Court of Opinion: July 2013

What’s your go-to lick when checking out a new bass?
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What’s your go-to lick when checking out a new bass?

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It’s the “slow chromatic run up the entire fingerboard on each string.” Not the most exciting thing to hear, but pretty good for making sure the frets and intonation are accurate.
—Zak Claxton

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Playing “Higher Ground” in the bass section is like a guitarist playing “Stairway to Heaven.”
—Clay Smith

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 Whatever makes me look cooler than the guitar player noodling next to me. God, I hate music stores.
—Dave Johnston

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The Barney Miller theme.
—Jake Istre

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I like to start off with a little “Smoke on the Water,” bust into “I Love You” by Barney, and then segue into a slap rendition of “Happy Birthday”—but no “Stairway”!
—Mark Pappas

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Rush’s “Vital Signs” from start to finish.
—Nicholas Demetriou

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 “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.

—J. Peter Ross

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“Come On, Come Over.”
—Blazej Domanski

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“I Want You Back.” .
—Joe Hall

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“YYZ.”
—Graham Drew

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Pink Floyd’s “Money.” .
—Greg Gross

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“Silly Putty,” “Continuum,” “Teen Town,” “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick,” “Mellowship Slinky in B Major,” and “Tommy the Cat” are some faves. But if the amp’s got a gain channel, it’s hard to resist a little “Hysteria.”
—Jay Babies

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Court of Opinion: December 2012

Fender recently posted their list of “Five Famous Fender Basses,” which included James Jamerson’s “Funk Machine,” Jaco Pastorius’ “Bass of Doom,” John Entwistle’s “Frankenstein,” Paul Simonon’s London Calling Precision Bass, and Steve Harris’s West Ham United F.C. Precision Bass. What’s on your list?