Precision Bass Refurb

As I mentioned in “Why Do You Need This Many Guitars?”, “Brenda,” my oldest and longest-suffering bass guitar, has finally undergone a substantial refurbishment. Brenda is a Precision Bass copy that my father and I bolted together from a kit about 12 years ago. Said kit was bought from Brandoni Guitars, who I gather are […]

The Birth of Aradia (part VII – finale and demo)

This video is long overdue – I realise I promised it shortly after part VI. But you know, in the meantime, I’ve been busy, or half-cut, or possibly both. I apologise, in any case. You can now hear how the fruit of this project sounds: Basslines quoted: Chicago – Listen The Who – Pinball Wizard […]

The Schecter Model T and Me

Gear Review #2: Schecter Model T

It seems the best way to cause a shitstorm on the average internet bass guitarists’ forum is to start a thread in which you declare your love or hatred for Fender Precision basses. Not that I’m guilty of this myself, of course. But the Fender Precision itself, generally agreed to be the first widely-produced electric […]

On Pay to Play

If you talk to the people who were going to gigs in London in the ’60s and ’70s, or even playing such gigs, it sounds idyllic compared to what happens today. I’ve been told plenty of stories of music venues drawing large crowds of young people looking for a good night out and hoping to […]

Another post about Amanda Palmer. Sort of.

When I first began this blog, I never envisaged writing two articles about something that Amanda Palmer had done. As I pointed out out in the first one, I’m no fanboy. Nevertheless, I’m starting to think quite highly of her philosophy, after I watched this TED talk: If you, like me, are interested in making […]

Aradia: finished

The Birth of Aradia (part VI)

Welcome back – it’s been a while. The last time I was rambling about this project, I was halfway through the French polishing process. Now, I’ve finished it. At the end of part V, I was entering into Step 6 – the second phase of bodying, building up layer upon layer of shellac over the […]

Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (part IV)

Or “ASAM: Bandcamp Edition”. If you’re an independent musician, trying to sell your records, it’s increasingly cheap to get your material out to people. With the growing popularity of digital downloads, you could probably get away without ever burning a CD copy of your music. (I wouldn’t recommend this, obviously: a lot of people still […]