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All change!

July 19th, 2007 | No Comments | Categories: Musing on Music |

….bass strings, that is! It’s been two years since I changed the strings on my fretless 6, so today was the day for a change. And while I was at it, I took the flatwound strings off my fretted 6, and put roundwounds on. The reason? Due to my having been on tour for 18 weeks of this year so far with nothing but a 6 string fretless bass, I can now play all the stuff I do on the fretted on the fretless. I’ve got a live recording of Jimmy James (probably the single hardest part to play on the fretless of all my tunes) that we recorded in Nebraska that’ll be on the live album, and it sounds great.

So, that means I can try something different on the fretted bass, so I’ve put twangy roundwound strings on (still Bass Centre Elites – I’ve been using the same brand of strings for about 14 or 15 years now…) and it sounds and feels really different.. and great! Should be fun seeing what comes out when I start writing for it…

Need to do the four string fretted tomorrow, when I can find the strings for it in amongst the craziness of my room…

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