#1
well today is my cousin's birthday and i havn't bought him a present yet (yeah im horrible) I play guitar, he plays bass. So im thinking i could just go to GC and pick up something for him. What would a bassist who likes RHCP type music want from GC for atmost 50$.

thanks
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#5
Maybe some tab books? A compression pedal might be good if they have any in that price range. A gift card if nothing else.
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#6
Get him some stainless steel strings.
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#7
for their instrument and role to be spelt correctly.

and to not be a dick...
some strings.
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#8
he's turning 13, so he's pretty young but he does play in a band, (his school has a rock-band program) but they play pop rock stuff. so i really dont know.. but yeah ill look into a pedal or some strings. But what about a good strap, ya think he'll apreciate that?
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#9
ghs flea signature strings. a chili peppers tab book. picks if he uses them.

edit: the levi's 2 1/2 inch wide strap is great and its about 40 bucks. it really helps when playing standing up though.
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#11
Funkbass: That's not John

Anyway, I'd say get some Strings, a RHCP tab book, or maybe new strap.

And if you get him a pedal, note that Flea only uses Three pedals:
MXR Micro Amp
Boss Bass Overdrive
EHX Q-Tron
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#14
Or a cheap multieffects unit.

i think i'd prefer a grenade without a pin.
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#15
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i think i'd prefer a grenade without a pin.


So if I asked the question:

Multi FX unit or messy and destructive death you'd say the latter?
#16
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Funkbass: That's not John

Anyway, I'd say get some Strings, a RHCP tab book, or maybe new strap.

And if you get him a pedal, note that Flea only uses Three pedals:
MXR Micro Amp
Boss Bass Overdrive
EHX Q-Tron


i know thats not john but i like john better. Flea also uses more than 3 pedals. i saw them play live in 07 and he had about 8 pedals on his pedalboard.
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#18
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So if I asked the question:

Multi FX unit or messy and destructive death you'd say the latter?



I'd say multi-fx. He might not even like distortion.
#19
A nice strap with straplocks would be an awesome gift. I personally recommend Dunlop Straplocks (sometimes called "Dual design" straplocks I think) and a planet waves nylon strap. They have a good selection of cool designs and I find them the most comfortable. That should run you right about $35.

Be warned: the straplocks require some minor installation. Not hard, but don't over tighten the screws when you install them or you'll strip the wood.
#20
A Boss ODB-3 pedal, pretty sure flea uses, or did use it, though its probably more then $50.
#21
See if they have a DOD FX25b, Its a $40 envelope filter. If he likes Flea he will love it.
#22
multi-fx, imo and experience, are tacky peices of plastic that really mess up tone. my boss (nnot sure what exactly) has really unrealistic sustain, which means if you play a note softly, it doesnt register to go through the box....
i think a cd of a cool bassist would be good- (vic. wooten?) for awesome inspiration, or mbe a nice lead or something- you can get ones with wooden cases at either end of the lead that look really nice.
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#23
Safe to say dude's birthday was over a week ago.

And for a week I've been wondering what's so funny about getting a bassist a wah-wah pedal. I mean, I have 2 different ones on my board...
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#24
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Safe to say dude's birthday was over a week ago.

And for a week I've been wondering what's so funny about getting a bassist a wah-wah pedal. I mean, I have 2 different ones on my board...



Ive jammed with a pretty large number of various musicians who didnt even know they make bass-specific distortion pedals. From that stand point, a bass player with a wah pedal is kinda funny.....eh nevermind

Most people associate wah with people like Slash, Hendrix, and Hammet - the people who rarely turn it off. Applying such a tool to the bass guitar (Burton excluded) seems unfathomable to the ignorant.
#25
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Ive jammed with a pretty large number of various musicians who didnt even know they make bass-specific distortion pedals. From that stand point, a bass player with a wah pedal is kinda funny.....eh nevermind

Most people associate wah with people like Slash, Hendrix, and Hammet - the people who rarely turn it off. Applying such a tool to the bass guitar (Burton excluded) seems unfathomable to the ignorant.

RHCP, Higher Ground. There you go. Pretty well know song.
#26
Get him a pack of strings! You can't go wrong with strings!!
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#27
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RHCP, Higher Ground. There you go. Pretty well know song.

What are proving to him? One example of wah-pedal use? he already gave three, albeit a generalization
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RHCP, Higher Ground. There you go. Pretty well know song.


Im aware of this, i was just commenting on how little the general populace of non-dedicated bass players know about effects pedals for the instrument. People familiarize wah wah with guitarists who are in love with the effect, like the 3 i listed, and cant imagine something like using wah on a bass. Even people who are familiar with Higher Ground dont really recognize the wah, they just go "wow, sick slapz, Flea is the worlds best bass play0r!!11!". I showed a friend of mine a picture of Justin Chancellors rig and setup, and he commented, "why the f*ck would a bass player need that many effects?"

So yeah, my point was that the musician population that ive been exposed to personally are ignorant about the realm of bass guitars. Then again, im young so alot of the people i play with are in the musical dark age still (i.e: Dethcore and metalcore are the dominant genre's around here). People find it odd that im not a slap bass fanatic and i idolize JPJ more than Flea.