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PostSubject: Les Claypool   Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:42 pm

One of my favorites





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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:00 pm

Excellent! One of mine, too! cyclops

Anyone who has ever seen Primus, or Les' solo projects can attest to his incredible abilities on bass. Les' website is at: www.lesclaypool.com


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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:32 am

Indeed!! He's phenomenal...I saw a very recent interview of him playing a resonator bass in his office a couple weeks ago. What a dude...
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:16 pm

f***ing amazing. Maybe not the best, but still great. And entirely unique and original. He's probably my biggest influence on bass. Well, him and Cliff.

Anyone else heard his new solo album?
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:02 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufOhXewson8&feature=channel

Showing CT building the bass--you can see the Kahler route towards the end Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:59 am

Funny but he is the only bass player I know that keeps a Kahler on his main bass?


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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:39 pm

Maybe him and Victor Wooten...but apart from that, hard to think of anyone. True...
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:35 pm

...um...I do. Laughing

Does that count? Suspect

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:50 pm

Uuuuh....riiight......


(Who does this guy think he is?) lol!

Sorry!! What a Face

I think the only requirement is that your name be on the back of the little booklet that comes with a new Kahler Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:28 pm

Well, it ought to! I'm the reason Kahlers come with three springs again! Laughing

....oh, alright....maybe that's not quite enough to warrant such a thing! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:31 pm

Dude that's so awesome! Very Happy Thank you, man!
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:48 pm

Nah! It's OK. I contributed very little to the cause.

I think what we have here as a community is more significant anyways. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:17 pm

Aah, but every time I use that 7410, I die a little inside...it's just too cool! I love every moment of using it. And it feels better every time I use it and I find I can do a little something more every time I play it.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri May 01, 2009 6:14 am

Anyone know what he uses for amps? he's always had a weird slap tone.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri May 01, 2009 6:21 am

I learned that he used to use Mesa 400+ amps with 2x15 Mesa Powerhouse cabs. One of the things that apparently really sculpted his sound was an ADA preamp. You can see all that gear in the footage of them playing at Woodstock in '94. Actually hard to tell of those are two 15" bins or one 2x15cab...



You can actually see two of those ADA preamps in that video. Apparently, recently, he's started using predominantly Ampeg gear in stead of Mesa/Boogie.

EDIT: Just recently found out that Les used Mesa gear...looking at a lot of footage that I'm familiar with, I'm seein' new stuff! Like here, he's also using a Powerhouse 1000 (4x10, 1x15 in one) cab as well as two 400+ amps and two ADA preamps.



But MAN...that guy has magic in his fingers!!
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri May 01, 2009 2:43 pm

Primus is so freakin' unreal and unique! Les is incredible! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri May 01, 2009 3:58 pm

In that bottom video I remember seeing that same song played live on MTV a long time ago. I can't get how he can casually talk while slapping the bass like that. unreal! I think he was playing a 6 string bass with a weird fret configuration at the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri May 01, 2009 5:58 pm

And if I recall correctly, Les recorded Tommy The Cat using his six-string fretless.

I remember one day back in the early 90's when my cousin brought over the Primus CD Sailing The Seas Of Cheese absolutely gloating and saying "you are going to love these guys!" He was right. He spun Tommy The Cat for me, and I about fell out of my chair!

"Said Tommy the cat who reared back to clear whatever foreign matter may have made it's way into his mighty throat! Many a fat alley rat had met it's demise while staring point blank down the cavernous barrels of this awesome prowling machine! Truly a wonder of nature, this urban predator! Tommy the cat had many a story to tell, but it was a rare occasion such as this that he did!"

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sat May 02, 2009 10:37 am

Yeah man...him and his Carl Tompsons. That man is a genius!!

The lyrics from Tommy The Cat are some of my favorites...
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:01 am

One of my favorite bassists. One of my teacher's too, coincidentally. He's also the reason my teachers been wanting a Kahler for years, and is living out this fantasy vicariously through me. Seriously, he seems to care more about getting the thing installed than I do.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:09 am

My favs are My Name is Mud, Jerry was A Race Car Driver & John The Fisherman.


Flea & Les made a whole new generation of kids want to be bass players.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:59 pm

Barklessdog wrote:
My favs are My Name is Mud, Jerry was A Race Car Driver & John The Fisherman.


Flea & Les made a whole new generation of kids want to be bass players.


I'm one!
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:12 am

Yep. Me, too. He's a huge inspiration.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:53 am

On the down side, because of him & Flea, every Guitar Center is full of slapping wankers when you walk in.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:29 am

slapping wankers?

its disturbing how well those two words work together.

i dont know how this happened ... and even moreso with flea. that new flea bass is a POS. GC will definately try to sell you one of those. slappy, slappy, slappy ... its a technique ... not a playing style. flea and les use it ... but thats not how they play all the time. its what some GC caliber types of players wanna think how they play. its funny what the mind thinks the ears hear when the ego gets involved.

so do like i do .... dont walk into a guitar center.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:55 am

Barklessdog wrote:
On the down side, because of him & Flea, every Guitar Center is full of slapping wankers when you walk in.

I couldn't slap and pop if my life depended on it. That stuff is just right over my head. I dig the RHCP a lot, but I never really honed in on the slapping like a lot of people seem to. They're such a great, energetic, and personal band that I can't get past the music to focus on the slap bass. Stadium Arcadium hardly has any slap on it and I probably listen to it the most.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:54 pm

The Slapping Wankers! What a great band name! Sounds like some sort of drunken Irish hard rock act! Laughing

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slappy, slappy, slappy ... its a technique ... not a playing style. flea and les use it ... but thats not how they play all the time.

I could not agree with you more on this point. It's like Eddie Van Halen being acknowledged only for hammer-ons. Or Billy Sheehan being known just for tapping and distortion on bass. Heck, even I don't do full mayhem all the time, either! Try and tell me where on Up Yours I do anything more acrobatic than play a six-note unison line with Andy! I'm not even using any tremolo bar OR feedback anywhere on the track! But oh, no, you do one controversial thing really well, and all of a sudden Everyone is jumping around pointing their fingers going "See??? There he goes again doing that, that, THING of his!!!", without bothering to listen to what is happening 90% of the time. This irritates me to no end. Mad

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so do like i do .... dont walk into a guitar center.


I don't....unless it's to use the restroom. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:12 pm

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I don't....unless it's to use the restroom. Laughing

"Hold on a sec, I'll have to go ask the manager about that..."
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:03 pm

"No problem. That'll be $17.50 for my commission."

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:18 pm

EricHaven wrote:
"No problem. That'll be $17.50 for my commission."

"For just $100 more, I can include an extended service plan for your bathroom visit..."
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:05 pm

"And this weekend only, (just like ALL weekends are over at GS), buy one trip to the bathroom, get a free cord!" Laughing

Truly one of the single most annoying things about that place. Every single bloody radio commercial I used to hear from them always had them running some super-duper spectacular one-of-a-kind never-gonna-happen-again sale over the upcoming weekend. But it was always the exact same prices, on the exact same gear, being sold by the exact same used-car salespeople. Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:25 pm

GC has a lot of shread heads which I hate but I like going there because I'm almost one of the only bassists there. No slapping wankers Laughing And I actually like the little fleabass it's fun to play with but lacking something if they wanna sell it for $600. The Modulas flea sig to me is worth $700, IMO a lot of basses are over priced.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:21 pm

I think a lot of guitars in general are overpriced. Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:24 pm

Yeah I could live without the guitars I want costing $1300. Laughing

Is it necessary? Maybe...but that's how it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:04 pm

Necessary? Not on your life, Martin. The fact is that most name brand guitars cost so much due to the mark-up from the famous name.

Now, my guitarist Andy has built probably close to 500 guitars, and he guesstimates that many of them cost upwards of $1,000 to $5,000. But there is a good reason for this. He literally builds them from the ground up using only the very best woods. He hand-makes the necks, the bridges, the pickups, and even the tremolo systems. I guarantee you that most guitars and basses on the market are not made with such attention to quality and detail.

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:21 am

More Les Claypool-age! Wink

Anybody ever see his Whamola bass? I won't even try to explain the concept, as I think a picture says a thousand words:





And yes. The second picture is Les in a monkey mask, and that thingy sticking off the top is technically a whammy bar.

Want to learn more about them? Whamola's website is at: http://www.whamolalab.com/

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:00 pm

I saw him play the Whaloma live. It has a killer big balsey sound.

The new Primus CD Green Naugahyde, features a lot of cool whammy techniques, more so than any of his other recordings. He uses it consistantly in a few songs rather than just intros etc.

Check this song's whammy parts around 2:25.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:08 pm

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More Les Claypool-age! Wink

Anybody ever see his Whamola bass? I won't even try to explain the concept, as I think a picture says a thousand words:





And yes. The second picture is Les in a monkey mask, and that thingy sticking off the top is technically a whammy bar.

Want to learn more about them? Whamola's website is at: http://www.whamolalab.com/
Not only have I seen it, but I own one myself.



the picture is between fingerboard transplants, the one I had was pine, the one I replaced it with was maple
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:53 pm

Les put up one of his basses with a trem for auction on ebay for charity.
I cant post links yet but just do a search

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:11 am



current bid is only $10,600.

i mean ... its a nice bass but it aint a thompson and it aint that nice. $10k for a bass?!?! les claypool nothin ... thats crazy!



i only got $700 for this one. maybe i would have gotten more if it was ever even in the same room with les.

and yes, i am going to build a whamola eventually. its a fairly simple concept. i need some photos of existing lever mechanisims so i can get some idea of what to use and where to get the parts.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:13 am

I don't think it would go past 10g if it wasn't for charity.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:11 pm

Its for charity, to research a rare form of leukemia his nephew has.
You are looking at this with a bit of a cynical point of view, Mike.
To you its just a bass but to others its giving money which could potentially save life's and save family's a lot of pain and suffering in the future.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:53 pm

It's up to $13,700. I bet it goes up to $16,000.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:37 am

thanx for letting me know im cynical al. i wasnt quite sure if the frowny faces i often see are because of things i say, or i have a big zit on my nose or something. your right and i usually am a negative nelly about some nonsense or another. i sometimes wonder why people bother to point it out.

i dont think im being cynical at all. i think im just sayin "holey smokes!". people who make instruments like this should be paid well so im all for that. all that money going to people who need it ??? ... even better.

or maybe the wife was yelling at me while i was typing.

now that its come up, ide be happy and honored and a bit humbled if someone like les got together with me for a build we were doing for charity. ide donate materials, parts and time and hope we could produce a beautiful instrument worthy of the hefty price tag driven by charity auction ... like this bass. stuff doesnt usually happen like that for me. i think something like that was my original point anyway.

and i also think that, if i built a custom bass and eric used it on stage it should draw ... maybe at least 2/3 of the markup that les put on this one by what? putting his name on it? touch it? magic?

would you put magic on one of my basses eric?

eww. sorry.

hey ... if it helps find a cure for lukemia.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:48 am

madmike wrote:
....and I also think that, if I built a custom bass and Eric used it on stage it should draw ... maybe at least 2/3 of the markup that Les put on this one by what? Putting his name on it? Touch it? Magic?

Would you put magic on one of my basses, Eric?

Eww. Sorry.


Ummm....that would depend on the nature of the "magic" being applied to said bass.  Laughing

Besides, I don't think my name would add any credibility to such a thing anyways, since I'm a nobody. Razz Still, I'd be willing to try! 

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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:44 pm

... aaaah someday we'll build a bass eric. it just needs to get scheduled in the workflow.

workflow - what - maybe one night a week? that SG has been down there since christmas.
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PostSubject: Re: Les Claypool   Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:00 pm

madmike wrote:
... aaaah someday we'll build a bass eric. it just needs to get scheduled in the workflow.

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