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Bass… I like it so much I have a special stompbox on my pedalboard to emphasize it (Electro-Harmonix’ The Mole).
And I like Martin guitars. Playing electric guitars seems to have spoiled me. On an acoustic concert guitar, I found the high action difficult to get used to. But Martin’s steel string guitars have a much lower action and even their affordable models with parts made from laminate wood sound great.
So, when I chanced upon a combination of the two in a store in Lübeck, it proved irresistible. A all-mahogony Martin D15 dreadnought. It has a well grounded tone that in a band context would make a good rhythm foundation.
Played solo, it has two personalities. Fingerpicking yields a deep, resonant hum, as if a contented crowd of tomcats purred a melody. Strumming chords with a pick (I like orange, 0.6 mm Dunlop Tortex ones) elicts a deep, almost-but-not-quite boomimg voice. High notes do come through, but you want to listen to the bass.
And like all acoustic guitars I’ve had, It shows up errors in playing mercilessly. Frets are low and you’ll have to get your fingers close to them to avoid string buzz. Likewise, you will hear even a bit of damping of adjacent strings, something that you’d strum right through on an electric. So, a Martin is a great teacher for proper technique.
Well, the Ibanez bass set came yesterday. Minus the amp. This is the first time in my customer experience that Amazon has produced a partial fail. Or perhaps it was DHL that lost the cumbersome second package of this delivery. I wouldn’t put it beyond them.
Anyway, I still could try out the bass, because I had bought a Palmer Pocket Amp on a whim the previous week. That’s a neat device that integrates beautifully with my current mobile setup. Continue reading