Bill Nash basses here in Atlanta. The tone was amazing and consistent! I typically play using it’s incredible passive tone in the studio, and I prefer to use the pre when I’m playing live. The combination is impeccable. I’m very happy with the way that this turned out. This one’s definitely a keeper!
I don’t know if I’ve formally shared this with you guys or not, but I’ve recently started playing with Grammy nominated artist Anthony David. The ride has been incredible so far and some major things are coming through the pipes very soon! Until I can share more with you, check out this video of our performance in Hunnington Beach at the BB Jazz Festival back in September this year.
Hey guys, It’s hard to believe that I haven’t posted anything since February! Life got a little hectic for me with work!
To update you, I still don’t have a great back up bass. When I say great, I mean a bass that feels great in my hands as well as sounds great. It seems to be pretty easy to make them sound like you want, but getting a bass that feels incredible is a more daunting task. The issue seems to be that I’ve been playing the same bass for over 6 years and I think my hand is just molded to that neck. My bass is also broken in extremely well, so I’m sure that plays a major role as well.
At any rate, I recorded some audio of another bass that I slightly upgraded. The bass is a Fender American Standard Jazz Bass V. Upgrades include Sadowsky Blue Nickel Strings and Nordstrand Nj5FS hum-cancelling pickups. I am once again very pleased with the Nordstrand pickups. Check out the audio and tell me what you think.
Hey guys, the Carvin I ordered finally arrived on February 7th! I ordered the bass on 11/28/11, so it took about 2 months from order to completion. I paid for the bass in advance, which turned out to be somewhat of a “sour” moment, only because they never sent a notice or email that the bass had been shipped, and I wanted to make sure I was home to sign for it.
Another bassist on YouTube ordered a B50 about a week before I did, and he advised that I contact my sales advisor because the factory was running a week or so behind, in which he wasn’t notified. My advice to you guys is that if you really want to know when your bass is on it’s way to it’s new home, that you wait and pay closer to your completion date. They won’t ship the bass without payment in full, and this way they’ll be forced to keep you abreast of your build info. If you call and ask about your bass, just know that it may take a day or so for them to get info from the guitar department.
I was very excited about receiving my bass and I wanted to post info about it on the blog on that very day, but I decided to wait until I had time to try it outand see what I really thought about it first. So here we go!
Carvin Box with specs list
Swamp Ash Body
Black Stain w/ Flame Maple Top
SB HeadStock / Flame Maple / Color Matches Body
Abalone Dot Inlays
Abalone Carvin logo
Master Volume / Blend
HardShell Case (free promotion!)
Carvin Hardshell Case
This is my first custom bass, so the experience was akin to the “kid in a candy store” adventure that everyone can relate to! I ripped through the box, opened the case and found this beauty:
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