Austin Bound is in the can, no problem playing along with & without the bass track at the fast tempo. As I mentioned last week, for some reason the fast tempo on this one was easier for me than the slow tempo, strange but true. My focus now is on The Trouble With the Truth. So far I have broken it down into a few parts and have started working through each part on it own. Once I have the individual sections down I will put them all together and hopefully be good to go. The repeating patterns in this one are fewer and farther between so it has been a bit of a challenge in that regard. I look forward to getting it down and playing along with the band as that this is the first tune we’ve had with a vocal track.
I have been doing a little bit of maintenance on my basses and decided to replace the pickups and electronics in my Squire P-Bass. While playing it over the weekend I realized that the tone knob does nothing. Currently I am running a set of Seymour Duncan Bassline’s in it that I bought sometime in the late 80′s and recall replacing both pots myself at some point in the last 10 years and have decided that it is time to start fresh and replace everything. I have wired and re-wired this bass many time over the years and don’t necessarily claim to have done the best job, so I started looking for a package deal of sorts to have everything replaced. I still want to do the work myself, I just don’t really want to do any soldering. I think I found my solution in the DiMarzio Model P Bass pickups with Pre-wired pickguard. This package is basically a drop in replacement for the pickups and pickguard, pre-wired with the electronics. The only connection necessary is via a screw type wire terminal. The included pickguard is black, which I plan to give a chance, but I currently have a tort pickguard that I really like so I may end up pulling out the electronics and putting them in the tort guard, but this is easily done. I got the package today and plan to do the install this weekend, I’ll be sure to write a post discussing the ease of installation, quality of electronics and most importantly, how it sounds.