Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby Gil Escalera » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:57 am

On Easter Sunday I played bass for our Easter Service at church. I used two basses: my fretted MTD 535 w/round wounds (MTD stainless steel) and my fretless Lakland 55-94 Deluxe w/flatwounds (D'Addario Chromes). The MTD is my #1 bass and gets a lot of the duty. I *love* the Lakland, but don't have a lot of call for fretless.

I was playing through my Genz Benz Streamliner 600 into my Eden D210XLT (a combination I had not tried before and found very pleasing). The bass signal went through the p.a. system (w/subs ;)) via the direct out from the Streamliner.

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Gil and his Lakland fretless (circa 2010)

During sound check I played the MTD. After the FOH engineer was happy with his settings I switched to the Lakland to check it. The soundman's reaction when I played it was "WHOA!" I stopped and asked "Is the signal too hot?" He said "No. Keep playing." So I did. I was in my own world enjoying the big, fat, full, warm tone coming out of my rig when the soundman says thru the monitors "Hey Gil!" I replied "Yeah?" He said "Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?" I laughed and said "No, not really. Does it sound that good out there?" He says "Oh yeah. I know your other bass is like really nice and expensive and all, but this one... WOW!"

I sure do love my Lakland. I need to play it more. :)

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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby nolabass » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:30 am

Yep. rarely am i the best bass player in the room. Almost never..... but very often I have the best tone. If I bring my U5 as a pre the sound guys almost always compliment the bass tone. I have moments when even I am love struck with the tone that comes off my 55-94.......after playing it for over ten years now. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby harleyyy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:41 am

I'm pretty sure Lakland hasn't designed a better 5 or 4 , since the 94 line. IMO
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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:42 am

Take the Steinberger once...
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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby hmagman » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:48 pm

Awesome!

Now you've made me miss my Lakies [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif]
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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby Gil Escalera » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:39 pm

GonzoBass wrote:Take the Steinberger once... [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]

I've taken the Freakazoid (my old drummers name for my Steinie ;)) a few times. People are more intrigued with the looks than anything else. At church we play Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) which typically uses a lot of pedal tones - i.e. low B's, C's and D's - which calls for a 5'er. The Steinie is still "home" for me; my most comfortable/familiar bass in all aspects. [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif]

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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby harleyyy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:52 pm

Gil Escalera wrote: The Steinie is still "home" for me; my most comfortable/familiar bass in all aspects. [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif]

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P pup and a J, with a Hazlab Pre? [smilie=coz.gif]
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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby Gil Escalera » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:49 pm

harleyyy wrote:P pup and a J, with a Hazlab Pre? [smilie=coz.gif]

Nope. My Steinberger is an original L2 with EMG-SS* pickups and passive electronics. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

* The EMG-SS (SS=Steinberger Sound) is a split P design put into a guitar humbucking housing. In addition to the magnets, coils and preamps, they also inserted a steel plate on end (the magnet and plate are in an upside down 'T' formation). This increased induction to the coils which added more to the mids. It's also interesting to note these pickups were set up out of phase which added a bit more midrange as well.

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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby harleyyy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:51 pm

Gil Escalera wrote:
harleyyy wrote:P pup and a J, with a Hazlab Pre? [smilie=coz.gif]

Nope. My Steinberger is an original L2 with EMG-SS* pickups and passive electronics. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

* The EMG-SS (SS=Steinberger Sound) is a split P design put into a guitar humbucking housing. In addition to the magnets, coils and preamps, they also inserted a steel plate on end (the magnet and plate are in an upside down 'T' formation). This increased induction to the coils which added more to the mids. It's also interesting to note these pickups were set up out of phase which added a bit more midrange as well.

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Thank you professor Gila. I'm pretty sure some were made with the configuration I mentioned, which is what my 84' Spector has.
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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby Gil Escalera » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:25 pm

harleyyy wrote:Thank you professor Gila. I'm pretty sure some were made with the configuration I mentioned, which is what my 84' Spector has.

I would agree. A lot of the Steinberger creations and innovations were inspired from Ned's work in his early days (mid to late 70's) with Stuart Spector. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby Mr. Mom » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:27 am

Can't go wrong with the "classic" Lakland pickup configuration. Pretty much every sound engineers dream.

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Re: Can you play *that* bass on all the songs?

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:01 pm

Yessir Bruce. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

I had a fretted 55-94 Deluxe (bought from Brad Dell, sold to Peter Romano) with the original Bartolini pickups and preamp. A sound engineer whom I have A LOT of respect and admiration for told me that that was the best bass [tone-wise] that he had ever heard bar none. It was going through an Avalon U5 DI to the FOH. This guy has done sound for some bass GREATS as well as phenomenal players. He was honest and sincere, he wasn't trying to patronize me. The bass wasn't getting a lot of playing time so I reluctantly sold it cause I wanted it to be played not collected.

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