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PostSubject: Matt Thor   Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:30 pm

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Rough Cutt's song "Black Widow" is one of the few studio recordings that I know of that features a bass tremolo. His use of the Kahler in this song really brings it to life.



He used a number of basses with Kahler trems. One of them was a Fenderish maple necked bass with dual EMG P pickups (with which he can be seen in some concert footage on YouTube). Hew owned at least two Jackson custom shop Kellys, one of which I own, the other can be seen in the "Double Trouble" music video. I believe he ordered them to match the theme of whatever album was out at the time and to match the instruments of his bandmates.

In spite of the number of Kahlerized basses he had, he uses the tremolo sparingly in his playing, if at all. It seems that they are partially for show, to go along with the guitarists' Floyd Rose equipped guitars.


I think that he's at least worth mentioning...
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Thor   Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:56 am

Very cool, like the way he uses it in that song. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Thor   Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:34 pm

Very cool, Martin! I love that song!

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PostSubject: Re: Matt Thor   Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:06 pm

Yeah, I do, too. I'm not normally too into butt rockin' hair metal, but I'm always willing to give it a chance. And their first album has some cool tracks on it. And I do dig Matt's bass sound. It's the sound of EMG P pickups. I don't know how to describe my fascination with it. I don't like the way EMGs sound. I like the way DiMarzios/more trad. P pickups sound. But since active EMGs sound so different, I like them. And I'm glad that I've got a bass with active EMGs so that I have that sound on tap and I never have to put EMGs in another bass. Laughing But I love the sound for what it is.

I fell in love with my Kelly all over again yesterday. I was thinking about how cold it's been getting and remembered that my Kelly's been sitting out in my little padded cell in its case for weeks on end. So, I ran out and grabbed it so it could warm up a bit. I took it out and realized I really needed a Kahler fix, but I was daunted by memories of poor tuning stability. I screwed in the arm, jammed a while to help it settle in, and did a tentative bend with the trem. Still in tune. I did some more extreme stuff. Still in tune. I still can't get it to go out of tune within the range of the arm that came with the bass.

I don't know why I had so much trouble keeping it in tune before. Maybe it was too cold? Maybe after I set it up so that I was comfortable on it, it settled in a manner where the strings aren't under as much tension as before? If there's one thing I've learned, it's that setting a bass up so it's easy to play does wonders for everything--sound, intonation, tuning stability, feel, and it helps your playing (you're probably thinking "no ****, Sherlock"). I've found out that I'd rather have the challenges come from my imagination, not from the physics of the instrument. Others feel differently and power to them!

In any case, I've got a functioning Kahlerized bass to tide me over until my Hamer's up and running with a new bridge. If only it didn't have such horrendous neck dive... Rolling Eyes
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