Gear Review #3: Gibson Thunderbird

For this review, I decided to take the modern, high-tech approach, and mumble my way through a video, so you can see and hear the thing as well: …which conveniently reduces the amount of waffling I have to do here. I’m aware that Gibson (and Gibson-style) basses have long been an acquired taste, perhaps because […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Birth of Aradia (part V)

The last four instalments in the saga of Aradia’s construction have formed a tale of scouring eBay for parts, avoiding any woodworking that required serious precision and carrying out the remainder of the woodworking with the most inadequate tools and laughable incompetence I could muster. Now, however, I have managed to shamble my way to […]

Gear review: #1 Ibanez Bass Tube Screamer

Or, TheCrowFromBelow rants at length about bass overdrives before finally telling you about his new TS9B. Overdrive and/or distortion effects are just one of those things that the modern lead guitarist is never without. Very few rock or blues guitarists would leave the house without one in their guitar case – well, except Angus Young, […]

The Birth of Aradia (part III)

It’s been a while since I updated Aradia’s ongoing story. At the end of Part II, Aradia was starting to resemble a bass guitar rather than just a collection of parts; the machine heads were attached to the headstock, and I’d started bolting the neck to the body. Unfortunately, in the process, I’d knackered the […]

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The Birth of Aradia (part II)

To recap from Part I, Aradia began life as an ill-thought-out project to build a new bass that would combine the elements I liked best from my two existing basses. I basically wanted something akin to a Precision bass, but with a mahogany body. The mahogany body, I bought from eBay, to find that whatever […]

The Birth of Aradia (part I)

The acronym GAS, standing for Gear Acquisition Syndrome, will be familiar to anybody who’s ever tried reading a thread on a guitar or bass forum. It’s that feeling that you get once you’re familiar with your new guitar, bass, amp, pedal, cable, strap – any part of your setup, really – that makes you think […]