My new Bass Guitar came on Friday!

The day my new guitar came (and the next few days after) I had very little "free time" to check out my new toy! After work on Friday night, and before meeting out of town guests Saturday morning, I did open the box, and fumble around with the guitar a bit. My original plan was to open the box, check it over for any damage done in transit, and pretty much go to bed. Three hours later (when I could hardly hold my head up anymore) I finally went to bed. Here is what happened, and a few of the extra bonuses that I discovered along the way!

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First thing I noticed when I opened the box. The guitar was in a "gig bag". Although it is of the most basic variety (non-padded), it was still in a gig bag none-the-less. (Bonus 1.)

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Next, I opened the gig bag, and got the guitar out. It was packaged very nicely. Foam wrapping around the guitar, and bubble wrap around the foam padding. By the time I got all the packaging off, and had my eyes on the guitar, the first thing I noticed is that (for supposedly being "blue") it was VERY dark. The lighting in my basement is the "energy efficient" flourescent bulbs in ceiling can lights, therefore, colors often look dark and a bit "off". Honestly, the guitar looked like a very dark blue, almost navy blue. Although I could not tell what color it actually was, it looked better (in my opinion) than the blue guitar in the auction photo. (More on this later.)

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The guitar was already strung, but the neck had a bit of a convex arch to it, so the strings rattled on the frets. I was a bit disappointed, but on some level, expected this. I had read about how some of the "lower end" guitars needed to have several adjustments made to them to actually be playable. I was going to call it a night. I started packing up the guitar, when I noticed a zippered pouch on the gig bag, with something in it. I opened the pouch, and found a small tool kit, a guitar strap, and an amplifier patch cord! (Bonuses 2, 3, and 4.)

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Now my curiosity was peaked. I took one of the Allan wrenches, and started adjusting the saddle height on the bridge. This helped the rattle some, but I still had quite a bit of fret buzz.

I took the other wrench and started (carefully) adjusting the truss rod. I knew how to do this; because of some prior reading I had done on about "lower end" guitars, and how to tweak them. I loosened the nut, and the neck starting straightening out. This cleared up most (if not all) the fret buzz. I still need to make some final "fine tuning" to the truss rod, and the saddle, but (it was still doing pretty good as of the next morning) and you are only supposed to make subtle changes at any one given time.

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Well, now that I had the guitar out, and the fret buzz taken care of, I could not go to bed without tuning it! I got out my tuner ($4.99 Guitar Center Special), and (because I had gotten a patch cord) I was able to patch the guitar and the tuner. It was only a few short minutes before the deep tones from my new bass were grumbling away, and it sounded goooood!.

Now I was getting excited! I had previously found a couple of on-line sources of information for bass guitar players (and for those just starting out). They contain warm ups, lessons, tabs, etc. I went to activebass.com. This site is great! It is full of little "mini-lessons" for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players. I went to one of the first lessons "Learning the Neck". The lesson was to strum each string once then move up the neck fretting on the dots. Ok, it teaches the "notes" which I need to learn. but I wanted a little something "more" - I was not going to really "learn" anything at 2 am on the first day I got the guitar. So I went to the "Beginner Bass Line" lesson posted by Russell Pickavance. I plucked around with the tab listed below for the next 30 minutes.

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G)---------------------------------------------------------------

D)---------------------------------------------------------------

A)---------------------------------------------------------------

E)-2-2-----2-2-5-0-2-2----2-2-5-0-2-2----2-2-5-0-2-2----------

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G)-----------------------------------

D)-----------------------------------

A)--------------4---3---0-2---------

E)2-2-5-0-2-2-----------------------

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I was not great. . . I would not even say I was "good" at it by any stretch of the imagination, but I was starting to "feel" the rhythm, and I HAD A BLAST! (That was the best part of it! Really, that is why I decided to try and take on the Bass.) I wanted to have a good time, relax and enjoy myself a bit. It is not about being great, being in a rock band, or anything else except to have a good time.)

I finally went to bed at 2:30 am with, (and woke up with) sore fingertips. . .

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When I awoke in the morning, I had to hurry and get ready to meet our out of town guests, but I had to see the color of the guitar in the daylight. Here is where Bonus #5 became evident.

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I bid on this guitar because of the price. It was listed as "Blue" in the EBay auction, and (as you can see in a previous post) it looks like it is "Royal Blue". When I won the auction, I contacted the seller (who sells many of these guitars) and asked him about the possibility of getting it in black instead of the blue. The seller said he was sorry, but he only had blue basses available at this time. I was disappointed, but only just mildly. I did get the guitar for a good deal after all, and if we get along well (the Bass and I) I will pick up something a bit nicer in the future. I just wanted something to "cut my teeth on". . . Anyway, in the daylight the color was very evident, and confirmed by my wife. It has a hint of blue in it, but it is defiantly what I would call a dark forest, hunter, or deep teal green color. It is actually pretty darn cool! I like it significantly better than the blue, and I think I like it better than the black too! You can even see some of the wood grain through the paint. (They call it "transparent blue" or "transparent red", etc).

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like dad got his own toy!! I would say "enjoy!" but I'm sure you will!!

    ReplyDelete

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