WOO-HOO!! Upright time! I FINALLY had my pickup installed on my upright so that I could play live and I LOVE it!
The pickup I decided on was The Realist™ (designed by David and Ned Steinberger). It was relatively easy to install – the pickup is placed underneath one of the feet on your bridge and picks up the vibrations from your bass; no alterations to your bridge are needed. The quarter inch adapter attaches to the string holes on your tailpiece for easy access. This pickup has excellent reviews across the board and is totally worth it.
I was so worried about using a pickup. I thought: “Would it make the upright just sound like an electric? “Would it feedback often?” “Would it affect the tone?” The answer to all of these? No. With The Realist™ pickup, my bass sounds exactly the same plugged into an amp as it does live. Overall, the amplified tone is very balanced and consistent.
The only time I got a little bit of low feedback was when I was standing and facing my amp. In most live performance scenarios, the amp would be behind me, so this won’t be an issue, but I will have to be careful of how much of my bass is pumped into my stage or wedge monitors.
Hey all! In the last three days, my gig bag has broken twice. So, all day I’ve been on a mission to find the perfect gig bag and I may have found it.
The Vertigo gig bag is made by Mono. These bags have adequate storage in them for all of the little things and there is a supportive headlock inside the case. The best part, however, is “The Boot.” Since the case is top-loading, the innovators of The Vertigo designed the ultimate protection for the bottom of your guitar. The boot is made out of rubber, so it serves as a good shock absorber and protector for your strap pin.
I’m absolutely amazed at this product. If you would like to learn more on The Vertigo, you can watch this video below!
Not too long ago, I started to realize how important of a role a compressor plays for bassists. I love what I do, and sometimes… I love it a little too much. I pluck or hit my strings with more force than necessary and the sound is something less than pleasant. So, in order to not blow any more speakers or send any more FOH sound engineers into a tizzy, I needed something that made my sound more consistent and prevented those annoying spikes in my signal. Thus, I went on an endless search for a good, but affordable, compressor/limiter.
The Boss Limiter Enhancer did not come up on my initial search for a compressor; I’m pretty sure it popped up as a related search on a Musician’s Friend product. The Boss Limiter is very basic – It has four knobs: Level, Enhance, Ratio, and Threshold. The Enhance knob is there to add some of the Lows and Highs taken away by the compression. However, the more you turn up the Enhance knob, the more noise you’ll hear through your amp. I advise you to keep the Enhance option pretty low. As for the Ratio, that works pretty standard and can be adjusted according to taste – set it low for a wider dynamic range, or higher for a more “squashed” dynamic level. The word “Limiter” just means that this pedal offers you more control over the threshold, the point in the volume at which the compression kicks in when the signal crosses over it. Be careful not to set the threshold too low – you only want the highest peaks to be affected. Too low of a threshold can actually make your signal sound distorted.
Overall, this pedal works great. It’s simple, easy to use, and is just like any Boss pedal; dependable, durable, and affordable. I paid about $79 for mine, and I use it at every show I play. It was one of the best investments I made for my rig, and has noticeably improved my tone. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to buy a dependable compressor/limter.