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TimR

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All on stage waiting to start tonights new years eve gig. I was doing last minute tuning checks. The E string was showing D on the tuner, adjusted no change, kept adjusting then everything went floppy. Initially I thought it was a broken string. I haven't had a broken string in years. No problem I'll quickly change it. Then realised that the peg had sheared off. No spare bass and we're about to start.

 

I played the first song on the A string with a few wrong notes and decided there was no way I could play the whole gig like that. During the next two songs I completely restrung the bass with the E in the A, A in the D and the D in the G position.

 

I played the whole gig with 3 strings, some of the songs were quite a challenge.

 

Looks like some of tonight's money is going on a set of tuning pegs, and quite possibly a new nut.

Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin

 

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Don't feel bad. I got to the gig tonight, about 1.5 hrs. from my house, only to realize I had forgotten my bass. Had my amp, cables, mics, stands - no bass. Fortunately the folks organizing the event made some calls and found a bass to borrow, but it was right-handed, so I spent the evening playing upside-down. I got through it, but now my brain hurts...

 

 

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You guys really shouldn't drink til after the gig.
At least we HAD a gig. "Oh, no, he ditn't!"

 

Sorry, D., it was too easy. I wish I had intoxication as an excuse. The truth is that I suffer from debilitating brain cramps that strike without warning. I can't tell you how humiliated and angry at myself I was when I realized I'd forgotten my bass. My wife tells me I need to forgive myself - working on it...My bandmates were great, however, treated the whole thing with patience and good humor.

 

 

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I can't imagine playing upside down, or with only three strings.

 

It's not something I would choose to do again. Thoeretically I suppose it could be done with only one string, but what happens above the 8th fret is a mystery to me. ;)

 

It made Bob Marley's - Is This Love extremely challenging. A lot of the notes from the original were missing from my 3 string interpretation.

Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin

 

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One of the event organizers, who knew I was playing upside down, remarked to my wife that I must be extremely bright to be able to do it. My wife agreed that this was so. :laugh:

 

In truth, being a lefty player, I often find myself noodling upside-down on righty guitars. And the experience of having to switch from righty to lefty years ago probably helps, too.

 

 

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It must have been the night for bass mishaps. right near the end of the 2nd set the screw holding the strap button on the horn sheared right off. Fortunately I brought another bass or I would have had to spend the rest of the night sitting at the end of the stage.

I've had machine heads disintegrate during gigs. A royal pain! Congrats toughing through it! :thu:

Lydian mode? The only mode I know has the words "pie ala" in front of it.

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It must have been the night for bass mishaps. right near the end of the 2nd set the screw holding the strap button on the horn sheared right off. Fortunately I brought another bass or I would have had to spend the rest of the night sitting at the end of the stage.

I've had machine heads disintegrate during gigs. A royal pain! Congrats toughing through it! :thu:

 

There's always Gaffa/Duck tape. The show must go on.

Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin

 

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There's always Gaffa/Duck tape. The show must go on.

 

True but it really gums up the finish on the bass. That same problem did happen to me in the past. At that time I wrapped the still attached part of the strap around my belt and just held it with my left hand as I played. pretty uncomfortable but it worked. Still I'd rather use a backup bass.

Lydian mode? The only mode I know has the words "pie ala" in front of it.

http://www.myspace.com/theeldoradosband

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It was the Ibanez, the singer asked if I was taking a spare bass. I've never had a bass break and told him no. We think that was what jinxed it.

 

Machinehead in Hitchin are going to contact Ibanez on Monday for me.

 

The audience were told by the singer at every opportunity.

 

Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin

 

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The audience were told by the singer at every opportunity.
A taint-smite might be in order...

 

The only thing that was said about my predicament was that Ron said, "And that's Chad 'Lamb Chop' Thorne on that pretty blue bass!", teasing me a little. Very few people knew I had forgotten my bass and was playing a borrowed one upside-down.

 

 

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"And if Jesus was [on Earth] today He'd be incarcerated With the rest of the brothers While uh The devil would have a great apartment On the upper east side Be a guest V.J. On total request live..."

 

You made me think of this...

 

GREAT BIG STUPID WORLD

 

Written by R. Stonehill and T. Taylor

 

Well we worship at the shroud of Elvis

And we're waiting for that money from Ed McMahon

And we're drinking from the Perrier fountain of youth

While we follow what the daily horoscopes saying

Taking lethal doses of MTV

Delving into pet psychiatry

Trying to treat cancer with a fruit juice cure

And waiting for the Beatles reunion tour

 

'Cuz it's a great big stupid world

And we're feeling kinda queasy as it turns around

Great big stupid world

And we're never really sure if we're up or down

We're on a dirt clod out in space

Where it stops nobody knows

If Jesus came back today

They'd try to book him on the Oprah Winfrey show

'Cuz it's a great big stupid world

Great big stupid world

 

Well we're hot on the trail of Big Foot

And we're wearing the crystals to feel the power

We're hoping that the creatures from outer space

Come to set us free in that final hour

Trying to tell the future from the lumps on our heads

Getting melanoma from our tanning beds

Channeling Houdini with Shirley MacLaine

And trying to figure out what the dolphins are saying

 

CHORUS

 

Well it's a Great-Big-Stupid world

Dumb dumb da dumb dumb baby it's a stupid world

It's a great big stupid, great big stupid

Great big stupid world

 

Well we're studying the National Enquirer

Is it true Sonny Bono is the Anti-Christ

We debate if TV wrestling is really a sport

While we're testing rock 'n' roll and it's effect on mice

Bonding with our little computer screens

Getting anorexic on our Lean Cuisines

Turning plastic surgeons into millionaires

So everybody finally gets to look like Cher

 

It's a great big stupid world

And we're feeling kind of queasy as it turns around

Great big stupid world

And we're never really sure if we're up or down

It's a great... big... stupid world

Dumb dumb da dumb dumb baby it's a stupid world

On and On and On

 

© 1992 Stonehillian

Music/Word Music (a div. of Word, Inc.) Twitchin' Vibes Music ASCAP

Always remember that you�re unique. Just like everyone else.

 

 

 

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Splendid. New set of machineheads ordered - £35. They come as a set but I think I will change them all as I don't know what state the rest are in.

 

I'm hoping to have my G-string back on for Friday Night.

Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin

 

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"And if Jesus was [on Earth] today He'd be incarcerated With the rest of the brothers While uh The devil would have a great apartment On the upper east side Be a guest V.J. On total request live..."

 

You made me think of this...

 

GREAT BIG STUPID WORLD

 

Written by R. Stonehill and T. Taylor

 

Well we worship at the shroud of Elvis

And we're waiting for that money from Ed McMahon

And we're drinking from the Perrier fountain of youth

While we follow what the daily horoscopes saying

Taking lethal doses of MTV

Delving into pet psychiatry

Trying to treat cancer with a fruit juice cure

And waiting for the Beatles reunion tour

 

'Cuz it's a great big stupid world

And we're feeling kinda queasy as it turns around

Great big stupid world

And we're never really sure if we're up or down

We're on a dirt clod out in space

Where it stops nobody knows

If Jesus came back today

They'd try to book him on the Oprah Winfrey show

'Cuz it's a great big stupid world

Great big stupid world

 

Well we're hot on the trail of Big Foot

And we're wearing the crystals to feel the power

We're hoping that the creatures from outer space

Come to set us free in that final hour

Trying to tell the future from the lumps on our heads

Getting melanoma from our tanning beds

Channeling Houdini with Shirley MacLaine

And trying to figure out what the dolphins are saying

 

CHORUS

 

Well it's a Great-Big-Stupid world

Dumb dumb da dumb dumb baby it's a stupid world

It's a great big stupid, great big stupid

Great big stupid world

 

Well we're studying the National Enquirer

Is it true Sonny Bono is the Anti-Christ

We debate if TV wrestling is really a sport

While we're testing rock 'n' roll and it's effect on mice

Bonding with our little computer screens

Getting anorexic on our Lean Cuisines

Turning plastic surgeons into millionaires

So everybody finally gets to look like Cher

 

It's a great big stupid world

And we're feeling kind of queasy as it turns around

Great big stupid world

And we're never really sure if we're up or down

It's a great... big... stupid world

Dumb dumb da dumb dumb baby it's a stupid world

On and On and On

 

© 1992 Stonehillian

Music/Word Music (a div. of Word, Inc.) Twitchin' Vibes Music ASCAP

My quote is from Meshell Ndegeocello's "God.Fear.Money."

 

 

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