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Hipshot D-Tuner for Fender bass?


Snowdog79

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Hello all.

 

I just purchased a truly hideous '97 Fender American P. It's quite banged up and has a custom paint job depicting a huge Texas flag. It's the ugliest bass I've ever owned. Naturally, I love it.

 

White tricking it out for daily use, I remembered reading about Hipshot's D-Tuners (I think that's how it's spelled). I've been playing five and six string basses for years, but now that I'm on a four I'd like the ability to pop down to dropped D with the flip of a switch. Does anyone have any advice/recomendations about what kind of gizmo I should buy? I've heard of Hipshot, but are there other options?

 

I'll post a picture of the monster sometime this week. And if anyone watched "Bands on the Run" on VH1 a few years ago, you might be interested to know that I bought this bass from Fletcher Lea, bassist for Flickerstick. . .

~Jeremy Hull

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I've used the Hipshot on my Am P-bass 4 string since at least 1980-something. Indispensible.

 

I've wanted to get the Am Dlx P-Bass V, but then would I play my 4? The Hipshot makes it a tough choice.

 

In fact, I do like to have an open D string. On a 5, it's the 3rd fret of the low B.

 

When fretting a low E, it's the 2nd fret with the Hipshot. Better at times than the 5th fret of a low B.

 

Octaves are at the 2nd fret with the Hipshot.

 

I even use Hipshots on my Strat and SG.

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i watched bands on the run.

I really like flickerstick, good parts and musicianship, sing along melodies, catchy progressions. And they the guitar player played a black rickenbacker while the bassplayer played a black p bass....so they must have been loud.

Hiram Bullock thinks I like the band volume too soft (but he plays guitar). Joe Sample thinks I like it way too loud (but he plays piano). -Marcus Miller
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Many many moons ago I put a D-tuner on my Yamaha BB1100S; loved it. Everynow and then I consider putting one on my fretless J thinking that I'll play it almost as much as my 5 string. But I never do. Guess that would stop my GAS for a fretless 5 string... can't let THAT happen.

"Am I enough of a freak to be worth paying to see?"- Separated Out (Marillion)

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I considered the D-tuner for my Warwick. But modern electric basses are not like old-style bass viols, which are a pain in the butt to get into tune. If you have a good ear you can easily twist the tuning peg down to pitch and back up at will. So while I do like the D-tuner concept, I don't like it so much that I'm willing to mod the bass to install one.

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I have one on my warwick and it has saved me many glances from my band mates as I try to tune to drop d mid show. And they have saved themselves some from me as they would play guitar/whack at drums while giving me 'The Eye" mid show
Hiram Bullock thinks I like the band volume too soft (but he plays guitar). Joe Sample thinks I like it way too loud (but he plays piano). -Marcus Miller
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Wow that's clever. I love inventive solutions to problems!

Originally posted by Wally Malone:

Or you could get a Kubicki Ex-Factor. :cool:

Wally

I used to think I was Libertarian. Until I saw their platform; now I know I'm no more Libertarian than I am RepubliCrat or neoCON or Liberal or Socialist.

 

This ain't no track meet; this is football.

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A band used to come through my parts quite a few years back and the bass player had a Factor. He could get some knarly sounding tremolo type effects with it. Not to mention that it sounded great!

Tenstrum

 

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Mr. Carter's bas features a fingerboard extention, while the intent is the same as an electric's hipsot extender it works much differently. It simply gives ou an extension :freak: . A lot of upright playerss have them to accomodate the range of some classical tunes of which many are written in c. NOt to mention some jazz (ever see a 7 string jazz guitar).
Hiram Bullock thinks I like the band volume too soft (but he plays guitar). Joe Sample thinks I like it way too loud (but he plays piano). -Marcus Miller
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