August 7, 2009 by esarsea
A couple years ago I sold all my bass gear – guitar, speaker cabinet, and rack mounted amplifier, tuner and power conditioner. I just didn’t have time for it, not to mention it was difficult to hook up with other musicians with my tastes in music and/or willing to deal with my limited availability for rehearsals.
Plus, I figured since I was in my 50’s now, it was time to grow up. After nearly 30 years of playing wannabe musician in assorted garage bands and the occasional tavern gig, I was done. I was (am) an amatuer at best. I had reached the point that listening to pro players like Eric Czar and others was disheartening rather than motivating. Although my love of the instrument remained and my passion for music ran deep, I left it behind – and patiently waited for the lingering sense of melancholy to slowly slip below the surface.
Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of early Gov’t Mule, in particular their Live at Roseland CD. I’ve always been a big fan of Mule, and their (late) bassist Allen Woody. I love power trio blues rock, and I love Allen Woody’s style of play and tone. Allen’s bass playing resonates in me in a way that is difficult to describe – similar to how Eric Czar’s work with Joe Bonamassa captivated me.
I was listening to Mule’s Live at Roseland for the umpteenth time the other day and realized I wasn’t done. My wife Mary-Anne was right. She had advised against selling my gear when I did.
Yesterday I ordered an Ibanez Artcore AGB200 bass guitar.
Here’s a couple clips from youtube that demonstrate the (very cool) tone of the AGB200. I’m looking forward to it’s arrival!